Paul Ryan, the shameless political careerist who has surrendered the U.S. House of Representatives to campaign donors and lobbyists, has a well-documented history of doing everything in his power to prevent meaningful debate about gun violence. But it’s getting harder for the speaker of the House to game the system on behalf of his benefactors.
Kennedy posted Ryan's remarks on mental health reform on Twitter, adding a simple admonition: “All due respect Mr. Speaker, you and your party celebrated taking mental health care from millions just months ago at the White House.”
This is not the first time Kennedy has challenged Ryan’s claims regarding Republican support for mental health initiatives.
“With deeply misplaced pride, President Trump and a Republican Congress immediately responded to our nation’s ongoing mental health crisis and opioid epidemic by shamelessly celebrating the passage of the single largest attack on behavioral health care in recent history,” said Kennedy after Ryan and Trump gathered at the White House to celebrate the passage in the House of Representatives of draconian legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act.
Speaker Ryan, the most powerful Republican in Congress, needs to be held to account when he practices to deceive on issues so consequential as gun violence and health care.
Congressman Kennedy has made it his business to fact check the speaker, to expose the Janesville Republican’s intellectual dishonesty, and to challenge the dereliction of duty that is the distinguishing mark of Paul Ryan’s political career.