Ryan: House has passed a ton of bills, our challenge is the Senate

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE (R-Wis.) said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that the lower chamber has passed numerous bills that are stalled in the Senate.

In an interview with Fox News’ “Hannity,” Ryan said the House is “on schedule,” noting it has passed legislation on issues ranging from health care, to sanctuary cities, to the military.

“We’ve done all these things. We passed 337 bills in the House as of this week,” Ryan told host Sean Hannity.

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“The challenge we have is, is this chart,” Ryan continued, holding a piece of paper. “Two hundred seventy-four of them [the bills] are still being — are still in the Senate. So we haven’t gotten them over the finish line in the Senate. Now, is that frustrating for the House? You bet it’s frustrating for the House."

Ryan’s comments come after the Senate this week failed in a last-ditch attempt to repeal ObamaCare before the end of a budget process known as reconciliation, which would allow the upper chamber to pass the bill with a simple majority. Lawmakers decided on Tuesday not to bring the legislation, known as “Graham-Cassidy,” to a vote due to its lack of support.

The GOP is now seeking to pivot to tax reform, with President Trump and congressional Republicans on Wednesday unveiling a plan to overhaul the tax code that would lower the corporate tax rate and cut the number of individual tax rates. 

Ryan in the interview noted that the Senate has to deal with matters that the House does not, including the confirmation of administration posts and the filibuster.