House Speaker Paul Ryan urged the public to ignore the "bickering" cable news coverage, saying "this Congress is getting things done," in a Tuesday op-ed piece.
"Sometimes the noise drowns out the good news," Ryan wrote in the Independent Journal Review.
"And it certainly is right now. It would be hard to fault the average American for thinking all that's going on in Washington these days is high-drama hearings and partisan sniping. But amid the countdown clocks and cable news chatter, something important is happening: Congress is getting things done to help improve people's lives."
Ryan points to the recent passing of a bill to reform the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs, "bipartisan legislation to expand career and technical education opportunities," and the unraveling of many policies and regulations implemented under former President Barack Obama.
"Our wins on national security have been just as strong. In our bill to fund the government, Congress finally broke the harmful Obama-era precedent of matching defense spending with non-defense spending. In other words, we are able to rebuild our military and protect our borders while shielding taxpayer dollars from funding domestic programs that simply don't work. But you probably didn't hear about those breakthroughs, either."
He adds, "These are real wins — not for ourselves, not for our party, but for real people. Good policy is the business of improving lives. And for me, good policy has always trumped petty politics. When people's lives are changed for the better, even when it's not reported, we've done our job.
"Amidst the noise, the People's House will continue to fulfill the promises we made to the American public."
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