Ryan's Strategy May Be Backfiring, Earning GOP Blame for a Government Shutdown
- Author: Joey Payne Jan 23, 2018,
Jan 23, 2018, 1:32
"So, we will see sometime today whether or not they have the votes for that".
Ryan peddled that lie as well in an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, telling host John Dickerson that Democrats "filibustered" pay for the troops.
"This eye-popping number is a testament to Speaker Ryan, House Republicans, and the agenda that they led the fight on in 2017", said Kevin Seifert, executive director of Team Ryan, in a statement.
The House voted by a near party-line 230-197 vote to approve the legislation, which would keep agency doors open and hundreds of thousands of federal employees at work through February 16.
House passage was assured after the House Freedom Caucus reached an accord with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Democrats were hoping to spur slow-moving immigration talks, while a handful of Republicans, including Sen. Not wanting to risk bipartisanship in a fraught situation like the present, Ryan crafted a short-term stopgap spending bill created to pass with only Republican votes in the House, because (a) it did not include any DACA deal, which was very hard to design in any event, and (b) it had some sweeteners for conservatives, including delays in two Obamacare taxes. "There is no good reason for Senate Democrats to keep willfully forcing a shutdown on this country".
That news would come as a surprise to Ryan himself, whose own government website still contains a "frequently asked questions" page on the 2013 shutdown, one of which is "Will members of the military be paid?"
Republicans have said the immigration debate-the deadline to address the DACA recipients isn't until March-should be separate, and Ryan said congressional Republicans are working with Democrats on that debate.
Concern for CHIP is also not directly tied to the current shutdown. This shutdown is the first time that federal operations have ceased when one party controls the Senate, House, and the White House.
Congress failed to pass a spending measure on Friday leading to the government shutdown.
Hoping to garner more votes, Republicans added language providing six years of financing for the widely popular Children's Health Insurance Program and delaying some taxes imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law.
The same could be true of this shutdown, if Trump and the Republicans wanted it, and it isn't just Democrats saying so.
"If this bill passes, there'll be no incentive to negotiate, and we'll be right back here in a month with the same problems at our feet", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.