Congress

Paul Ryan Worries About the Fate of His Failed Agenda

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he would not seek reelection this year but he won't be stepping down as speaker.

Why not?

Ryan spoke to reports this morning and said he's not stepping down because it would threaten his agenda which, by his own admission, has more or less collapsed.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Tuesday that a “divisive leadership election” would only disrupt the Republican agenda when asked about a report that surfaced White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s musings about replacing Ryan with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) before the 2018 midterms. [...]

“Last Friday was regretful,” Ryan said of the farm bill’s demise. “Members backing the discharge petition are really upset at the other members who brought down the farm bill over this this issue.

“So we clearly have members from opposite ends of our spectrum who are frustrated with each other, which can happen in Congress,” he added.

House Republicans couldn't even pass their own farm bill which does everything they want -- from cutting food stamps to implementing new work requirements -- because they also can't pass a regressive immigration bill.

The discharge petition Ryan refers to is an attempt by moderate Republicans in vulnerable House districts to force a vote to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law.

The Freedom Causes opposes the discharge petition and they voted against the farm bill (which they do support) because Ryan won't hold a vote on a bill to eliminate DACA, cut legal immigration, and build Trump's wall.

When dealing with ideologues who won't even vote for their own bills, how the fuck is anyone suppose to govern?

If Ryan truly believes he can still pass his agenda if he remains speaker for the next six months, this goes from being merely funny to being hysterical.

  • Aynwrong

    An enormous amount of cruelty was prevented (or perhaps merely delayed) because it wasn’t cruel enough.

    That anyone associates the GOP with the values of Christianity will have theologians shaking their heads in disgust for a very long time.

    Make America Depraved Again

  • muselet

    Paul Ryan is really bad at his job. He’d be only infinitesimally less bad at his job if he had another 20–30 compliant Rs to try to push around.

    An empty suit—literally, a suit placed neatly on a hanger—would be a more effective Speaker.

    –alopecia

  • Scopedog
    • Aynwrong

      Ahhh… Ya gotta love the classics.

    • Draxiar

      I’ll miss this when Ryan is out of office.

      • Scopedog

        Me too!

        • Draxiar

          Maybe post it once in a while after he’s gone…y’know, for old time sake.

  • Dick B

    “The Hill reports: Republicans hold a slim lead over Democrats in a generic ballot among registered voters, a new Reuters poll found.” 05/22/18

    I just can’t – I just can’t believe that the majority of voters can look at the Republican control of the House, the Senate, the White House, and the Court, see the malevolence of their intent, the ineptitude of their actions, their willingness to destroy the best parts of what the United States has stood for, the destruction of our environment – and the hatred of those who are not white, English-speaking males.

    This article is a perfect example of Republican governance. Which is none. And worse.

    • Scopedog

      Hmmm…curious–it says “registered voters”–what about likely voters? And how does this explain the ass kicking that the GOP has endured over the past year and a half with these special elections and in the races like Alabama’s Senatorial race?

      I have my doubts about this one poll–but, if it gets people to not become complacent and step up the efforts to get out the vote, then so much the better.

      • fry1laurie

        Come on, there’s a horse race to be played up. A Democratic landslide makes poor television and newspaper copy. This is another aspect of “both siderism” that is particularly galling.