House Republican Leaders News Conference CSPAN June 27, 2018 1:59am-2:20am EDT
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 recent cnbc surv. for families and small businesses who are no longer ha 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. 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, thi thet need, this is the date w themnd we hat ha tere. e 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. mr. scalise: good morning. 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 united states 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 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 appropriat p. 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 to incite others to violence. 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 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. mr. mccarthy: well, good morning.
as the whip talked about, we have a big week. 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. say hi to everybody. come on. you can. all right. dad knows best there. i want to thank our subcommittee chair, kay granger. s'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 this 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 that i found also that we're doing this week is cfius, modernizing the 30-year-old bill that ao 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 at 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 were the last two months we lived through, april and may. we'reutting 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 short of remarkable.
they have our greatest admiration and this raise is well deserved. we want the men and women who wear our uniform to always, always have what they need to fulfill their missions and to take care of their families. so we are keeping promises that we aoing in office what we said we would do in the campaign in 2016. through our policies, whether it's 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, you 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 e 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 tranche 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 because of 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 going 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. somethingon and also that you talk about in the past. toi haven't had a chance look at that because i have been in conference this full-time. -- this whole time. are a number.
we address this in the bill on wednesday. we have made it extremely clear we want to keep families together. i'll government should not be forced to choose between keeping families together and enforcing the law. we should be able to do all of that. the firstget to wednesday vote. the last thing i want to do is undercut a vote of a bill we are bringing to the floor. >> have he respond to conservatives that say you did not work hard enough. there hardly is another effort that we put as much into.
just getting those last votes are always the hardest. >> do you feel like both sides and what can be learned from you. >> i think it has been an extraordinary productive meeting. communicatingwas his frustration with the senate. we get to the house and you will need nine democrat votes to break through a filibuster. think said all that, i consensusve is the hopefully now, but if not later.
the supreme court is going to rule on daca. the past president exceeded his authority's. at the end of the day, the plan.ent laid out a smart with this compromise does is addressed those on how to solve this problem so i think ultimately, we will arrive on fixing this immigration system, dealing with daca and going through a merit-based immigration system and securing the borders andy rule of law. -- and the rule of law. >> one of the biggest problems we have with opioids, we have hair when coming over the border.
we need to secure our borders. if only to stop all these from going into our schools. this is very important and i think at the end of the day, you will see a compromise that will address this issue. we do with thef democrats are suggesting which is to te the world if you come to this country, we will not have close borders. we should not have to be in a situation where we are separating families or secure the border. it is ridiculous to think that we have to choose between families staying together and enforcing the laws.