Weekly News Conference of 115th Congress – January 5, 2017

House Republican Agenda – January 5, 2017

Streamed live on Jan 5, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan holds his weekly news conference.

…”taken action on bills to help our veterans”

Regulatory reform
…”Working to get the REINS Act (H.R. 427, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015) passed and signed into law.”
…”Unelected bureaucrats have been simply telling people how things are going to be, handing down all this regulations with little scrutiny or thought. This has to change.”
…”President-elect Trump has called for an overhaul of our entire regulatory system.”
…”Where we can, we will use the congressional review act to provide relief.”
…”We plan to put a Resolution of Disapproval on Trump’s desk to stop the current regulations concerning coal.”
…”Bill passed in the House to prevent 11th hour, midnight lame duck actions.”
…”We will set in motion reforms to fix the regulatory system itself as one of the highest priorities.”

Obamacare – repeal and replace
…”(Rand Paul reservations on repeal/replace) I’m really not concerned about this. This is a repeal resolution. Our members fully understand that. We’ve been planning for this for quite some time and our members realize that.
…”I think the scare tactics started with the Democrats yesterday, is I think they’re trying to make Americans think like some day this February or some day this March, you’re going to wake up and you won’t have a health insurance plan. That ain’t happening. That’s not true.”
…”What we’re doing is we’re going to be methodical. We’re going to be deliberative. And we’re going to do this the right way. We’re going to get this law repealed. We’re going to get this law replaced. And we’re going to have a transition period so that people do not have the rug pulled out from underneath them while we get to a better place.”

Budget Reconciliation
…” They realize that a more comprehensive, complete budget will be coming in the fall like it always does per the way our budget process works.”

Trump won fair and square – delegitimization unacceptable
…”No. Russia — Russia clearly tried to meddle in our political system. No two ways about it. Let me say a couple of things. First of all, you know, I think this is what the president-elect is legitimately upset about. There are attempts on the left to try to delegitimize this election. That’s just bogus. He won fair and square. He won clearly and convincingly.”
…”Russia didn’t tell Hillary Clinton not to go to Wisconsin or Michigan. They didn’t put the server in her basement or put the stuff on Anthony Weiner’s laptop”.
…”He won the election fair and square, clearly and convincingly. OK?”

Foreign interference in USA elections
…Now, having said that, do we ever condone any foreign actor, any outside interference from trying to mess with our elections? Or course not. We’ve been saying this all along. But let’s just put this in the proper perspective, and that is let’s deny those who are trying to delegitimize a presidency before it starts, while doing what we need to do to make sure going forward that outside actors don’t interfere with our political system.”

Intelligence agency review and revisions
…”Well, they don’t always get everything right. We’ve seen that clearly. But I do have faith that our men and women in our intelligence community are doing an incredible job, sacrificing for our country. But there’s always room for improvement.”
…”Look, we overhauled this about a decade ago after 9/11 when we realized the intelligence community wasn’t getting things right. So clearly, there’s room for improvement on these things.”

Criminal justice reform
…”Yes. Yeah, I do support criminal justice reform. I think it’s a long time in coming. I — I’ve asked our committee to pick up where they left off on.”
…”Bob Goodlatte passed, I don’t know, six or eight bills out of committee. I don’t remember the exact number. And I’ve asked them to pick up where they left off. This is something that we wanted to get done last year. We ran out of time. We intend to pick up where we left off and get moving again on criminal justice reform. I think it’s good policy, the right thing to do for lots of reasons. And yes, this is a priority of ours.”


I have no intention of adding this weekly to Hardnox but I wanted to show by including this video how this congress is involved and invested in helping Trump even before his inauguration in order to try to fill the promises and let citizens understand they were heard, not just sloughed off as in past administrations.  Fingers crossed and pen at the ready, looks like for now, Trump and his cabinet will be having a congress determined to keep up with the election promises made.

The only worrisome aspect is who is delivering this conference.  Paul Ryan has mouthed many placating statements over the last year and then caved on every one of them.  Hopefully, Trump and those others in congress who are really interested in bipartisanship solutions to real angry concerns of the people will help him find that stiff backbone to stay the course this go-round.

There is no problem when congress members have legitimate concerns and hammer out issues. Hopefully that means members are honestly invested in helping to benefit citizens.  The problem is the infantile behavior or tantrums in public and at congressional seats BEFORE a damn thing has even been offered. Obstructionism is unbecoming a congressional member.  If there is such a problem, resign now and let someone who honestly wants to work For people take your place.

As to the obstructionist Democrats, “sc’w u”.  Don’t let the chamber door slam on your derriere as you throw your tantrum in the halls while adults work out solutions.  Don’t forget your binkies, blankets, and Depends either. YOU were once upon a time a newbie and pushed hard to legitimize and authorize Obama and his choices ON THE FIRST DAY before he had even taken the oath of office and look how well that turned out for our republic, safety, citizens, and finances. Now drink a cup of Phillips Milk and do the job of WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE not throwing tantrums.

We have had enough across the entire US of the infantile, expensive, and irresponsible actions put forth by your party.  If you really ARE interested in protecting and preserving our citizens and rights, THEN WORK WITH REPUBLICANS in a friggin’ bi-partisan manner. Heck, we know nearly a quarter of the old guard RINOS that have returned for this new session have always kowtowed to your whims and demands.

But this time is different…not really because of Trump though that is a deciding factor…but because WE ARE SICK OF YOUR MANIPULATIVE, PREPUBESCENT ATTITUDES which have done nothing so much as line your pockets, rape our country, and undermined our constitution while putting every citizen at risk and in poverty.


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5 Responses to Weekly News Conference of 115th Congress – January 5, 2017

  1. Shar says:

    Ryan and Uncle Mitch both worry me. Ryan is two faced and Mitch is a plain coward.
    They better deliver after all Trump and us deplorables have been thru. Time will tell.
    Hearings are suppose to start next week. Fasten your seat belt.

  2. Hardnox says:

    Well, whoo hoo! When did Ryan grow a set?????????????

    I’ll be impressed if he follows through. Ditto with McConnell.