"That may be because of headline sound bites. It may be because we haven't done a good enough job in communicating the message and what we stand for, and who we are, and what we've done, and what we continue to do," she said.
"Congress has been missing in action on matters of war and peace for nearly 16 years," Lee said in a statement. "Speaker Ryan should explain why he is undermining the democratic process and acting in such an autocratic manner. What is he afraid of?"