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Speaker Ryan Discusses Defense Funding, FAA Reauthorization

Summary: At the weekly Republican leadership conference, Speaker Ryan spoke about two big things the House will complete this week to improve the lives of the American people. Today’s vote on a defense funding package underscores Congress’ commitment to national defense, and once signed, will mark the most productive appropriations process in two decades. Speaker Ryan also discussed the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization, which strengthens our aviation system while promoting U.S. competitiveness and economic leadership.

Defense Funding Package

“First, I want to thank and all the members—especially [Rep.] Kay [Granger], who worked on this funding package.

“If you remember, when I became speaker three years ago, one of the great frustrations around here was our broken appropriations process.

“We were really doing a big disservice to the taxpayer. And we were funding our military in absolute fits and starts. It was really hamstringing our military.

“We’ve got some work to do, but this funding package, when this funding package gets enacted, it will be 22 years since we have finished this many appropriations bills before the start of the fiscal year.

“That goes back to before I was in Congress.

“I am proud that we have been able to get to this point. I am proud that we are completing these bills, and we will have completed 75 percent of discretionary spending on time. First time in 22 years.

“One main thing that this does is that this brings certainty to our Armed Forces.

“This is the first time in a decade that the Defense Department has not had to operate under a continuing resolution.

“In our conversations with our military leaders, one message comes really loud and clear. They tell us this every year: Our military cannot continue operating without a sense of stability, without being able to plan for the long term.

“With this bill, we are giving our military that certainty that they so desperately need.

“That, along with more resources for readiness, for our troops, this will ensure that our military remains the world’s leading fighting force.

“I urge my colleagues to support this bill and I’m excited about this coming to the floor.”

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization

“Another big win this week, today on the floor, is the Federal Aviation [Administration] (FAA) reauthorization bill.

“This is just not your typical reauthorization bill. This helps us modernize the FAA and the air traffic control system, so that it is far more efficient, so that people can travel more efficiently.

“It also brings a new system, so that we can make sure that we are safer than ever before.

“This is an infrastructure bill.

“It also brings disaster relief funding to support those areas as they rebuild and for those areas that are now still suffering under the Hurricane Florence.

“The bill reforms and strengthens our aviation system. This bill brings infrastructure. And it is a key part of our Better Way agenda.

“I also want to say that this bill has an economic leadership BUILD Act in it. That’s very important for us.

“This is a very important piece of legislation that will help America give our allies—and especially those nations in the developing world—alternatives to the One Belt, One Road strategy that China is trying to bring through.

“So this is a very, very important accomplishment.” 

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Speaker Ryan’s Remarks at Annual ‘Washington A Man of Prayer’ Event

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today delivered opening remarks and offered a prayer at the annual ‘Washington A Man of Prayer’ event, held in National Statuary Hall.

Following are Speaker Ryan’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

It is my privilege to welcome all of you to the Capitol this evening.

Pastor Dan and Joann: thank you for bringing us together. Thank you for everything you do for our community.

I think this event is so important.

It reminds me of a small bronze plaque that President Kennedy kept on his desk in the Oval Office. The plaque had a prayer inscribed on it.

“God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small.”

Now that was a prayer for fisherman, but I think all of us, in our own way, are casting into the wind for something. All of us are trying to find some horizon.

Yet in a time of so much noise, so much vitriol, it can be harder and harder to discern our path.

We get so caught up in reaction; there is little time for reflection.

We get so guarded that we forget all of us are going through some struggle, none of us have it all figured out.

We forget that our brokenness can be a blessing.

Washington showed us the way. He was not just a man of prayer. He was a leader for prayer. A general for prayer.

He gave us, among many things, this beautiful tradition of servant leadership.

In his inaugural address, he spoke of his “fervent supplications to that Almighty Being.” In the prayer journal he kept, he wrote, “Frame me more and more into the likeness of Thy Son.”

“Frame me more and more.” This acknowledgement that each day calls us to recommit to God. We are all works in progress, always in need of His wisdom.

Washington instilled this in our national ethos.

So there are going to be those days when the boat feels awfully small, and the seas terrifyingly high.

But through prayer, through reflection, that his how we hear those clear notes of grace.

That is how we make ourselves more available to one another.

That is how we encounter God in our voyages.

I have to tell you, my prayer list is longer as of late.

Those of us here who are practicing Catholics, our church is going through a heart wrenching time.

So I humbly ask you to join me in praying for innocents who are in immense pain.

Heavenly Father, we pray for the victims of abuse. Protect and strengthen them so that they may find comfort and healing. Let them not lose their faith. Give their loved ones renewed strength. Lead us on the path of truth and justice as we seek your grace in abundance.

We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thank you all for being here. It means so much.

God bless you and your families.

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