Paul Ryan laments 'unfinished business' of immigration reform

Paul Ryan laments 'unfinished business' of immigration reform
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Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks MORE (R-Wis.) said Monday that the lack of progress on spending cuts and immigration reform was the predominant “unfinished business” of his time leading the House.

"One thing I regret the most is we did not get a debt reduction plan in place," Ryan, who left Congress earlier this year, said at an electric utility industry conference hosted by the Edison Electric Institute, as reported by the Washington Examiner. "If you don't get these entitlements under control, we will have a debt crisis in this country. Immigration has been plagued by politics. If we solve the immigration problem, which is totally solvable, and our debt problem, which is totally solvable, we are going to be great."

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Ryan said the House under his speakership had “a remarkable record of success,” including the GOP's tax reform package, but that it had gone comparatively unnoticed because “more people know about the tweets of Donald Trump.”

Ryan noted President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE’s frequent impatience with congressional procedures.

"He came in thinking this should work like a business," Ryan said, according to the Examiner. "It doesn't."

The former Speaker and vice presidential nominee also claimed advances in natural gas had allowed the U.S. to make progress in emissions reductions despite Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

“The carbon footprint is clearly dropping far better than anyone else in the Paris [agreement],” Ryan reportedly said. “Gas is a great bridge. Coal is cleaner.”