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Lyin' Ryan Proves Himself A Liar On Military Pay Issue

Lying to and about our military is shameful

On Sunday, Lyin' Paul Ryan appeared on Face the Nation, where he got into it with host John Dickerson about whether the troops got paid during the government shutdown by 2013:

PAUL RYAN: Look, I'm not going to comment. I just saw that. I don't know if that's necessarily productive. It's no secret the president has strong views on immigration. But what is not productive is a pointless government shutdown that the Senate Democrats have hoisted on this country.

Just so you know, you said this in your opening, tomorrow people don't get paid. People get furloughed. We have soldiers fighting for us, troops overseas fighting for us who will not be getting paid. This is ridiculous. And so look, we've done this before. It didn't work. It's not working now. Let me just give you a quick-- Chuck Schumer said--

JOHN DICKERSON: Hold on. Hold on. This military question's important, though. I'm sorry to interrupt. But, you know, in 2013 the president, then-candidate, Trump said, "Here's the truth. The government doesn't shut down. All essential services continue. Don't believe the lies." On this question of the military, in 2013 the payments continued. So they don't continue now?

PAUL RYAN: Well, I-- I'll let--

JOHN DICKERSON: Because I've looked at a lot of facts.

PAUL RYAN: You can ask the O&B (?) director that in a minute 'cause I know you have him coming on. But--

JOHN DICKERSON: But it's quite a volatile thing to say they're not getting paid. 'Cause they are getting paid--

PAUL RYAN: Yes, they don't-- their payment gets deferred. They don't get--

JOHN DICKERSON: Why can't--

PAUL RYAN: They don't get paid--

JOHN DICKERSON: Why couldn't Congress have fixed that?

PAUL RYAN: We did. We passed a bill. It's sitting in the Senate. They've-- they've filibustered--

JOHN DICKERSON: Why didn't-- but why didn't-- the Democrats didn't filibuster the payment for the troops separate apart from the--

PAUL RYAN: The bill we passed paid troops. It pays the park service. It pays the border patrol. It pays people doing basic health research.


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JOHN DICKERSON: Right. But in 2013 when there was a shutdown, they did in fact get paid, right--

PAUL RYAN: No, their pay gets deferred. Here-- let me just say something. I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say, "I'm going to shut down the government. I'm not going to pay our bills unless I get my way." It's a politics of idiocy, confrontation, and paralysis. That's Chuck Schumer in 2013.

In my best Maury Pauvich imitation, "Paul Ryan, you say the military didn't get paid during the military shutdown in 2013. Paul Ryan, your own website shows you're a liar."

Indeed, as Timmy Christopher caught, Ryan's own website, on a FAQ page regarding the shutdown, we see this:

Question: Will members of the military be paid?

Answer: On September 30th, the President signed H.R. 3210, the Pay Our Military Act, which ensures that our military personnel on active duty –including reserve component personnel on Federal active duty – continue to be paid through the shutdown.

Lying is like a compulsion with Ryan. He just can't help himself.

And before he gets started again, someone point out to Lyin' Ryan that it was his Senate couterpart, Mitch McConnell that killed a proposal to make sure the troops keep getting paid, as they did in 2013.

At least with Randy Bryce, a veteran himself, we know that our troops will be taken care of above all else.

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