Voter Suppression

There’s Nothing Paul Ryan Can Do About Voting Rights, He’s Only The Speaker

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Speaker of the House and fiscally conservative fraudster Paul Ryan (R-WI) reportedly told the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) that he supports a restoration of the Voting Rights Act, but the matter is out of his hands.

"He said it right in front of everybody — he said he supports the [Jim] Sensenbrenner bill," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), said after Ryan met with the group on Capitol Hill. [...]

"So somebody was saying, 'Well, why don't you go tell your committee chair to do it?' " Cleaver added. "And he said, … 'Look, I can't do that.'"

As Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan could bring a bill to the floor of the House for a vote at any moment of his choosing, but Ryan reportedly told the Congressional Black Caucus that he would rather see a return to "regular order."

In case you're not familiar, passing bills through the appropriate committees before a final vote in front of the full House would be considered "regular order." We haven't seen regular order for a number of years because the Republican-controlled Congress is not capable of, or interested in, regular order. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner sought a return to regular order last year with a full slate of appropriation bills but, as you know, that process was abandoned because the Flying Monkey Caucus can't agree on anything even among themselves.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has made it clear that his committee will not restore the Voting Rights Act. The only way the landmark civil rights law will see new life is if Speaker Paul Ryan brings a bill up for a vote.

Hiding behind "regular order" would be slightly less transparent if there was actually a chance a bill could pass through regular order but, as things stand, there is no chance.

This Congress will not restore the Voting Rights Act. It will not pass meaningful criminal justice reform.

  • muselet

    “Look, I can’t do that.”

    Paul Ryan cares far less about the Voting Rights Act—or anything else resembling actual governance—than he does about not being the second Speaker to get ousted by the Flying Monkey Caucus in less than four months.

    “Look, I can’t do that.”

    Had he not been such an ambitious little twerp, Ryan would be happily living his dream as a crossfit instructor in Janesville, with the pic at the top of this page prominently displayed on the photocopied flyers he’d be leaving on windshields at Schnucks Supermarket, and the rest of us could go about our lives unencumbered by the knowledge that such a creature exists.

    “Look, I can’t do that.”

    I fully expect Ryan to issue a statement claiming he never said any such thing to Emanuel Cleaver or anyone else. It’s the sort of thing any conscienceless coward would do instead of pushing Bob Goodlatte to do the right thing for once.

    “Look, I can’t do that.”

    Yes, he can. Or he could if he had some courage to go along with the big office and the gavel.

    “Look, I can’t do that.”

    Wanker.

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      This kind of reminds me of when John Boehner was asked about Trump’s birther bull**** by David Gregory and he said that he didn’t think it was appropriate for him tell people what to think.

      • muselet

        “Don’t disturb the animals.”

        –alopecia

    • notoriousbob

      Still can’t believe he took those photos voluntarily. SMH

      • muselet

        It is astonishing.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    This is what the Democratic party should be screaming about and campaigning on every two to four years. That the only way this and so many other genuinely important issues will ever be dealt with is of the Democratic party takes back the House and the Senate. It’s also the only way a Democratic president will be able to truly function and govern as a Democrat.

  • David Greenberg

    once a dick, always a dick. What else is there to say. Can you imagine the president living through this crap for seven years.