tv House GOP Press Conference on Government Funding Bill CSPAN January 18, 2018 9:45pm-10:21pm EST
america a stronger nation. mr. speaker, i move that the house now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 9:00 tomorrow. the measure would also reauthorize the children's health insurance program. it still needs to pass in the senate, where we could see a vote tonight or tomorrow. current government funding ends tomorrow at midnight. you can follow all the action live on c-span 2.
the house returns tomorrow to vote on a bill dealing with abortion. this evening, the house passed a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown. current governments funding expires friday at midnight. paul ryan and other republican leaders called on the senate to pass the spending bill. rep. ryan: i'm going to be brief. shutor schumer, do not down the federal government. do not jeopardize funding for our military and national security. forot jeopardize funding the children's health insurance program. it is risky. it is reckless. and it is wrong.
i ask the american people to understand this. the only people standing in the way of keeping the government open are senate democrats. whether there is a government shutdown or not is now entirely up to them. i want people to understand that senate democrats do not oppose anything in this bill. they are just holding this critical funding hostage for a deal on a completely unrelated immigration issue. yes we need to address the daca program, and we are engaged in good faith negotiations as we speak, but that deadline is weeks away. senate democrats are treating our men and women in military, who are putting their lives at risk for us, as bargaining chips at this point. they fully intend to shut down the government unless they get their way. this is a strategy that senator schumer has called governmental chaos. we sincerely hope that cooler
heads will prevail, and we sincerely hope that senator schumer will abandon this shutdown strategy. help us keep the government open. help us keep our military funded. let's continue to work together in good faith. that is the choice they have to make. >> we want to make sure they were fully funded and operational. children's health insurance program, we just extended it six years, the longest it has ever been extended in the history of the program. democratsunately, 186 said no to that. there was nothing in this bill that they would disagree with at any other time, but it all hinges now on the democrats, whether this government stays open or not.
in the senate, it takes 60 votes. in the house, the republicans did their job. we made sure government stayed open. i was in a meeting today with senator durbin, steny hoyer, the white house, one daca. we have made good progress. -- whyovernment shutdown would you jeopardize the armed services? why would you jeopardize the children? i look to my own senator, senator feinstein. she said, people die and accidents happen. join us to keep this country safe. either we stay open or we have a schumer shutdown. i don't think the american public wants that. we just passed important
legislation on the house floor that will fund our military, provide certainty to americans across the country, and support the children's health insurance program. it is the longest reauthorization of this program that we've ever seen, and i encourage americans to visit .com, becausewn senate democrats now have a choice to make. i urge them to stop the game. join us in supporting the children's health insurance program. join us in supporting our troops and keeping the government open. let republicans and democrats come together and do the right thing for america. i serve as the chief deputy whip. week, we passed a bipartisan piece of legislation , thatunds our government
clearly says the house of representatives will not allow our troops or children to be held hostage for political gains in washington. we've done so in a responsible way with 230 votes. message, we want to keep the government open, we .ant to do meaningful reforms we've had a great vote, a unifying vote among republicans with democrats buying in as well. andge the senate to act avoid a government shutdown. the medical device tax is a job killer. there's a little place in indiana, orthopedic capital of the country, and i'm proud that we have high-paying jobs, and we make people in a little place worldwide recognition.
this is a commonsense issue. this is about job creation. this is about keeping rnd in this country. this is common sense. the only thing that could stand in the way of this not coming back is the action we need from senate democrats tonight. this is for jobs. this is for the american people. this is putting our country first. i'm proud tonight that we are able to move this back with hopes that the senate democrats will do the right thing. the'm kevin cramer, representative from north dakota, where children are counting on senate democrats to put partisan politics aside and provide the health care they need. the 9 million nationally live in north dakota. we know that businesses are hit
very hard by this tax. this is hugely important to the growing economy of north dakota and the job retainers -- creators that are looking for more workers than are available now. we havend of it all, 50,000 veterans and military families in north dakota that rely on and deserve paychecks on time to reward them in a small way for the incredible sacrifices they make. senate democrats, do the right thing for the children, the veterans, and the families of this country. rep. ryan: we have bipartisan consensus on these problems. we need to make sure that our men and women in uniform get the resources they need. we need to make sure this medical device tax does not kick in and raise the cost of health care for everyone in this country. we need to make sure the 9 million people, the kids in this
country depending on the chip program, don't lose that funding. states, the funding goes away in a matter of days. this is an urgent matter that needs to be addressed. senate democrats need to take this seriously. they need to not shut the government down so we can continue good faith negotiations on these other issues. do not hold kids or our military hostage to doing the military's work. i think we've made our point. bille short-term spending passed in the house extends government operations through february 16. the bill is now being debated in the senate. you can watch live coverage on
c-span 2. here's the house debate before the final vote. this is an hour and 20 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise to present the house amendment to the senate amendment to h.r. 195rk the extension of continuing appropriations act of 2018. this critical legislation extends government funding through february 16. our current funding expires tomorrow night. if congress does not pass this bill, and the president does not sign it into law before then, the government will shut down. it is our congressional duty to prevent that from happening and to ensure the american people have access to government programs and services they depend on. the additional time, just under month, will allow congressional leadership of the white house to come to a final budget agreement with legislation including a limited number of technical changes to ensure good
governance. it also includes language to continue the children's health insurance program through fiscal year 2023. to help sick children from low-income families get better and to ensure they have healthy and happy futures. additionally this proposal extends several health care-related tax provisions. mr. chairman, a continuing resolution is not the preferred way to reduce -- to conduct the nation's fiscal business but at this point it is absolutely necessary to avoid a costly, destabilizing government shutdown. it is my hope that this will be the last continuing resolution the leadership of the house and senate and white house will quickly come to an agreement on top line spending levels and then we can complete our appropriations work for fiscal year 2018 in short order. it's critical we enact all 12 full-year funding bills to ensure that our armed forces have the resources they need to
accomplish their mission. both at home and abroad. and that our government supports and maintains programs that are lives and the livelihoods of all americans. mr. chairman, i urge yes on this critical legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from lives and new je reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: since president trump's draconian budget was released, democrats have warned republicans that a bipartisan budget agreement was needed to adequately invest in american families and communities. without a budget agreement, programs as diverse as head start, job training, terrorism prevention grants are in danger of inadequate funding at best.
yet, republican leadership and the white house have no appropriation strategy other than endless continuing resolutions. mr. speaker, the most powerful country in the world now being completely run by a republican government can't keep the lights on longer than four weeks at a time. how did we get here? if this bill passes, is there any reason to believe we will not be back in the same place next month stumbling from one crisis to another is an irresponsible way to govern. attempting to avoid a shutdown every month denies federal agencies budget certainty and waste taxpayer dollars.
several of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have lamented the damage that the r.s. inflicts on our military. i agree with them. yet, time after time they vote for the exact same strategy they bemoan. i encourage my colleague to take action, hasten agreements on immigration and spending caps that would lead to responsible funding bills that keep americans safe. it is also unconscionable that instead of advancing a solution to this impasse, the president personally reneged on his word and rejected a bipartisan compromise on immigration. protection of american teens and young adults from impending deportation to a country they
don't know is the key to unlocking a responsible bipartisan spending agreement. how can we expect to ever fund the government responsibly when the president cannot be trusted to keep his word? the majority has failed to address a number of high priority items, like funding to combat the opioid epidemic, pension protections, funding for community health centers. the continuing resolution lacks an important anomaly requested i will the administration to provide -- by the administration to provide help the small business administration while the disaster supplemental is stalled in the senate. without this language, the small business administration will run out of funds by the
end of january and will be unable to continue approving loan applications from puerto rico. my friends, this is not how the appropriations process is supposed to work. it's time to protect young americans, lift budget caps, allow chairman frelinghuysen and all of our committee members to roll up our sleeves and get to work. instead of wasting dollars on time, on further c.r.'s, we should instead immediately pass a budget agreement and help dreamers, which would facilitate full-year funding bills the committee could begin writing today. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the
balance of her time. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. mr. frelinghuysen: i yield to mr. diaz-balart of florida for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for three minutes. mr. diaz-balart: i rise in strong support of this bill. look, this short resolution, this continuing resolution will give us time to negotiate a budget and addresses our nation's priorities. let's be very clear. if this does not pass now, go to the senate, pass there, sent to the president for his signature and is signed, the federal government will shut down this week. so we all know, as the chairman said, short-term c.r.'s, that's not something we want to do. that's not our preference. again, if this one does not pass now, the federal government will shut down. and this is no time to shortchange our first responders, our military. respond to e to
the threats that face us abroad, this is no time to shut down the federal government. the c.r. supports ongoing transportation safety missions, include air traffic control. again, we cannot allow to shut down and put all that in jeopardy. it allows us to continue the house -- to house the most vulnerable families, especially our veterans. this is not the time to let them down by shutting, again, the federal government down. it also funds medical care for millions of children, blocks burdensome health insurance taxes and, again, supports mission-critical defense activities. this is not the time to let them all down and shut down the federal government. and finally, mr. speaker, the short-term c.r. will allow us to work together to find common ground on, again, full-year 2018 bills that meet our defense and domestic priorities. something else, mr. speaker. i want the country to know we also have to deal, have to
solve the issue of daca. both sides, not only have been at fault for in many cases refusing to sit down in good faith to negotiate a solution, this c.r. gives us some time to make sure we solve that issue. it's not time now for political games and gamesmanship and politics. we need to be able to solve the issue of those young folks. we can't do that if the government is shut down. it's time for leadership, for courage. let's sit down, work out our differences, help secure the border and provide a solution for these deserving kids. for that reason and for so many others, mr. speaker, it is essential that we do not allow the federal government to shut down. voting against this resolution is a vote to shut down the
federal government. i believe that will be highly irresponsible, so i urge a strong yes vote. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for three minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman -- i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, we are now four months into the fiscal year, and this is our fourth continuing resolution. the gentleman says now is the time to work things out. every democrat voted to extend the fiscal year by 90 days. nothing was worked out. why? because you spent all your time on a tax bill, giving resources -- 83% of the resources to the richest people in america.
republicans control all the levers of the legislative process -- the house, the senate, the white house. they have the votes on their own to keep the government open or choose to shut it down as they did by policy some years ago for 16 days. we don't want to shut down the government. keeping the government open by passing appropriation bills is the most basic responsibility of any governing majority. this governing majority has not sent a single -- not one appropriation bill to the president of the united states. not one. republicans ought to have gotten this work done in the spring and summer, but they wasted their time trying to repeal the affordable care act. that's all they did. after failing to do so, they asked for more time in september. and we voted, every one of us, to give them that time. they squandered it. they had to do more -- two more
extensions. they squandered that time. now they want to have another time where they can squander more time. instead of using the extra time to use the job of governing, they wasted it on passing tax overhaul that added $1.5 trillion in new deficit spending and raise taxes on the middle class. so here we are again, mr. speaker. americans are right to be frustrated by the inability or unwillingness of the republican-led congress to do its job and keep the government open. you have 241 votes. get them. get them. you have the authority to do it and you have the responsibility to do it. get the votes. even some republican lawmakers are openly expressing the frustration with their own leadership. let me quote representative mark meadows. he hit the nail on the head yesterday when he asked, what's the plan?
when are we going to deal with immigration? my previous speaker talked about dealing with it. we haven't dealt with it. put something on the floor. you haven't done it. when are we going to deal with spending? this is mark meadows. at what point do you quit kicking the can down on the road? this is republican mark meadows, not me. and passing just another continuing resolution in the hopes things get better in a few weeks. democrats don't want the government to shut down. may i have one additional minute? we don't have the power to shut it down either. that's entirely in the hands of the majority. and by the way, on there previous c.r., 90 of your members voted against it. did they vote against the military, did they vote against the first responders, did they vote against education funding? and we wring our hands about the military funding. you think it's any easier to run a nondefense agency with a
c.r.? you're wrong if you think that. they undermine our deposk agencies as well. and i hope -- domestic agencies as well, and i hope they are equally worried about the impact of doing one short-term funding bill after another on the domestic side. americans are frustrated that their congress can't agree on what we agree on. republicans have previously supported the principles of parity when raising spending caps. that was the paul ryan deal. he's the speaker. he said, yes, we'll increase military and domestic the same. that was his deal. paul ryan, the speaker. that's all we're asking for. paul ryan, make your deal again. and he won't do it. instead, he wants to just keeping the can down the road once, twice, thrice, now four times. yes, we want, as the previous speaker said, all dreamers to stay in this country. we all want to re-authorize the chip program, to prevent nine million children from losing their health insurance.
i dare you to put it on the floor. it will pass with every vote in this house. no, you want to blackmail us into passing something that we don't like and we don't think is good for the country. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: one additional minute? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: we want to address other urgent health priorities. you want to pass chip but you do not want to pass the community health centers. my colleague, betty mccollum, told us about many chip children will have no place to go. you passed a bill but no place to go. so why don't republicans sit down and reach agreement? mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues across the aisle, don't shut down the government. i implore them, use your majority not to delay but to govern, and i tell them, democrats are still ready to work with you as we have been throughout to sit down and reach bipartisan compromise on our most pressing challenges. e voted to give you 120 days to do that. now you want some more time.
you come to the door and ask for some cake and your neighbor says, come back tomorrow, and you come back tomorrow and you ask the same thing and he says, come back tomorrow and you go back the next day and he says the same thing, come back tomorrow. that's what the republicans are saying. come back tomorrow. come back tomorrow. come back tomorrow. but there has been no tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: vote against this c.r. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. members are reminded to address their statements to the chair. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield a minute to the chairman of the ways and means committee, the gentleman from texas, mr. brady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. you can tell from the previous speaker how eager our democrat colleagues are to shut down this government. get the votes to keep this government open because we won't provide them. get the votes to keep funding
our military and security but we won't provide them. get the votes to provide health care, long-term for our children and families because our democrat colleagues won't provide not one vote. get the votes to delay the damaging impact of obamacare taxes, the health insurance tax, the cadillac tax, medical device, you get those votes, republicans, because we will not give you even one of them. these taxes are so damaging to our families, to our workers and job creators it's sending jobs out of america, overseas. get the votes, republicans, because we claim we support this. we just won't support it with our votes. it's regrettable because these are bipartisan issues, and politics are shutting this government down. i urge my democrat colleagues to stand with republicans on behalf of children, families, and workers, keep this government open. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from new york
is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio, the ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee, ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. ms. kaptur: i thank the ranking member of the full committee, congresswoman lowy of new york, for yielding me this time -- congresswoman lowey of new york, for yielding me this time and let me just say that our side has not been consulted. the republicans have 238 votes. to pass anything here, they had the vast majority. you only need 218 votes. so if you wanted to pass, it you could do it right now. you could have done it a month ago. you could have done it two months ago. you could have done it three months ago. but there's something fundamentally wrong on that side of the aisle and of course you have to deal with the other body where you hold the majority and you can't get it done there either. now, in football you would call this fumbling the ball. in baseball, you'd call it flubbing the ball.
and honestly, if you can't consult with our side of the aisle, why would you expect anybody would want to work with you anyway? you treat us like we're from, i don't know, born yo. -- borneo. why would you think we would want to vote on something that we can't agree with because of its essential unfairness? i really can't understand why you're putting the republic through all these contortions. you don't have a budget. you know, we've been asking for a budget. and you don't make decisions about departments until you have a budget. because you might underfund one department or overfund another department. so we want to do this in a very orderly way. but our republican friends appear to hope the government will function with no road map. are they really asleep behind the wheel of the car? they are sure careening and they might even hate brick wall. if the republicans cannot put together -- hit a brick wall. if the republicans cannot put
together a framework agreement for a vote this week, it's safe to say they fumbled and flubbed every opportunity they had. reminds me of the old loony toon character elmer fud. they can't even catch bug's bunny when he's staring them right in the face. they aren't making progress. and indeed losing ground. there was hope on september 8 when we voted the first time for a short-term extension that you could actually reach agreement. but here it is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. kaptur: and we still don't have agreement. might i ask the ranking member for an additional period of time? 45 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mrs. lowey: 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for an additional 30 seconds. ms. kaptur: so here we are, january 18, 2018. one day before the risk of another shutdown. and they're fiddle -- their fiddling is unprecedented. don't have a budget framework, can't make decisions, don't consult with our side. why should we be in a helpful
mood? we were always told republicans are stern pass masters. not only have they failed to pass a budget. now they've added $1 trillion more to the deficit and the long-term debt because they wanted to give tax giveaways to all their donors. i urge my colleagues to oppose this sinking effort and demand action for a final full year funding plan. that is what is responsible. that is essential and that is what the american people expect. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. members are again reminded to address their comments to the chair. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the chairman of the energy and water and commerce committee, mr. walden, from oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for three minutes. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm not quite sure what the people of borneo did to deserve the wrath of my colleague from ohio. but perhaps she can explain later to them. but here is the deal.
the energy and commerce committee did work across the aisle or attempted to, to fully fund the children's health insurance program, to fully fund community health centers, to fully fund extenders. and at every step of the way, my colleague and friend from the other side of the aisle, asked me to stop and work with them, we tried. we couldn't reach full agreement on the pay-fors at the time. but we tried and we worked in good faith with each other. 15 democrats on the house floor voted to extend the children's health insurance program for a full five years. by the way, that equals the longest extension and the most generous funding to help children and pregnant women that's ever been done for that program. we sent it over to the senate and unfortunately they couldn't find agreement. so we came back and we kept extending it and by the way, the democrat leader of the house, mr. speaker, ms. pelosi, said what we're doing today, by putting full funding for children's health insurance program for the longest extension in the history of the program, a full six years, is,
and i quote, sadly, a bowl of doingy doo. put a cherry on top and call it a chocolate sundayy. closed quote. is that what this has devolved to? we have an opportunity today with the help and the leadership of the chairman of the appropriations committee to fully fund our state's children's health insurance program for not five years but a full six years. this is the longest extension in history at the strongest funding level in history. so when you vote no today, as you all apparently are going to do, you're voting to close the government and deny our states, but more importantly the children and pregnant women, access to children's health insurance. the cancellations that go out, the notices, are on your terms. let me tell what you the children's hospitals have said to congress. kids cannot wait. fund chip now. and i quote, congress has a chance to pass a long-term extension of chip that will provide security for millions of
kids. the continuing resolution being considered by congress includes a six-year extension of chip. children's hospitals support a long-term extension of chip and urge congress to take this opportunity to pass chip this week. the time is now to extend funding for this life line millions of children and their families count on every day. that's children's hospitals. can't we put the partisan divide aside and at least fund children's health insurance for children and pregnant women in this country? and keep the government open. that is the question before us today. the question before us today is, do you want to keep the government open and the services provided and six years of full funding for children's health insurance and pregnant women? or will you vote against it? it's as simple as that. the rest is just political rhetoric. so let's fund chip. let's take care of our families and kids and keep the government open, mr. chairman. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
the gentleman from new jersey reserves. members, once again, are reminded to please address their comments to the chair. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i am very pleased to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from new jersey, the well-informed ranking member of the committee on energy and commerce, mr. pallone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for three minutes. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from new york. i have the greatest respect for my republican chairman from oregon. but he just forgets completely, as so many speakers on the g.o.p. side have, that they are in the majority and they have a sigma jort. they can do whatever they -- they have a significant majority. they can do whatever they want. for him to suggest that somehow he can't bring up a chip bill that also includes all these other health programs, he mentioned the community health centers, i could also mention all the medicare extenders that are not included in this bill. this bill basically either l