Ryan Says Congress Can’t Get Much Done Because of Obama

Paul Ryan, the new speaker of the House, is ramping down expectations of how much he can accomplish with a Democrat in the White House.

The Wisconsin representative said Wednesday on Fox News that President Obama is a major obstacle to accomplishing GOP lawmakers’ goals, the Daily Mail reported. He stressed the importance of electing a Republican president next year.

Ryan said he and Obama agree on “some” things, like the recent spending bill that prevented a government shutdown. However, they differ on many issues. There is no hope for consensus on reforming immigration laws or the tax code, according to the speaker.

“We need to win the White House,” Ryan said. “'Look, I ran against the president in the last election. It’s very clear we do not share the same vision, the same philosophy, the same idea of where America should go.”

He added: “Can we pass everything we want into law right now, without the Senate and the White House? No, we can’t. But that should not stop us from trying and from offering ideas. … We want to do some things to shore up the military and we want to work with the president on that. There are a lot of other issues that will arise that hopefully we can find some common ground on.”

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