Excerpts from Speaker Ryan’s Sunday Show Appearances | Speaker.gov

Washington, DC – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today appeared on five Sunday morning news programs to discuss his commitment to make the House work again for the people, and unite Republicans around a bold agenda for the country. Here are excerpts from those conversations:

ABC This Week

A new day: “We cannot run on vague platitudes. And that's why I believe we, as Republicans, must offer people of this nation a better way forward and a very specific and bold agenda. And that is what our members are going to unify around. ... And so I think this job has to be done differently. And that's why I say it's a new day. We're starting over. We have a clean slate. And we're going to go on offense.”

Immigration: “This president has tried to circumvent Congress to try and write laws in this area, so yes, I do not believe we should and we won’t bring immigration legislation with a president we cannot trust on this issue.  If we believe and have consensus on things like border enforcement, and interior security, then that’s fine but this is not an issue I believe we can or should be able to work with this president on, because he’s proven to be untrustworthy on this issue.”

CBS Face the Nation

Four things: “There are basically four things I think we need to do.  Number one, get the House on working like it was intended to work by the founders.  Number two, we need to seek common ground.  We need to find common ground where we can find it to advance the nation's interest.  And we can do so without compromising our principles.  Number three, I think it's incredibly important that we serve as an effective opposition party, a check on the administration's power.  But that leads me to the most important point, number four, we've got to be a bold alternative party, a proposition party.  We don't like the direction the country's headed, so we owe it to the people of this nation how we would do things differently.”

Policy alternatives: “Well, I think we should say what the new tax code looks like.  I think we should say what Obamacare replacement looks like.  People don't like Obamacare.  Members of Congress don't like Obamacare.  Most of us in the majority, we all voted against this.  But I think if you take a look at the premiums, if you take a look at the fact that decisions are being taken away from patients and their doctors, the people are starving for an alternative to this vision.”

CNN State of the Union

The people’s House: “I think members were frustrated that they didn’t have the opportunity really to express their own views on the floor. I think the legislative process has been too tightly controlled and has to be opened up. That’s why I said in my acceptance speech, if you will, as a committee chair I want the committees writing the bills, I don’t want leadership writing the bills, I want Members of Congress representing their constituents having the ability and the process to actually advance ideas so I think that frustration is frustration that I shared actually as a House Republican before becoming Speaker.”

FOX News Sunday

Citizen legislators: “I think people want to have members of Congress that represent them, that are like them.  Don't you want your member of Congress to be a citizen legislator who lives with you, among you, who, who has your own kind of concerns?  Who, 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 yes Sundays are going to be family days and Saturdays are family and constituent days.”

NBC Meet the Press

The speakership: “I didn't get elected dictator of the House.  I got elected speaker of the House.  And that means, in my opinion, facilitating consensus among Republicans about how to move forward.  And our members are ready to lead.  We've been too timid for too long around here on ideas.  We've been bold on tactics, but we have been timid on ideas, on policies.  That is where we need to go.”

Unity: “I think the conservative movement is very anxious and concerned about the direction of the country, I am too.  I think we've been bold on tactics, but timid on policies and ideas.  And so I think what we really have to do here is rally around a common set of principles, apply them to the problems, and then give the country a bold choice.  That, to me, is how we unify.  And by the way, that's what people deserve in this country.  They don't like the direction the country's going.  I don't either.  So we should say how we will do things differently.  That, to me, is how Republicans and conservatives unify.”