Analysis: Cut, cut, cower _ Lawmakers back down to uproar

In this Nov. 6, 2015, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., gestures during his news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan promises a big, bold agenda and says lawmakers won’t shy from difficult choices. But several recent votes demonstrate Congress’ continuing penchant for small ball and timidity, and the tendency of lawmakers to reverse course at the first tingle of political pain. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan promises a big, bold agenda and says lawmakers won’t shy from difficult choices. But several recent votes demonstrate Congress’ continuing penchant for small ball and timidity — and the tendency of lawmakers to reverse course at the first tingle of political pain.

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