Paul Ryan To Hannity: This Will Be The Most Productive Congress

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    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 “in our lifetimes.”

    Ryan made the bold statement during a Thursday interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, where he suggested that the GOP’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.

    “I would love to do this stuff yesterday, but getting Congress to act on all those things you just said in one year’s time – unprecedented!” he gushed. “This will be the most productive presidency and Congress in our lifetimes.”

    Ryan preemptively addressed some complaints about the slowness of the legislative process by noting that he is adequately prepared to shuffle things around.

    “We have cushion in our schedule. If anything slips because of Senate issues, we still have time to accommodate all of that stuff in 2017,” he said. “So 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 “so fast that people are scrambling to catch up.”

    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 “exactly on track” 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.

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