Assistant Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called out Paul Ryan for lying about immigration reform and warned the new speaker that his pro-billionaire economic agenda is dead on arrival.
DICKERSON: He talked about a bold vision. And when he offered bold visions in his budget years, it was often a big, big target for democrats. I mean isn’t that a recipe — if he’s going to offer bold vision — for more fighting over ideology?
HOYER: Well, if he’s going to offer, as he says, movement conservative bold visions, yes, the answer to that is — is correct. We’re not for changing Social Security as it exists today. We’re for strengthening it. We’re not for making Medicare a voucher program. So some of those bold vision that he talks about are things that are worthy of a good debate we think we win that debate with the American public.
On the other hand, to the extent he wants to sit down work collaboratively to solve problems, one of those is comprehensive immigration reform and he’s already taken that off the table because they don’t trust the president. I’m not sure what that has to do with the House of Representatives passing substantive, constructive legislation that the — that the chamber of commerce supports and labor supports and a broad spectrum of the country supports.
Hoyer was reacting to Paul Ryan’s claim that he will not allow a vote on immigration reform because President Obama is “untrustworthy.”
House Democrats are going to sit around and let Speaker Ryan pile up lie filled excuses as for why he refuses to do his job and allow votes on bills that a majority of Americans support.
Ryan is also on notice that his economic agenda is dead on arrival. Rep. Ryan is not going to be able to use his position to push gutting Social Security and Medicare. Ryan’s “bold vision” for the House is about to run into a brick wall if he insists on pushing his unpopular agenda.
The message is clear. Paul Ryan is going to be in for a bumpy ride if he refuses to work with Democrats.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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