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  House Speaker Paul Ryan News Conference  CSPAN  December 14, 2017 4:04pm-4:19pm EST

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i dissent. >> the item is adopted. thanks to the staff for your terrific work on this item. >> the commissioners are voting 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules that were put in place during the obama administration. the regulations were to guarantee access to the internet and internet providers will speed up for apps and block or slow down others. tech companies and consumer groups lobbied against the decision and 83% of the americans were opposed to repealing the net neutrality rules. blake farenthold will not seek re-election and a disclosure that 84,000 was used to settle a case against him. his term ends in january, 2019. paul ryan talked about that
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decision and other topics during his weekly briefing at the capitol.
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speaker officer taxpayers will see more money in their paychecks. the i.r.s. is taking steps to prepare new withholding tails for 2018 based upon this legislation. this tax cut will mean less of a paycheck going to washington and more to the hard working person who earned it. this is real relief. his is what this accomplishes. this is to rebill our military and this bill helps do that.
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the house passed a fully funded extension to protect the nine million children. that bill is h.r. 3922, the championing healthy kids act. unfortunately, an overwhelming majority of house democrats voted against that extension of chip funding. care for children in need should go beyond party lines. i hope both parties will come to together to extend the chip funding now. questions. reporter: congressman blake fearntholet said he will not run for re-election, do you think he should step down now? the speaker: he is making the right decision to retire. there are new stories that are very disconcerting. and i think he has made the right decision he will be leaving congress and that reflects in the conversation we
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had. reporter: just to follow up, after he settled these lawsuits, there were continued complaints and this has been reported and outside investigate or -- investigator. the office of compliance recommended and helped find him that outside investigator. how much taxpayer money was used? do you think that should be made public? the speaker: he is under an ethics committee investigation and refer you to susan brooks about the nature of that ethics committee investigation. he is under an investigation, as he should be. reporter: for a long time, there are members of congress have slept in their offices, and you have slept in your offices for year. this is -- the speaker: more of a convenience thing.
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reporter: and in this climate of sexual harrassment, should members of congress be allowed to sleep in their offices considering this climate? and would you set the example, mr. speaker? the speaker: we speak in our offices until about midnight and get up early in the morning. it is a convenience factor. i never see my staff when i return back to my office. i go back from the capitol to the office. we are not seeing our staff. it is a factor of convenience and that to me makes a lot of sense because i live in wisconsin and don't live here in washington, d.c.,. i'm at home with my family and constituents. so this is simply a convenience factor and i don't see how it is connected to anything else. porter: --
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[indiscernible] the speaker: when the democrats pulled out of these talks, that cost us. we'll see where we can land but our preference is to get an agreement sooner rather than later. reporter: the conference members are coming to -- do you anticipate a vote on that? the speaker: our members want to see an agreement on a disaster supplemental before we leave. so that is something we are working toward. reporter: there seems to be some discussion under way as to which chamber would go first on tax reform. the speaker: i don't know the answer to that question. it's all about timing and managing absences in the senate. so we are basically being
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flexible for the majority leader. i talked to mitch about this. we are being flex i believe to honor their concerns about their concerns. reporter: how concerned are you about the health of senator mccain. the speaker: i'll refer you to senator mcconnell. reporter: do you have the post card with you. the speaker: do you have one? reporter: taxpayers will use it come april 15 and -- the speaker: this is the text code for next year. reporter: considering the nature of the changes in the bill, do you envision any portions of it delaying taking effect? the speaker: you'll see -- i mean, people who covered tax bills -- andy knows this stuff.
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you will see lots of different dates in this tax bill. depreciation schedules will be available september -- you'll see depreciation schedules go into september 27, 2017. we announced that depreciation, the full expensing schedule. what we did not want to do is stop investments from occurring. those are going to be 2017 dates and 2018 dates. later dates. >> last question. reporter: were you aware of the congressional slush fund to settle these sexual harrisments? the speaker: i wasn't aware but we have learned quite a bit more. there is not a fund of money set aside. en claims get made, some get -- i was out of my office when
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we had the anthrax letters. we were out of longworth. there were anthrax claims, asbestos claims, slip and fall claims. but we did not know the nature of this. reporter: two questions, if you don't mind. the speaker: dynamic questioning. reporter: we know the polling has shown that it is not particularly popular and even among republican voters there is some skepticism. what do you think is the reason for that and do you think it will change? and if you could look ahead briefly and you talked about entitlement reform and conservatives have said they feel they have an agreement from you there will be discussion entitlement reform. what are we going to see? the speaker: first off, if you
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look at the polling that was done in ronald reagan's signature tax reform, something like a month before it passed, 18% of the people polled thought they were going to benefit from it. so this is the nature of the debate on things this big like tax reform. misterse pundits and spin confusing the public. like you see with any large piece of legislation. what comforts is the fact that the results are going to produce fantastic results that will improve the lives of hard working taxpayers in this country. m convinced this is going to launch more businesses and workers. i'm convinced this will give bigger paychecks and doubling the standard deduction means nine out of 10 people could fill out their form on a post card.
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the results are going to sell this bill not the confusion before it passes. on entitlement reform, there are two things you have to do to get this debt under control, reform the entitlement programs, which are on auto pilot and grow the economy. we had three reconciliation packages prepared for this congress. the first one which the house passed didn't pass the senate. the second one was about getting the economy going doing tax reform. the third one is back to very important entitlement reforms. and one of the reforms we see that is necessary and get us out of this poverty trap where we are trapping people in poverty, disincentivizing work. we have been talking about tax rates, the corporations pay this tax. you know who pays the highest tax rate, the single mol who
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will lose 80 cents on the dollar if she takes a job. that is a problem and we are trapping people in poverty. so let's fix that and change our welfare laws so we push and pull people out of poverty into the work force and the great thing about tax reform coming right now we are going to be able to create an economy that produces jobs, higher wages that will be there for people who are stuck on poverty and welfare to go to. so next year is going to be the year we work on people. next year is the year we work on getting people where they need to get in life, a better job, closing the skills gap. if you look -- this is something i feel strongly about. there are three things we are trying to do to get this economy humming, fix the regulatory problem. we have been slamming businesses over the last three years that
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is a massive hidden cost. a huge hidden tax. we are making great progress on that, reform the tax code to get faster economic growth, higher paychecks. people, this is going to be the new economic challenge for america. people. baby boomers are retiring. i did my part, but we need to have the higher birth rates in this country meaning baby boomers are retiring and fewer people are following them in the work force. we had a 90% increase in the retirement population but 19% of the working population in america. what do we have to do? be smarter more efficient, more technology. and when we have tens of millions of people right here in this country falling short of their potential, not working, not looking for a job or in a school to get a job, that's a problem. we need to tackle these things. next thing we want to take on
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criminal justice reform, skills, giving people the skills they need and want and welfare reform. those are the kind of entitlement reforms we are talking about. the last point i'll say is obamacare is collapsing and failing. we won't be able to ignore that problem. we are going to have to revisit the problem of a health care marketplace that is collapsing. thank you very much everybody. >> are you quitting any time soon? [laughter] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit >> house minority leader nancy pelosi held her weekly briefing and spoke about net neutrality rules. this is about 20 minutes.