Paul Ryan Says He's Going to be a 'Different' Kind of House Speaker
Newly sworn-in House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that he’s “going to do the Speakership differently than it’s been done in a long time.”
He said he is committed to finding “balance” between Washington business, his Wisconsin constituents and his family.
“Don't you want your member of Congress to be a citizen legislator who lives with you, among you, who has your own kind of concerns? Who wants to spend time with his children on Saturdays and Sundays? I'm going to keep living in Janesville, Wisconsin, where I'm from, where I raised my family. I'm going to keep going back and forth to D.C., and yet Sundays are going to be family days and Saturdays are family and constituent days.”
He wants to foster a more open and participatory atmosphere where any House member could introduce legislation.
“I don't think leadership should be trying to covet power and write legislation. I think I want to have a more participatory process, which is really what the founders envisioned the House to look like.”
Republicans, he said, need “a bold alternative” to President Obama’s economic policies.
“We have to have a vision and offer an alternative to this country so that they can see that, if we get a chance to lead, if we get the presidency, and if we keep Congress, this is what it will look like."
Ryan said he wants Republicans to “be an effective opposition party, but be a very effective proposition party.”