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    Paul Ryan tells House Republicans he will run, if conditions are met

    Paul Ryan tells House Republicans he will run, if conditions are met

    By Mike DeBonis and Robert Costa
    October 20 at 10:48 PM

    Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) moved closer to the House speakership Tuesday, telling fellow Republicans that he would consider taking the job if he could be assured that the caucus would unite behind him.

    Ryan faced his colleagues — and his political future — at a private evening meeting of House Republicans in the Capitol basement. He said he would be willing to step into the speaker’s role, ending weeks of GOP leadership turmoil, as long as disparate factions moved in the coming days to support him.

    “I hope it doesn’t sound conditional — but it is,” he said, according to members inside the room. He paused after saying the word “conditional,” they said, for effect.

    Ryan, the 45-year-old chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a 2012 vice-presidential nominee, has for years resisted pressure to assume a higher-profile role in party leadership. And he signaled Tuesday that his decision to serve was far from final.

    Much depends on what assurances of support he can win from Republican hard-liners. Before entering the evening meeting, Ryan met privately with leaders of the House Freedom Caucus, a hard-right group that helped push Speaker John A. Boehner out of his post and derailed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to succeed him.

    That meeting ended without specific commitments, according to members present, and at the subsequent GOP conference meeting, Ryan made clear he would need firm support from key groups by week’s end to move forward. The Freedom Caucus was explicitly mentioned, members said, as well as the conservative Republican Study Committee and the moderate Tuesday Group.

    In remarks to reporters, Ryan laid out his vision for moving the House GOP “from being an opposition party to being a proposition party” and set terms under which he would assume the speaker’s post. Those terms effectively put the onus on his colleagues to coalesce behind him rather than forcing Ryan to campaign for the job.

    “This is not a job I’ve ever wanted, I’ve ever sought,” he said. “I came to the conclusion that this is a very dire moment, not just for Congress, not just for the Republican Party, but for our country.”

    Should he agree to assume the speaker’s post, Ryan would once again emerge as a leading force in national politics, three years after serving as his party’s vice-presidential nominee and amid mass unrest in GOP ranks.

    “If Paul Ryan can’t unite us, no one can. Who else is out there?” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), a moderate. “That’d be a sign of utter dysfunction, total madness.”

    Ryan’s terms reflect a desire to lead the House GOP as its spokesman and agenda setter without the threat of revolt from the right, halting a dynamic that has dominated the tumultuous speakership of Boehner (R-Ohio), who announced last month that he would leave Congress at the end of October.

    He told colleagues he would seek to change the rule allowing a simple majority of the House to remove a sitting speaker. The threat of such a vote helped hasten Boehner’s departure.

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is being tapped to become the next speaker of the House, even though he doesn't seem to want the job. Who is this guy? (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)

    “I laid out . . . what I think it takes to unify this conference, what I think it takes to have a successful speakership, and it’s in their hands,” he told reporters. “I’ll leave it up to my colleagues to decide if I am that unifying person.”

    Ryan also said he would delegate much of the job’s travel and fundraising demands if elected so that he could spend enough time with his wife and school-age children: “I cannot and will not give up my family time.”

    The terms Ryan set out largely comported with advice he had received publicly and privately from eminent voices inside the Republican Party.

    “My only caution is that he should go very slow and make sure that the whole conference is coming to him,” said former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R). “Don’t underestimate the degree of getting chewed up. We are not like the Democrats right now. They are relatively cohesive. . . . We are a movement in enormous ferment, with enormous anger and enormous impatience.”

    But looming over Ryan is a churning frustration among Republican activists about the party’s ability to oppose President Obama and a presidential primary field led by anti-establishment outsiders who have made common cause with the House GOP’s right flank.

    Those conservative House members have pushed for a suite of rules changes, ranging from an overhaul of the party’s internal steering committee to a more open process for considering legislation. Ryan, they say, would not be exempt from those demands, which, if adopted, could give the new speaker less control.

    “The next speaker must follow House rules and commit to an open process for debating and amending legislation,” the Freedom Caucus tweeted shortly before the evening conference meeting began.

    Ryan wants House conservatives to make clear that they would not seek to undermine him from the start, said Peter Wehner, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.

    “He doesn’t have a moral obligation to get Republicans out of the rubble they’ve created for themselves,” Wehner said. “Asking for their goodwill is completely reasonable.”

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), a Freedom Caucus member who has expressed measured support for Ryan as speaker, said Ryan could not expect to unify Republicans without making some procedural concessions.

    “The displeasure with the way the House has been managed since 2011 is pervasive and crosses all sorts of philosophical boundaries within the party,” Mulvaney said. “The appetite for a new way of doing business is real, and whoever wants to be the speaker is going to have to speak to that.”

    Meanwhile, Ryan’s conservative bona fides have been called into question on conservative talk radio and Web sites and in town-hall meetings.

    Among his purported apostasies are support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program during the 2008 economic crisis, brokering a spending deal with Democrats in 2013 and — most crucially — being a leading Republican proponent of immigration reform packages that would give illegal immigrants a path to legal status.

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the party’s staunchest anti-immigration voices, said the conservative grass roots would have tremendous difficulty trusting Ryan, even if he made clear he had no plans to pursue “amnesty” legislation.

    “In the short term, it wouldn’t be a struggle,” he said. “But we know what he believes in. . . . I like him. I respect him. There are big issues that transcend those things, and immigration is one of those.”

    A poll released Monday by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal showed strong support for Ryan among Republican primary voters, with 63 percent “comfortable and positive” about Ryan taking over the post. Twenty-eight percent said they would feel “skeptical and uncertain” if he became speaker.

    Should Ryan decide not to seek the post, it would set off a free-for-all that has already attracted roughly a dozen potential candidates who have expressed interest in running.

    They include powerful committee chairmen such as Homeland Security’s Michael McCaul and Agriculture’s K. Michael Conaway, both of Texas; Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Darrell Issa (Calif.), respectively the current and former chairmen of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as well as up-and-comers such as Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), who has played a lead role in the GOP’s recent fight against Planned Parenthood.

    Most of the members who had floated speaker runs said Tuesday night they would back Ryan. One glaring exception was Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who enjoys the endorsement of the House Freedom Caucus — a distinction that can be stripped only if 80 percent of the group’s roughly 40 members vote to do so.

    As soon as the meeting broke up Tuesday night, there were signs that the group might chafe at Ryan’s demands.

    “There’s still a race for the speakership,” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), a Freedom Caucus member. “You don’t hold a conference and have one person talk. I’d like to hear what the other people have to say. I think people could unify behind Paul; I think they could unify behind other people, too.”

    Karoun Demirjian, Kelsey Snell and David Weigel contributed to this report.

    Click on link below for the video where he outlines his 5 conditions.
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    This should be no surprise to anyone. So what do we do now?

    I'll start by saying this man is not a good leader, despite all these Republicans quoted in the article indicating otherwise. His policies of pro-immigration, pro-amnesty and pro-free trade mania disqualify him off the bat from being in any position in the US Congress, if we want to save our nation.

    I'll also add, that I think he's the biggest spoiled pansy ass I've ever had to listen to. It is all about him. He dares to stand there at the microphone and announce his obligation to his familycomes first, because he has small children in their formative years, and thus he doesn't want to have to do the full job of Speaker which requires additional work time.

    This man who earns $175,000 a year with some of the nicest perks and benefits available n the US, on top of all types of business and travel expenses to and fro work, and has more holidays and time off during and throughout the year than any federally paid worker ever, whose "term" of office is only 2 years at a time, this man who is part of an elected body that sends our men and women off to war, that determines the wages of our lowest paid workers, wants to set "conditions" so he can have all that for himself while delegating part of his job to others.

    "conditions" that he can work when he wants to and not work when he doesn't want to, "conditions" that allows him to have all the time he wants with his family.

    Meanwhile back at the ranch of most of the taxpayers funding his fancy lifestyle and "conditions", are workers whose minimum wages were frozen for over a decade requiring most of them to work 3 part-time jobs to pay the bills that included weekends, oh yes, Paul, many Americans have to work weekends to bring home the bacon to pay the bills. And you know what else? They have to work on Sundays and holidays and grave yard shifts. Oh yes, Paul, this is what Americans paying the taxes to support your lifestyle and "conditions" are doing everyday all over America.

    In addition, you are part of a body that sends men and women, mom's and dad's, many of them with children in their "formative years" off to war for years and years and years and years.

    Meanwhile back in DC, you're part of the gang of traitors selling out American jobs, incomes, livelihoods, educations and futures to illegal aliens and free trade treason.

    The fact that so many Republican members of the US Congress support you for Speaker of House is absolutely appalling and sickening. And the reason they are supporting you is because they're asleep at the wheel, behind the times, out in the outhouse while the bandits ride up and steal our country out from underneath US,and mistakenly believe that you will be popular with the people because you were Mitt's Vice President candidate. They could not be MORE WRONG. America now knows what a traitor you are with your amnesty plans and free trade treason votes. See, the American People are awake and we know what you're about now, and we totally reject you.

    You'll be up for re-election in 2016, and your district in Wisconsin needs to replace you with a Real American who opposes amnesty, who wants to depot illegal aliens, who wants to stop illegal immigration and who wants to protect our trade and jobs instead of hand it off to foreign countries.
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    Met him at a gubernatorial campaign open house. Asked him if he thought about reforming the SSI program. Didn't have a clue as to what I meant. And then he wants to abolish the Social Security program. What's a polite way to say "Ditzo?"
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    Paul Ryan Demands Family Time In His New Job. Many Americans Aren't So Lucky.

    The U.S. is the only developed country with no guaranteed paid family leave.
    Amanda Terkel
    Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post
    Posted: 10/20/2015 11:40 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made many in his party happy Tuesday night when he told his colleagues that he had finally agreed to take the job no one wants and run for speaker of the House. But he said he will do so only if members agree to a list of conditions, most of which concern the functioning of the caucus. One demand, however, was deeply personal.

    "I cannot and will not give up my family time," Ryan told reporters following the House GOP meeting.

    Ryan is known among his colleagues as a "family guy" who goes back to Janesville, Wisconsin, every weekend to be with his wife and three young children.

    “This is a job where you are expected to be on the road about a hundred days a year,” Ryan said in September. “Our kids are 10, 12 and 13, and I’m not going to do that.”

    Ryan is lucky to be in a position where he can set the terms of his likely future employment. Many working parents aren't so fortunate.

    The United States remains the only developed country with no guaranteed paid family leave policy, and Republicans have blocked President Barack Obama's attempts to make it law.

    Most workers say they have access to unpaid leave, thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. But only "53 percent of workers report being able to take some type of paid leave for their own illness and only 39 percent report being able to take some type of paid family leave for the birth of a child," according to a 2014 White House report.

    Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that private sector managers and financial workers have access to paid leave at more than double the rate that service workers and construction workers do. The more a person makes, the more likely he or she is to get a paid leave policy.

    And those low- and moderate-income families without access to paid leave also are the ones who usually were hit hardest by the budget cuts Ryan proposed when he served as Budget Committee chairman. (He took over as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee this year.)

    Female politicians have faced far more scrutiny for their decisions to balance family and work. In Ryan's case, no one -- besides, perhaps, the congressman himself -- ever worried that he would be able to handle the demanding job of speaker while being a "good" father and a husband to his young family. But female politicians aren't often given the same benefit of the doubt.

    While running for vice president, Ryan rarely, if ever, received questions about how he could juggle his political and family duties. That was a very different experience than what Sarah Palin faced when she ran as Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) running mate four years earlier, when she constantly had to respond to concerns about how she could take care of her five children with such a busy schedule.

    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) was often asked how old her kids were when she ran for governor in 2000. She would respond that they were the same age as the children of her male opponent.

    Ryan's concerns about his work-life balance mirror those of many other men, who are increasingly calling for paternity leave and more family time. According a February HuffPost/YouGov poll, 67 percent of Americans favor paid maternity leave, and 55 percent support paid paternity leave.
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    I haven't studied the paid family leave issue or done any research on it, so I'm not commenting on this issue at this time. HOWEVER, regardless of what paid family leave issues are that need to be addressed, if they need to be at all, I will not support a bunch of politicians who refuse to address legislation that deals with this issue while giving one of its own paid family leave at taxpayer expense, excusing this pansy butt whining self-centered moron as a "family guy".

    All Americans are "family guys". All Americans would like to tell their employers "conditions". All Americans would like to put their family first, job and pay later while keeping both, but because we're Americans, that is one luxury most of US do not have and can not even negotiate because people like Pansy Paul Ryan, Mr. Amnesty, Mr. Free Trade Treason have handed off all our jobs to illegal aliens and immigrants inside our borders and the rest to foreign workers offshore.

    Republicans, wake up. Stop this nonsense now and go find a Speaker of the House of Representatives who wants to stop illegal immigration, deport illegal aliens, stop excess immigration and fix the horrible and destructive inequities of free trade treason who also understand the definition and meaning of public service.
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    Trump also weighed in on Rep. Paul Ryan, who announced overnight that he will run for speaker of the House if the entire Republican Party unites around him.

    Trump confessed to liking Ryan personally, but thinks the Wisconsin congressman can be stronger on immigration. “Had we had strong immigration, my policies, you may not have had the World Trade Center’s coming down,” Trump said. “I feel very very strongly about immigration and we have to be strong on illegal immigration. He is not there.”

    RIGHT O!!

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