tv Speaker Ryan Says House Russia Probe Will Still Proceed CSPAN May 18, 2017 12:50pm-1:05pm EDT
going to be a different story this year. but let's get through, don't underestimate the celtics. thank you. >> thank you. >> earlier today, house speaker paurnl spoke to reporters and took questions. most of them focused on the appointment of robert mueller to be the justice department's special counsel overseeing the potential ties of russia and the trump campaign. this is about ten minutes. >> good morning, everybody. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> well, this is another busy week as we continue to make progress on our agenda for the american people. today, the house continues to act on legislation to make sure
that our lawmaker agencies have the support and the tools that they need to keep us safe. this week, of course, coincides with national police week. when we honor the sacrifices made by our police and their families. yesterday, the house acted on a new round of sanctions against the syrian regime in order to cut off resources for assad's war machine. also this week, the house approved landmark federal i.t. reform legislation that will reduce wasteful spending and enhance the government's information security. will hurd is trying to bring our government into the era of cloud computing and this is a big, big march forward in bipartisan forward. as we speak, the ways and means committee is holding major hearing today on examining pro growth tax reform. pro growth means just that. growth of wages, growth of jobs, growth of opportunity and growth of our economy.
also this week, the education and workforce committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to approve career and technical education, making it easier to connect people with the skills they need to get good paying, in-demand jobs. i have to tell you. wherever i go, in wisconsin last week, we have a real skills gap between the skills people need to good jobs and the jobs offered. this is something we have to address and i'm very pleased that the education workforce committee is moving forward on this legislation. later today, armed services committee chairman will unveil the third installment in fact effort to streamline the pentagon's bureaucracy and improve the way we develop weapons systems. this is an essential part of our efforts to rebuild our military for the 21st century. ahead of memorial day, the veterans affairs committee approved 11 bills including bipartisan legislation to fix the va's broken appeals process.
this is a problem we have been working on tackling for years and the va is already taking real strides to get the veterans better care, shorter lines and more peace of mind. over in the senate, our colleagues continue to discuss the path forward on keeping our promise to repeal and replace obamacare. and lastly, yesterday the president signed the 14th congressional review act resolution to stop president obama's last regulatory onslaught of last year. up until this year, congress had successfully just repealed one regulation under this law. now, just this year already, we have done it 14 times in a matter of months. we have much more to do to end government's culture of overreach and overpromise but this is a promise kept to grow the economy and the jobs. it is by no means complete. every day here we are working to advance our agenda and address the problems that americans face
in their every day lives. questions? phil? >> mr. speaker, earlier this week senator mcconnell said we could do with a little less drama from the white house on a lot of things saying basically undercut or hamper your agenda. do you agree with that assessment? >> well, yeah. it is always nice to have less drama but the point i'm trying to make and tried to make it the other day at my press conference, people in the country need to know we are busy at work trying to solve their problems so i realize there's a lot in the media these days. that doesn't seize up congress. that doesn't stop us from doing our jobs to work on people's problems. one of the reasons why i just read you the list of just what we have done this week on closing the skill gap, on streamlining i.t. to get waste out of government, make the pentagon more efficient, get tax reform moving, these are things that really affect people in their daily lives. we are working on this. i think it's very important that people know that we can walk and chew gum at the same time.
draw ma is not helpful but we are getting things done and that is the important point. yeah? >> mr. speaker, a number of congressional leaders met with the deputy attorney general here at the capitol last night. were you at the meeting? and what is your understanding about why doj took this step? >> well, i was at the meeting. i don't comment on such meetings that are classified. as i said before, i believe that the professionals at the justice department need to do their jobs independently, objectively and thoroughly. and i believe the special counsel which is robert mueller now helps them do that. >> do you think it interferes with the congressional investigation? >> no, it doesn't, actually. we'll keep the investigations going here. as i've always said, i think the intelligence committee is the right place to do that. this is an investigation of russia, of another country interfering with our elections and the intelligence committee is the best place for that and these bipartisan, bicamerel
investigations. rach snell. >> do you think overnight could continue? another follow-up on that, jason chaffetz said he is probably leaving june 30th. isn't that a conflict? >> i have not spoken to jason about that. he's not told me about that. >> if he's leaving, do you think that he should step aside -- >> i will find out from chairman chaffetz what he is doing or isn't doing so i won't comment on something that's in the media. i would rather hear it from him myself. as far as the committee, they made document requests. that's the oversight committee's responsibility. that's what they do and perfectly appropriate to make the document requests but as i said, especially with repons to intelligence, that's where i think the intelligence committee should do their jobs. chad? >> thank you. obviously, you have been very
close over the years with vice president pence and you talked about trying to continue to move this agenda and he's here often working on these issues here. but considering the mall stream you have been dealt with, some members said we might be better with vice president pence. >> good grief. >> what is your take on that? >> i'm not going to give credence to that. that's -- >> your members are saying this. your members are saying it. >> i'm not -- there's no point making a comment on that. yeah? >> mr. speaker, does the appointment of a special counsel you think give you some breathing room now at least to work on this agenda? >> well, like i said, the -- appointment of the special counsel i think helps assure people and the justice department that they're going to go do their jobs independently and thoroughly and what we called for all along and i think it was perfectly appropriate to do that. in the meantime, we're going to keep doing our jobs. we are going to keep our russia investigations going with the intelligence committees and look
what i just described. energy and -- not the energy and commerce committee. closing the skills gap. getting mac thornberry, the way pentagon procures weapons. let's fix people's problems and all of our committees are still doing that so as i said i know that people can get consumed with the news of the day but we are leer working on people's problems every day and we have all these different committees that do different jobs and our job is to make sure that we still make progress for the american people and we're doing that. >> but look what you're being asked about. >> yeah. you want to ask about tax reform? all right. go ahead, mike emanuel! you'll get picked if you say -- >> pass. >> mr. speaker, thank you. regarding tax reform, there's folks that think it slips beyond this year. >> i don't think that's the case. our goal and i feel confident to meet the goal is 2017 for tax
reform and i think we are making good response. ms. bloomberg with a tax reform comment? >> i do. majority leader mitch mcconnell said that he thinks that prospects for border adjustment part of the plan are rather bleak in the senate. if he still says it should be revenue neutral, what are the alternatives being discussed and is there a way that the border adjustment can have a transition to make it more palatable or some kind of half border adjustment? >> yeah. so i think you can say yes to all of the above of what you just said. what we have to do and as an old tax writer, i would say this is you have to weigh alternatives off one another. it is obvious that you can and should have some kind of an adjustment and phase-in period with a border adjustment. i think it's a smart way to go. i think it makes the tax code most internationally competitive of any other version we are looking at and removes tax
incentives for a firm to move jefr seas or move production overseas but if you're not going to do border adjustment, look at the alternatives to that. there's always upsides and downsides to alternatives. we are going through the process of looking at what is the best way to reform the tax code and to lower tax rates for businesses and to make the american tax system internationally competitive. right now it is literally one of the worst tax systems in the industrialized world. we're losing companies. becoming foreign companies. we have an incentive that basically tells companies outsource your manufacturing. why reason earth are we doing that? we're working on this. fixing people's problems and that is why tax reform's so critical and i do believe that there are very serious and legitimate searches to any version of tax reform and we have to accommodate the concerns as we move to a new tax system. yeah? >> mr. speaker, thank you. lisa from cbs. two questions, following up on
rachel's question, you talked about the russia investigation, can you talk about where the questions of mr. trump's relationship with mr. comey and potential of obstruction of justice issues should fall. you want the facts on that. on health care, insurers are ready to set rates. do you think there's a possibility whatever comes out of congress affects next year or looking two years down the road? >> i'll defer you to hhs on csr payments. we have a deadline i think monday if i'm not mistake nl. we'll meet that deadline. we'll do a status report. the republicans will. that's unresolved. i would have to defer you to secretary price on csr payments. >> okay. but on the question of potential obstruction of justice questions -- >> yeah, yeah. look. that's what investigations with for. you now have a special counsel who will take over that portfolio within the justice department. i think it's appropriate. the whole point is to have an independent investigation and
follow the facts wherever they may lead. it is premature to prejudge anything at this point only that we have a process in place. we have a process in place here in congress and the administration now has a process in place in the justice department. i'll just have to leave it at that. >> is that part of oversight or intelligence here? >> i'll leave it up to the committees to determine that. thank you. and this afternoon, a joint news conference with president trump and colombian president juan santos live at 3:45 p.m. eastern here on c-span3. c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a
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