Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) held a joint press briefing with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to discuss the progress being made at the 2016 House/Senate Issues Conference. Below are Speaker Ryan’s opening remarks:
“Welcome, everybody, it’s great to have you here. I want to speak on behalf of myself and the leader on just how pleased we are.
“First of all, the House Republican Conference and the Senate Conference are here together, talking about ideas. And what we are here to do is come together as Republican conferences to talk about how do we take our principles, apply them to the problems of the day, and offer solutions to the American people?
“The challenge we have clearly, in this particular government, is Barack Obama’s president. So the kind of agenda we’re discussing, the kind of agenda we’re talking about forming, is what we could do if we had a Republican president. What does 2017 look like if the election goes the way we hope it goes? And that is why we think it’s important for us to offer a positive, solutions-oriented approach and agenda to the American people so that they can choose. They can choose in 2016 what kind of country they want to have.
“We think the country is on the wrong track. We think we’re headed in the wrong direction on so many issues—economic growth, upward mobility, poverty, national security. So that’s why we’re here today to talk among ourselves about how we go forward. What’s the better way? What’s the agenda? And that’s why we’re having a fantastic retreat.”