tv Senate Republicans on Leadership Elections CSPAN November 15, 2018 6:50am-7:00am EST
everyone. we just had our leadership elections and i have behind me our new leadership team for next congress. and we're excited about maintaining our majority and growing our majority. we're confident we're going to have 53 republican senators to set the agenda next year. to continue with our top priority which is the
confirmation of lifetime appointments to the judiciary. and, you know, we have divided government often in this country. we've had divided government more than not since world war ii. so i'll be talking to speaker pelosi and house democrats about what we can do together. there are a lot of things we do together already that i know are not terribly news worthy to most of you but we think it's important for the country and will be looking for ways now we have divided government again to make some progress for the country. so let me turn it over to our new majority whip, john thune. senator thune: thank you, leader. it's a great honor to be able to have the opportunity to continue to serve our conference in this position. i look forward to working with our leadership team to address the important issues that the american people want to see us take on. i will say that as the leader mentioned, we have had divided government in the past and obviously republicans can work
very well. we demonstrated that, i think, in the last couple years. in fact, we will have a bill on the floor that's going to pass a big piece of legislation that will pass with a big bipartisan majority. and so we look forward to taking on the issues that are important to the american people, and we hope that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will work with us as well. i would say with respect to the democrats here in the senate and in the house that we hope that they will decide they want to launching investigations. i hope that will be the spirit that we see out of the house of representatives because i know certainly here in the united states senate, among our conference and our leadership,oo working in a constructive and bipartisan way to address the issues that the american people expect us to take on. senator barrasso: new chairman of the republican conference and
committed to continue to work in a bipartisan way. there's lots that can be done in a bipartisan way, and we have been doing that -- border infrastructure bill passed 99-1, recently signed by the president, bills on so patients could know the cheapest cost of drugs, that passed in a bipartisan way so in divided government there is a lot that can be done and will be done but i do want to take the opportunity to introduce the new vice chairman of the republican conference. joni ernst. senator ernst: thank you very much, john. thank you, everyone. it is a great honor for me to join this tremendous leadership team as the republican conference vice chairman. i'm looking forward to the opportunity to share o wonderful overwhelming message of prosperity here in the united states, not only with the members of this body but also with our fantastic constituents honor to join this leadership team, looking forward to working with all of you in the future.
thanks so much. senator blunt: i think two points to make -- one is that republican policies, particularly on the economy, are producing great results. too, i expect in the coming year that the senate is the most likely place to talk about those policies, to drive those policies, to try to link those policies with what's happening in the country and i look forward to that. senator young: well, i'm grateful that my colleagues would place such trust in me as their next chairman of the nrsc and i look forward to serving all of them. i also look forward to bringing an indiana voice to the leadership table so we can build on the successes of the last two years. senator mcconnell: grassley, he's our new president pro tem. [applause] [laughter] said he didn't want to say anything. i don't understand.
i'll take a couple questions. all right. >> the bill to change sexual harassment rules in the house and senate, are you committed to getting it done? senator mcconnell: yes, we were. -- we are. i was talking to senator klobuchar at length. last night. she and senator blunt have taken the point on it. i don't know, roy, if you want to add anything or not, but we are working to getting it done by the end of the year. reporter: can you see a partial government shutdown in december? senator mcconnell: no. reporter: in the past you said you don't think legislation to protect the special counsel is necessary. given what's happened over the past week, has your view changed? senator mcconnell: no. there's been no indication, as you can imagine. i talk to the president fairly often. no indication that the mueller investigation will not be allowed to finish and it should be allowed to finish. we know how the president feels about the mueller investigation, but he's never said he wants to
shut it down. i never heard anybody down there say they want to shut it down. i think it's in no danger. i don't think any legislation is necessary. reporter: have you committed to bringing criminal justice reform to the floor in lame duck? what other items are on the lame-duck agenda? senator mcconnell: on criminal justice, what i said to the proponents is that we will -- first, we need a final agreement. there's been a lot of discussion, but we need an actual proposal. then, we would take a whip count. see where we stand. and weigh it at that point against the other things that absolutely have to be accomplished. one of which is how we're going to fund the government. the other is a farm bill. so we don't have a whole lot of time left, but the first step is to finalize what proponents are actually for. there have been a lot of different versions floating around and then we'll whip it, see where the vote count is and see how it stacks up against our other priorities going into the
end of the session. reporter: \[inaudible] >> do you want an infrastructure bill next congress? senator mcconnell: i hope so. you know, one thing that almost everybody seems to be interested in, you know what the sticking point is, how do you pay for it? i think i can pretty safely say republicans are not interested in doing a $900 billion stimulus. which we did at the beginning of the obama era. in other words, went out and borrowed $900 billion. we're not interested in that. we're not interested in doing that. the question is, how do you pay for it? that becomes very challenging because there's no sort of easy way to pay for infrastructure without impacting an awful lot of americans. thanks a lot. reporter: mr. leader, with respect to florida -- [indistinct conversations]
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and the president of the congressional management foundation, brad fitch, on their role in coaching new members of congress and their staffs. ♪ host: in election related news, utah's republican representative, who is losing by a thin margin has filed a lawsuit asking to stop the vote count so her campaign can issue challenges if they dispute the validity of mail-in ballots. eight house races, senate races in florida and mississippi and two in florida and georgia have yet to be called. this is the "washington journal" for november 15. our first hour directed at republican