SUMMARY: Today, Speaker Ryan delivered remarks at a press conference with House Republican leaders on advancing the cause of freedom and limited government around a united set of principles.
“We just had a very, very good meeting with our members. As I said on Friday, we all have to reflect on what we could have done better. And this discussion was an honest and very constructive step forward.
“We are united around a common set of principles. We are united around our agenda. And we all want to advance the cause of freedom and limited government. We all want to make it easier for families to pay the bills and take care of their loved ones. We all want a system in health care where everybody can have access to affordable coverage, where we have more choice and competition. We don’t want a government-run health care system. We all agree on these things.
“So we are not going to retrench into our corners, or put up dividing lines. Today, we broke down many of those dividing lines within our conference. There is too much at stake to get bogged down in all of that.
“We are going to move forward on the things the American people sent us here to do. Today, the House is going to act on another Congressional Review Act measure to reverse bad regulations. So far, Congress has sent 10 of these measures to the president’s desk. In the 20 years before this, Congress did one of these.
“We are also committed to securing our border, rebuilding our military, and fixing our infrastructure. And we want this to be the last tax season Americans have to put up with this broken tax code.
“Since I became Speaker, I have talked about the need to go from being an opposition party to being a proposition party and a governing party. It may take a little bit more time, but we are certainly listening and we’re going to get there.
“The way I would just describe the meeting we just had with our members is we’re all going to work together and listen together until we get this right. It is just too important. Obamacare is a collapsing law. Obamacare is doing too much damage to families. And so we’re going to get this right. And in the meantime, we’re going to do all of our other work that we came here to do.”