Ryan, Molinaro claim they will work across the aisle if they are ever sworn in
Patricia R. Doxsey reports in the Daily Freeman that Democrat Pat Ryan and Republican Marc Molinaro are swearing they will both work across the aisle in Congress if they can ever be sworn in to their new roles. Ryan was sworn in last summer, replacing Democrat Antonio Delgado for the final weeks of his term in the 19th Congressional District. But then, because of redistricting, Ryan won the 18th Congressional District in the fall's election, and Molinaro won the 19th District seat. Now, though, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives has, over and over again, failed to elect a Speaker of the House, and no other business, including swearing in members, can happen until a speaker is chosen. Ryan said, “It’s definitely disappointing Republicans can’t seem to come together at a time when clearly we’ve got to come together and work to restore trust in our democracy.... I’m just trying to get sworn in and do my job.” Ryan also addressed working with the four-vote Republican majority. He said, “We may appear more divided than ever, but it is my job first and foremost to serve the Hudson Valley.... I’ll work with anyone, regardless of party, who wants to serve their constituents and get things done. And I’ll never hesitate to call out those who dishonor this institution and this country. The stakes are too high right now for anything else,” he said. Molinaro also said he will work with both Republicans and Democrats to deliver “commonsense results that create economic opportunity, address our crumbling infrastructure, and improve public safety.” Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.