Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan might just be our next Speaker of the House. But word has it the former vice presidential hopeful is also something of a hypocrite.
See, Ryan is a father of three, and if he gets the votes to head up Congress, he made one huge demand of his party during a statement to the GOP Conference:
“I cannot and will not give up my family time. I may not be able to be on the road as much as previous speakers, but I pledged to make up for it with more time communicating our vision, our message.”
Aww! A dad who really cares about his kids and believes in pulling his own weight. Whatta guy, right?
Well, maybe not. The Internet has exploded with memes knocking Ryan for being pro-family only when it serves himself, but being anti-family when it comes to legislation for America’s masses.
But is it true? Is Ryan really anti-family time?
Well, take a look at the Republican’s record:
1. On June 4, 2009, Ryan voted against giving four weeks of paid parental leave to federal employees for the birth of a child or placement of a child with the employee for either adoption or foster care.
2. A list of Congress members who provide paid maternity or paternity leave to their staffers does not include Ryan.
3. As chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Ryan delayed action on H.R. 1439, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, earlier this year.