When someone like Paul Ryan says that the Democrats are “disgraceful” for not allowing him to piggyback enough of the GOP debt ceiling agenda onto Hurricane Harvey aid, it shows why he is exemplary of the word.
Paul Ryan’s comments signal that he was willing to throw the victims of Harvey under the bus to advance the GOP agenda. This isn’t political hardball, it is playing with the lives and livelihoods of our fellow Americans to win a political victory for his own party. In other words, it is inhumane and unforgivable for Ryan to even verbally hinge the relief bill on the GOP getting a proverbial blank check for the debt ceiling.
The bill passed anyway, with Trump himself countermanding Paul Ryan to endorse the short-term solution favored by Democrats. Imagine, Trump, being more compassionate and reasonable than Ryan.
Paul Ryan tried to soak up the praise for that, too:
Breaking news → the House just passed an initial aid package to help the families and communities affected by #HurricaneHarvey.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 6, 2017
The fact is that Ryan was the one “playing politics” while whining that the Democrats were the ones doing so. He wasn’t mad the Dems didn’t give him what he needed, he was mad they didn’t give him everything he wanted. Luckily, his little snit didn’t kill this bill.
Fox News tried to spin it in Paul Ryans favor, of course, despite the facts:
The Senate already had been expected to attach an increase in the debt ceiling. But Ryan bristled at a call by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to attach only a three-month increase in the debt ceiling, and not the longer-term increase GOP leaders want.
“To play politics with the debt ceiling like Schumer and Pelosi apparently are doing, I don’t think is a good idea,” Ryan said.
He called the proposal “unworkable” and said it “could put in jeopardy the kind of hurricane response we need to have.”
The Democrats didn’t threaten Harvey aid, Ryan himself did with a silly ultimatum that not even Trump backed. He not only played politics, he called the good compromise “ridiculous.” He made it clear, yet again, the GOP does not see human beings, Americans, as a priority over their own agenda.
In a joint statement, both Schumer and Pelosi had said, “the President and Congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for (Hurricane) Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together.” They went on, “Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us.” People above politics, unlike the GOP.
Perhaps the Congressional Republicans have been nothing more than the party of obstruction for so long, Paul Ryan forgot how to actually get anything done. If he’s looking for a lesson on doing something for America, he should refer back to that statement above.
That is what getting things done for Americans with intelligent compromise looks like, Mr. Ryan.
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