tv Senate Republican Leaders News Conference CSPAN June 20, 2018 12:05am-12:17am EDT
laura bush said how about this is. they are feeling the heat on this issue and they are squirming, as you saw a few minutes ago. last question. >> what you think of the republican charge that democrats just want to give people a get out of jail free card? >> there should be rule of law for every person who crosses the border. it is not required to separate children to enact rule of law. everyone knows that. that's how it's been done for a very long time. even the first year and a half of the trump administration, they didn't do it. plain and simple. thank you, everybody.
>> good afternoon. i support and all of the members of the republican conference support a plan that keeps families together while their immigration status is determined. we discussed the need to fix the problem. i understand the president just called on us to fix the problem. i understand the president just called on us to fix the problem. and obviously for that to occur in the senate would require bipartisan discussions. senator corbyn and senator cruz and others are working on it as well. and so we hope to reach out to
the democrats and see if we can get results, which means making a law and not just getting into a sparring back-and-forth that leads to no onclusion. for that, let me turn to senator cornyn. >> we want to keep families together. some people have suggested the only way to do that is to not enforce the law, which i believe is a false choice. we can keep families together while we expedite their ability to appear before an immigration judge. and pren their claim for an immigration benefit on a short-timetable. and then if they do qualify, then they get that benefit all that much sooner. as you know right now there's a big backlog of immigration cases. but what we would do is move these families to the head of
the line. in the interim they would be in a humane, safe and secure family facility. and hopefully we'll get this problem addressed right away. my hope is this is not going to be something we're going to do over a matter of weeks and months. but something that we co -- could do in a matter of days. hopefully this week. the whip said we had a spirited discussion about the subject at lunch today and there is strong agreement upon -- among republicans that we need a solution that enforces the law and also a solution that allows families to stay together. i think we all agree the immigration system is broken and that a secure border is important. it is something we have been trying to get our colleagues on the other side to work with us
to achieve. so far unsuccessfully. i think we all agree been to enforce the laws in the country. i am hoping that the democrats this time around will realize that the best path forward is to work with us in a bipartisan way to create a new law that addresses this problem and gets us to a solution and not just a political talking point. this is a real issue with real consequences. it's a function and byproduct of an immigration system that has broken for way too long. we need a solution that specifically addresses the problem we see on the border today. and our members are in a very serious way working together to try and come up with that in hopes that those on the other side will work with us to make that happen.
>> this week is the sixth month anniversary offer the president signing the tax cut law into effect. and as a result, you take a look at what the country is thinking about this, gallon lup poll this weeks shows the satisfaction with the country is at a 12-year high. i hear that in wyoming. members heard that as they were coming back from the weekend in their home states and it's because the impact has had the law has had on keeping their own money because of tax cuts. we've seen unemployment at a significant low. we've seen people needing unemployment insurance payments at a significant low, consumer confidence at a all-time high, all result of the tax law. part of the satisfaction is the fact that the president has taken us back from the brink of war as a result of a successful summit in singapore with the leader of north korea. so around the country there's a
level of confidence and optimism and a positiveness and it's a result starting the passage of the tax cuts and the impact they've had on american amilies. >> i think everybody knows it is better to get health insurance as part of a group. we'll put out more specifics on how that could happen. in missouri we've had the ability for small manufacturers to have their own associated health plan for a couple of health plans now. it's worked great for them. it will ork great for people in restaurants, for people who society in ways he's going to describe getting to be a part of . at group if associated health plans are available, 4 million people will get insurance as part of a group
that do not have that option today. i look forward to seeing those plans come out in real detail this week. >> this should be a bipartisan solution. i want to follow-up on accomplishments. -- over the past congress. earlier this spring we passed a policy that reversed or put an end to the practice of fire borrowing. on friday the senator of colorado and myself, senator tipton traveled to durango to visit the 416 fire which is a 35,000 acker fire. 1100 firefighters are on the scene right now, thanks to congress passing a bill that put an end to fire borrowing. we can have managers make better decisions on the ground. they can make better decisions on the ground as a result of the passage of our legislation. it is saving structures on lives and that is one of the many accomplishments this congress has had.
>> do you feel when you look at this family separation policy and some people view this as so heinous, that this is something that the republicans going into the midterm elections, this is something so onerous that this is going to be a problem? >> the president says we need to act, the democrats say we need to act, and we say we need to act. o we will act. this is the week that all of us can come together and hopefully fix the problem as senator cornyn pointed out. >> i want to clarify. this will be a stand-alone bill just to address family separation? >> first we have to see if we can agree and then how to rocess it. >> you said senator hatch has called for a pause in the zero
tolerance policy while you work on legislation. do you agree that there should be a pause in the policy near-term? >> well, you can ask senator hatch about his senate -- i don't have anything to add to that right now. i think we need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution. the president said that. we've said it. the democrats have said it. we need to come together and fix it. >> this would be a narrow proposal. but you've experienced the reluctance to have a broader immigration to have this in the senate is that your view? >> my assumption is, in order to fix this problem, you cannot fix all the problems. because we have wrestled with this for a decade. as i know we went for it in amendment. we couldn't reach an agreement. this requires a solution. and i think therefore i think obviously it would need to be a narrow agreement to fix the problem that we all agree needs
to be fixed. >> can you talk about your observation of the photographs and the audio of the children at the border that were affected them? d to what degree have you talked to the white house? >> i have already said we need to fix the problem and we are going to work on it. >> how do you fix daca? you have another specific problems? >> i don't know how many times you want to hear me saying the same thing. a problem has arisen and we all know it needs to be fixed. as i said to ed's question, the only way to guarantee on an issue this complicated that we get a fix for it to be a narrow solution targeted at this articular problem.
announcer: earlier today president trump visited capitol hill talking to house republicans behind closed doors. according to the white house he endorsed both house immigration bills that close legal loopholes. cancel the diesel lottery and solve the family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal." before the president left the meeting, a group of house democrats appeared with signs protesting his policy of separating migrant children from their parents. here's a lock at that scene. >> we're here to fight for our kids. we don't want ouds