Ryan succeeds outgoing speaker John Boehner, who will resign his seat and leave Congress at the end of this month.
The Wisconsin Republican wants to rebuild unity in his party, and pledges to run the chamber more efficiently than it has operated in recent years.
“The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them,” said Ryan on Thursday. “I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going. We need to make some changes, starting with how the House does business.”
“I am hopeful that under his leadership we will see more of the bipartisan cooperation that led to last night’s budget agreement,” said Price.
But Wednesday’s 266-167 vote on a two-year deal that raises the the nation’s debt ceiling, underscores just how much division Ryan will have to contend with.
While Ryan ultimately supported the budget deal negotiated by Boehner, only two of the ten Republicans in North Carolina’s congressional delegation backed the agreement.
Here’s how the entire North Carolina’s U.S. House delegation voted on the deal intended to avoid a potential fiscal crisis:
Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District
Rep. David Price – 4th District
Rep. Robert Pittenger – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District
Rep. Alma Adams – 12th district
Rep. Renee Ellmers – 2nd District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Mark Walker – 6th District
Rep. David Rouzer – 7th District
Rep. Mark Meadows – 11th District
Rep. George Holding – 13th District
Rep. Richard Hudson – 8th District
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