Paul Ryan Expects Tea Party Aid, but Hard-Liners Also Gain

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New U.S. speaker may set more modest goals.

First elected in the midterm Republican wave in 1994, Boehner played a part in then-Speaker Newt Gingrich’s revolution, then saw his quick rise to the stop falter when he lost his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1998. He was proud of his sweeping proposals for overhauling tax and spending policy, and his plans for rewriting the country’s most expensive social welfare programs — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.A tearful Speaker John Boehner worked his way through a box of tissues today while delivering his adieu to the House, which elected Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to succeed him.Abilene, Kan.; and Washington — In the prairie town of Abilene, Kan. – boyhood home of GOP President Dwight Eisenhower – two young men are very concerned about the future of the Republican Party. Rather than leave Congress, Boehner went to a House education committee, where he helped draft and pass the No Child Left Behind law with Democratic Sen.

Will his new post provide a platform to pursue his bold visions of a renewed America, or will those big ideas ultimately weigh him down in an era defined by confrontation and small-bore compromise? Truman was unexpectedly thrust into power. “The day after Franklin Roosevelt died and Truman became president, he told a group of reporters: ‘If you ever pray, pray for me now. . . . The deal sets the budget of the government through the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and eases punishing spending caps by providing $80 billion more for military and domestic programs. Boehner said, “There’s a difference between being asked to do something and being called to do something.” Somewhere along that asking-calling continuum is arm-twisting, kicking and screaming, which better describes what went into Mr.

House on Thursday in a day of high political theater, a young new leader for a fractured Congress, charged with healing Republican divides and quieting the chaos of Capitol Hill. “Let’s prove ourselves worthy,” Ryan urged from the House dais where he was sworn into the job, second in line to the presidency, after an extraordinary month of unrest for Congress. His policy work, however, has also created a clear public record allowing Democrats to frame their disagreements with him, especially on his budget proposals, which have included transforming Medicare into a voucher program; partially privatizing Social Security; and abolishing the corporate income tax, the estate tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax. The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said in an interview that she looked forward to working with Ryan and would “extend a hand of friendship” but also expected a fierce debate over priorities. The measure was expected to clear an initial legislative hurdle well after midnight in a dead-of-night vote resulting from the Senate’s convoluted legislative timetables and delaying tactics by opponents. And that lifts the spirits of both Travis Sawyer, who like Speaker Ryan belongs to Generation X, and his friend Kenny Roelofsen, a Millennial. “I’m excited,” says Mr.

Many in the GOP majority planned to vote “no,” including presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who canceled campaign events to rush back to Washington to oppose it. The nays are members of the Freedom Caucus, the conservatives whose idea of freedom at times involves hogtying both the House and the federal government. Ryan, 45, the Republicans’ 2012 vice presidential nominee, was elected speaker in a rare, live roll-call vote on the House floor, with each lawmaker standing in turn to declare his choice. He remembers Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, and he hopes that the new speaker, known for his conservative budget proposals, can “get down to the dollars and cents” of fixing America’s debt problem.

Roelofsen, who is part owner of a family tractor-parts business. “Plus,” he adds, “Ryan’s younger, and I like to see that, too.” Ryan may not be running for president (yet). But his energy and charisma, as well as his “opportunity for all” message, could help his party as it tries to entice more young voters, observers say.

But in the end most Republicans swung behind Ryan, underscoring the strong desire of nearly all members for a fresh start after years of conflict and GOP infighting. The high visibility of his office will help him project that. “It’s possible that Ryan could present an attractive new face for the Republican Party,” says Matthew Green, a political scientist at Catholic University in Washington. “The last time we had a speaker this young, it was a very different time with no television, no Internet,” says Professor Green, author of the book “The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership.” Ryan’s youth, after all, is one reason he was chosen to be a vice-presidential candidate in 2012. With his wife and three kids from Janesville, Wisconsin, watching on from the gallery, along with presidential running mate Mitt Romney, Ryan accepted the gavel from Pelosi and pledged a new day for the Congress. One way Ryan can help attract Millennials is to unite the fractious Republican conference, says Douglas Heye, a former House GOP leadership aide. “Millennial voters are as tired as anyone, if not more so, by the constant bickering in Washington, and Paul Ryan is someone who wants to really break that,” Mr.

And without directly mentioning them or the troubles they’ve caused, he promised to bring the GOP’s rebels back into the fold. “We need to let every member contribute — not once they have earned their stripes but right now,” Ryan said. “Open up the process. The House is expected to vote as early as next week on a $325 billion, six-year bill that authorizes payments to states for their road, bridge and transit projects, the first such legislation in six years. Currently, however, the bill has guaranteed funding for only three of those years, and it’s up to the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Ryan’s old panel, to fill in the rest. A respected minority will work in good faith.” Boehner, who started life as an Ohio bartender’s son with 11 siblings, delivered an emotional farewell address marveling, “This, too, can really happen to you.” Boehner’s parting gift to Ryan was the budget deal revealed Monday night after secretive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House. After all, if the Freedom Caucus’s principles require opposing anything that violates their principles, they’ve got no choice but to oppose themselves for violating their principles to elect Mr.

Ryan’s swearing-in came almost exactly a month after Boehner shocked the House by revealing his plans to resign from Congress at the end of October. He said he had no appetite for a floor vote on his speakership threatened by conservatives, who contended he was yielding to President Barack Obama in a government shutdown fight over Planned Parenthood.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was Boehner’s likeliest successor, but was quickly undone by a gaffe suggesting the House’s special Benghazi committee was set up to drive down Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers. A 2014 study by the Pew Research Center shows that Millennials vote heavily for Democrats and support liberal views on many issues, from same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization to support for activist government. Jody Hice of Georgia. “I have invested a lot of faith in Speaker Ryan’s word, and I will expect nothing less than a full return on that investment.” But included in that orthodoxy is a kind of inclusiveness that will attract young people to the GOP, says Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning think tank in Washington.

His mentor was the late Republican Jack Kemp, a congressman and vice-presidential candidate, who championed “enterprise zones” offering tax breaks to foster businesses in poor neighborhoods. Ryan spent much of 2014 visiting urban neighborhoods, and welfare reform is one of his priorities. “We are going to do all we can so working people get their strength back and people not working get their lives back. Opportunity for all – that is our motto,” Ryan said in his acceptance speech Thursday. “Paul Ryan believes very strongly in a new kind of message, a new opportunity society,” Mr. Democrats such as Senator Sanders can offer “halfway” solutions, he says, but Republicans such as Ryan want to tap aspirations. “It’s not a generational thing. Ryan, he says, is helping conservatives remember why they are conservatives. “It’s not because we care about tax breaks for billionaires, for Pete’s sake.

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