House Speaker Sketches GOP’s 2017 Agenda, Including Ending ‘Out of Control’ Executive Overreach

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)


( – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) unveiled what he called the Republicans’ “policy agenda” for 2017 on Wednesday, including a plan to regain the legislative power granted to Congress in Article One of the U.S. Constitution.

“Article One,” Ryan said at a pen and pad briefing with reporters at the Capitol,  “this is something that our members are very animated about because this has gotten out of control.”

“This is about the separation of powers, about the Constitution, and wresting control away from decades of executive overreach and giving it back to Congress,” he said.

Ryan noted that President Barack Obama is not the only president to employ “executive overreach” to advance his agenda.

“But this president has taken it even further than anyone before,” Ryan said.

Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

The House Speaker told reporters that the Republican conference will be releasing six “detailed policy papers” throughout the month of June, on issues ranging from “poverty and opportunity,” to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, and plans for economic growth and national security.

“To be clear, this agenda is not an exhaustive list of the things that we believe in as Republicans, and it doesn’t cover every issue of public concern,” he said. “But these are the big ideas that unite all Republicans and address the country’s priorities.”

Ryan further said that the agenda would move forward with a Republican in the White House.

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