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Why The Speaker of the House is a Big Deal.

October 28, 2015
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Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin was just elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin was just elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

In most democratic nations, the party that holds the majority selects the country’s leadership. This is true whether it is the Parliament in Britain, the Diet in Japan or the Knesset in Israel.

It is different in the United States. Our leader is the President. The people choose him or her. The President carries out the laws passed by Congress. Congress is the House of Representatives and the Senate. The president can only signs a law when both bodies pass it.

It helps the president when his Party is the majority in both chambers. Now, the Senate and the House are in the hands of the Republicans. The majority of the members of the House choose the Speaker, the leader who manages votes and pretty much everything.

Republicans have 247 seats out of 435 in the House.

Here is the problem. About 50 of the 247 Republicans are extremists. Some call them Tea Party Republicans. They are governed by a belief that President Obama is an evil person who wants to destroy America. They will not do anything to help him or the American people. They want to shut the government down by not passing a budget.

If they vote against a bill that will leave only 193 votes in favor of something. That means the Republicans will need Democrats to pass a measure. The Republicans have to come to agreement with Democrats. It is happening now in the budget bill that sets spending for the next two years.

Speaker John Boehner was not able to get the extremists to work with him. He quit. Paul Ryan will be the next Speaker. He says he will do a better job of leading. He thinks he can bring the extremists into line.

It truly matters to the country to have good representatives. Everyone will be watching Mr. Ryan.

Source: The Washington Post October 28, 2015

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