WASHINGTON--Today on the floor of the House of Representatives, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) paid tribute to the life and works of Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer:

“I want to pause for a moment to honor the life of Dr. Charles Krauthammer.

“Dr. Krauthammer was a widely respected conservative thinker. He wrote columns for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Charles was paralyzed since college, he wrote the most vigorous commentary of our age.

“He was a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, he had the perfect training to analyze our politics. He passed away yesterday. He left a family that loved him. He left colleagues that admired him. And he left grateful friends and readers like myself.

“If I had to think about this…Charles was a good friend of mine. He had a beautiful mind, and he had a wonderful, wonderful way about him.

“Simply put, I loved the man. I loved his work. I would marvel over not just what he said, but how he said it. He had this unique ability to take the issue of the moment and place it perfectly in the context of just bigger things.

“‘America is the only country ever founded on an idea,’ he would say, and his vocation was the defense of that idea.

“As great as his intellect was, there was just absolutely no arrogance about him. He was good company. He was gracious, he was curious. Take any topic, and he had already thought through his argument, your argument, and all of the counterarguments before you had even started to think. He was always willing to join the fight, but with good cheer. And he reveled in it. He excelled in it.   

“Charles used his immeasurable gifts to contribute to our civic discourse, and he did it civilly, and we are all the better for it. We will be wiser for what he has done for us. And I can only pray that we can emulate his spirit, his sense of wonder, and his sense of civility.

“The House, and this nation, are in his debt. Our prayers are with his family.”