I must confess I don't know where Ryan was going with this. It now seems like it was some kind of political posturing. I did hear Sen. McConnell say that there's no way they (the Senate GOP) would allow the payroll tax cuts to expire. But since the administration wants it to be renewed (just as puzzling to me), it gives his opponents leverage to get the Keystone XL pipeline back on the table as a bargaining chip along with renewing the tax cuts. We'll soon see!
p.s. Triv hates Notre Dame-don't listen to him!!