Ryan's response to Trump's comments was telling because it was mostly about him. If not, they will need votes from Democrats, who are insisting the bill includes a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Mr. Trump issued a denial Friday about using that language in a Thursday Oval Office meeting where he reportedly described Haiti, El Salvador and African nations as "sh*thole countries". He said that regardless of what Mr. Trump said, however, lawmakers need to come together on so-called Dreamers, or those brought to the US illegally as children.
Congressional negotiators have spent weeks battling over top lines for military and domestic spending, with Republicans and Democrats alike warning that failure to strike a deal would harm United States military readiness and capability. "I thought about my own family", Ryan said. And Ryan said he immediately thought about oppression his family had faced. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present at the meeting, confirmed Trump did not approve of the bipartisan plan, adding: "I don't know what happens next".
"So, first thing that came to my mind, was, very unfortunate, unhelpful", Ryan said when asked about Trump's reported comments on Friday afternoon at an event in Milwaukee.
Ryan also conceded that House Republicans would not aggressively pursue entitlement reform this year, despite saying last month it was on the agenda.
"You're going to have to find bipartisan consensus to fix these thorny long-term problems, and we don't have that right now", he said. He was not on the same page, however, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rejected the idea just before Christmas.
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