Today at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed the 12 Appropriations bills the House will vote on this week—a package full of conservative wins.

"We are determined to work with the administration to shrink the size of government, grow our economy, secure our borders, and ensure our troops have the tools necessary to complete their missions."

Rep. Black has served as interim Budget Committee chair since January 3, 2017, when Dr. Tom Price, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services, stepped aside to focus on his confirmation process.

"In Congress, he has been a conservative reformer from day one, proposing solutions to fix the budget process and our regulatory system. At OMB, he will lead the work he has started to improve the way government does the people's business."

In 16 seconds, here's everything you need to know about President Obama's last-ever budget to Congress. . .

“We’re going to give people solutions. We’re going to run on those solutions. So that if we are given the privilege of winning the election based upon these solutions, we will put these solutions in place and get our country back on track."

The president’s budget is not so much a budget as it is a progressive manual—a series of far-left proposals that would drive our country further into debt, stifle wage growth and job creation, and raise taxes on millions of hardworking Americans. (Read: make big government even bigger.)

Next Tuesday, President Obama is expected to submit his final budget proposal to Congress. Last year’s edition got a grand total of one vote in the Senate, so expectations aren’t high in these parts. And in year eight, we know what kind of proposal we can expect: a bloated budget that grows the government.

The headlines say it all. After 7 weeks as Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan has faced his “first test”…repeatedly. Perhaps to the disappointment of many in Washington, Speaker Ryan’s opening days have been marked by steady productivity and a distinct lack of drama. Still, that hasn’t kept the media from trying to inject intrigue whenever possible.

Here’s a quick look back at a dozen of the top “first tests” that Speaker Ryan has taken—and passed.

If the president actually wants our troops to get paid, he should stop calling strategy meetings of his shutdown caucus.