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Rep. Tim Ryan Pledges Loyalty to Dems, Praises Spending Bill

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By    |   Friday, 09 Feb 2018 11:53 AM

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, appears to have moved on from his past comments criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's leadership and the Democratic Party as a whole.

"I'm on the team here. I did what I did a year ago. I ran against the House leadership. I made my case. I lost," Ryan told CNN Friday morning.

Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for her post as the top Democrat in the House a little more than a year ago. And last summer, he said the Democratic Party had become "toxic" and had moved away from its core message. https://www.newsmax.com/politics/tim-ryan-ecnomonic-message-democratic/2017/06/22/id/797563/

On Friday, Ryan did indicate he voted for the massive spending bill that ended a brief government shutdown overnight — a measure Pelosi criticized this week for not including protections for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Pelosi spoke on the House floor for more than 8 hours Wednesday to protest the bill and did not plan to vote for it. 

"It's a much better deal than we had even a few weeks ago," said Ryan, alluding to the short-term spending agreement that ended a three-day government shutdown last month.

"We were able to get some significant investment into the military, which is eroding from within.

"There is $6 billion in here for opiates. Ohio is one of the hardest-hit states with the opiate epidemic. There was no way I was gonna be able to turn my back on the people who are suffering so much and dying weekly in places like Ohio and New Hampshire and West Virginia.

"And then there was a lot of community health clinic funding in there. The CHIP program, the Children's Health Insurance Program, money for Puerto Rico, and the [hurricane] disaster areas down in Texas. There was a lot in there."

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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, appears to have moved on from his past comments criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's leadership and the Democratic Party as a whole.
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