This afternoon, Speaker Ryan appeared on The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino for his first interview after announcing he would retire at the end of his term. He discussed all the work the House has accomplished, and his intention to run through the tape and continue to move his workforce development agenda forward. Excerpts are below:

A Wisconsin Guy Who Came to Washington to Make a Difference

“I always felt like a Wisconsin guy that came to Washington, to Congress, to make a difference. And I’m really gratified that I feel like I have made a big difference. I’ve accomplished much of what I wanted to do. And you know me well. Our kids are now teenagers. And I just came to the basic conclusion: I feel like our majority is in good hands, the president has given us this chance to get a lot donewhich we've gotten a lot done.”

We’ve Gotten a Lot Done

We've gotten a lot done. We've done tax reform for the first time in a generation. We rebuilt the military from being hollowed out, which was really important. We’ve deregulated the economy, which is really helping the economy grow. We're on to workforce development and infrastructure.”

Moving Forward on Workforce Development

“We're moving on to our workforce development agenda, which is focused on streamlining career and technical education and getting people from welfare to work. We think that's really important. Plus, we're going through our infrastructure agenda as well. So, we've got a lot more work to do just this term. Those plans are in place, it's what we said we would do when we ran on the Better Way agenda, and that's what we're going to be executing in the weeks to come.”

I think it's just the right thing to do, that an able-bodied person that's on welfare works for those benefits, goes to school, or [looks] for a job. We've got 6.6 million jobs available in this country. We've got over that many people who are able-bodied who aren't working or looking for work or in school. And so we need to bring these people out of poverty, off of welfare, into the workforce. It's the right thing to do. It’s the right thing to do for the person who is stuck in poverty. It's the right thing to do for the economy and for our communities. And so I know we're on the right side of things. That's the next agenda we’re going to be pursuing.”