Speaker Ryan Boasts Of “Regular Order” Success
By: Meredith Kelly
This week, Speaker Ryan’s office published a list boasting of the House’s return to “regular order,” claiming their progress was “steady and ongoing”:
On day one as speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan made it clear: “We need to make some changes, starting with how the House does business.” Regular order isn’t always sexy, but under Speaker Ryan and the House Republican majority, it is steady and ongoing.
There were some notable omissions from Speaker Ryan’s checklist that we thought shouldn’t go without mention. Things like . . .
- The House’s failure to adequately address the ongoing Zika threat.
- A sputtering appropriations process – from a leadership team that touted their commitment to passing all 12 appropriations bills under regular order.
- Embarrassing floor fights within the House GOP over basic civil rights issues.
- The “budget guy” failing to pass a budget.
- Repeatedly missing deadlines to fix the Puerto Rican debt crisis.
- BONUS: Speaker Ryan attempting to change the rules after realizing the fractured House GOP cannot be ruled under his much-vaunted “regular order.”