Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Ryan Says Entitlement Reform Not Likely This Year

Ryan Says Entitlement Reform Not Likely This Year

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) lamented President Donald Trump's reported comments on immigration, recalling how it reminded him of his Irish ancestors who faced discrimination when they came to the United States.

The speaker was attending an event at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee when he was questioned about Trump's remark that came during a bi-partisan meeting on immigration at the White House on Thursday. "I hear all these stories from my relatives about 'Irish need not apply, '" he said.

"We will have to do something short term", Ryan told a political forum in his native Wisconsin, when asked whether Congress would be able to reach a deal before government lights go out next Friday at midnight. He said that regardless of what Mr. Trump said, however, lawmakers need to come together on so-called Dreamers, or those brought to the USA illegally as children. "I think we'll get a down payment on some of these problems and keep fighting, keep working to get the rest of it done". He was referring to Trump's asking, during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, why the USA should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa. "I think people are attaching them in their minds as far as leverage is concerned, but they won't be technically attached as far as legislation is concerned".

Just days after Ryan, McConnell and other congressional leaders met with Trump at Camp David to discuss the legislative year, Ryan said Friday that entitlement reform was no longer on his list, saying there wouldn't be enough bipartisan support for the idea. Ryan portrayed a "beautiful story of America" in his family's journey, and he suggested Americans should celebrate the diversity that came with immigration.

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