‘UpFront’: Ryan says Congress can find ‘humane’ way to fix DACA

UpFront

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, says Congress should fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program first established by former President Obama.

Ryan, who appeared Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha, has urged President Trump to hold off action on DACA.

The White House said last week that Trump could announce a decision on Tuesday as to what he will do with the program. Multiple outlets are reporting Trump has decided to rescind the program with a six-month delay.

“At the end of the day, these kids don’t know any other home. I think there’s a humane way to fix this, I think President Trump agrees with fixing this, and it’s got to be up to the legislature. I think we need some time to be able to fix this,” Ryan said on the show, which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. The episode was filmed in advance of the news about Trump’s decision.

Ryan also said Congress “will step up” to fund disaster recovery efforts in Texas, working in stages and starting by backfilling FEMA.

“This is something that we’ve never seen before, so it’s going to require a pretty unprecedented response,” Ryan said of the floodwaters that swamped southeast Texas during Hurricane Harvey.

Ryan addressed several other issues during the interview:  

*On funding the government past September 30, Ryan said the House would pass a continuing resolution to keep the government running through the end of December.

*On tax reform, he said the House, Senate and president are all in agreement on a framework for tax reform.

“I feel very good about this. I feel as good about this as any legislative lift we’ve had yet,” he said.

But he predicted a fight with “special interests” seeking to protect “loopholes and carve outs.”

“That’s gonna be a fight we’re gonna have,” Ryan said.

“I really do believe that people are beginning to realize that the general interests here must prevail over the special interests if we’re going to clean this system up,” he said.

Also on the program, state Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, discussed his bill to repeal a moratorium on sulfide mining in Wisconsin.

“We have an incredible endowment with non-ferrous minerals — gold, silver, copper, zinc — and I think now is the time for us to tap into that terrific endowment we have in the state of Wisconsin,” Tiffany said.

Tiffany said sulfide mining can now be done more safely and with less chance for environmental damage than when the moratorium went into effect almost 20 years ago.

Tiffany said mining companies would be ready to start exploring in Wisconsin if the moratorium is lifted.

He said mineral mining could provide jobs in a part of the state that needs them.

“This has the opportunity to provide those family-sustaining jobs. This is really about employing people. This is a great opportunity to get good jobs, high-paying jobs, to come to northern Wisconsin,” he said.

Dem Josh Kaul also appeared on the program to discuss his bid to challenge GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel in 2018.

Kaul is an attorney with a Madison law firm and a former federal prosecutor in Baltimore. He is also the son of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

“I think that our attorney general has, especially in his first few years in office, spent far too much time focusing on things like lawsuits against policies enacted under President Obama,” Kaul said, citing Schimel’s involvement in a lawsuit challenging an Obama administration guaranteed overtime rule.

“We have a system right now, an attorney general who just isn’t getting the job done for the people of the state,” Kaul said. “I think our Department of Justice is broken, on issue after issue, we have seen failure.”

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