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tv   U.S. House of Representatives House Speaker Paul Ryan Farewell Speech  CSPAN  November 29, 2018 8:55pm-9:02pm EST

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ahead and push through a reconciliation bill that allows us to give the money to president trump so we can get a wall built where we need it, secure the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman from texas have a motion? mr. gohmert: i would move, mr. speaker, that we do now here a-- hereby adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. which is set to expire tomorrow night at midnight. they will come back in tomorrow
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and you can follow love -- live coverage from the floor. earlier today paul ryan delivered a farewell speech on the house floor. he is retiring from congress in january. my colleagues, i write today to express profound gratitude to the people of the first district of wisconsin. anytime i can swear in a new member like we just did, it brings me back to a time when i was first sworn in a 1998. i remembered being awestruck the first time i walked down the center aisle. it never goes away. i still feel it when i walk onto the floor each and every time. i am grateful to the people of southern wisconsin for their trust in their confidence. constituents -- it is the way i have always thought of this
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and is important we as members understand we work for the people and not the other way around. we are in this to make a difference for them. we work every day to keep the obligation, especially when it comes to constituent service. it is the lifeblood of the work we do here as representatives. isgoes unreported but extremely important and valuable and very gratifying. any success we have had is in my case due to our humble and hard-working staff. staff. i have had the chance to work for and work with the very best people. i really have. before i was a member, i was a part of the legion of hill staffers. i was a staffer here before i got elected as a member. i started as an intern in the mail room and i worked my way on up. legislative correspondent,
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legislative assistant, legislative director, chief of staff, all those things. i figured i knew everything about these jobs, all the long hours and all the sacrifices but othing can truly prepare you for having people willing to help you in such a big undertaking on the front line. i am profoundly grateful for the dedicated public servants who helped us serve my employer the people of the first congressional district. i want to thank the members of my team who have stayed to the very end. rebecca, jordan, may began, laura, i want to thank allison stile, our deputy chief of staff who has been with us 10 years. i want to thank patricia stoneking who has been with us for 15 years. i want to especially thank the members of our team who have been with us from the very beginning, from the start. we call them the lifers. daniel, my -- danielle, my chief
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of staff. chad. suzy. chad is a hunter, he's a veteran, danielle is just -- she came from my predsessor she knows every nook and cranny they have federal government, how to help constituents navigate their problems. chad has helped countless veterans with -- he knows the veteran system so well and he's done so much good for the veterans of southern wisconsin. suzy, our district director. she has one of the most pleasant, happy demeanors. you can get a lot of angry constituents walking into a district office. she handles them better than anyone i have ever known. theresa, who has run my bilingual service, helped me with my bilingual hispanic town hall meetings, she's done a
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spectacular job of constituent outreach throughout my district. meier, she was my first legislative director. andy, been my longtime chief of snasme silent partner. andy and i met in sixth grade basketball camp at st. paul lutheran school where he went, where his kids go and we have been friends ever since. went to high school together. when i moved home to run for congress he was the go who helped me. he's been my partner in in -- in this venture all along and i am so grateful for his friendship. i'm so grateful for his partnership. i also am just grateful for the people of janesville, racine, lake geneva, racine county, kenosha county, rock county, waukesha county, everyone in between. since becoming speaker of the house, which is not something we're used to in wisconsin, i'm
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the only one who has done that i appreciate the indulgence of the people i work for who indulge the fact that i had other responsibilities in addition and when i took on these adegreesal responsibility the people of our staff really stepped up. and really helped serve our constituents so that they continue to enjoy those flawless constituent services. i am just so grateful for these people in my life, i'm so grateful that they were able to serve the people of southern wisconsin so well. and i am absolutely grateful to the people of southern wisconsin for entrusting me as their representative. thank you and i yield. announcer 1:


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