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House Republicans Miss Deadline to Pass Paul Ryan’s Budget

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We knew this was coming but now it's official.

House Republicans were not able to agree on a budget blueprint that would guide appropriations bills for the next fiscal year in large part because the Flying Monkey Freedom Caucus voted to oppose Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's budget. The Freedom Caucus decided Ryan's budget was insufficiently cruel.

Speaker Ryan offered this spin on the situation while the chairman of the Freedom Caucus had a different take.

"Part of the problem is we're a victim of the success of the fact that we have appropriation numbers already in law," Ryan explained. "We already have an agreement in law and that has taken pressure off of the budget situation."

"The only thing worse than not doing a budget is spending more money," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

To say that your failure makes you a 'victim of success' is one (hilarious) way of looking at it I suppose.

I'm sure this will be written off as just another procedural snafu that most of the political media will barely pay attention to, but what happens over the next 7 months will tell us a lot about Speaker Ryan and the GOP.

This isn't just any budget the House Republicans couldn't agree to. It's Paul Ryan's budget. It's the budget Paul Ryan intends to campaign on this year even if their presidential nominee opposes it.

Ryan can't convince his own flock in the House to pass his budget but he's taking it on the road as if he were running.

The only Democratic equivalent I could think of is if Nancy Pelosi decided to hit the campaign trail with her own budget that would compete with the Democratic nominee's platform. That sounds absurd and it will never happen, but that's what Speaker Ryan is doing to his party.

  • muselet

    “The Ryan budget that has been proposed is the most devastating road-to-ruin budget in history,” said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “And even that wasn’t brutal enough for the radical forces that have taken control and dominate the House Republican caucus.”

    Hard to argue with the woman.

    As for Paul Ryan’s spin, I’d have to say he’s whistling past the graveyard. The Freedumb Caucus hates him and won’t follow where he’s leading, and the rest of his conference dislikes him and is happy to watch him sink beneath the waves.

    Does anyone outside of our glorious news media take Paul Ryan seriously any more?

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      Paul Ryan takes Paul Ryan very seriously. His ego is visible from space.

  • ninjaf

    We need to start framing this another way. The House has failed to pass a budget because they are adhering to the Hastert Rule (a particularly toxic name right now), not because there isn’t another way to get one passed. They just aren’t interested in reaching across the aisle and doing their jobs.

    • gescove

      The Hastert Rule. Is that the one where you’re required to shower naked in front of your leering wrestling coach then have him sexually abuse you? Or the one where you should withdraw less than $10K at a time when you pay hush money? Or the one that says Congress should follow rules codified by convicted felons?

      • ninjaf

        Precisely.