- Paul Ryan Cracks the Whip on Tardy Members
- January 20, 2016
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
- It's early in the tenure of Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, but we are already seeing some differences between his style and the style of former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). We saw another one this week - for Paul Ryan, 15-minutes means 15-minutes.
On Wednesday, the House voted on an Iran's sanctions bill, at the end of the 15-minute vote, only 297 members had voted. Unlike previous Speakers, however, instead of holding the vote open, House leaders closed the vote and moved on to the next bill.
Paul Ryan, who is notoriously punctual, told members they should "make every effort to come to the floor within the 15-minute period of the first vote and stay in or near the chamber for remaining votes. This will serve as a point of courtesy to each of your colleagues and help maintenance of the institution."