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Ryan Could Get Push Back from Conservatives, Pelosi

Ryan Could Get Push Back from Conservatives, Pelosi
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By    |   Tuesday, 27 October 2015 12:59 PM

The changing of the guard in the House leadership is likely to be a test for both presumptive speaker Paul Ryan — and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Neither have worked closely together, and the California Democrat has often condemned the Wisconsin Republican's work as former Budget Committee chairman, The Hill reports

"We have a ... person who knows the territory, knows the issues, so that's helpful," Pelosi said last week, The Hill reports. "But also a clear distinction as to what our statement of values in a budget would be, versus what ... has been in the Ryan budget. It'll be interesting to work with him."

The pair have widely different backgrounds: Pelosi, 75, is a Baltimore native and grandmother of nine, while 45-year-old Ryan lives in the small town of Janesville, Wis., and has three young children. But both also have long legislative histories, with Pelosi is in her 15th term and Ryan in his ninth.

Democrats hope Ryan's ability to negotiate across the aisle — as he did with Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in 2013 to get a budget deal preventing a government default — is a good sign.

"I'm hoping that he will ... have his eye on responsibility as, in my view, Speaker [John] Boehner always did have," Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, the minority whip, tells The Hill.

"But his budgets do not give me a great deal of confidence that that will be the case. I hope he follows policy, not politics."

The Hill notes, however, even in the Republicans' most conservative wing, Ryan could face the same kind of opposition that led to Boehner's stepping down — 
though the House Freedom Caucus is predicting a honeymoon period for Ryan

"It all depends upon whether or not he will be able to rise above some of the partisan rancor that's in his conference," South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn tells The Hill.

"I don't know if they're going to let him do that. If they let him do that, it'll be fine. But if they don't, the results will be the same."

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