Report Card: Speaker Ryan’s First 6 Months


It’s been six months, Speaker Ryan.  Time for the training wheels to come off!  Here’s a brief list of the promises you’ve made to the American people since taking the gavel:

And here’s how Speaker Ryan has followed through on those promises:

  BUDGET: House Republicans blew past the April 15 statutory deadline to pass a budget.  Even though Republican Leaders proposed the most devastating “Road to Ruin” budget in history, it wasn’t severe enough to satisfy the radical forces that have seized control of the Republican Congress.

 SECURITY: House Republicans have gone 67 days without acting on the Presidents urgent request for resources to fight the Zika virus.  We’ve learned more and more about the danger Zika presents to expectant mothers, but Republicans continue to block the emergency resources so urgently needed to protect American communities.

 ACA REPLACEMENT: House Republicans have already admitted that they won’t produce an actual bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Speaker Ryan’s supposed big idea to replace the ACA has been derided as an “old idea that doesn’t work.”

 TAX REFORM: Speaker Ryan has made no progress on producing a tax reform plan that grows the economy or encourages job creation.

 GOP DYSFUNCTION: As CNN said, Speaker Ryan is “still beset by the same internal divisions that led to Boehner’s ouster…his party struggles to push through a number of bills on pressing matters…”

After half a year on the job, Speaker Ryan hasn’t fulfilled a single one of his big promises to change the way House Republicans do business:

AP: Big promises, thin agenda for Ryan-led House

Roll Call: Crises Mount, House Still Won’t Act

POLITICO: Paul Ryan’s House of woes

FOX: New year, new speaker – but same budget mess on Capitol Hill

AP: GOP House under Speaker Ryan set to blow budget deadline

TPM: Blown Budget Deadline Shows Ryan’s Got A Boehner-Sized Problem

AP: House Republicans miss budget deadline amid caucus divisions

MSNBC: Paul Ryan’s halo starts to lose its luster

Los Angeles Times: The honeymoon may be over for House Speaker Paul Ryan

Huffington Post: Paul Ryan’s Big Plan To Replace Obamacare Is An Old Idea That Doesn’t Work

New Republic: Paul Ryan Is Making John Boehner Look Like a Legislative Genius

That’s not a progress report that is going to impress the American people.  Speaker Ryan: after six months of failed leadership and broken promises, it’s long past time for you to do your job for hard-working families across the country.

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