The gun safety group co-founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is launching its first ad targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Playbook: “When Paul Ryan was about to take the speakership from John Boehner, he railed against a package just like this. He took some heat yesterday in a closed Republican meeting from lawmakers who felt cut out by the process by which this bill was put together. He’s now putting this bill on the floor, and urging Republicans to vote yes. There’s a lot of chatter that a man seeking another term as speaker would never put this bill on the floor. At the moment, it’s just that — chatter. Ryan has said he’ll decide on his re-election in the spring after a conversation with his wife.”
Speaker Paul Ryan called to “cleanse” the FBI as he openly backed the release of a controversial memo that purportedly details alleged surveillance abuses by the U.S. government, Fox News reports.
Said Ryan: “Let it all out, get it all out there. Cleanse the organization.”
He added: “I think we should disclose all this stuff. It’s the best disinfectant. Accountability, transparency — for the sake of the reputation of our institutions.”
Speaker Paul Ryan said that he has not discussed the prospect of stepping away from Congress anytime soon with anybody, nor has the thought even crossed his mind, calling reports that he might resign next year “rank speculation,” Politico reports.
Said Ryan: “That’s what surprises me about this. That’s why I thought it was a very irresponsible piece. The idea that after passing tax reform, as if it’s the only thing I care about, I’m just going to leave, get up and go, it’s ridiculous.”
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) suggested that Americans need to have more babies or risk a collapse of popular entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, The Hill reports.
Said Ryan, a father of three children: “This is going to be the new economic challenge for America: people. Baby boomers are retiring — I did my part, but we need to have higher birth rates in this country. Baby boomers are retiring and we have fewer people following them in the workforce.”
“As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker,” the HuffPost reports.
Said one GOP member: “There’s a whole lot of rumors and speculation that the speaker may step aside.”
“The Wisconsin Republican has made no indication he’s quitting any time soon, but the possibility that Ryan finishes the tax bill and decides he no longer wants to continue in Congress has begun to loom over internal Republican conversations.”
Speaker Paul Ryan “scratched plans for a fund-raiser on Wednesday that was to benefit the re-election campaign of Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), after Mr. Zeldin voted against the sweeping tax overhaul that cleared the House earlier this month,” the New York Times reports.
“Several people familiar with the planning for the fund-raiser said the cancellation was designed to punish Mr. Zeldin, who not only voted against the bill but was outspoken about one aspect: the elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes, which particularly impacts high-tax states like New York.”
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that Roy Moore (R) should drop out of the Alabama Senate race, CBS News reports.
Said Ryan: “He should step aside,” because the sexual misconduct allegations against him “are credible.”
“Paul Ryan vowed an end to the much-despised top-down approach of his predecessor when he took the speaker’s gavel in 2015, promising a House that’s ‘more open, more inclusive, more deliberative, more participatory,'” Politico reports.
“But two years later, the House Rules Committee, which is controlled by the speaker, just set a record for the most closed rules in a session — barring lawmakers for the 49th time from offering amendments on a bill.”
“Ryan has yet to allow a single piece of legislation to be governed by an open rule, which allows members to propose changes on the floor.”