Paul Ryan Backing Mental Health Reform Bill

| by Sean Kelly
House Speaker Paul Ryan.House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is reportedly pushing a mental health bill from Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania in response to gun violence. 

During an interview with CBS show "60 Minutes," Ryan was asked if he’d propose any gun legislation, reports The Hill.

“I haven’t thought of proposing gun legislation, I think the big problem we have is enforcing the law as we have on the books right now,” Ryan said, before pointing the conversation to mental health.

“The other issue that I think we need to take a look at, and I’m pushing this in the Commerce committee, is Congressman Murphy’s legislation on mental health,” he said. 

“I think we need to improve our mental health laws so we can address these problems before they get out of control, because mental health is a component to a lot of these shootings that, I think, we have not looked at seriously enough.”

Murphy’s bill, which is currently moving forward through Congress and was recently advanced by the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee, would overhaul the system for treating mentally ill people, reports Washington Examiner.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Examiner / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr