This morning, Speaker Ryan called into The Hugh Hewitt Show to talk about how the Bipartisan Budget Act is critical for our national security. Listen to the full interview here and check out the excerpts below.
Speaker Ryan: “The main thing is we are finally getting . . . the military a budget, number one, but also getting the budget they need to actually fulfill the national defense strategy that Secretary Mattis just recently gave out. So we worked very closely with Jim Mattis on this. Our chairman, Mac Thornberry, and he worked to build these numbers, built this budget, scrub procurement, get the audit going, so that we can get our military rebuilt. And that is, in my opinion, the biggest achievement here. And we also broke parity from the Obama days where Obama insisted if you’re ever going to put a dime in the military, you’ve got to put the same amount of money into domestic spending, no matter the need. Well, that’s not what we’re doing now. We’re putting more support for the military than for domestic, breaking that sort of old Obama rule and prioritizing the military. And I think that’s where our priorities ought to belong.”
Speaker Ryan: “This is a bipartisan bill. It’s going to need bipartisan support. We are going to deliver our share of support. I feel very good about Republicans. Our members who are focused on the military are very happy where we landed with that. We also got a bunch of our other priorities. We got rid of the IPAB, which his this Independent Payment Advisory Board from Obamacare. The domestic spending funds—the things that we all agree on—like infrastructure and opioids and cancer research. And it also has the emergency supplemental. So it’s a big bill, and much of this domestic spending is the one-time stuff like this disaster relief for the hurricanes and the fires. And so people from those states, obviously, are very concerned about getting that aid to, you know, to Houston and to Louisiana and to Florida and to California. So I think we will get this done.”
Speaker Ryan: “First of all, we ran on this agenda. And now, we’re painstakingly, step by step, implementing this agenda. As you mentioned, the president and Congress said, ‘We’re going to do tax reform. We’re going to do regulatory roadblocks. We’re going to put conservative justices on the court. We’re going to rebuild our military. We’re going to get rid of the sequester on the military.’ The president actually talked about that in his campaign. We’re doing that in this bill. Then we’re moving to immigration reform. Then we’re going to go move on workforce development, which is getting people from welfare to work, which is a really important reform so every able-bodied American can go to work and get the skills they need to get the jobs they want so we can get even faster economic growth. That is all part of our agenda that we ran on in A Better Way, that the president campaigned on. And we are well on our way to executing and implementing this agenda.”