tv House GOP Leaders News Conference CSPAN June 20, 2018 3:10pm-3:34pm EDT
has expired. expired, sir. the time has expired. the chair has ruled. expired, s. >> ask for a ruling of the chair. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has ruled. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in rec >> that from earlier today on the floor of the house. the house right now in recess ahead of some votes on several opioid related bills and funding for the office of national drug control policy. immigration debate begins tomorrow. we understand the house rules committee voting on that this afternoon. speaker ryan also announcing the farm bill vote should happen this week. the rules committee meeting today we are told. the president of the united states is going to minnesota this evening he will be speaking about 7:30 p.m. we'll have coverage from duluth,
minnesota, on c-span2. while we wait for the house to resume, here's house speaker paul ryan earlier today with his leadership team at a briefing. speaker ryan: good morning, everybody. i want to say a few words about the situation at the border. as i said last week, we do not want children taken away from their parents. we can enforce our immigration
laws without breaking families apart. the administration said it wants congress to act and we are. tomorrow the house will vote on legislation to keep families together. under this bill, when people are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, families will remain together under a -- under d.h.s. custody throughout the length of their legal proceedings. additional funding will be made available so that d.h.s. has sufficient resources to house and care for families during this entire process. this is obviously something we discussed last night with the president at our conference and i hope we'll be able to pass this tomorrow. bottom line is this year -- we are going to take action to keep families together while we enforce our immigration laws. second, i want to provide an update on the steps we've taken to grow our economy for working families. six months ago this week, six months ago this week, historic tax reform was passed and signed into law. in just this short time we have
started to see real results. tax reform has helped improve the lives of so many americans, which is exactly what we set out to do when we passed this in the first place. since it took effect, one million jobs have already been created. unemployment is at its lowest level in a half century. wages are rising. utility bills are going down. tax reform has been every bit the game changer we were hoping that we envisioned it would be. it has helped to replace uncertainty with growing optimism. preem feeling more confident and in more control of their futures. that's what this is all about. not just these six month bus six months after that and six years after that. it is about creating an economy where it is possible for families living paycheck to paycheck to fenally get ahead. it is about getting people in the land of opportunity and truly maximizing their potential. tax reform was a big start. it was one of the biggest starts we could have had. but it doesn't mean we are done. we are going to continue working
to strengthen this economy even more so that working families can prosper. >> good morning, in addition the people's house is continuing our work to combat the opioid epidemic, prevent addiction and stop the flow of fentanyl from china and mexico. these drugs are extremely dangerous and potent and it underscores why it's so important that we stop these drugs at their source before they cross the border. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: that's another reason it's a priority to fix the broken immigration system. leme be clear, i do not believe the government should be separating families and children at the border. the president was here yesterday, i'm encouraged by what our members put forward to ensure that we stop the practice of separating families, we keep our border secure, keep america safe and find a daca solution.
the immigration issue is not going away. the president wants a solution. our members want a solution. the american people want a solution. we need a solution. my priority right now is to be continuing to work with our members to find that solution. i want to switch gears a little also and remind everyone as the speaker did that friday is the six-month anniversary of the tax cuts and jobs act and in just six months, we've had over a million jobs created, wages are growing at the fastest rate since 2008, consumer confidence is up, small business owners are optimistic. we have record low unemployment. 3.8%. it's the lowest we have seen for a long time. i'm so glad the chairman of the ways and means committee, kevin brady, as well as mike johnson from louisiana, could join us this morning to further highlight the impact in america as well as in their district. >> thank you, kathy. republicans o,
congress joined with president trump for the most sweeping tax cuts and redesign of our tax code in a generation. we were determined to make sure that families and local businesses kept more of what they earned. mr. brady: we redesigned this code so our local businesses and workers can compete and win anywhere in the world especially here at home. we created a tax code built for growth that leapfrogs america back into the lead as one of the best places on the planet for the next new job, next new manufacturing plant, that next new headquarters. so to show you the difference between then and now, we have gone from a nation that's asking, where are the jobs? to a nation asking where are the workers? main street is roaring back, growing and hiring. businesses are bringing their dollars back from overseas and
investing in america again. families are not just only keeping more of what they earn and many of them, their utility bills are lower and their benefits at work are better. but new there is a new hope, a new optimism that wasn't there before. remember where we started. for the last decade, america has been in the slow growth mode. it was like our economy was growing thru a school zone. every sign post, high taxes, uncompetitive tax codes, uncertainty, slowed america's economy down. now we're back on the highway, where america used to be. where every sign post says we're hitting on all cylinders, let's grow faster. and we're seeing this around the country. there's literally -- i can't go to a community, i can barely talk to a business that isn't looking for more workers and looking to pay their own workers
more. all this is incredibly important. under the old tax code, every economist told us, that slow growth from the last decade, just get use toit. those american companies moving overseas every month, just get used to it. students coming out of school, couldn't find good-paying jobs they just told us, get used to it. that's the new normal in america. we refused to accept those forecasts. and this new tax code has delivered really i think a new era of prosperity for america. and i believe the best is yet to come. because so much of this work with congressional republicans and the president was designed to change where businesses put their manufacturing plants, their research, their patents in technology. to create a giant sucking sound back to the united states of these jobs and investments. that's exactly what we're seeing. i was in new england the other
day visiting with a medical company that has had three breakthrough medicines and working on its fourth. and their c.e.o. said look, this new tax code has changed everything. our research won't be done in london, it'll be done in the united states. our patents won't be located in ireland, they'll be here in america. and if we can find workers, the advanced manufacturing of our products will be done here in new england. we're seeing this all throughout the country. so there's new hope and there's new opportunities. and i -- we're going to continue as the speaker said to get better every year. we are changing the culture in washington. where congress waits 30 years in between improving the tax code while our global competitors continue to distance themselves. those days are over. america's going to stay in the lead, every year we're going to work to make america more competitive, more innovative and
make sure our tax code is more family friendly. every year. so there's only one party looking out for the pocketbooks and the hopes and the paychecks of middle class america and that's the republican party. period. thank you. >> this is a new era, mr. chairman. the pro growth policies put in place by this congress and the republicans that have led it helped support local businesses across the nation and we are feeling that everywhere. specifically the tax cuts and jobs act helped lift the excessive burdens on business and promote job growth by provide manager economic opportunity for more people and that leads to economic mobility so that people can move up the ladder and that's part of the american dream. mr. johnson: i've got a prime example, just one, of the bill's success in my district. canal coffee shops, owned and operated by a bossier city, louisiana native. he and his partner owned their anchor store in a small town in
louisiana he built the business from a ground up, never took a loan he went out and was a risk taker, an entrepreneur, and it worked he expanded his business to include shops in observer lynn, louisiana, and slee sporting -- shreveport, the largest metro area in the district. now with the result of the tax reform, mr. james tells me he plans to open a fourth and fifth location in the near future. s that great success story. s the kind of thing we're see, and the country. our nation is full of small business owners like roderick who put in the hard work, give their all to achieve their version of the american dream this congress has achieved a fairer, simpler tax code that's allowed small business owners like roderick to keep more of their hard-earned dollars and reinvest those in their employees and community. i complete my 28th town hall last week when we were home far day. i can tell you that every from all walks of life, all across this country are feeling the effect of this they're feeling and tasting the success and they want us to do more of it.
we're proud and honored to be part of that. thank you. >> this is another exciting and busy week here in congress as we continue to address the various problems we're facing throughout our country and we started where we left off last week, addressing this opioid crisis. mr. scalise: that's plaguing our nation. there are a number of bills we're packaging together this week that confront this problem in many different ways. it allows the federal government to be more effective and efficient at addressing the crisis as well as helping local communities where this problem really has hit every single part of our nation. then we move on to looking at the great success we had, the great work chairman brady and his committee did at putting together the tax cuts and jobs act that's working for this american economy. rebuilding the middle class, something president trump set out to do from the beginning hsm said not only do we want to cut taxes to make our company
competitive again, but he also wanted to make sure that people that wanted to get a chance to have the american dream, to be able to get real opportunity, would be able to succeed as well. and all of that is working better than expected. i doo agree that more is going to come from this. the good news is, as we just saw two weeks ago, today there are more companies looking for work workers, more job openings, than people looking for jobs. that's a real important sign, but it also shows us why it's important that we get this farm bill passed this week. not only does the farm bill have laws for our nation's farmers so we can continue to be the world's leading bread basket for the world but it also has reform tours welfare system that say, if somebody is looking for a job, they ought to be helped and we're going to provide great career opportunities and great job training for them. if there's a job opening right now and somebody is able to work, they shouldn't be able to sit on a broken welfare system. it's time for them to help be a
part of this growing economy and get back in the work force. these work requirements that we have in the farm bill are equally as important to getting this economy growing as the important farm policy. then i want to thank president trump for coming our otissue to our conference last night and being clear that he wants to fix our broken imgration system. i don't think anybody is surprised about that. it was a pillar of his campaign he said he wanned to build the wall and the reasons he wanted to build the wall is sew with would -- we could get back to rule of law and securing the border like every other country does. we're a nation that embraces immigrants. we let in over a million people a year legally today, by far the most generous nation on immigration policy in the world. but there are broken parts of our immigration laws. is we worked to put together a bill, initially there was the goodlatte-mccaul bill and this votes weren't there to pass that bill. really good policy in that bill. but our objective is not just to have good policy in the bill, it's to pass a bill. and ultimately to get a bill on president trump's desk he'll sign.
so we went back to work. working with some of the same people as well as other members of our conference that have differing views on immigration and we worked closely with president trump to develop a new border security bill. chairman goodlatte and chairman mccall are the leads on this as ll, it has some of those components. if you look at the triggers to make sure the wall is built, there's more strong components in this second bill that ensure that the wall will be built. then you take existing visas, visa lottery system, everybody agrees is bad legal policy. today under current law, 55,000 people a year come into our country where their names are literally plucked out of a hat. let's move that to a merit based system. it allow us to solve the daca problem without adding one new visa. not one new person, not one additional person will come into our country legally. we still let in a million people but we move away from the random system to a merit-based system by reforming parts of our broken immigration law. and on this final point, and i
think as the country is seeing, as it's been highlighted in the last week, the problem that we have with current law relating to separation of children and their parents. this goes back to a 2008 law that congress passed, plus court decisions like the flores decision on top it, that forced this policy. this is law and we want to change the law. we don't think it's good law. in fact president trump agrees with us. he's called on congress to work to fix this law. by the way, before this crisis was highlighted in the media, we had already started to fix it and it was in our original draft of this bill. so this bill not only addresses our immigration system but ensures that we unite families. so parents and kids come back together. look forward to getting that bill moved through and also look forward to our members of congress, republican and democrat, our female members of congress, beating the press tonight in the charity game of softball. we're going to beat the press.
>> boo! mr. mccarthy: good morning. this is a big week in congress. we will tackle many issues. om combating opioids, farm bill, and of course exactly what we talked about with the president last night, our broken immigration system. i say ours, it's not a republican or democrat problem. tans american problem. something this congress has talked about for quite some time. as the speaker was clear, i want to be very clear. we do not support the separation of children and their families being broken apart. that's why we worked on this bill. this bill doesn't just solve that problem but solves border security, goes through every issue we talked about when it come it is immigration. s that bill that's consensus. this is a bill that the president supports. it's a bill that can become law. we'll have an opportunity to vote on it tomorrow night. the question will be, do people want to play politics? or do you want to put people
before politics? do you want to solve an issue we've all talked about for quite some time. this is an issue that needs to be solved for decades going forward for america to maintain their strength. also when you look, as we move forward, opioids. 174 people will die today because of addiction. thos will be family, friends, loved ones. that same number will happen tomorrow as well. this is breaking the fiber of our country. we have moved a number of bills and i believe these can become law as well. farm bill, we know the importance. not just of having a secure agriculture our our -- for our food and safety but also put manager people into the work force. friday is a beg day. there was a reason why when kevin brady worked on this bill the way it was titled. tax cuts and jobs act. for too long people don't go back and see the title actually
match what the bill was supposed to achieve? i think it was titled just correctly. americans have seen that they kept more of their paychecks. they go look at it, they're bring manager home. and for the first time in a their raise is moving up, whare that -- what they're getting paid. for the first time in history there are more jobs in history than those looking for work. one they have statistics most telling, look at the last 49 years in this country. the last 49 years in america, unemployment has been below 4% seven months out of 49 years. two of those seven months were april and may of this year. in less than six months, this bill is working. the one millionth job has been created so the jobs act and the tax cut has proven correct. but there's more to do. if you look at small business,
the greatest creator of new jobs this whole history they've taken their toll. is it a good time to expand? the highest level it's ever been since they've taken the poll. think about how we feel as a nation? gallup cam out. the right track is at the highest it's been in 12 years. can we use that as a catalyst to make sure we solve immigration as well? or will one party sit to the sideline, complain like they've complained for decades, and not step up and solve the problem. that's the question that will be answered tomorrow night. questions? baseball players, as a consolation. reporter: so hard not to take a dig at your team, but i'll try. speaker ryan: you just did. reporter: can you talk about, we're awaiting the results of the immigration package in the
house, but in the meantime can you talk about this issue emotionally, your own response? and should the white house have put this policy on pause while congress works this out, especially for small children like 2 years old. speaker ryan: let's make it clear, we don't think families should be separated. we've seen the videos, heard the audio. when we were working on this bill we saw the court ruling was wrong and we put this fix in the bill to begin with. this court ruling gobacks to 2008. and the law should not have our government choose between enforcing our borders and forcing our -- enforcing our las, securing our borders and keeping families together. that's a ridiculous choice. tomorrow we'll have a vote on legislation that makes sure that we can enforce our laws and keep families together. it's about custody, d.o.j.
versus d.h.s. a lot of you cover this issue and know that. we're saying stick with d.h.s. and we're going to finance facilities for families to make sure that they can be taken care of so we don't have to have this ridiculous choice between enforcing our borders and enforcing the law and keeping families together. e think it's a false choice. reporter: if the bill is unable to pass tomorrow night, what is plan b? speaker ryan: this bill is plan b for us to begin with. we're focused on this legislation. it solves daca in an elegant way. it's a very good solution for daca. we're few cused on getting this bill passed this epresident came to our conference yesterday and asked members to support this bill. that's our focus. if other things happen we'll cross those bridges when it gets to it. reporter v. you asked the president to put a pause on this policy? speaker ryan: he asked us to
address this policy. reporter: your bill allocates money far family detention center. that's going to take time to build and what's going to happen until that happens and will the president put a pause on this speaker ryan: secretary neilsen talked to us us about interim measures. but the court case is the main thing. we have to change the law. that's why we're voting on this tomorrow. reporter: would you entertain a narrow emergency bill that would -- speaker ryan: we're trying to mass this legislation. this is good legislation that solves the child separation at the border, it solves the border, solves daca, solves a lot of our broken immigration parts. we're focused on passing this legislation that's coming to the floor tomorrow. when other situations arise,
whatever the circumstances, we'll cross those bridges when we get toyota reporter: are you afraid that it looks like you're using children as weapons, you have to vote for this. speaker ryan: we should not make the government choose between whether to support the law, secure the border, and keep families intact. they ought to do all those things. that's why we're having a vote on this tomorrow. thank you. reporter: you could have a vote on a narrow fix today if you wanted to. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> as you may have gathered a busy day today on capitol hill. that was speaker ryan from earlier this morning. a short while agopr