‘No Different Than John Boehner’

Speaker Ryan promised the American people that he’d run the Republican Congress differently.  But instead of starting off the New Year with a fresh vision – addressing the issues that matter to hard-working Americans – Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are serving up the same tired, toxic, special-interest priorities of the past.  From the New York Daily News:

Less than 24 hours after President Obama tearfully announced executive actions to curb gun violence, House Speaker Paul Ryan completely avoided the critical topic in his first press briefing of the year, choosing instead to sing GOP oldies like repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Falsely promising a new agenda, the Wisconsin Republican called Obama’s presidency a “failure” and accused him of filling the airwaves with distractions…

But despite the assurances, the only “new” idea the dull duo, as well as several other Republican congressional leaders, mentioned was the repeal of Obamacare – a measure the GOP-led House has already voted on at least 56 times.

One after another, Ryan, McCarthy, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference Cathy McMorris Rodgers all rehashed ancient news, doubling down on years-old promises to undo Obama’s signature health care law and defund the nation’s largest women’s health care provider.

Even House Republicans agree that the new Speaker has recycled the agenda of his predecessor:

Rep. Raul Labrador:  “…frankly, everything he has done so far is no different than what John Boehner would have done.”


In one short week in 2016, Speaker Ryan has:

  • Brought up the House GOP’s 62nd vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, attempting yet again to dismantle the affordable health coverage of 22 million Americans.
  • Pushed the House GOP’s 11th vote of the 114th Congress to attack women’s health, trying to take away life-saving cancer screenings and affordable family planning services from millions of women.
  • All while blocking commonsense action to confront the scourge of gun violence in America – writing off the President’s bold executive actions in the face of Congressional dysfunction as “a distraction.”

Speaker Ryan said that 2016 will be a “year of ideas.”  John Boehner’s ideas, that is.