“We have to go big.” That was the message Speaker Ryan delivered this morning at a press briefing with House Republican leaders. Below are his full opening remarks:

“Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government. It feels really good to say that, actually. This will be a government focused on turning President-elect Trump’s victory into real progress for the American people. Our team is very excited, and we cannot wait to get to work.

 “At the same time, we recognize that the task ahead of us is enormous. If we are going to put our country back on the right track, we have got to be bold, and we have to go big. This country is expecting absolutely no less.

 “In the days and weeks ahead, we will be working very closely with the president-elect and his transition team to lay out our ambitious path for 2017. That team, of course, is led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and it includes several of our own members. So we are working hand-in-glove from the start.

“We want to make sure that we hit the ground running in January, so that we can deliver on the new president’s agenda. A better way, and better days, lie ahead for our country.”