House conservatives have a message for Speaker Paul Ryan as Congress starts a new year: the honeymoon’s over.
Those were the words Idaho Republican Representative Raul Labrador, a leading member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, used Wednesday. And he and like-minded House members said 2016 is the year for Ryan to prove himself. Sending a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to the president, as the House is expected to do Wednesday evening, is only a start.
Ryan “needs to start putting up real conservative reform in the House and doing the things that are necessary to show the voters that he is a different speaker than [Ryan’s predecessor] John Boehner,” Labrador said at a monthly lunch with reporters. “Because, frankly, everything he has done so far is no different than what John Boehner would have done.”