Changing of the Guard Paul Ryan Becomes New House Speaker
By: Jason Fisher, Xiro Xone News October 28, 2015
New Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan promises to work with rank-and-file members, committee chairs and Democrats to legislate in the lower chamber after winning the leadership election.
"The House is broken,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “We’re not solving problems. We’re adding to them.”
Ryan, a former chairman of the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees, said committees "should retake the lead" in drafting legislation, and encouraged all members to contribute.
"If you know the issue, you should write the bill," he said.
"A neglected minority will gum up the works. A respected minority will work in good faith."
Ryan is well respected for his place on Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential ticket and work on the House Budget and Ways and Means Committees. Ryan decided to run after Republicans agreed to meet his conditions for service and unite behind him.
Ryan has also said he will meet conservatives' demands to change the way the House is run. Work is already underway to revisit House rules and give them a seat at the Republican leadership table.
He'll have an easier start thanks to Boehner’s negotiating a two-year, $80 billion budget and debt-ceiling hike with the White House and passing it through the House Wednesday night.
However, Ryan will have to navigate the House through the appropriations process, reconciling conservative's policy demands with the need to find common ground with Democrats on allocating money across the federal government by Dec. 11.