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Dueling Approaches of Ryan, McConnell May Lead to Legislative Slog

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Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By    |   Wednesday, 01 Jun 2016 02:25 PM

When it comes to the legislative process, Mitch McConnell wants to exert more control in the Senate, while Paul Ryan made a pledge to cede some control in the House.

With the deadline for funding the government just weeks before the election, something has to give.

"The Speaker has … given his membership an opportunity to vote on fairly open rules, but if they're not going to respond by passing these bills … he's going to have to tighten up the rules on them," Jim Dyer, who served 13 years as a staffer on the House Appropriations Committee, told The Hill.

"You have this basic division, and the division is: Do you want to move appropriations bills and run the government, or do you want to make a series of ideological statements that may not be popular with the majority of the Congress?" Dyer told The Hill. 

Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants to run the government to avoid a shutdown at all costs and has instilled the discipline to move bills; Ryan, to this point, is committed to a pledge he made upon taking over as speaker for John Boehner — give rank-and-file members more say in the process, The Hill reports.

At risk, however, is the House failing to keep up with the Senate on spending bills, leading to an 11th-hour logjam of drastic measures to fund the government.

"We have too little trust," Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a member of the Appropriations Committee told The Hill. "Our problem in our conference is not lack of leadership, it's lack of followership."

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