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tv   Senate GOP Leaders Hold News Conference  CSPAN  May 18, 2022 5:46am-6:08am EDT

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this is just under 20 minutes. >> good afternoon. obviously the biggest issue in the world right now the most important issue for the senate this week is assistance for ukraine. as i think you know, i along with senator barrasso, collinson. [inaudible] an opportunity to visit this last weekend with president zelensky in kyiv. think i can report which you already recorded over and over again. the determination of the ukrainian people to defeat the
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russians, to push them out of ukrainian territory, all they are asking for all of us is help. and we are providing significant help this week. we are not in this alone. this is not a cheerful operation. european countries have contributed vitally. not only an absorbing refugees, but in providing arms and support in every way. it is also important to remind those who think we ought to be focusing on asia that both the prime minister of japan on the defense minister in japan say the single most important thing we can do to push back against potential chinese aggression is to help the ukrainians defeat the russians in this current conflict. president xi is watching.
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what is the message he takes out of this? it needs to be this kind of aggression is counterproductive and will not produce an outcome that he wants it. he then went to stockholm and to helsinki. and had the opportunity to be there just as they were debating their decision the decision to nato. that was the prime minister in sweden and the prime minister and president in finland. enjoyed witnessing their enthusiasm for this big step. to show what a big step it is in sweden they have not been a part of any alliance in 200 years. this is a big step for the swedes to go in this direction. as you know, finland also has
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neutral possession in between russia and nato. they are enthusiastically anxious to be a part of nato now. another outcome produced by vladimir putin aggression. both of these countries have been wary about the russians over the years are extremely well prepared to be come part of nato now. sweden is rapidly approaching 2% of gdp. they both have highly successful militaries, much more successful in militaries than the current members of nato. they are value added to the nato alliance. but they are curious about is how long will it take us to
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ratify their admission. i told him it is our goal on an overwhelming bipartisan basis is to get that done as rapidly as possible some procedural hoops through which we have to jump may prevent us from being first. but i would love to be first. we are going to do everything on a bipartisan basis to push admission nato as rapidly as possible. >> there is not a day goes by where we do not seem to see a new spike or high gasoline and diesel prices. at the very same time the president's approval ratings hit new lows. i don't think that correlation is any coincidence. the high fuel prices in this country are attributable to this administration's policies. many of which have discouraged oil and gas production, energy
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production right here in united states. most richly as last week when the president took the gulf in alaska some leases and shut them down. it absolutely makes no sense if you are concerned about the pocketbook paid the american people are experiencing on a daily basis. the continually higher prices they are experiencing at the pump, you would think you be working aggressively to try to open up more energy production in this country. but this administration seems intent under just the opposite. that is been the plan from the beginning. if you look back in the earlier stages of this administration, oil and gas leases on federal lands, even some of these places are issuances you have to get a permit to drill which they are not doing. they are forcing long delays, shortages, and constantly higher prices for everything in this biden economy.
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i would hope that the administration would think seriously about revising their strategy because at the moment all it is doing is making the american people and the american economy harder for more working class families in this country. latest example is the baby formula shortage. and again these are basic issues with this administration when it comes to taking care of the basic needs of the american people seems to be completely out of step. think the only thing that is honestly going to change that is the republican majority in congress. and i hope as people think about these issues is beheaded for the midterm elections next fall they are going to think about this pocket bush issues. those issues that affected their economy and their families economy in such a profound way.
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>> today is the eighth day in a row gas prices in america hit a new high. today at $4.52 a gallon. that has profound impacts of people all across the country specifically in my home state of wyoming for people on average drive more because the distances are further in the average miles driven is higher. joe biden seems committed to a longtime situation of high gas prices all across the country. it is not wise he continued to choke energy production in the united states for just last week he canceled three major lease sales oil and gas in the gulf and in alaska and he can't have it both ways on the president one day says it's putin and the very next day cancels these major oil and gas production leases, the american people see through this.
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the president has lost all credibility in terms of dealing with inflation in the cost of energy. at the same time the american people have lost all confidence in the ability of this president to relieve the pain they are dealing with everyday. for people driving past the gas station and they see that number over $4 a gallon most people wince because they know it's money they are not going to have her food and groceries, for clothing or to do things with the kids. the president has as a gimmick or he's going to release a million barrels of oil a day from the strategic petroleum reserve although we get to the election, that has had no effect in relieving the pain at the pump. the only thing he has done is make us more vulnerable if a real emergency comes on fast with the strategic petroleum reserve is for, real emergencies for the american people know we have the energy in the country is in the ground and this administration will not let us get it out.
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this president is beholding to the claimant elitists that are called to the democrat party. and that is why i say this president is committed to high gas prices for the long, long future which is why three out of four americans this week said they believe the country under joe biden and the democrats is heading in the wrong direction. with the baby formula issue, another example that hits a whole other group of american families that often are not thinking about the big economic issues of the day of making the decision without thinking about the consequences. since about january 1 the fda knew there was potentially a problem at one of the big manufacturers of baby formula. about 60 days later they shut that down or negotiate a shutdown of that factory that is
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still not established up until today the likelihood the factory in the problem they are trying to solve for the right factory. more importantly you cannot eliminate may be 40% of the supply and not have impact. i was talking to some of the other day spent four hours in the car, went to six different stores to try to get the unique baby formula that their baby had to have her talk about stress for families. you can look at things $28 million as i think what the house is talking about now. whether it's $28 million or $228 million it will not make any difference tomorrow. it will not make any difference probably a week from tomorrow looking at every option before you make that decision like eliminating tariffs on western european baby formula that meets all of our standards would have been something the administration could have easily done months ago before the shelf
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supply in-store, after store after store went away. >> our american families are really feeling the weight of all of these biden crises. we have the crisis at the pump. islands are feeling, it very hard hits. the highest inflation we have seen in 40 years. and now they biden administration seems to have lost all control over things as simple as baby formula. who would have ever thought that we would have a shortage of baby formula right here in the united states. i got a text a couple nights ago from a friend in iowa. he was imploring me because a young couple he knows had a preemie baby. that baby is being released from the nicu very soon.
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mom and dad are struggling to figure out where the formula is going to come from for their newborn baby. these are things that could have been foreseen. things the biden administration could have planned for and encourage the fda to work through. so, i understand abbott's and the fda have an agreement to reopen their plant to produce baby formula. but the courts have to agree as well. so what are we to do in the meantime to support and help these families that need this baby formula? this is not some ordinary product you can live without for a number of time, a period of weeks. when you need it, you need it. so whether it is importing from those other countries as senator blunt has stated that solving our supply chain issues or do something as simple as opening a plants, we need to do it.
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these babies are in need and we should not be turning our back on these babies. so again, implore to the biden administration of these crises under control but let's the people in place that actually know what they doing when it comes to supply chain management issues. we should not be facing the type of inflation we are the gas prices we are and we certainly should not be facing a baby formula shortage. >> so i'm getting texts, i've gotten phone calls her parents were struggling they are spending hours trying to find formula. some of them cannot find it there trying to figure out can they take their baby off of formula and put them on milk now? some parents are having to do that and they know there might be some risk with that. you cannot imagine that in the united states of america parents are worried about feeding their children. this is an american problem
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trying to be pictures from all over the world this is panama they've got plenty of baby formula. this is the united states. no baby formula i can give you pictures in canada, israel, brazil all over the world. there is plenty of baby formula out there. the biden administration is to figure this out today that need to figure out and have all hands on deck. this needs to be solved this weekend it cannot be two months and wait until after the abbott facility is open the cup to solve this now because parents are worried about feeding their children. i am from florida we have a lot of people from latin america. the bite administration decided to be appeasers again to cuba and venezuela that is despicable we have got nothing for this. after the obama appeasement let me give you one story about lady head or hand chopped off right here, stuck in the mud this was after obama's appeasement in what she did wrong? she complained the school is been closed in cuba.
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we are getting nothing for this other than there's less of a chance cuba's or venezuelans are ever going to see democracy. [inaudible] [background noises] [inaudible] [background noises] does it give you any concern? >> you are a pretty astute reported if the election is today will take a look at it after receipt of the nominee is. reporter: you have any responsibility which is one thing that motivated the shooter in buffalo some of your members have talked about too some degree? >> will certainly the episode this horrible episode in buffalo is a result of a completely
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deranged young man who ought to suffer the severest possible penalty under the law. reporter: [inaudible] >> senator manchin. [inaudible] ten votes intent republican votes? >> i love to be the majority leader. hope to be after november. that is a better question to ask of senator schumer. : : :
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administration has taken a number of direction that needs addressed as in the absence of any additional legislation, and people tiding for -- keeping title 42 in place will be a good step. >> here is what is coming up on the c-span networks, live at
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10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span the hearing on taxpayer fairness at the irs. the houses is back at noon eastern to address domestic terrorism threats and a bill to grant emergency authority to a program to address supply chain disruptions and recalls contributing to the baby formula shortage. on c-span2 at 10:00 a.m. eastern the senate votes on judicial nominations and continue work on a $40 billion ukraine aid bill. a final vote is expected by thursday. 10:00 a.m. on c-span3 a hearing on abortion access and care throughout the country. you can watch all of our programs on c-span.org, or with the free video app, c-span now. >> after months of closed-door investigations, the house january 6 committee is set to go public. darting june 9 tuning as committee event -- committee
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