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Paul Ryan
  House Speaker Ryan News Conference  CSPAN  January 18, 2018 11:40am-11:48am EST

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implemented the same pro-growth policies we now see under president trump -- are you better off today than you were four years ago? no politician or pundit can spin the answer. every individual american knows that answer precisely in their own lives. and i'm looking forward to asking that question again as the tax reform takes effect. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in reces until noon. is >> let's take you live to the capitol.
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speaker ryan's been briefing reporters for about five minutes. reporter: the senate majority leader said yesterday he has concerns that the president hasn't indicated yet what he's willing to support on a deal for dreamers. are you confident that you're clear on what the president would and would not support? speaker ryan: yeah. the president wants a balanced deal, he wants maneuverability. the white house event you guys were invited into which you talk about, he wants to have security, he wants a balanced deal. the purpose of getting daca right is so we fix daca once and for all and we don't create a new daca problem we have to address five and 10 years down the road. so the president is clearly giving legislators room to negotiate but he wants a balanced deal. the president has made it clear the deal he was presented with by graham and durbin is not a balanced deal and he doesn't support that. what i've been making clear, we are not going to bring a bill through here that the president's not going to support. what would be the point of passing something that doesn't go into law? we want to pass something that
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goes into law. what that means we will dei is pass a balanced deal. but again, what does this have to do with our military? what does this have dealing with the children's health insurance program shutting down in a few days? what does it have to deal with making sure the men and women putting that you are lives on the line need -- what we can give them? what does this have to due with funding for our troops? to deal with to that. reporter: mr. speaker -- speaker ryan: cheap seats. brandon lafell -- [laughter] speaker ryan: next quepque. reporter: because what leader mcconnell said yesterday not knowing where the president is, [inaudible] a revised tweet this morning. these are tough votes for you and tough votes for your
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conference. is it helpful -- do you feel the president is helpfu to the pentagon making sure why our military needs funding. he's supporting getting this done. the president likes to do things in an unconventional way. he does it with his phone. it does help us. reporter: thank you, mr. speaker. from the pbs news hour. politico is saying mcconnell is making contingency plans for a shutdown. are you open to a one, two, three-day c.r.? speaker ryan: i won't negotiate to the media. that's up to the senate democrats. if the senate democrats want to deny funding for our troops and stop chip funding, that's a choice they will make. i don't think it's a good choice for them to make but that would be their decision to make. reporter: with "time" magazine. this will be i guess the fourth
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time in as many months you guys have to pass a c.r. why is that? speaker ryan: you want me to read my opening again? roirn well -- speaker ryan: it's a totally legitimate question. i am not trying to belittle your question. why are we doing this continuing resolutions? because senate democrats are not allowing appropriations bills be brought up for a vote. they're attaching unrelated issues to cap negotiations. so shouldn't we have regular order on appropriations? congress agrees on the spending level and congress funds appropriations to those levels. that is how appropriations are ed tsuppos work. the house passed all 12 appropriation bills ahead of schedule this year. the senate hasn't brought up one appropriation bill and that's not mitch mcconnell's fault. it takes 60 votes and the senate democrats are refusing to even exercise the power of the purse and now they're refusing to get a cap agreement so we can get the power of the
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purse exercised, so we can fund the military, fund things like basic health care, fund things like opioids. they're refusing to even do that over these unrelated issues. that's why we are where we are. reporter: you are aware that senator mcconnell has not attempted to bring up an appropriations bill and that the senate appropriations committee has not drafted -- speaker ryan: aware because they know they don't have 60 votes to proceed. i wish they didn't need 60 votes. reporter: would you like the senate to demonstrate the points you are making by moving to go to legislation? speaker ryan: of course i would. i am a house guy. i always want to see the senate do more on the legislative calendar. they are pretty busy on the executive calendar trying to get personnel through. i sympathize where there are problems. yes, i would love to see them vote on these things. reporter: mr. speaker, what's your take to national security lawmakers who worry every day under a c.r. damages the military? speaker ryan: it's -- the c.r. is not good for the military.
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but what's worse for the military is a government shutdown. what's even worse for the military is a government shutdown followed by a sequester which is what would happen if we don't pass the c.r. we also have passed what we call anomalies. we passed things in these c.r.'s that give the military the flexibility they need during the time of the c.r. to do what they need to do. it's clearly less than ideal. i just gave a speech this morning at c.s.i. about this. what we know for fact, you can ask secretary mattis the same question, is not passing a c.r. is much worse and much more damaging to the military, especially when it's piled up with a sequester. >> last question. reporter: mr. speaker, you've been talking a lot about senate democrats today. i want to be clear on the house and where you're getting the votes for the c.r. in the house. is it coming from defense hawks and the freedom caucus members who have been reluctant? are you expecting democrats to help? speaker ryan: i feel we are making progress with our members. we are having great conversations. they understand the brevity of the situation.
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i don't think memrs wanto reward using the military as a hostage in this moment. reporter: and republican members? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> the house back in under 15 minutes at noon eastern. they'll take up initial work on an abortion bill and then again debate on the rule for the government funding bill, the fourth continuing resolution since last september. we'll have live coverage of the house at noon eastern. u.s. senate also in position to take up the c.r. today as the deadline looms friday at midnight. you can follow the senate today over on c-span2 and follow all of the debate either body, or on the free c-span radio app. our capitol hill producer craig caplan up on the hill obviously today tweeting about what we're going to see this afternoon in terms of the order of debate. house schedule on the continuing resolution is going to be an hour rule debate. the first votes we should see will be at 2:20 eastern.
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the c.r. debate later in the afternoon. the c.r. itself and they're expecting the house will recess and come back sometime around 7:00 eastern for that final vote on the continuing resolution. then it will go to the u.s. senate. you may have heard in that briefing with paul ryan several reporters asking about a tweet from the president this morning. this tweet this morning before the u.s. house came in for morning-hour speeches. the president tweeting that chip should be part of a long-term solution, not a 30-day or short-term extension. the speaker reiterating the white house supports the current continuinreso fund the through february 16. it would extend the children's health insurance program for six years and would also delay the implementation of a number of taxes under the affordable care act. short while ago as well within the hour the president over at the pentagon meeting with military leaders on this and other matters spoke to reporters about the debate on