tv Speaker Ryan Says Senate Bill Closely Tracks House Version CSPAN June 22, 2017 6:21pm-6:32pm EDT
yesterday, for those of you who may have missed it, republicans and democrats came together to send important veterans administration reform legislation to the president's desk. we've all seen the scandals in the last few years. we saw the waiting list, the scandals. things need to change at the veterans administration and this bill will help deliver the kind of fundamental reform that's needed to solve these problems. it will help our veterans get the world-class care and treatment that they deserve and that they have earned. yes still have a lot of work to do but we will keep at it until we as a country can say that we are really and honestly keeping our promises that we have made to our veterans. and then later today, today we expect a big bipartisan vote for glenn thompson's bill to improve career and technical education. this initiative is going to make it easier for people to get the skills they need to fill better higher quality, etter paying jobs. a good technical skills job can be anything. it can be the foundation of a successful career and a great future. i see this everywhere i look in my home state of wisconsin. this bill can make a real difference for american workers. so bottom line, every day here we are working to address the problems that people face in
their daily lives. these are just two more examples of us coming together and delivering on our genda. questions. reporter: thank you, speaker ryan. have you seen the senate version of the health care bill yet? the speaker: i have not. i've been on the senate version. reporter: and can you give us reaction of what you've been briefed on? the speaker: believe me, i know how hard this process is from personal experience. rom what i understand, their bill tracks in many ways along the house bill. i am not going to opine on their process. they gave us the space to go through our deliberative process. the last thing i want to do is be disrespectful of their process. they have a lengthy process. the bottom line is i want them to pass a bill so we can all get on with keeping our promise. got to remember, the system's collapsing. it's a real -- look, anthem blue cross yesterday pulled out of wisconsin. that's one of the most flagship health insurers we've had in our state for many, many years.
so this system is in a tail spin. we made a promise we will repeal and replace this law. i am very happy the senate has gone through the work of putting together a bill that keeps that promise and so, yeah, i'm eager for them to pass it. i won't opine on the details as they go along. reporter: and you referenced the process. they have largely done this behind closed doors. you in a recent interview talked about the fact that your process was open. you were very proud of that. the speaker: yeah. reporter: are you comfortable with the way -- the speaker: you release legislation after you draft legislation not before. this is a talking point in search of a problem. you don't release a bill before you finish writing the bill. you write the bill. then you release the bill. that's what the senate's done. reporter: they want to vote next week. is that enough for the american public to digest and debate it? reporter: do you think increases in discretionary spending should be matched by spending cuts elsewhere in the budget? the speaker: yeah. if you're asking if we have a cap adjustment, should we have
offsets in mandatory, i think the answer is yes. the question is quality and quantity. reporter: because you said the health care bill in the senate does track so closely with the house bill, do you anticipate the house would take up the senate bill? the speaker: it's premature to say how -- we haven't made that decision yet. they are just beginning their process. we are not at the point of making that decision yet. reporter: can you address the esignate's bill, the loose lip problem -- the speaker: how many of you know what that problem is? this is a very technical issue but it's the constitution so we take that very seriously. my understanding is ways and means is giving the technical assistance the senate needs to conform with the constitution, the origination clause and blue slip. ed royce, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said
he's eager to move this ill. we need foreign affairs to do their scrub of the legislation which is what we do every time a bill comes over from the senate but chairman royce said he wants to get moving quickly. reporter: will that a formal committee referral will they will mark up that bill? the speaker: don't know the answer to that we got to unthe blue slip which is a constitutional origination clause issue. that's why we get foreign affairs or foreign relations the technical work they need to get this right. reporter: do you support the policy? the speaker: i support sanctions. i will let hvac foreign affairs scrub and do it to make sure it is writen in a good way -- written in a good way. reporter: so president trump's -- the speaker: i apologize. who are you with? reporter: c.n.s. news. so president trump 2018 budget calls for eliminating the federal funding for the corporation for public broadcasting. do you support that proposal? and will you follow the funding
elimination of the c.b.p. outlined in the president's budget? the speaker: i'll refer you to the appropriators. they are getting ready writing the details. i don't get too deep into the microdetails. i refer you to the appropriators. reporter: a budget question for you. diane black, the budget chairwoman, really supportive of the idea of doing $150 in mandatory cuts. some of your other chairmen not so comfortable with the idea coming up with the savings. i know you're still having your family discussion but how do you -- how do you envision like oing through this? do you think make there's a halfway point? the speaker: deja vu all over again. i served as budget chair, ranking member for eight years. i had these kinds of conversations each and every year with all the authorizing chairs. she's doing a fantastic job of getting consensus on the kinds of instructions we need to make sure we get some savings out of the budget. every budget should have savings. and diane black is doing that ust like any other year -- any
other budget chair should. she's just basically going through, talking to each authorizer about the kind of savings targets they can hit. that's the way the budget process works. i'm confident she'll get that done, that she'll find consensus with our other chairs. that's how you put a budget together. yeah. reporter: mr. speaker, do you think it will be appropriate for the senate judiciary committee to subpoena former attorney general loretta lynch? the speaker: i am not going to comment on what they're doing. that's not even in our -- yeah. reporter: i was going to ask you -- knowing how hard it was for you to pass the house bill, health care plan, was there any red flags when you were briefed on the bill that came to your attention and you thought, hey, my members, i will lose -- the speaker: no, i haven't seen any of that yet. like i said, i know how hard it is to pass a bill like this. what was helpful to us that we didn't have senate leadership playing quarterback with
us. the last thing i want to do is play arm shirt quarterback with them. i will respect their process. i won't opine on the microdetails. i haven't read through all of the bill myself. i was briefed on the basic contents. but what's important is that they pass their bill, that we get this process going so we can keep our promise. >> last question. reporter: can you tell us more about scalise? can you tell us a little bit more about mr. scalise? the speaker: we are not going to be the ones commenting on his health prognosis or progress other than to say i had a great meeting with steve this morning and he's bright. he's alert. he just wanted to go through the agenda. he wanted to go through the latest whip, what's coming to the floor next week. he wanted a brief on work. he was just so thankful -- also, by the way, we're doing blood drives. he's very thankful for hat.
he's very thankful for the outpouring of support that he's received friends and colleagues and people from louisiana. and so he was just very, very taken and moved. just to hear him talk about bailey and krystal and his affection for them and thankfulness for them, it was something. it seemed like he was doing real well. thanks. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] >> house minority leader nancy pelosi also held a briefing earlier. she talked about the democratic agenda and her future as house democratic leader. after recent losses in special elections. this is half an hour. ms. pelosi: good morning, everyone. i just came from a speak out on the east lawn here of the capitol on behalf of voting rights.