Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has big hopes for the current session of Congress, which auspiciously marks the first time in a decade that the Republican Party controls the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the presidency. His prediction: this Congress will be the most productive â€śin our lifetimes.â€ť
Ryan made the bold statement during a Thursday interview with Fox Newsâ€™s Sean Hannity, where he suggested that the GOPâ€™s current strategy is to bide its time and wait for the political climate to settle down before introducing sweeping legislation.
When Hannity asked Ryan for a timeline on the fulfillment of Republican promises like the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the House leader struck an optimistic chord.
â€śI would love to do this stuff yesterday, but getting Congress to act on all those things you just said in one yearâ€™s time â€“ unprecedented!â€ť he gushed. â€śThis will be the most productive presidency and Congress in our lifetimes.â€ť
Ryan preemptively addressed some complaints about the slowness of the legislative process by noting that he is adequately prepared to shuffle things around.
â€śWe have cushion in our schedule. If anything slips because of Senate issues, we still have time to accommodate all of that stuff in 2017,â€ť he said. â€śSo I have cushions built in the schedule to make sure this all gets done in 2017 in case something happens and goes sideways on the Senate.
Ryan also praised Trump as a true conservative who is more than capable of dealing with the challenges of the Oval Offices, quipping that the president moves â€śso fast that people are scrambling to catch up.â€ť
Even though the GOP has yet to agree on a definitive strategy to dealing with Obamacare and overhauling the tax code, Ryan maintained that both Trump and congressional Republicans are â€śexactly on trackâ€ť to speedily enact new laws.
So far, the House under Ryan has dedicated much of its time sweeping away last-minute Obama regulations by leveraging the powers granted to Congress under the Congressional Review Act, which allows it to undo any regulations that were enacted with 60 days.