Ryan on Sessions: Trump 'Decides Who is Hired and Fired in the Executive Branch'

By Susan Jones | July 25, 2017 | 11:00 AM EDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says the House is working to improve people's lives, despite all the distractions in Washington, many coming straight from the White House. (Photo: speaker.gov)

(CNSNews.com) - Frustrated House Republicans want the American people to know they are moving ahead with their agenda, despite all the static in Washington:

"Through all the noise and all the distractions, we are addressing the problems that people face in their everyday lives,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference in Washington.

“That is what we are here to focus on. We understand that a lot of people don't know about that, and a lot of people aren't familiar with all the progress we've made and all the bills that we have passed in this first six months.”

Ryan urged people to visit a new Republican website, DidYouKnow.gop, to see what the House has been doing while the 24-hour cable networks cover daily controversies involving President Trump and/or Russia.

President Trump's tweets, most recently the ones criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are among the distractions for lawmakers, and sure enough, Ryan was asked about that at Tuesday's news conference:

"Look, the president gets to decide what his personnel is. You all know that,” Ryan said. “He’s the executive branch, we're the legislative branch. He decides who is hired and fired in the executive branch. That's his prerogative. If he has concerns or question or problems with the attorney general, I'm sure he'll bring them up with him.”

In response to a second question about Trump apparently trying to oust Sessions, Ryan said, "It's up to the president to decide what his personnel decision is and any possible fallout that comes from that. If he has concerns about anyone in the administration and the conduct of their jobs, I'm sure he's going to talk with them directly.”

Ryan said Republicans are focused on doing their jobs, not on what's happening at the Department of Justice.

"We're basically trying to get our legislative agenda passed, and I think the best way we can support the president and the administration is to move this agenda forward, which is what we all collectively promised we would do.”

Ryan told reporters that just yesterday, the House passed an expansion of the GI bill, which funds higher education for veterans and their families.

Also this week, House Republicans plan to fully fund a military pay raise, the biggest one in eight years. And he said they plan to take up border security, including resources for a physical barrier along the Mexican border.

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