Pelosi 'welcomes' Ryan back to the House
September 13th, 2012
12:25 PM ET
2 years ago

Pelosi 'welcomes' Ryan back to the House

(CNN) - The top House Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, welcomed Paul Ryan back to Congress in true partisan style Thursday with a video highlighting Ryan's vote for a measure enacting automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, and other heated political topics.

A combative and long-standing Democratic figure in Washington, Pelosi posted the video to her YouTube page as Congress reconvenes from their summer recess and Ryan returns to Washington after being tapped as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate on August 11.

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The video begins with the theme music from the sitcom "Welcome back, Kotter" and proceeds to splice together television news clips of Ryan, the House Budget chairman, explaining his vote for the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration, his 2011 House budget proposal as well as he and Romney's plan for tax reform. Democrats have criticized Ryan and Romney for a budget plan they say favors the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck responded to the video saying, "President Obama's friends in Congress clearly have too much time on their hands. With unemployment above 8% for 43 consecutive months, they should spend more energy helping Americans find work than making low-rent web videos."

Ryan is expected to make an appearance on the House floor Thursday to vote on a bill to keep government funded beyond October 1, the start of the new fiscal year.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Nancy Pelosi • Paul Ryan
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    You realize that Paul Ryan is going to have to check with Mitt to see how he should respond. No original thinking or indpendent thoughts allowed in conservative circles. There is no room for change. Keep things the same, just the way they are.

    Conservatism dampens down creativity in favor old, proven reliability, which leads to stagnation, rot, and decay.

    September 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    He's back? I thought he was out lying to the American public.
    The altar boy is lucky that he can run for his house seat at the same he lies his way to the vice presidency (NOT). Too bad that he is from WI because it would be nice to be able to take him out of politics for good on the state and national level .

    September 13, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Will

    We saw where Pelosi took us as the leader in the House for a few years. Her job in the top post was short lived for a reason.

    September 13, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. California Gary

    All those votes he made over the last several years are actually the chickens coming home to roost. It seems yesterdays votes don't match with todays rhetoric......darn those video clips and official voting records!

    September 13, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. CBR

    Ms. Pelosi needs to take a deep breath and then move forward to get people working together to solve the nations problems. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership team of Boehner, Cantor and McConnell are not willing to work together either. The atmosphere in Washington is so poor. The people we elect to Congress ought to be able to find ways to work together. No one person or party has all the answers. People can have their own views and even have some agenda items. What they cannot do is refuse to cooperate and to make accommodations for the good of the Country. Good ides stated by groups like the Tea Party were intermingled with their strident views. Those elected under their banner would not and could not work with others. They only wanted theirr own way. Did this help our country – NO, NO, NO.

    September 13, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Mikey

    Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck responded to the video saying, "President Obama's friends in Congress clearly have too much time on their hands. With unemployment above 8% for 43 consecutive months, they should spend more energy helping Americans find work..."
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    Since Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and company won't allow any votes on the President jobs legislation and have offered very little serious legislation in favor of repeated votes that represent only political posturing and pandering, yes, the House members have a lot of extra time on their hands.

    September 13, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. 1nsite

    She can welcome him back and keep him there. There's no way they're going to win in Nov.

    September 13, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Resurrection Joe

    Give him Hell Nancy!

    September 13, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. 2012liberal

    Lmfao u go girl!

    September 13, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. PaulCat

    Great job Nancy! Keep up the good work! If you want to win over the republicans, you have to out think them. Great Job!

    September 13, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Joan in MS

    It is time for everyone to vote the GOP (you know, the ticket with the "R", for reverse) out of power in the House. This current GOP/Tea Party controlled Congress has NOT passed one single bill to help the country to recover from the Bush economic disaster. Vote Paul Ryan and his war-on-women GOP friends OUT of Congress on Nov 6th.

    September 13, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Get Real

    Who does she think she is? If I recall she is in no position of power. HA!!

    September 13, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. CBR

    Mr. Ryan's comments were no better. His actions did not help the financial situation either. He would not work with Bowles -kimpson, brought forth a budget that will not work, and is now criticizing others. He has been part of the Washington scene for over twenty years. He has done very well financially.and politically shaping his views.

    He clearly shows his traits and qualities and the more he talks the more we get to see a man who does not bend at all to meet the needs of others. Don't talk about small business and the middle class unless you have done something to improve the situation.

    It is clear that the rich have done very well while the poor have only gotten poorer and the middle class is disappearing. Yet, millions upon millions of dollars are being poured into these PACs to elect Republicans. If Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryans had backbones they would repudiate these PACs and ask that the money be sued to feed, house, and help those who have nothing. Both President Bushe asked that all of us get involved with groups so that the government is not doing all the financial work and thus costs could go down. Unfortunately, we cannot do everything privately but we certainly should be trying. These are Republicans who obviously do not believe in his ideas.

    September 13, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    I am sure the lying altar boy will make sure those filibusters continue shish is how they handled their business against the President and US.
    Before 2009 the average was 25-40. Since 2009 the 111th congress had 137 filibusters and the 112th congress to date 139.

    September 13, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Roger Lemire

    Another casualty in which MITT failed to be prepared. I totally love watching the repubs chances sliding away. I didn't vote for what I voted for....RIPGOP.......darn those video clips and official voting records!

    September 13, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Oh how Nancy Pelosi loves politicking! All politics all the time. I think this was the team motto for her, President Obama and Harry Reid during their heavy spending days in 2009 and 2010. Politics instead of Economics. Debt and Unemployment, our 2 greatest problems right now each grew heavily during their Democratic Political Power Days. I'm sure she misses them.

    September 13, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. ConcernedSNCO

    As an independent, I usually don't align myself with anyone party. What does that mean? I can think for myself instead of having someone else think for me... That being said, the Republican party have lost there mind. They are no longer the party of our fathers and grandfathers. If you don't like the way things are going in Congress, don't complain. Vote the Republicans out in November. I will.

    September 13, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Since Boehner, Cantor, Ryan and company won't allow any votes on the President jobs legislation and have offered very little serious legislation in favor of repeated votes that represent only political posturing and pandering"

    And today, they'll be continuing the charade with legislation based 100% on the lies and misrepresentations that Mittens' campaign has been spinning about the welfare waivers. Lies that have been debunked 9 ways to Sunday all over the internet and the air waves...and yet, instead of working on jobs legislation, the House GOP/Teatrolls are working on legislation based on those lies in an attempt to legislate into existence "proof" that the waivers, contrary to their explicit langauge of requiring a 20% increase in people who go from welfare to work, are some nefarious plot by the black President to give more handouts to all the "lazy feckless minority welfare queens," i.e., "his peeps." Of course, that underlying brain damage I just referred to is also incorrect, since a solid majority of approximately 62% of the people receiving social assisatnce are white.

    September 13, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Will Ryan be showing up to vote on something today so he can go take a crap on it and blame it on Obama in a stump speech tomorrow...you know, like he's doing with the debt limit deal and sequestration cuts and several other issues?

    September 13, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. kirby

    @ Get Real She is Nancy Pelosi..! She used her power to "Get Real" Go Ms. Pelosi..! "Woman Power" LOL LOL LOL

    September 13, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Get Real

    Who does she think she is? If I recall she is in no position of power. HA!!

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    She's the house MINORITY leader, so YES she IS in a position of power. HA HA!!

    September 13, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Get Real

    Who does she think she is? If I recall she is in no position of power. HA!!
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    Just how did Mitt Romney think he was when he visited Israel and had his unprecedented private sit down between a candidate for POTUS and a foreign leader? That's never been done before.

    BTW, Nancy Pelosi is House Minority Leader. That's power!

    September 13, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    Good job Nancy. The GOP is their own worst enemy. Between Flip and Eddie Munster completely contradicting themselves over votes they made before to their "severe" views now, and Santorum/Newt/Coulter "the worst GOP candidate to run""a vulture capitalist""if we don't run Christie we lose" they will sink themselves with no help needed

    September 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Pelosi is the laughing stock of the House. I can't imagine a inept person having been speaker.........she is a true embarrassment to any thinking American.

    September 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. truth hurts

    pelosi is supposed to be a leader in her party yet she acts like a 5 year old. honestly America.... get the democrats out of the house and senate and put some republican adults in there to get this country moving again.

    September 13, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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