Congressman Ryan hails ‘new day’ as party nominates him for speaker

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2008, file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., questions Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about the state of the American economy on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan has spent his entire life preparing for a job he says he never wanted. Ryan worked as a congressional intern in college, returning later to work as a paid staffer on Capitol Hill. By 28, he was a member of the House. By his early 40s, he was the chairman of the House Budget Committee and then the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee. In 2012, he was a vice presidential candidate and a talked-about future presidential contender. This week, Ryan is set to become Speaker of the House, second in line to the presidency (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Paul Ryan says it’s a “new day in the House of Representatives.”

The Wisconsin congressman spoke after his Republican colleagues nominated him to become the chamber’s next speaker — in the hopes that he can guide the party out of weeks of internal feuding. After a full House vote tomorrow, he’ll succeed John Boehner, who announced his resignation last month.

In brief remarks after the vote, Ryan told reporters, “We are not going to have a House that looks like it looked the last two years. We are going to move forward, we are going to unify.”

Ryan received 200 votes. His main announced rival, Daniel Webster of Florida, received 43.

Today’s secret-ballot election came in the same hearing room where GOP lawmakers last week grilled Hillary Clinton on the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

It appears that, at least so far, conservatives aren’t showing any resentment over Ryan’s announcement that he would be voting today in favor of a budget deal with the White House. One conservative Republican says the deal was the work of Boehner, not Ryan.

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