tv House Republican Leaders News Conference CSPAN July 16, 2019 10:48am-11:11am EDT
number of upcoming measures, including a resolution condemning president trump's tweets directed at new democratic lawmakers. the president tweeting this morning that
his tweets were not racist saying, i don't have a racist bone in my body. the so-called vote to be taken is a democrat con game. republicans should not show weakness and fall into their trap. this should be a vote on the filthy language, statements, and lies told by the democrat congresswoman who i truly believe, based on their actions, hate our country. get a list of the horrible things they have said. omar is polling at 8%. cortez at 21%. nancy pelosi tried to push them away but now they are forever wedded to the democrat party. see you in 2020. we also heard a short time ago from republican leaders in the house. hear are their remarks to reporters. >> we are going to talk -- we have the republican leader of
the education and labor committee here. i am going to introduce her in just a moment to talk about wage, but first, i wanted to talk about what's gone on over the last few days. i want to make absolutely clear that our opposition to our socialist colleagues has absolutely nothing to do with their gender, with their religion or with their race, it has to do with the content of their policies. they're wrong when they attempt to put socialism on the american people, wrong when they would steal power from the american people and give that power to the government. they're wrong when they espouse and enable and their leadership refuses to condemn vial anti-semitism. they're wrong when they rush to blame america first, when they fail to recognize that this is the greatest nation that's ever existed. the exceptional nation. ms. cheney: they're wrong when they fail to recognize that no one has ever lived in greater freedom and they fail to
provide the resources our men and women in uniform need to defend that freedom. our colleagues are socialist colleagues on the other side of the aisle are wrong when they advocate abortion up until the moment of birth, including partial term abortion, partial birth abortion, late-term abortion, and when they refuse to mandate care for babies who are born alive. our colleagues are wrong when they say we should open america's borders, abolish i.c.e., and abolish d.h.s. they're wrong when they advocate policies that would eliminate all private health insurance in this country, destroy medicare, and force the american people to pay for free health care for illegal immigrants. they're wrong when they pursue policies like the one we will be voting on today that will destroy four million jobs for low-wage earners by mandating a federal $15 minimum wage. that's not a passion. that's calousness born of ignorance. they're wrong when they say their programs help people at the lower end of the economic
spectrum. every one of their socialist programs would create massive new government dependency and end the very economic growth we need to ensure everyone can prosper. our colleagues are wrong when they advocate packing the supreme court and abolishing the electoral college. our colleagues are wrong when they tell americans, as congresswoman pressley did just last weekend, that any individual seat at the table is only valuable, only legitimate if that person espouses some preapproved set of beliefs deemed appropriate based on their religion or their gender or their race. when they say that, that is racist. so, no. our opposition to our colleagues' beliefs has absolutely nothing to do with race or gender or religion. we oppose them and their policies because their policies are dangerous and wrong and would destroy america. the issue here is the content
of their policies, and we will continue to stand up and fight against what we know is wrong for this nation. and with that i'd like to turn things over to congresswoman foxx who's the republican leader of the education and labor committee. ms. foxx: thanks, chair cheney. thank you very much. we are going to be voting today on a very, very bad piece of legislation, h.r. 582, which more than doubles the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2024. this is a radical and unprecedented mandate. over its 80-year history, the average minimum wage has been $7.40 an hour with a median of $7.33. both just slightly higher than the current federal standard of $7.25. the claim that the federal
minimum wage has never been lower just doesn't hold water. in fact, the only 2.3% of hourly workers are paid at or below the minimum wage currently. of that 2.3%, half are below the age of 25. these are individuals at the start of their careers or filling part time or summer jobs. last week, c.b.o. issued a detailed study, which estimated almost four million, 3.7 million jobs would be lost from a $15 minimum wage, with a median impact of 1.3 million jobs lost. that same c.b.o. report also estimates that a $15 federal minimum wage would lift 1.3 million individuals out of poverty. so if we do the path, h.r. 582 would cause at least one job to be lost for every person who moved out of poverty, and in the worst-case scenario as main
as three jobs would be lost. this is not -- many as three jobs would be lost. this is not a tradeoff. 46% of those losing their jobs would be young workers, 38% would be workers with less than a high school diploma. the bill hits families and businesses hard to pay for the artificial wages. this bill mandates job creators, forced to reduce workers' hours, eliminate jobs, increase automation, or close their doors for good. the c.b.o. backs this up saying there would be a net reduction in family income by 2025 of $9 billion, resulting from a $15 minimum wage. in other words, the so-called raise would reduce pay for many american families. ironically, this bill comes at a time when wages are on the rise with 7.4 million jobs nationwide and unemployment near a 50-year low. job creators know they must
offer competitive wages and benefits to attract and retain workers. instead of considering this job-killing income reducing bill, we should advance legislation that empowers communities, creates opportunities and opens doors for all workers and families. it's bad legislation. should not pass. now recognize whip scalise. mr. scalise: thank you, virginia. i appreciate your leadership as you continue to fight for american workers and you look at what we've done to actually work with the president to lower taxes, which has resulted in the best economy we've seen in generations. in fact, hardworking families are seeing more money in their paycheck. wages are up. you're seeing more opportunities for people to enter the middle class, which had been evaporating after years of a declining economy. the opposite is happening now. there's more opportunity than we've ever seen. there are more job openings than people looking for work. at that time, you would think
the democrats would want to be working with us to build on that economic success and instead you see speaker pelosi bringing this bill to the floor that would eviscerate millions of american jobs. the c.b.o. report on the minimum wage bill shows that there would be up to 3.7 million jobs lost. that's literally the entire state of oklahoma. that's how many jobs would be lost under this bill. and you don't need to just look at the c.b.o. score to wonder how bad it would be. you can just go look what happened in the city of seattle. in seattle they actually did this back in 2014. they increased their minimum wage to $15, and then the university of washington, after three years of actual data, seeing what really happened in seattle, the university of washington did a study to see how this worked. and let me tell you, it was devastating for families in seattle. and the most devastated were low-income families. it showed there were millions of work hours lost, gone away.
so even if you had a higher wage, you were working less time so you saw your income drop. this was devastating to low-income families by a 3:1 margin. that's how bad it was in seattle knowing what's happened. you saw the mayor of baltimore veto a minimum wage increase that's similar to the one being brought to the floor because she noted how devastating it would be for workers in baltimore. democrat mayor, by the way. so as pelosi has seen how devastating that would be and what the c.b.o. score shows it would do to hardworking families in america, she should be working with us to help improve the lives of hardworking americans that would devastate their income levels. then, of course, you're seeing what they're bringing to the floor today. one more attempt to personally attack president trump instead of focusing on things that could get this economy going.
just yesterday, here at this very microphone, you saw some of my colleagues say false and misleading things from this microphone. you see omar continue to use terms like people drinking out of toilets. it's not happening in any of those detention facilities. she voted, by the way, against the very funding to help our government provide humanitarian relief for those families that are coming across the border illegally. our border patrol agents were buying diapers with their own money because they had run out of money and she voted against that very funding. and they continue to call for impeachment. pressley would not even refer to the president by the title. look, we disagreed with barack obama on a lot of things that he did. the policies. as our conference chair laid out, there are a lot of policies that we had disagreements on with speaker pelosi and her socialist democrats, just like we had disagreements with a lot of barack obama's policies, but we never disrespected the office.
i called him president of the united states, as we all did. if he asked us to go meet with him at the white house, we went. we expressed our disagreements in a respectful way, but what they continue to do, to go after him personally, to call for impeachment of the president from day one. the night they won the majority, they weren't even in office, they didn't even have the mueller report that they thought would show collusion, and yet, they still want to keep going down that road instead of working with us to improve the daily lives of hardworking families. with that now i'll bring up the republican leader of our conference, kevin mccarthy. mr. mccarthy: thank you, steve. good morning. thank you for joining us. this new democrat socialist majority continues on their quest to destroy and erode the gains we have made since the last election when it came to financial growth inside america. here's a snapshot of the current economic conditions.
it's not just my words. listen to this, the chearm chairman of president obama's council on economic advisors, he warns 15-hour national minimum wage would put us in unchartered waters. and risk undesirable and unintended consequences. in a time where we have so many other challenges, in a time where we want to raise individuals to continue the growth of what we are having, the democrats continue to stunts, and political stunts at that. we've got a concern when we've got to have a budget agreement. i think we have made progress even in the last couple days. something we need to focus on. we have a debt ceiling that could hit before we are back in september. we have to make sure we get that done. those are the things we should be focused on. we have a challenge, crisis at the border. we know the challenge and crisis will not be solved unless congress acted. we have a speaker that
requested from the president to postpone any type of movement from individuals who had a court order to leave the country, he did. with the hope that congress would act and not one thing was taken up during that time frame. today we'll spend more time on the floor dealing with politics. i think the american public expect more of us. they expect us to solve the problems. we know no one person gets 100% of what they want. our government is designed to find compromise. and i will tell you from the republican side of the aisle we can work with anybody that wants to put america first and be able to work towards that. we have found that just in the last week the national defense authorization act for the first time in 58 years, this new socialist democrat majority, couldn't even put troops first. they had to put politics first. we watched the supplemental on the border. what's most concerning is the senate has done what is right. they found bipartisanship when it came to the supplemental vote and also when it came to the ndaa.
84 was the vote on the supplemental. 86. leaders of both sides of the aisle were able to vote for it. not in this body. it has changed. this is no longer the democratic party. this has become the socialist democratic party. with that i'll take questions. reporter: you have been here for several congresses with both parties in the majority. president trump has said with this new asylum rule he has taken matter into its own hands because congress can't pass comprehensive immigration. why has congress not passed that? mr. mccarthy: last congress we tried and brought two different bills to the floor. the real challenge is the other side of the aisle said no one voted for t i always believe you will have a process in the house and senate, and there was ability to find compromise on both sides. unfortunately, i think there is a belief on the other side of the aisle that they want -- -- want to be able to protect somebody who really has a challenge when it comes to
asylum. what is happening today is individuals are coming from other countries passing one, two, three other countries and never claiming asylum. we found through our own court system . when you come here, you do get to be able to have your day in court. 80% of those do not hold up. there are other ways to deal with t the obama administration one moment they had where you can claim asylum in your home country in the consulate itself f your court case came forward you could come to america. we want to make sure we protect those who truly need it. this is a system that has create add loophole, that actually puts in doubt protecting those who need it at a time. and we should act. i watched the speaker ask the president to hold off on inaction that the court has asked this country to take. he did. but nothing happened inside congress. the responsibility lies with us. i.c.e. and border patrol can't do something different than what the law says.
they have to uphold the law. we should make sure we fix this problem because we do have a crisis. reporter: mr. leader, were the president's tweets racist? yes or no. mr. mccarthy: no. i do not believe the speaker of the house was racist when those individuals on her side of the aisle who were claiming the president was racist when she claimed she she wases racist. i do believe this is about idea ol gy. this is about socialism versus freedom. it's very clear what the debate is happening. i understand when i listen to their press conference yesterday they talked more about impeachment than anything else. even one of those individuals, this wasn't the first time they talked about impeachment. on the night of being sworn in, they brought all their supporters together and they spoke about impeachment in words i will not use here. this is more from their base about politics. it's unfortunate. we should get back to the business of america. reporter: you said that this -- mr. scalise, you said this
is one more chance to go after the president. do you have a resolution like this on the floor today, though -- mr. mccarthy: will i vote against the resolution. reporter: will you -- mr. mccarthy: if you look at the resolution and the rules of the house, you can't even name the resolution on the floor. if this is a case of what they are concerned most about, let's go through every comment individuals who have made on the other side of the aisle, are we bringing a resolution up on floort about their comments? no. -- on the floor about their comments? no. of a person's faith, they actually believe somebody of a jewish faith could support america or support israel? the questions and comments individuals have made, and that's why this body should be better than this. the individuals that you continue to play politics with, let's solve the problems before us. reporter: this is the root of my question. there is a perception whether it be right or not, that the republican party and members have not sufficiently rejected
what the president said. you said these comments are not racist. mr. mccarthy: i think the president clarified that. reporter: even if it is the situation that those comments are over the line, even if you don't believe it, is it a problem for the optic of the party that members will vote today on your side of the aisle to support the president and what he said -- mr. mccarthy: we are the party of lincoln. this party believes in the contend of the individual. i have watched from our own actions, i have watched individual in my own party do something that we disagreed w we took action. i have watched the other side of the aisle, though, when it came to questioning a person's faith, a person's loyalty to america, that no action was taken. i have watched what was written in a resolution using words that you can't even use on the floor. i have watched the press conference that only talked about impeachment. i watched a chairman of the judiciary committee that handles impeachment uses their platform to win the
chairmanship that he would be better to impeach the president. long before a mueller report came through and said no collusion or others. let's not be false about what is happening here today. this is all about politics and beliefs of ideologies of what individuals have. yes, sir. reporter: do you think that there are decent chances of not ng -- naub if there is a caps agreement, do you want to ask your members to vote for a clean debt limit this month? mr. mccarthy: do i think that we can get this done. and i would say to the speaker, if we are as close as i believe we are, and we need a day or two longer, we shd stay here and make sure we get it done. there is a real concern, and i don't think this is a question on any side of the aisle, when the debt ceiling can hit, it could hit early september or maybe sooner. we should not leave for august without dealing with that. i would say, if we can't get
this done, we should do it 30 day. i don't think that's ideal. i would rather get a cap agreement and debt ceiling agreement before we leave in july. i think we are very close to making that happen. reporter: do you agree with president trump that former speaker ryan was weak, ineffective, and stupid as leader? mr. mccarthy: i think speaker ryan worked very hard and was a great speaker. speaker ryan is a very good friend of mine. i have watched what he's been able to achieve with this president. tax reform that has not been done in 30 years. all those statistics i laid off for you in the economics of where it was, was a team that was built. i have watched what -- you are quoting something based upon a book that i have not read and hadn't talkeding to speaker ryan. i know that's not the words of what he would use because i have been in rooms with him and with the president. these are two individuals who worked very well together. i know someone can take a language out. in there they talk about mr. ryan talking about the president coming from business.
that's exactly what america needed a president who could come in and shake up washington. speaker ryan was perfect in the job where he was at. the knowledge of what he had. that combination together was able -- we made sure in this congress that we got tax reform done. remember this, article 1, section 7 tax reform doesn't start in the senate. it starts in the house. without speaker ryan and without president trump it never would have gotten done. thank you. reporter: on o socialism -- a question. >> remarks from republican leaders earlier today regarding the president's comments about some of the newer democratic members of the house. members will be gaveling back in at noon eastern time. and taking up the resolution condemning the president's comments. the tweets were one of the topics at today's briefing with house democrats as well. this is about half an hour. >> good morning, everyone. mr. jeffries: just another slow week in washington, d.c.