tv House Republican Leaders News Conference CSPAN June 26, 2018 11:01am-11:22am EDT
notices for licensed facilities likely violates the first amendment. two decisions, major decisions remain in the court. we're learning tomorrow will be the final day of the court's term. so we will get those decisions for youomorrow. we'll leave this scene here as we await more from the court which will likely not happen until tomorrow. but a short time ago, house republican leaders held a briefing with reporters to iscuss their agenda. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: ok. good morning, everyone. with lower taxes and fewer regulations, our economy is built for growth. 95% of manufacturers are optimistic about the future.
95%. that's the highest number ever. in washington state, our average wages have increased the highest amount in 10 years. 54% of americans are saying that the economy is either good or excellent. it's the highest number from a ce cnbc rvey. for families and small businesses who are no longer overtaxed, overregulated, they have hope, they have hope for a better life because of our booming economy. and they also are hopeful that america is safe and secure. you've heard me say it before, but in order for america to be a diplomatic power, we have to be a military power. to be a military power you have to be an economic power. that's why it's all related. having a stronger economy is allowing us to take the steps to rebuild our military. the people's house this week is advancing priorities that will provide for our national defense, give our troops the
highest pay increase that they've seen in nine years. it's our priority to rebuild the readiness, keep america safe. i've invited the chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee, kay granger, to join us today. she represents naval air station joint reserve base in fort worth, texas. she's leading the way on this bill that helps bolster the defense and support our troops. so thank you, chairwoman granger, for being with us. ms. granger: thank you, cathy, i appreciate it. you were talking about military power and that's what this is all about in the defense bill. in the last defense bill, we began the process of rebuilding our military. we did that by meeting with the joint chiefs, with the secretary of defense and saying, what do we need to do to rebuild this? we did that in the last bill. we continue to build on that in this bill. readiness being the most important thing so the equipment that you'll see in this bill came directly from the secretary of defense who said this is what we need, this
is the amount we need, this is the date we need them and we have that there. the support for the troops is also extremely important. we have a 2.6% raise for them. it's a small amount. it's a pat on the back to say you're doing a great job and that's what's so important. as we do this, as i said, we listened to those military leaders and said, what do we need to do? we took the first step. this is a multistep process to rebuild our military, but i know we can do it. we had 6,600 requests from members about what they saw in their districts and overall what the needs were and we tried to meet those needs in every way possible. they're very aware of what's necessary and the votes are there. we expect to have a good, strong support in this, looking at job bases as well as military strength. i think those that voted for it
will be proud of it too. any questions? >> we'll give you that opportunity. >> good morning. mr. scalise: we have another busy week at the capitol addressing a number of issues important getting this country back on track and addressing serious problems. as ms. granger talked about, this military bill is important to or security and defense and a bill we will be whipping later today. i look forward to a strong vote, frankly, it's a bill that everybody should be voting for because it meets one of our basic constitutional responsibilities before congress and that is to provide for our nation's defense. what's really important is we are finally addressing the neglect that we've seen over the years to our nation's defense. this is something president trump has emphasized, rebuilding our nation's military. just last week we had another plane fall out of the sky.
just think about this. in america the unitestates of america's military almost once a month now we see a plane fall out of the sky in training exercises. in many cases we're losing men and women that are in those planes that are dying because the department of defense hasn't had the tools they need to provide basic equipment and supplies for planes. last year we saw almost by a 3-1 ratio more deaths to men and women in uniform from combat training exercises than we saw in combat. a 3-1 margin. this is something that needs to be addressed. it's been needing to address for a long time and we are addressing it with this bill. i hope as we pass it through the house we see the senate act quickly on this bill too. i am glad yesterday the senate voted by large margin, i believe 86-5, to pass three of the appropriations bills that this house has already moved. we are finally seeing a working appropriations process.
i think it's important for the country. we will address a number of other issues. obviously on immigration we will be moving a bill that addresses the president's request. we have a bill that actually funds the wall, provides real border security which we've been needing for a long time for decades, in fact. deals with so many of the interior problems. where secretary nielsen can't even properly defend and frankly she can't even deport people that are felons that get out of prison. felons in this country that came here illegally. this is a bill that's critically important that we're going to be moving and working with our members on the details of that bill. finally, i want to talk about civility and our discourse. we saw again over the weekend some more inciteful comments from colleagues. look, i mean, i know firsthand, we got to be real careful about how we discuss our differences. the great part of america is we can discuss our differences freely and openly. it's one of the things our
founders set up. it's part of the first amendment. but we also have a responsibility to make sure as we're discussing our disagreements we're not trying violence. thers to that's i think where the real fine line needs to be. nobody should be inciting harassment or violence of any sort just because we disagree with each other violence. that's on issues. we got a great battlefield of ideas where we can actually discuss our disagreements publicly but we got to do it in a civil way where we respect the differences of opinion and we have elections. in the case of congress, every two years we get to go to the voters and state our case and that's the place where those disagreements need to be discussed. >> well, good morning. as the whip talked about, we have a big week. karthik nemmani coming off doing opioid bills, more than
50 of them, passing the farm bill. this week we have a big week with d.o.d. and the whip wanted to bring in a special guest. mattis. say hi to everybody. come on. you can. all right. dad knows best there. i want to thank our subcommittee chair, kay granger. she's dedicated her career inside congress about building our military, making sure we're prepared so, one, our men and women have exactly what we need to be protected. we have watched during the last administration, during sequester that our military get cut 20%. but we watched the world become more dangerous. and what we're doing with the d.o.d. appropriation bill that's moving through, we are rebuilding it. as she talked about, it's a pay raise, 2.6%, the highest pay increase in more than nine years. we're looking at the readiness, restoration, and modernization programs. we have to be innovative in is process where we go in a
continually changing world. we want to make sure we're protected and that the world is safe and our troops have every protection that they need as we move forward. one thing tt i found also that we're doing this week is cfius, modernizing the 30-year-old bill that also ties into our military, making sure from theft but also for the future that we are keeping innovation here in america and protecting that innovation at the same time. as the whip talked about, we will deal with immigration as well this week as we're continuing to move forward. each week that we continue to progress, just as our conference chair talked about, you see economic improvement. i think it's very important we think about that for one moment. i told you once again, in the last 49 years in america, unemployment has only been below 4% seven months. you know what, two of those seven months prrks the last two months we lived through, april and may.
we're putting an economic time in a much better place for the future. this helps us solve many more problems, but what's most important, it gives the opportunity for the next generation and makes sure the next century is america. speaker ryan: we hit the six-month milestone after tax reform. i'm sure that's what you're reporting on these days. i just want to say just how far we've come in a brief period of time. wages are rising. unemployment remains low. people are feeling confident again. it is just what the majority leader said. the kind of economic turn-around we have seen since tax reform exceeded our expectations and we've been working on this issue for decades. after tax reform, our top priority was to rebuild our military. one of the chief architects of rebuilding our military is chairwoman kay granger. we needed to address a very serious readiness crisis in
this country that was costing us american lives. we were able to secure the biggest funding increase in defense spending in 15 years with this defense funding bill. we are putting these promises into action. we are starting a new era for our military. this bill invests in training, it invests in equipment, it provides funding for modern systems so our military is best equipped for the challenges we face in 21st century warfare. new challenges. tough challenges. this is about ensuring our armed forces. after years of being hallowed out can operate on the cutting edge with agility and efficiency. and this defense bill gives service members their biggest pay raise in nine years. what our troops do is nothing remarkable. they have our greatess admiration and this raise is well deserved. we want the men and women who wear our uniform to always, always have what they need rema. they have our to fulfill their missions and to take care of their families.
so we are keeping promises that we have made. we are doing in office what we said we would do in the campaign in 2016. through our policies, whether 's bowlesering our economy or strengthening our defense -- bolstering our economy or strengthening our defense, we're reinforcing america's leadership in the world. i assume you have lots of questions about the defense bill. chad. reporter: thank you, mr. speaker. good morning. you said a couple weeks ago, ou said you wanted [inaudible] i hear from some of the members of those committees they are not pleased where things are going. will you do anything this week? if not, in order to satisfy the demands of your members [inaudible] speaker ryan: well, obviously, i typically don't think speaker of the house has to get involved every time. we have legit mate document request from the executive branch to the legislative branch. i got involved a week ago. since that we have had compliance coming forward from the d.o.j.
now, the question is, will all the requests be honored this week? i think they're going to be honored very, very soon. we had them working through the weekend to deal with completing the document requests that our committees made among the department of justice. there are technical issues involved. it's literally computer search terms and things like that. we expect full compliance very, very soon. and if we do not get that, then we are going to keep every single option available to us because, again, the legislative branch has a constitutional duty to do oversight over the executive branch. that is what we're doing, we have gotten more documents in the past week than we have gotten in weeks and months. so we have a lot to sift through. by the way, what you learned from the i.g. is what we're seeing in our investigation. bias, we are seeing all of these things. we have to run down every one of these leads so we can bring transparency and accountability to the executive branch. reporter: have you had to call off the dogs? reporter: exclude opioid-related bills this
month. you guys failed to provide adequate funding -- speaker ryan: adequate funding? $3 billion. we have put more money into opioids than any congress. reporter: i heard opposite. [inaudible] speaker ryan: this is the second traunch of funding. we had cara and followed up with appropriations. now we're doing these bills which have the big pay-fors. you have never seen a legislative assault on the opioid epidemic like you have seen with this congress. we took 48 bills, i think it was? we put them into one bill. why did we do that? we wanted to make it easy for the senate to pass it. we wanted -- we knew it takes the senate time to do anything. we wanted this huge bipartisan vote, put it into one bill to make it easy for the senate to get it done. we're excited and confident we can get our hands around this real crisis that's happening, the opioid crisis.
i am proud of the work the members have done and the funding to address this crisis is unprecedented. the bonus. reporter: mr. speaker, you repeatedly pointed to harley-davidson when you were selling the tax bill and need for tax reform. now beca the president's trade policy they're moving jobs overseas. your reaction to that. congress has constitutional authority to set trade policy. is congress going to do anything to reverse that policy? speaker ryan: i'll say it again. i don't think tariffs are the right way to go. i think they're basically taxes. what ends up happening you get escalating tariffs or escalating taxes. one of the reasons we did tax reform is to make it easier for businesses to keep manufacturing in america and not exgoing overseas. like taxes, like tariffs, some penetrate markets. that's why we want to lower those barriers. there are unfair trading practices, no two ways about it, by other countries. i think it's in our interest to use other tools to go after those unfair trading practices to stop companies or countries from dumping, from cheating,
from stealing, from doing i.p.r. theft and the rest. i think there are better tools than tariff increases. yeah. reporter: mr. speaker, inaudible] knocking down a california law pro-life or anti-abortion groups are saying. also, the president's travel ban, that's something you -- inaudible] speaker ryan: i haven't had a chance to look at it because i have been in conference. reporter: the travel ban -- speaker ryan: let me read the ruling and get back to you. reporter: there are a number of children separated from their parents. speaker ryan: we addressed this in the bill we are bringing to the floor wednesday. we made it extremely clear. we want to keep families
together and we want to secure the border and enforce our laws. our government, becomes of a court ruling or law, should not be forced to choose between keeping mi together and securing the border and enforcing our laws. we should be able to do all of those and that's the legislation we're supporting and proposing. i want to get through the first wednesday vote because i want to lean into that vote and do as well as we possibly can on that vote. if that doesn't succeed we will cross the bridge. the last thing i want to do is undercut a bill on a great consensus bill we're bringing to the floor wednesday. susan. reporter: how do you respond to conservative critics that say you didn't work hard enough in that bill to put 193 votes and they want you to turn back -- speaker ryan: we moved it in february. we spent six months in listening session on the goodlatte bill. there hardly is another legislative effort that we put as much effort into than getting the goodlatte bill over the finish line. it's getting those last 20 or 30 votes are always the hardest. we have been whipping this thing since february.
eporter: [inaudible] do you feel both sides are negotiating in good faith? what can we learn from this whole exercise? speaker ryan: i think both sides are negotiating in good faith. it's been extraordinarily productive meetings. we have a big difference with different views in districts and the president was communicating his frustration with the senate and that's what some of our members communicated the same frustration which is we get something through the house and you need nine democrat votes to break filibuster. that's frustrating to members because this is something that can be fill bustered and they -- filibustered and they will be filibustered. rachel, what we have here are the seeds of consensus that will be gotten to hopefully now if not laret. the supreme court will rule on this issue. they'll rule on daca eventually. the past president obama
exceeded his authorities. we believe he should not have been able to do this. and at the end of the day, the president, this president laid out a smart plan, very reasonable, his four pillars. and what this compromise does is address those four pillars and how to solve this problem. so i think hopefully sooner rather than later ultimately we are going to arrive on fixing this broken immigration system by addressing these four pillars. dealing with daca in a smart way. going toward a merit-based immigration system. and securing the border, securing the rule of law. he was just asking us about opioids. and all the opioid issues. oh, yeah. [laughter] thank you very much. he was addressing opioids. you know one of the biggest problems we have with opioids? we got heroin, cheap heroin coming over the southern border from mexican drug cartels. we need to secure our borders. if only to stop all these drugs from going into our kids' high
schools. so this is very, very important and i do think at the end of the day you're going to see a four pillar-like compromise that's going to address this issue. hopefully it's now. if not later. >> last question. reporter: [inaudible] would you be open to -- speaker ryan: catch and release? no. reporter: [inaudible] speaker ryan: imagine to do what the democrats are suggesting, tell the world you can come to this country, we won't have closed borders. we should not have to be in a situation where we're saying, separate families or secure the border. we should be able to keep families together and secure the border and enforce our laws. it is ridiculous to think we have to choose between families staying together and securing our border and enforcing our laws. there is one more thing i want to say and i want to add what steve said about congresswoman waters. there's no place for this.
she obviously should apologize. when we in this democracy are suggesting that because we disagree with people on political views, on policy views, on philosophical views, we should resort to violence and harassment and intimidation, that's dangerous for our society. it's dangerous for our democracy. she should apologize. there is no place in our public discourse. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the house is back at noon eastern for debate on legislation to protect endangered salmon and to start work on 2019 defense department spending. live coverage on noon eastern. we will go live to a senate judiciary committee hearing on a survivors bill of rights for survivors of sexual assault and rape. we join it in progress.