“Let’s be frank; the House is broken,” Ryan said in a speech after taking the gavel from Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to loud applause from lawmakers. “We’re not solving problems, we’re adding to them, and I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean.”
Reaching across the aisle, he urged Democrats and Republicans to work together, saying, “we will not always agree,” but “if you have ideas, let’s hear them.” He also cited the pressures felt by many working Americans.
“What a relief to them it would be if we finally got our act together,” Ryan said. “How reassuring it would be if we actually fixed the tax code, put patients in charge of their health care, grew our economy, strengthened our military, lifted people out of poverty, and paid down the debt.”