Last night, in an appearance on Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) discussed breaking the cycle of poverty, the administration’s failure on a plan to defeat ISIS, and successfully sending an Obamacare repeal bill to the president’s desk:
“2016 is going to be about the Republican party being the party of ideas and solutions.” "That’s what 2016 is going to be about. 2016 is going to be about the Republican party being the party of ideas and solutions, taking our conservative principles, reapplying them to the problems of the day, like persistent poverty, lack of economic growth, national security, unsecure borders, all of these things that are giving us a less prosperous and less secure country and giving these ideas to the country. . . .I’m looking forward in 2016 about how do we help save this country and put it back on the right track and fix these problems."
“His plan to contain ISIS didn’t work.” “Try the defense law we just passed reauthorizing the defense department that we call the NDAA, which says we have to have a plan for combating ISIS. I think what [White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest] is trying to do is pass the buck on the fact that the president does not have a plan to defeat ISIS. We passed a law requiring such a plan to defeat ISIS. We equipped the military. We fixed the problems from the president’s budget with respect to the military so that we can take the fight to the terrorists over there. Oh, and by the way, we passed our Syria refugee bill, which is now going over to the Senate. We also passed a law plugging the holes in the Visa Waiver Program because we have terrorists trying to infiltrate the immigration system in this country. And we have homegrown jihadists. These are the issues we think the president should be paying attention to instead of trying to frustrate the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. But more to the point, his plan to contain ISIS didn’t work, isn’t working. He has no plan to defeat ISIS. That’s what Congress has called upon him to do.”
“What we have now proven and demonstrated in Congress is that we can get this done.” “We sent a bill today to the president—actually, last night to the president—defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare. And we got it on his desk—the first time in five years we've been able to do that. Why? Because we found a better, smarter strategy to get around the filibuster in the Senate. And so what we've now proven is that we don't need 60 votes in the Senate anymore to go after Obamacare, to defund Planned Parenthood—which should be defunded. We have found a way to get around that. What we need is a new president. But if we get a Republican president, what we have now proven and demonstrated in Congress is that we can get this done. That's a victory. That’s a success.”