Paul Ryan On Budget Deliberations: ‘I Think The Process Stinks’

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) — who is expected to be elected Speaker of the House later this week — trashed the process by which congressional leaders cobbled the big fiscal budget deal that will raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for two years.

“About the process, I can say this. I think this process stinks,” Ryan said on MSNBC Tuesday. “This is not the way to do the people’s business and under new management we are not going to do the people’s business this way.”

The current Ways and Means chairman said he was withholding judgement on the contents of the deal itself until he had more of an opportunity to look at it on paper, but distanced himself from how the agreement came about, behind closed doors with with a series of grave fiscal deadlines looming.

“We are up against a deadline, that’s unfortunate. But going forward we can’t be doing the people’s business — as a conference, we should have been meeting months ago to discuss these things to have a unified strategy going forward,” Ryan said.

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