Ryan told a news conference on Wednesday, “We want to secure our border. It’s very important for the national security of our country…..
CNSNews: There’s still time in the lame duck session to get things done, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference on Wednesday.
“We want to secure our border. It’s very important for the national security of our country that we actually secure our border,” he said.
“Hopefully, after the election, Democrats realize a secure border should not be a Republican thing, it shouldn’t be a Democrat thing. It’s just good for the country to actually secure our border. The House is there, we hope the Senate comes with us,” he said.
Ryan never used the words “border wall,” but he did mention the $5 billion that President Trump has requested for wall construction.
The House already has passed the full $5 billion, he noted:
“But ultimately, the president and the Senate Democrats are going to have to come to agreement as well. As you know, this takes 60 votes in the Senate. Therefore, Senate Democrats have a say-so in appropriation matters. And so what I think we’re going to have to do is just sort this out with all the parties involved.”
And although Republicans won’t control the House next year, “We still want to solve problems,” he said.
“And look, turn on the TV — you can see we have a problem at the border. So we want to secure our border. The House Republicans have always wanted to secure the border; the House Republicans have been passing bills to secure our border; and I’d like to think that Democrats would also want to join us in securing the border, especially after the election.”
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