This morning, Speaker Ryan appeared on Meet the Press to discuss his decision to retire after this Congress, all that the House has accomplished during this speakership, and continuing efforts to advance our agenda. Watch the full interview here and check out excerpts below.
Speaker Ryan: “Just making a decision is important. And when we had our final family dinner last Sunday night as a family to talk about it, it was just a, it was just a great feeling. You and I are similar in that we lost our dads when we were young. And it just makes you think a little bit more about that phase of life, family. And so, I feel so good because I now know that my kids will not only know me as a weekend dad. And that's what's most important to me. . . . I feel content because I've actually gotten a lot done. And I've gotten much of what I came here to do done.”
Speaker Ryan: “One of the first things I fought for when I first got here was tax reform. That hadn't been done since 1986, the year I got my driver's license. That is now done. Since I've been become speaker, I've spent a great deal of time with our intelligence community, our military. And I became greatly concerned about the state of our military. And so I really focused on a rebuild of our military. That is now done and underway. I'm very, very pleased with that. Enterprise zones. I worked on enterprise zone legislation when I worked for Jack Kemp…And enterprise zones are now law of the land. So there are so many things that I've gone through. The one thing that obviously I care a great deal about is entitlement reform, in particular health care entitlement reform. I feel gratified that ever since I was Budget [Committee] chair, the House every term has passed a budget, to balance the budget and pay down the debt. But we have not gotten that through the Senate or the White House. And I'm gratified that we passed the health care bill out of the House, the biggest entitlement reform bill ever. But it didn't go into law. It failed by a vote in the Senate. But, you know, one person's not going to solve all of those things. I feel like I've done a lot to advance that debate.”