Ryan: GOP must become 'proposition' party

Ryan: GOP must become 'proposition' party
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To unite fractious Republicans, new Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.) said Sunday the GOP needs to move beyond simply being an “opposition party” and become a “proposition party.”

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“We’ve been too timid for too long and the key is to offer the country a bold alternative and a very bold agenda for how we can solve this country’s problems. That is how we unify,” Ryan said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” days after he was sworn in as Speaker.

“Overhauling the tax code, what does a replacement of Obamacare look like, how do you effectively attack the root causes of poverty, how do you get economic growth?”

But Ryan pushed back on suggestions this will mean passing ambitious bills in the House and “throwing the Senate under the bus.” The upper chamber is also controlled by Republicans but has a higher 60-vote threshold to get anything through.

“I was not asked to disunity the Republicans; I was asked to unify,” Ryan said. “So throwing Republicans under the bus is not part of my job description.”