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  Speaker Ryan Says Senate Bill Closely Tracks House Version  CSPAN  June 22, 2017 11:32am-11:43am EDT

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point that the media, not c-span, but the media is complicit in advancing, and that is the question -- and that is to question the legitimacy of our electoral system, and also the election of congressman. he mentioned gerrymandering. gerrymandering, by invoking that, what he is saying is that he does not trust the election process. somehow he things that republicans are in charge because of the way that the lines were drawn. and i do not agree with that. it is certainly not the case in kentucky. we have five republicans and one there isucky, and literally no way you could draw the lines to get two democrats from kentucky. it is >> and we'll leave this "washington journal" conversation to go to the weekly briefing with speaker
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ryan. the speaker: i want to congratulate the press corps on their victory last night and the congressional women's softball game. it was a pretty close one, right, 2-1? who played? come on. [laughter] all right. well, congratulations anyway. you know, it was really cool to see special agent krystal griner throw out the first pitch. she got out of the hospital. to see her throw out the first pitch was a very, very cool thing to see. i saw steve this morning. his spirits rupp. he's talking. he's doing well. and he sends his regards and his thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers. this has been a busy week. delivering on our agenda for the country. yesterday, for those of you who may have missed it, republicans and democrats came together to send important veterans administration reform legislation to the president's desk. we've all seen the scandals in
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the last few years. we saw the waiting list, the scandals. things need to change at the veterans administration and this bill will help deliver the kind of fundamental reform that's needed to solve these problems. it will help our veterans get the world-class care and treatment that they deserve and that they have earned. yes still have a lot of work to do but we will keep at it until we as a country can say that we are really and honestly keeping our promises that we have made to our veterans. and then later today, today we expect a big bipartisan vote for glenn thompson's bill to improve career and technical education. this initiative is going to make it easier for people to get the skills they need to fill better higher quality, better paying jobs. a good technical skills job can be anything. it can be the foundation of a successful career and a great future. i see this everywhere i look in my home state of wisconsin. this bill can make a real difference for american workers. so bottom line, every day here
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we are working to address the problems that people face in their daily lives. these are just two more examples of us coming together and delivering on our agenda. questions. reporter: thank you, speaker ryan. have you seen the senate version of the health care bill yet? the speaker: i have not. i've been on the senate version. reporter: and can you give us reaction of what you've been briefed on? the speaker: believe me, i know how hard this process is from personal experience. from what i understand, their bill tracks in many ways along the house bill. i am not going to opine on their process. they gave us the space to go through our deliberative process. the last thing i want to do is be disrespectful of their process. they have a lengthy process. the bottom line is i want them to pass a bill so we can all get on with keeping our promise. got to remember, the system's collapsing. it's a real -- look, anthem blue cross yesterday pulled out of wisconsin.
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that's one of the most flagship health insurers we've had in our state for many, many years. so this system is in a tail spin. we made a promise we will repeal and replace this law. i am very happy the senate has gone through the work of putting together a bill that keeps that promise and so, yeah, i'm eager for them to pass it. i won't opine on the details as they go along. reporter: and you referenced the process. they have largely done this behind closed doors. you in a recent interview talked about the fact that your process was open. you were very proud of that. the speaker: yeah. reporter: are you comfortable with the way -- the speaker: you release legislation after you draft legislation not before. this is a talking point in search of a problem. you don't release a bill before you finish writing the bill. you write the bill. then you release the bill. that's what the senate's done. reporter: they want to vote next week. is that enough for the american public to digest and debate it? reporter: do you think increases in discretionary spending should be matched by
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spending cuts elsewhere in the budget? the speaker: yeah. if you're asking if we have a cap adjustment, should we have offsets in mandatory, i think the answer is yes. the question is quality and quantity. reporter: because you said the health care bill in the senate does track so closely with the house bill, do you anticipate the house would take up the senate bill? the speaker: it's premature to say how -- we haven't made that decision yet. they are just beginning their process. we are not at the point of making that decision yet. reporter: can you address the designate's bill, the loose lip problem -- the speaker: how many of you know what that problem is? this is a very technical issue but it's the constitution so we take that very seriously. my understanding is ways and means is giving the technical assistance the senate needs to conform with the constitution, the origination clause and blue slip. ed royce, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said
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he's eager to move this bill. we need foreign affairs to do their scrub of the legislation which is what we do every time a bill comes over from the senate but chairman royce said he wants to get moving quickly. reporter: will that a formal committee referral will they will mark up that bill? the speaker: don't know the answer to that we got to unthe blue slip which is a constitutional new jersey nation clause issue. -- origination clause issue. that's why we get foreign affairs or foreign relations the technical work they need to get this right. reporter: do you support the policy? the speaker: i support sanctions. i will let hvac foreign affairs scrub and do it to make sure it is writen in a good way -- written in a good way. reporter: so president trump's -- the speaker: i apologize. who are you with? reporter: c.n.s. news. so president trump 2018 budget calls for eliminating the federal funding for the
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corporation for public broadcasting. do you support that proposal? and will you follow the funding elimination of the c.b.p. outlined in the president's budget? the speaker: i'll refer you to the appropriators. they are getting ready writing the details. i don't get too deep into the microdetails. i refer you to the appropriators. reporter: a budget question for you. diane black, the budget chairwoman, really supportive of the idea of doing $150 in mandatory cuts. some of your other chairmen not so comfortable with the idea coming up with the savings. i know you're still having your family discussion but how do you -- how do you envision like going through this? do you think make there's a halfway point? the speaker: deja vu all over again. i served as budget chair, ranking member for eight years. i had these kinds of conversations each and every year with all the authorizing chairs. she's doing a fantastic job of getting consensus on the kinds of instructions we need to make sure we get some savings out of
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the budget. every budget should have savings. and diane black is doing that just like any other year -- any other budget chair should. she's just basically going through, talking to each authorizer about the kind of savings targets they can hit. that's the way the budget process works. i'm confident she'll get that done, that she'll find consensus with our other chairs. that's how you put a budget together. yeah. reporter: mr. speaker, do you think it will be appropriate for the senate judiciary committee to subpoena former attorney general loretta lynch? the speaker: i am not going to comment on what they're doing. that's not even in our -- yeah. reporter: i was going to ask you -- knowing how hard it was for you to pass the house bill, health care plan, was there any red flags when you were briefed on the bill that came to your attention and you thought, hey, my members, i will lose -- the speaker: no, i haven't seen any of that yet. like i said, i know how hard it is to pass a bill like this. what was helpful to us that we didn't have senate leadership
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playing quarterback with us. the last thing i want to do is play arm shirt quarterback with them. i will respect their process. i won't opine on the microdetails. i haven't read through all of the bill myself. i was briefed on the basic contents. but what's important is that they pass their bill, that we get this process going so we can keep our promise. >> last question. reporter: can you tell us more about scalise? can you tell us a little bit more about mr. scalise? the speaker: we are not going to be the ones commenting on his health prognosis or progress other than to say i had a great meeting with steve this morning and he's bright. he's alert. he just wanted to go through the agenda. he wanted to go through the latest whip, what's coming to the floor next week. he wanted a brief on work. he was just so thankful -- also, by the way, we're doing blood drives. he's very thankful for that. he's very thankful for the outpouring of support that he's received friends and colleagues
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and people from louisiana. and so he was just very, very taken and moved. just to hear him talk about bailey and krystal and his affection for them and thankfulness for them, it was something. it seemed like he was doing real well. thanks. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> shortly, the u.s. house, members return for legislative work. live coverage of debate and votes in the house gets under way at noon eastern here on c-span. more now from today's "washington journal." al" continues. host: shai akabas, director of at the bipartisan policy center director here with us this morning to talk about limit.ure of the debt let's first do 101 here, what is the federal debt limit guest: the federal debt limit restricts the amount of the u.s. that government does. each year the government spends