Ryan - who has long advocated for major changes to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security - said they are going to need to work across the aisle on any significant changes to the programs as Republicans don't have a supermajority in Senate. "So I see this as something to celebrate", Ryan added. He admits efforts toward such a compromise are complicated by reports President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as "expletive-holes" during a meeting the day before. "I think people are attaching them in their minds as far as leverage is concerned, but they won't be technically attached as far as legislation is concerned". A move to extend temporary funding beyond the January 19 deadline would be the fourth such extension, known as a "continuing resolution", since September, and would signal that the country's two warring political parties might be too far apart on budget issues and immigration to strike a bipartisan agreement this year. "I think we'll get a down payment on some of these problems and keep fighting, keep working to get the rest of it done". And Ryan said he immediately thought about oppression his family had faced.
Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, echoed that sentiment, saying he wants a "bipartisan consensus" on entitlement reform.
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Ryan said the President's reported remarks are similar to what his Irish ancestors encountered upon their arrival.
When the moderator pressed Ryan on how lawmakers could find a deal when Trump was making those sorts of comments, Ryan said, "We just have to get it done". But, you know who I thought of right away?