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Friday, May 11, 2018

Miles's Law: "A Bill The President Can Sign"

House GOP leaders oppose an effort to bring immigration reform to the House floor via a discharge petition.  The issue illustrates Miles's Law: where you stand depends on where you sit Partisan advantage determines where congressional leaders will stand on procedural issues.

Speaker Ryan said: “I want to have actual law and that means the White House has to be a part of this and it’s got to be a bill the president can sign ...What I don’t want to do is have a process that just ends up with a veto."

A few years ago, Ryan approved of sending the president bills that he would veto. On September 14, 2014, Scott Wong reported at The Hill:
Republicans plan to test President Obama’s willingness to use the veto pen if they capture control of the Senate in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in an interview with The Hill.

The Budget Committee chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee said Obama hasn't had to make tough decisions on vetoing legislation because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has shelved most of the bills sent over by the GOP-led House.

“Right now, Harry Reid is protecting the president from making difficult decisions,” Ryan said Thursday, “and I believe that we can unblock a number of things that should at least get to the president’s desk and make him make a decision.”
Ryan followed this plan by sending President Obama a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, knowing that he would veto it.