Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur does not believe House Speaker Paul Ryan has authority to remove Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy without a vote of the entire House. Based on her reasoning she is exploring legislation to prevent his ouster.
Conroy submitted a letter of resignation April 15 at the speaker’s request that was read on the House floor the following day. Ryan’s spokeswoman attempted to spin the PR mess after confirming that Ryan sought the Jesuit priest’s resignation.
Conroy delivered a prayer on the tax overhaul, and people on the Hill know this is the reason he was asked to leave. Conroy told some congressmen in private that he only intended the prayer to speak of the need for the tax bill to help everyone.
“As legislation on taxes continues to be debated this week and next, may all Members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great Nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle,” Conroy said during his Nov. 6 prayer on the House floor. “May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”
There is clearly a message in the Bible about justice, fairness, and the ways we should treat the least among us. But when Conroy made that point in the most gentle of ways the harsh lash of angry conservatives landed on his back.
Paul has again proved that there are two sides to his life. One is the public folksy dad who eats apple pie and only works hard for his country. But the other side of Ryan is a hard-ass who will use the reins of power to bluster and crush others. I will leave it to the religious scholars to attempt to square Ryan into being a Christian.