Washington—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement today in response to the president's executive order and in recognition of the National Day of Prayer:

“Since our country’s founding, faith has been a source of our strength, and our renewal. I commend the White House’s creation of an initiative that will give faith-based organizations a stronger voice in solving the challenges we face. These groups are doing important work in their communities—by learning from and supporting their efforts, we can empower more Americans to lift themselves out of poverty.          

“On this National Day of Prayer, we ask God for His guidance and His forgiveness; we pray that He continue to watch over this great country and unite us through His grace.

“Let us also remember that while we are blessed to practice our faith openly in our own country, there are millions who cannot. We pray for the persecuted and stand by them, today and every day.”