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Paul Ryan: Senate Dems Choose Filibuster Then 'Blame Everybody Else'

(CBS/"Face the Nation")

By    |   Sunday, 21 January 2018 11:30 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday blasted Democrats in the upper chamber for filibustering votes on key issues — and then blaming “the dysfunction on everybody else.”

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the Wisconsin Republican said Democrats are blocking votes even on issues they support.

"[T]he senate Democrats have chosen [to] filibuster CHIP, filibuster appropriations, filibuster getting these things done then blame the dysfunction on everybody else,” he said, referring to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“The point I'm trying to makes if you want to get these problems solved, open up the government, resume negotiations and let's solve these problems. The Democrats filibuster even considering these bills and that is why we have this big pile up.”

On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted Senate Republicans should go "nuclear" if the government shutdown continues, changing Senate rules to allow legislation to pass with a simple majority instead of 60 votes.

Ryan said the tactic is stalling negotiations and progress especially with the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects young illegal immigrants brought to the country by their parents.

“We want to fix the root cause of the problem while we address the symptom of the problem — that's perfectly common sense,” he said. “Just so you know, we had good faith negotiations on this issue underway until the Senate Democrats chose to shut down."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan on Sunday blasted Democrats in the upper chamber for filibustering votes on key issues - and then blaming "the dysfunction on everybody else."
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