Ryan (R-WI) needs Democratic votes to pass the Republican spending bill, but his first proposal was rejected by Democrats because it contained over 30 poison pill policy riders.
The Hill reported:
Citing dozens of “poison-pill” riders, House Democrats have
rejected the Republicans’ initial year-end government funding bill and
plan to respond with their own alternative package.
Wingnut leaders had delivered the sweeping spending proposal to the
Democrats on Tuesday evening as Congress scrambles to fund the
government and prevent a shutdown ahead of a looming Dec. 11 deadline.
But Democratic leaders said “more than 30” Republican policy
amendments, known as riders, made the package unacceptable, according
to a senior Democratic aide familiar with the budget talks.
Laughably, House Republicans sent a proposal to Democrats gutting
environmental regulations, Wall Street reform, and shutting down the
Syrian refugee program.
Democrats immediately said no, and reminded Ryan that they told him
that the bill needed to be done by November 20. Instead, Republicans
went home for Thanksgiving and left the task of avoiding a government
shutdown on December 11 for the last minute.
Ryan is finding out what life is really like as the Speaker of
the dysfunctional Republican House. Ryan needs the poison pill
riders or he faces the real possibility of losing almost all of his
Republican support. In the best case scenario, Ryan will need
dozens of Democratic votes to pass the funding bill, and Democrats will
not support anything containing riders that are nothing more than a
Republican policy wish list.
Just like Boehner, Ryan is going to have to cave. Ryan
has to drop the poison pill riders in the funding bill or his first
major act as speaker will be a government shutdown.