tv House Speaker Ryan Farewell Address at Library of Congress CSPAN December 20, 2018 12:28am-1:14am EST
it is expected on the house floor. this is expected after the house approved the resolution. government funding runs out midnight. >> when the new congress takes office in january, it will have the youngest, most diverse freshman class in recent history. new congress, new leaders, watch it live on c-span starting january 3. >> the federal reserve announced it will raise short-term interest rates by another 0.25%. that official signaled a milder path? we will have that conference for you in about 45 minutes. house speaker paul ryan gives his farewell address. he was introduced by his friend and colleague, congressman trey gowdy. >> thank you.
paul ryan has been the speaker of the house, vice presidential candidate, a chairman of the budget committee, a chairman of the ways and means committee. smartest kid in the room. whether it is tax, budget, health care, entitlement reform but those are not the things that i will remember most or remember most dearly about him. paul was my favorite member of congress before i ever got to congress. when i was trying to make the transition from a courtroom to a congressional candidate, i would read his roadmaps to recovery. i would read his speeches. i would watch his interviews. he was smart. he was persuasive. he was contrasting, but not in an overtly confrontational way. he did not need cards during a
debate. he did not need staff to whisper in answer into his ear. he was to me exactly what our party and our country needed which was a smart, persuasive, contrasting person who understood and knew the issues. so i got to congress in 2011 and i made it my mission that i was going to meet paul ryan. so, after orientation and we were sworn in, i went by his office. no appointment, i just showed outcome is set by his receptionist. i that of not going to leave until it get to meet paul ryan. if you are ever thinking of running to congress, don't do that. i came out >> i said mr. ryan, i would like your autograph. he was shocked.
and don't ask a colleague for his or her autograph and said, look. said we're peers and colleagues. we're equals and don't ask for autographs. and you don't ask your colleagues to call your tea part regroups in 2011 because you continue to vote for continuing resolutions. and i didn't x you volunteered. i was catching grieve back home. when surrounded by jeff duncan you're going to catch grief and
capitol hill the election didn't go his way. he suffered disappointment on a national scale. chairman of the budget committee, going to be the chairman of ways and means committee and that is his dream job. and then, boehner left and kevin withdrew. and we're a wreck. and outside world needed a speaker and needed more we
i came here to capitol hill aas an intern in college. the plan was pretty simple. one semester here in washington. learn something, that is it. since then, the mentors have set me on an incredible path intellectual giants and people of southern wisconsin gave me a chance to work for them. and the staff and president, vice president and colleagues who became friends. this started as a familiar affair. my mom, my brother,tonin --
tobin, my brother and my mom was my scheduler. no one would turn down your mom. it ends with family, too. i'd not been able to be speaker without the sacrifices they made. being a husband and dad is everything to me. so we'd come a long way together had this journey. so thank you. thank you all. i've been thinking to myself whether my dad would be proud of me. and what i'm doing and did. he lost him at a young age.
i don't know what he thought i would make of my life, i was too young but all i keep thinking is every time is, what a country. where someone of an unassuming mid west upbringing gets a chance to be part of all of this. what a country. this is part of your journey. you know? it's laid out there. to achieve a more perfect union.
raise. you accept a temporary trust to be a steward of the most awesome body in the world. soon, the house will become a care of a new majority and what i know will be a spirited republican minority. i wish the next leaders well but it's because this is so momentary and we've achieve a great deal and have much to be proud of. three years ago we began a great journey. this house is the most
this is something i worked on for my aput life and will help improve lives of people for a long time still to come. and is why we do this. not every outcome has been perfect but that is our great system at work. and i'm proud of what we've achieved together to make this a stronger country. central task is to offer superior ideas of government. i see it more of a mask. as a labor of love. and you can make a career out of criticism. many people do. seems like an easy living but well done is always, always a better pursuit than well said,
isn't it? in this miss you watch slings and arrows. it's a mice i've been happy to pay because nothing is as fulfilling as an idea that will make a difference in lives and seeing it through from start to finish. that is the ultimate in politics. a great fan festation of this experiment in self government. and i leave here convinced we faced in challenge that could be overcome by putting peb to paper and by addressing problems of the day.
our culture today and this is on the threads of our common mu man ti. and we all struggle and are fighting a patel in our lives. so why do we insist on fighting one another so bitterly? so how do we get back to inclusion? ? i don't know the answer to that. i offer something to keep in mind as we try to navigate through this moment.
we come together with people of different back grounds and teams, pta meetings. it's where we build our social capital. that is one lane back to inclusion. drivers of our broken politics are more obvious than the solutions. so this is a challenge i spend more time wrestling with. this much i know. our problems are solvable if our politics will allow it.
congress, we came within one vote of real reform. think about that. it remains a driver of entitlement spending. so we have come a long way. and solving this problem will require a greater degree that exists today. we can get there. we can tackle this problem before it tackles us. and there is a third challenge.
we came closer than people realize. and this is is would go in long ways toward making venom out of the discourse. to we fix our immigration system and confront this debt crisis, we can make this another great century for the country. i've got to tell you i'm confident we have it in us to solve this. you've got more faith in our system of government than
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