Republican Leadership Press Conference:
May 2, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:
Good morning. This week we will finish our work on the final appropriations bill for the budget, and it was a bipartisan effort. For the Republicans our priorities were the certainty, the security, and the accountability.
As you think about the importance of funding defense, that is the number one priority of the federal government is to keep this country safe, and I’m proud this bill reflects that priority.
It also increases pay for our military which is really important. It provides security funding for our border.
For me, I’m pleased to see the funding for NIH which has been a Republican priority through 21st Century Cures so that America will continue to be the leader, we need to be investing in that health research.
I’m also pleased to see the funding for fighting forest fires, which is a continued threat in the West.
But really this allows us to go to work on this year’s budget, which is our opportunity to really change the course, balancing budgets, reversing what we’ve seen in the deficit spending, really going after [unauthorized] spending, rethinking the federal government from top to bottom: every program, every agency so that we do have an efficient, effective, accountable government.
I’m also very excited to see us moving forward this week on the Working Families Flexibility Act –very proud of the leadership of Martha Roby on this effort.
She’s gotten it further than anyone else, and as you think about empowering people, individuals, working men and women in America, I don’t think there’s anything more powerful than giving them more control over their time so that they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
And I’m really excited we’re moving forward with it.
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