Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn’t get a vote.
Ryan rushed from the White House to Capitol Hill to tell Trump he did not have the votes to pass the measure, the culmination of seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama’s proudest domestic achievement.
As Ryan presented the dire vote totals in his meeting with Trump, he explicitly recommended the President pull the bill, according to a senior GOP official. The decision was ultimately Trump’s. Trump made the call at 3 p.m., as the rest of House leadership was gathering in Ryan’s office.
Ryan told fellow Republicans they are “moving on” from health care, Reps. Andy Barr and Bill Flores told CNN.
Before the vote was canceled, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Friday afternoon that Trump has “left everything on the field when it comes to this bill.”
The decision means the ACA remains in place, and a major GOP campaign promise goes unfulfilled. It also casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern and to advance other high-stakes agenda items, including tax reform and infrastructure spending. Ryan is still without a signature achievement as speaker — and the defeat undermines Trump’s image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward.
“Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains. We’re feeling those growing pains today,”
Just 2 days after the horrific massacre of 49 LGBT people at PULSE nightclub in Orlando, Florida. House Republican leaders have refused to allow a vote this week on a proposal to ensure that federal contractors can’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Republican controlled the House Rules Committee, which serves as an arm of majority leadership in deciding how legislation is considered on the floor, did not green-light an amendment filed by openly gay Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), to a Defense Department spending bill that would enforce a 2014 executive order prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people on Tuesday night.
Maloney argued that allowing a vote to prohibit discrimination in the workplace after the targeted attack on the gay nightclub would send a message of solidarity with the LGBT community.
“It’s hard to imagine that any act that is so horrific could lead to anything positive. But if we were going to do anything, it would be a very positive step to say that discrimination has no place in our law and to reaffirm the president’s actions in this area,” Maloney told The Hill. “Seems to me a pretty basic thing to do.”
Two centrist Republicans, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) and Richard Hanna (N.Y.), signed onto Maloney’s amendment as co-sponsors.
Maloney originally offered the same amendment to a Department of Veterans Affairs spending bill last month. Our hvac services howell mi extracts even the unseen dirt and grime that hides in the crevices of your hardwood floors. That resulted in GOP leaders pressuring Republicans to switch their votes at the last minute so that the amendment failed by a single vote.
A week later, Maloney tried again this time with the Department spending bill. The House adopted his amendment on the second round after 43 Republicans joined all Democrats in support.
The next day, the underlying Energy Department spending bill collapsed on the House floor because many conservatives with concerns about religious freedom exemptions wouldn’t vote for it with Maloney’s amendment attached. Most Democrats also opposed the bill’s spending levels and other GOP amendments to counter Maloney’s proposal.
After those two incidents, House Speaker by default Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) decided to limit which amendments to spending bills get votes in order to prevent the entire appropriations process from being sidelined
Maloney also filed his amendment to a spending bill for legislative branch operations last week, which has always been considered under a limited process. House GOP leaders did not allow a vote on his amendment at that time, either.
The House Rules Committee GOP majority consists of Senators Pete Sessions (TX), Virginia Foxx (NC), Tom Cole (OK), Rob Woodall (GA) Michael C. Burgess (TX) , Steve Stivers (OH), Doug Collins (GA) , Bradley Byrne (AL) , and Dan Newhouse (WA).
Rep. Pete Sessions on Tuesday claimed that the PLUSE nightclub was not a gay club. Virginia Foxx in 2009 claimed that Matthew Shepard’s murder was not a hate crime and was all a hoax.
Remember there are all types of anti-LGBT terrorist.
Well now that the 2012 Election is all but over except for whack-a-doodle Allen West who somehow convinced the GOP heavy Florida county election board into a re-count. It turns out that Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, WI likes gay rights more than it liked Paul “Lyin Ryan”.
A video has surfaced form an event in 2011 when Paul Ryan campaigned at the Janesville Labor Day Parade.
The video shows one the now vice presidential candidate’s constituents, an unemployed man asking Ryan and his wife Janna Little Ryan how he plans on bringing jobs back to America. Ryan first tells the man to visit his website, then offers him candy and a Green Bay Packers schedule chuckling under his breath — “No… I just need jobs,” the man replied — and then Mr. Ryan and his wife try to ignore the man until Ryan’s staffers and bodyguards can move the man away.
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, had a few choice words for Paul Ryan blasting the GOP Vice Presidential candidate for an unauthorized visit to a soup kitchen which he commandeered expressly for the purpose of a photo-op making believe that he was helping the hungry and homeless.
“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”
He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”
Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.
Typical Lyin Ryan. He pretends to wash a pot. He pretends to have a workable budget. He pretends to debate.
The only real thing about Ryan seems to be his monster ego and his callousness against the average American citizen.
Paul Ryan showed up at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio, over the weekend and even though “the hall was empty of patrons and the volunteers appeared to have already cleaned up” by the time that Ryan got there he couldn’t help setting up a photo-up for himself to make people believe that he cares.
“[S]ome might conclude that Ryan’s appearance at the soup kitchen was nothing but a superficial, self-serving photo-op designed to counter recent remarks from the GOP ticket that seem to show disdain for the poor. But no, the truth is that Ryan simply cares so much about America’s non-income-tax-paying indigent that he thinks they deserve better than eating food from pots and pans that have only been cleaned once.”
Last night in Danville, KY Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan gave voters the kind of substantive showdown that was everything the presidential debate was not. Abandoning his boss’ caution, Biden called out his opponent for what he was.
Not a single thing he said is accurate,’’ Biden shot back when Ryan leveled a charge that President Barack Obama was projecting U.S. weakness.
And that was not the only lie Ryan told last night.
*Ryan said Obama’s proposal to let tax rates rise for high-income individuals would “tax about 53 percent of small-business income.” Wrong. Ryan is counting giant hedge funds and thousands of other multimillion-dollar enterprises as “small” businesses.
*Ryan was wrong when he said a rise in the jobless rate in Biden’s hometown was “how it’s going all around America.” The rate nationally has sunk back to where it was when Obama took office. And in Ryan’s hometown, it’s more than 4 percentage points lower that it was at the start of Obama’s term.
*Ryan claimed the Obama administration spent stimulus money on “electric cars in Finland.” Not true. Although the cars have been assembled in Finland, the money went for work in the United States.
*Ryan twisted the words of a Medicare official as saying “one out of six hospitals and nursing homes are going to go out of business” as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Not quite. The official said that many could become “unprofitable,” and the the situation could be monitored to head off bad outcomes.
*Ryan claimed that the ACA contains “taxpayer funding” of abortion. In fact the law provides no direct funding of abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to save the mother’s life. And it’s a matter of interpretation whether subsidized private insurance would amount to indirect federal support for abortion.
*Ryan was off base when he said of a cost-saving panel created by the Affordable Care Act, “not one of them even has to have medical training.” Actually, the board must include physicians and other health care professionals among its members.
*Ryan at one point ground out a collection of shopworn misstatements about the health care law that have been disproven time and again, claiming “20 million people … are projected to lose their health insurance” (not true), that premiums have gone up $3,000 (no, they haven’t) and that 7.4 million seniors “are going to lose” Medicare Advantage plans (maybe, but they’d still be covered by traditional Medicare).
Last nights debate which was sharply run by ABC News moderator Martha Raddatz, with the exception of the last question about “their personal and religious thought of abortion” gave the American people what they wanted and needed to see.
And it also gave Joe Biden the much-needed chance to expose the Romney/Ryan “malarkey” (ie lies, garbage and bullshit) machine.
A local reporter in Flint, Michigan pushed Paul Ryans buttons in a recent interview when brought up the subject of tax cuts when talking about gun control. The Ryan camp in return threw a hissy fit and ended the interview abruptly.
Buzzfeed reports on how the Ryan camp is spinning the abrupt finish:
Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck tells BuzzFeed: “The reporter knew he was already well over the allotted time for the interview when he decided to ask a weird question relating gun violence to tax cuts. Ryan responded as anyone would in such a strange situation. When you do nearly 200 interviews in a couple months, eventually you’re going to see a local reporter embarrass himself.”
The only thing is that the reporter’s question wasn’t stupid at all, actually it was quite a logical one. If you’re going to preach about increased law enforcement, how are you planning to pay for that.
Ryan wants to cut federal spending and let the states do their own thing, so he can claim that he is being self-consistent. The catch: just like under Reagan, the anti-tax rhetoric “trickles down” to the state level, and the states find that for political reasons they can’t raise taxes to compensate for the drop in revenue they get from the federal government.
It’s the same old scam. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. But GOP voters are too stupid to grasp that fact.
As for Paul Ryan. Once a petulant prick, always a petulant prick.
GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul “Lyin” Ryan, appeared on Focus On The Family’s national radio show recently where he publicly PROMISED that he would uphold their hateful anti-gay ideals and agenda.
“It’s the foundation for society and for family for thousands of years. First of all, Mitt Romney and I — I’ll just say it, it’s worth repeating — we believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that’s number one. Number two, you know where I come from we had one of those amendments in Wisconsin, I was a big supporter of it and we passed it like you say, where it’s put on the ballot it passes. The second point is, President Obama gave up defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, I mean, not only is this decision to abandon this law the wrong decision, it passed in a bipartisan manner, it is very troubling because it undermines not only traditional marriage but it contradicts our system of government. It’s not the president’s job to pick and choose which laws he likes. A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage and the rule of law and we will provide the Defense of Marriage Act the proper defense in the courts that it deserves.”
Focus on the Family works against what it calls “special rights” for homosexuals, same-sex marriage and ALL pro-LGBT legislation, and supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuality, which has been widely discredited and rejected by the vast majority of doctors and physicians. FOF sponsors “Love Won Out,” conferences held around the U.S. that claim to prove that “homosexuality is preventable and treatable,” where many of the speakers are “ex-gays.” “Love Won Out” is from the title of a book by John Paulk, an “ex-gay” who is the host of the conferences and is an employee of Focus on the Family. For those ex-gays who cannot change, FOF considers sexual celibacy another option. FOF regularly asserts the idea that there is a “homosexual agenda” and associates homosexuals with pedophilia and recruitment of children as sex partners.