House Speaker Paul Ryan News Conference CSPAN May 17, 2018 7:35pm-7:47pm EDT
>> during his weekly news conference, house speaker paul ryan took several questions on an effort by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to force a vote on a proposal that would protect participants of the deferred action childhood arrivals program or daca. this is a little more than 10 minutes. mr. ryan: you know, there is a lot of good news out there today. and let me just start with this. americans are more satisfied than they have been in nearly 13
years with the way things are going in this country. that is according to the gallup poll just today. americans are more satisfied than they have been in nearly 13 years. this is great to see. on the economy. jobless claims remain near a 48-year low. retail sales are up for the second month. industrial production is up for the third straight month. so the economy is growing. workers are getting ahead. there are new jobs and opportunities being offered by the day. if you saw yesterday's ways and means hearing, democrats are still using the same old doom and gloom talk that they were using six months ago. they seem to be in deep denial about all of this good news. it was bizarre before and it's even more bizarre now. when democrats are openly calling for tax increases, which will do nothing but harm our economy, a thriving economy means there are more job openings. a thriving economy means there are more opportunities. a thriving economy means
families get ahead, people get out of poverty, kids come out of college with opportunities and offerings. that's what a thriving economy means. and there could not be a better time to take action to help more people join our work force. that is why the farm bill that we are debating today is so critical. it sets up a system for snap recipients where if you are able to work, you should work to get the benefits. and if you can't work, we'll help you get the training you need. we will help you get the skills you need to get an opportunity. this is going to get more people out of poverty. this is going to get more people a steady job. this is going to get more people moving toward a good career. it will help people go from where they are to where they want to be. to realize their own version of the american idea. i am very pleased that we are moving forward with this phase of the better way agenda. if you recall, when we ran on this in 2016, this is a core component of what we told the country we would do if given the opportunity. here we are.
another part of that agenda, also calls for helping our veterans. and yesterday the house took a big bipartisan step to improve health care at the v.a. the house took a big bipartisan vote to toughen penalties for those who intentionally target law enforcement officers as well. this being police week. today the energy and commerce committee had its final mark jum on legislation to create -- markup on legislation to crack down on the opioid crisis in america and we'll soon move forward on financial services reforms that will help small businesses get better access to loans and capital. so it is good to see the country feeling better. it is good to see the country feeling better about how things are going. and it's good to see confidence and optimism coming back. and it's very good for us to be making progress on these things that matter the most in people's lives. which is why we are here. questions? no glasses today. reporter: thank you, mr. speaker. today is the one-year anniversary of the start of the mueller probe. i'm well aware of what you said before about the probe.
recently the vice president told an korea -- andrea mitchell he thought it was time for muler to wrap it up. do you agree? mr. ryan: i think he should be free to do his job but of course i'd like to see it get wrapped up. wield like to see this thing come to it's conclusion. he should be free to finish his job. reporter: you don't think it should be accelerated? mr. ryan: it's been a year. my guess is he's probably coming to a conclusion. i can't speak for that, you'd have to ask them that. reporter: i know there's been pressure from conservatives in your conference to address immigration, particularly the goodlatte bill, make it related to the farm bill. are these tensions in your conference over the issues of immigration and the fact they're trying to tie them gration issue in some form to farm policy. mr. ryan: they aren't related and i wouldn't describe that as accurate. this they're trying to tie one to the other. what we've been trying to do is find an immigration bill that has 218 votes. when the court took away our deadline of march 5, the
democrats pretty much stopped talking to us on it. so we want to see if we can do our own gramings bills. we've been laboring to get to 18. it's clear that we don't have 218 for a specific bill. that is why members are now trying to figure out, how can they get their version of what they think should happen to the floor? we're working in earnest with our members to try and address all of their concerns about immigration reform. so that's -- those are ongoing conversations. the question is, can we get legislation to the floor that has a chance of making it into law? i don't think -- i think it's futile to bring a discharge through which would guarantee nothing goes into law. so what we're trying to do iswork with -- is work with our members to address our members' concerns and have a process that could actually get law. reporter: to clarify on the farm bill part of this question. isn't the idea, you said you're trying to get to 218 to pass a farm bill. if they come up with something that says, all right, this will get you to 218 on farm, isn't there a deal you'd be willing to make? mr. ryan: i'm not going to negotiate in the media.
we're having good productive conversations with our members to advance our agenda on all fronts. reporter: you said you're working with the fat come up with some kind of immigration plan that can become law. has his demands changed since the last destpwhate what principles matter? mr. ryan:, no he believes the same things he believed before. we share those agreements though, principles. the point i keep making is, if we're going to advance immigration legislation, let's advance immigration legislation that could get a presidential signature, not this one that would get a presidential veto. that's the one we keep trying to make. reporter: along those lines, give the dynamic, senate, the president, your party over the last decade, in what world is there a bill, do you foresee a bill that exists that can accomplish the things that get to the white house? mr. ryan: not with 21. so the question is, -- 218. so the question is, do we have a bill that has the vast majority of republicans and that democrats would support. when the senate failed to pass anything, that surprised us a
bit. i thought the bill that the president supported, that i thought was reasonable, could have passed. when they killed that bill, that made me less optimistic. we're going through the same process here of seeing what kind of process could support, produce an outcome that could get a presidential signature. and we're still exploring that. who are you with? reporter: the daily news foundation. we're still talking about cybersecurity issues, dealing with 2016. mueller probe and all. that also here in the house, there was an issue with the democratic i.t. a. -- i.t.a. he was banned over a year ago and we haven't heard anything about it since. i've come to learn that the house inspector general was briefing you guys and the minority leader and the administration committee from july onbrdwards, throughout the meat of the election, about cybersecurity issues. and i've seen the briefings. they seem pretty scary stuff about unauthorized access. he was left on network until shortly after the election which
is inconsistent, particularly on the democrats' side with the rhetoric about the importance of this. could you say why he stayed on the network and hasn't been arrested? mr. ryan: you'd ask those people who made the decisions. this is an ongoing police investigation. so i don't want to get into the details. reporter: i'm asking why you waited on the house, the administration committee and your office from july until october of 2016. mr. ryan: i'm not going to comment on an ongoing police investigation. reporter: i was wondering if it's still possible for this congress to review a new nafta deal, given that the deadline -- the statutory deadline -- mr. ryan: right. people would think this is my deadline. it's the law's deadline. reporter: i understand that. if so where the wiggle room would be. mr. ryan: it would be at the i.t.c. the question is, can the i.t.c. contradict their time that they would take to process. and that's where the wiggle room would be. so it's really a question for the i.t.c. my guess is there's probably some wiggle room at the i.t.c. on how long it takes for their part of the process. but not an indefinite amount. that means time is really of the
essence. reporter: it's still possible? mr. ryan: i think it is still possible provided the i.t.c. takes less time. reporter: mr. speaker, returning to immigration. is it still the white house's view and your understanding that they're sticking to that january framework. or are they throg talk about a narrower bill that could get that sweet spot where you get a vast majority of republicans -- mr. ryan: i'll have defer you to the white house. he don't want to speak for the white house. -- i don't want to speak for the white house. the president hasn't changed his opinions, miss pillars. reporter: the white house are still engaged in these? mr. ryan: yes. reporter: you have had success in insisting for the president that the demands he laid out aren't going to pass through congress? mr. ryan: i agree with his pillars. i think he made a good faith earth. moving into -- effort. a lottery makes no sensement converting a lottery into a merit-based system makes a lot of sense. securing our border really makes a lot of sense.
and then having certainty for the daca students so that they have certainty. all of those things make sense. he was extremely reasonable in putting those pillars out there. reporter: they didn't pass the senate or the house. mr. ryan: i think that's a question for the other side. but the president i think has been extremely reasonable. who are you with? reporter: just on 1/2 tarks the question -- just on nafta, the question of -- [inaudible] -- would be a week or two -- mr. ryan: i think that's about right. reporter: do you have any indication from the administration that a nafta deal or the notice that they need to send to kick off the t.p.a. timeline, if that's imminent enough for that wiggle room to work out? mr. ryan: i can't speak to that. the question is, with the i.t.c. having, let's just say for the sake of why you question, for the argument, a couple of weeks of wig am room, that buys -- wiggle room, that buys the administration and our trading partners two more weeks to get a deal. will they get a deal? i do not know. thanks, everybody. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute,