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tv   House Speaker Paul Ryan Honored at Pentagon  CSPAN  December 7, 2018 5:10pm-5:29pm EST

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>> the us house and senate yesterday approved a two week extension to fund the federal government through the summer 21st . seven long-term spending bills away congressional action, homeland security, agriculture and transportation are among the departments that need to be funded. the result is coming for transborder wall, blessed congress provide $5 billion for the wall which democrats do not support. see live coverage of the u.s. house on c-span and watch the live here on cspan2. >> c-span: where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's television companies and today, we continue to bringyou unfiltered coverage of congress , the white house, the supreme court and public policy events in washington dc and around the country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite
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provider. >>. >> it is secretary james honored house speaker paul ryan in a pentagon ceremony last week. both secretary mattis and speaker ryan delivered brief remarks area. >> good afternoon and welcome. today ceremony in honor of house speaker paul ryan. please stand for the arrival of the official party. >>. >> grassy. >>. >> i don't want to mess with protocol here. where a member of the press? you've got to fess up, there you are. good to have you, thank you. but speaker ryan, and flag
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officers and secretaries and members of the press, for a moment i'll say i like you. how's that? actually, we have a great press team over here, mister speaker . the pros of washington dc but i want to thank all of you for making time as we did what we call i think see an old fair winds and following seas. in the service to our speaker of the house, is a tried-and-true public servant , we all know that. coming in about months before we got hit. here at the pentagon, back april 9, 2011. a powerful banker, a policy architect and i would say to the members of congress who arehere , we look at the people on capitol hill. as our board of directors and our overseers, obviously as our funders and we look at it as a collaboration and probably when you look at the
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house and center on service committees and appropriations committees, and then you look at the leadership of the house and senate, their rise our fortunes. we know our troops will always move against the enemy. we don't do the right things here in the sound, we don't set them up for success. i come from the other washington, the one that far, even further west than wisconsin so i want to borrow an image mister speaker that captures the trust. it's an image from the west and it shows how much we trust you and the leadership that you provided when we consider the draft or the job you are in. constructed, someone say and others would say sent off to the job you're in. >> yes sir. and i would have you just imagine a wagon train going through hazardous country. you may not be able to see
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them but somewhere up front, somewhere over the hill leading you on is a leader, you may not know him well, you may not know him personally at all. but if you trust his character, if you know his character, if you trust him, then his guidance, you will follow him even though you're going through a perilous situation and he'll carry you through the rough country. and it's not too far off to say that dc is often felt like the unknowable wilderness to some of us here . when it came to strategy and defense within the city. and for me, i was thrust into a job i never aspire to, never imagined i would be in, but it was speaker paul ryan was the man working away. i had great relations with the twocommittees , the chairman. i had great relations there. it was not appropriate for us to surrender all of our work to the two committees could
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not work more broadly to try to help the committee chairman, ranking members to bring more people on board. we trusted speaker ryan for his insights, as you'll remember after you and your colleagues one for us the first budget, when you sat down explaining the rules of the road for the next budget, was very helpful and guided me and guided me because he knew the terrain. he knew the legislative and human landscape on capitol hill. which was very much foreign to me. he was home from his early days cutting his teeth as an intern and then to his tenure as chairman of the budget committee, very focused on domestic issues and became as far as foreign policy issues and one of the stalwarts for us. he did not seek or relish the job that he went to but i think we all look at speaker ryan, a man whose name alone
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his passport to the trust of the american people and say that he devoted himself completely in his service to our country. and in an era of competing priorities at home, i'll bring you great power competition abroad, paul ryan shepherded through congress the bipartisan budget act of 2019 and in 18 and for the first time in 10 years on sun authorization in operation in fy 19, that is probably a record that's going to stand but we're going to try and magic, mister speaker that you look over in the rearview mirror. he was the essential leader who gained dod support or a seven percent of our congress for the appropriations bill and the swiftest passageof any nda a sense the 1970s . his leadership also return congress to what i think chairman for mary, you and i discussed as was his rightful
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role in the drivers seat when it comes to funding of national defense. not to simply watch as spectators, but what's going on that left no semblance of leadership but was simply arithmetic. >> abroad, he was ambassador for our people and for our values. his respect for fundamental human deity, democracy, free and fair markets and peace through unquestioned strength , those were things that we all believe in here and we will continue to defend as you head to wisconsin mister speaker because we intend to live up to your standards as we build relationships overseas, ranking the alliances and partnerships that will keep this experiment in democracy safe, prosperous and free for generations to come. again, his passport to the trust of the american people is due to his character, his ethical compass which earned him the ability to build compromise in town that
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struggles to say that word. i mentioned wisconsin because this side of the midwest is more interested in serving his district then i would say seeking the limelight in washington dc our circles. so it's fitting that he was the one who rose to become number three in the us government as a result, proving the power ofwhat we all were taught growing up about work hard, tell the truth, except life's difficulties , stand up for your beliefs and most importantly, the word. with others first . his time in office paul ryan said the typical with midwestern modesty, i like to think i've done my part. my little part in history set us on a course, i must tell you in dod we disagree, you have done much more than just your patriots duty, it was much more than a little part
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. you let it through hazardous terrain so this is actually an award that we give with a great deal of pleasurehere today . it's in military class, it's very brittle were i would tell you to we wish you got and just a reminder, we have in you, that's awesome and the department to the legislator who led theway. so as return home and introduce yourself your family , we wish you all the best. you earned it, sir. so with that, if you come forward sir. >>. >> a citation to accompany theaward of the department of defense . >> sometimes these ceremonies get him out of it. but a citation to phone the
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award, the department of defense distinguished public service, call the ryan junior. the honorable paul ryan is recognized or distinguished public service as speaker of the house of representatives october 2015 to november 2018. through his outstanding leadership on capitol hill, speaker ryan provided service of acceptable significance to the american people and foreign partners. but with his commendable test in the ncaa, and the national defense authorization act of 2019, and the necessary to meet the his personal public diplomacy has been a staunch advocate for our indispensable nato alliance, recognizing its role in spreading the freedom and prosperity to try to advance the american leadership through the cultural international circles. the parties of values of
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peace and freedom, it's a critical time in american history, marshaling in the financial resources required to provide the common defense of our nation and distinctive comprehensive speaker ryan reflecting himself in the department of defense. >>. [applause] >>. >> please. not really my thing.
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talking too much about myself . thank you very much. this is truly a great honor, notan unexpected honor, i did not see this coming although i was recently told of this . first, permit me secretary to express to you what a privilege it is then to work alongside you in service to our country these last two years and i think you for your leadership to our great country. [applause] as fortunate as i feel at this moment and as grateful as i am, i am simply a temporary steward of a very solemn obligation, simply how i see it. the role america plays in the world is so vital , so indispensable , it is the truly indispensablenation . and nothing and no one, especially politics should
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ever get in the way of making sure that our servicemembers have what they need to sustain this great cause. i'm grateful that my colleagues and i could do our part to put us on the right track on behalf of the american people. i'm grateful for that gentleman, max born very and the members of our house armed services committee for holding along with you and others fulfill this vision was so necessary to restore, to begin to restore our military to where it needs to be. without their vigilance, without max vigilance, we would not have been able to achieve this particular breakthroughwe saw the two-year budget agreement we put into place as the first step in rebuilding our military . the work needs to continue and i am confident it will because i think we put things into a good platform and a good place.
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last month i had the opportunity to visit our servicemembers in afghanistan. it was the one thing i wanted to do before i left office. my first trip was in spring of 2002, shortly after couple tell and i've been going ever since and no matter how many times i've done this, no matter how many theaters, it was no less rewarding. and it's very personal to me. like any civilian, to see what it is our servicemembers do, it's truly impressive . it's the only country that can do this. and to see the people that i across my life with, that as a civilian has left a huge mark on me. i think of my personal friends, one of my best friends from college who is a navy seal. my hunting buddies i hunted
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with last week in green beret, another close buddy is a commanding engineer. i represent the first wisconsin and since 9/11 we've lost nearly two dozen servicemembers in iraq and afghanistan to those causes. and as a person who is representative of this area for a long time, i am just so grateful to the men and women that have done this for us, for our freedom, not just for our country but for the world and i look at these people, i see america's next great generation . i see men and women who have done in great strain, under tremendous hardship, incredible things which i think are going to be important for our society. here at home, we see all these little tears in our social fabric.
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we see these threads being polled, we see tribalism and division and animosity and polarization. we see the huge fights over small things. over there in afghanistan and iraq and other places in the mountains and deserts, these men and women, many in multiple deployments, they collaborate in a common pursuit under constant strain and all they want to talk about is the difference, the good that they are doing. their bond of trust with one another is second nature to them. so for me it was this infusion of respect and affirmation inhumanity that i see in our servicemembersthat will be the men andwomen who help rebuild our civil society . that's the point i wanted to make .
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for the cause of liberty and freedom, the cost that we are the champion of, we are the most indispensable country in the world and we have to have a military that is well-equipped to deliver on this great mission. it's an absolute pleasure to be a part of this . i am very honored to you for doing this, but honestly, i cannot say enough about how grateful i on behalf of the united states congress, on behalf of the americanpeople . we are to all of you and your families for your service to our country. thank you very much and god bless. [applause] [inaudible]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's ceremony. you are all invited to the house speakers room for a reception. thank you forjoining us today . >> when the new congress takes off office in january it will have the youngest, most diverse regimen class in recent history . new congress, new leaders. watch it live on c-span starting january 3. >> the 115 congress starts on january 3 with both parties havealready picked their leadership . mitch mcconnell will continue as majority leader and john


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