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Courtney Statement On Speaker Ryan's Avowed Refusal To Work With Democrats On Healthcare

March 30, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) made the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with CBS that not only has he not reached out to Democrats on healthcare, but he has absolutely no plans to do so any time soon:

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“Speaker Ryan’s comments this morning make clear that he has absolutely no inclination to work with Democrats on a bipartisan basis to improve our healthcare for families across this country,” said Courtney. “I remain ready and willing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build on and improve the Affordable Care Act. Speaker Ryan’s comments unfortunately leave little room for this kind of effort, and instead keeps the House on set on a course of further gridlock at a time when Americans are looking for thoughtful cooperation in Washington. I hope he will reconsider, and instead pursue ideas to improve care for Americans that have support among both parties and the American people.”

According to a report published in The Hill:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in an interview to be broadcast early Thursday said he does not want to work with Democrats on healthcare legislation, breaking with President Trump's recent comments. 

“I don’t want that to happen,” Ryan told Norah O’Donnell on "CBS This Morning."