December 22, 2015

THE PARTY OF GOVERNANCE, NOT JUST ELECTIONS:

The Young Gun Gets the Gavel (Jay Newton-Small,  Dec. 21, 2015, TIME)

There was something like fire in House Speaker Paul Ryan's eyes when he paused at an early-December press conference, pointed his finger in the air and denounced his party's presidential front runner. "This is not conservatism," Ryan said, facing microphones set up before him. "What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for."

His target, of course, was Donald Trump, who had just proposed a blanket ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Ryan's move, standard fare for most politicians that day, was nonetheless not one his predecessor, the chain-smoking, dealmaking John Boehner, would likely have tried. Where Boehner had shrunk from the spotlight, Ryan was quick to present himself as a Republican unafraid to speak truth to power. Even in his own party. [...]

In his first six weeks as Speaker, Ryan has pushed through a six-year highway-spending bill that had been stalled for years, bills to keep the government running through the 2016 election and a measure that would tighten entry for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the U.S. All were bipartisan. And even though the conditions for passing these measures--save the refugee bill--were in place long before (and partly because) Ryan became Speaker, they suggest that the U.S. House of Representatives, at long last, may actually be coming unstuck.

Posted by at December 22, 2015 2:50 PM

  

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