Paul Ryan, the House speaker who has been under fire for his treatment of a disabled reporter, said Tuesday he doesn’t know what it means to bully someone, but that he thinks he does it.
“I don’t know exactly what that is,” the Republican from Wisconsin told reporters.
“I think what you’re asking me to say is I’m not a bully, I’m just trying to get things done, trying to keep my job and I think it’s OK.
It’s not really that I don’t like people.
I mean, I do.”
Ryan, who was speaking on a visit to Washington, D.C., for a Republican congressional retreat, said he is confident that if the House votes to approve his latest proposal, it will be the right decision.
The speaker also took the opportunity to praise a Republican congresswoman who broke ranks and voted to move forward with a bipartisan bill that included a $1 trillion boost for Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income Americans.
Paula Miller, who is facing a primary challenge from Rep. Maxine Waters of California, said in a statement Tuesday that she voted for the measure because it “is a strong bipartisan proposal that puts our nation on a path to a strong and prosperous economy.
We can accomplish this together and the American people deserve nothing less.”
The vote to pass the bipartisan bill came as Waters was also planning to introduce legislation that would block any cuts to the Medicaid program that has helped millions of Americans with disabilities.
Waters said Tuesday that a vote on the bipartisan legislation would be scheduled for next week.