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castro -- castor of florida, pelosi. castro of texas, pelosi. ryan. haffetz, ryan. udy chu, pelosi. pelosi.e, clark of massachusetts. pelosi. larke of new york, pelosi. webster.f florida,
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it clay, pelosi. cleave -- cleaver, pelosi. clyburn, pelosi. ryan.n,
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cohen, pelosi. ole of oklahoma, ryan.
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collins of georgia, ryan. collins of new york, ryan. comstock, ryan. conaway, ryan. connolly, pelosi.
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pelosi ryan. ryan. webster. ryan.
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webster. in are graham? dale cooper. granger, ryan. ryan. ryan.,
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ryan., pelosi. pelosi., pelosi. griffin, ryan. pelosi. ryan. grothman. yan. guinta, ryan. guthrie, ryan. gutierrez, pelosi.
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hahn, pelosi. hanna, ryan. hardy, ryan. . rper, ryan harris, ryan. hartzler, ryan. hastings, pelosi. heck of nevada, ryan. eck of washington, pelosi. hensarling, ryan. herrera beutler, ryan. jody hiye, ryan. ryan. -- jody hice,
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higgins, pelosi. ill, ryan. himes, pelosi. , pelosi. holding, ryan. honda, pelosi. hoyer, pelosi. udson, ryan. huelskamp, ryan. huffman, pelosi. uizenga of michigan, ryan.
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ultgren, ryan. hunter, ryan. hurd of texas, ryan. hurt of virginia, ryan. srael, pelosi. issa, ryan. , pelosi.ee jefferies, pelosi. jenkins of kansas, ryan. jenkins of west virginia, ryan. ohnson of georgia, pelosi.
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johnson of ohio, ryan. eddie bernice johnson, pelosi. sam johnson, ryan. jolly, ryan. ones, webster. ordan, ryan. joyce, ryan. kaptur, pelosi. katko, ryan. keating, pelosi.
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kelly of illinois, pelosi. kelly of michigan -- kelly of mississippi, ryan. kelly of pennsylvania, ryan. kennedy, pelosi. ildee, pelosi. kilmer, pelosi. kind, pelosi. king of iowa, ryan. ing of new york, ryan. kinzinger of illinois, ryan. kirkpatrick, pelosi. kline, ryan.
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knight, ryan. kuster, pelosi. abrador, ryan. lahood, ryan. ryan.a, lamborn, ryan. lance, ryan. langevin, pelosi. pelosi. washington, larson of connecticut, pelosi. latta, ryan.
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pelosi. lee, pelosi. levin, pelosi. lewis, pelosi. pelosi. . pinski ipinski. lobiondo, ryan. oebsack, pelosi. lofgren, pelosi. ong, ryan.
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loudermilk, ryan. ove, ryan. lowenthal, pelosi. lowey, pelosi. lucas, ryan. luetkemeyer, ryan. ben ray lujan, pelosi. ichelle lujan grisham, pelosi. lummis, ryan. lynch, pelosi. macarthur, ryan. carolyn maloney, pelosi.
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sean maloney, pelosi. archant, ryan. marino, ryan. massie, webster. atsui, pelosi. mccarthy, ryan. mccaul, ryan. cclintock, ryan. mccollum, pelosi.
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mcdermott, pelosi. mcgovern, pelosi. mchenry, ryan. ckinley, ryan. mcmorris rodgers, ryan. cnerney, pelosi. mcsally, ryan. meadows, ryan. eehan, ryan. . eks, meeks.
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meng, pelosi. messer, ryan. micah -- mica, ryan. miller of florida, ryan. iller of michigan, ryan. moolenaar, ryan. mooney of west virginia, ryan. moore, pelosi. moulton, pelosi. , ryan.
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ulvaney, ryan. murphy of florida, pelosi. murphy of pennsylvania, ryan. adler, pelosi. napolitano, pelosi. neal, pelosi. neugebauer, ryan. ewhouse, ryan. noem, ryan. nolan, pelosi. pelosi.s -- norcross,
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nugent, ryan. nunes, ryan. olson, ryan. 'rourke, pelosi. palazzo, ryan. pallone, pelosi. palmer, ryan. ascrell, pelosi. paulsen, ryan. payne, pelosi. earce, ryan. elosi, pelosi.
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perlmutter, pelosi. perry, ryan. eters of california, pelosi. peterson of minnesota, pelosi. ingree of maine, pelosi. pittenger, ryan. pitts, ryan. pocan, pelosi. oe of texas, ryan. ryan. inn -- poliquin, polis, pelosi. pompeo, ryan.
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osey, webster. price of georgia, ryan. price of north carolina, pelosi. quigley, pelosi. rangel, pelosi. , paul ryan. ryan. reed, ryan. eichart, ryan. renacci, ryan. , ryan.
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rice of new york, pelosi. , ryan. south carolina richmond, pelosi. igell, ryan. roby, ryan. oe of tennessee, ryan. rogers of alabama, ryan. ogers of kentucky, ryan. rohrabacher, ryan. rokita, ryan. rooney of florida, ryan.
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roskam, ryan. ros-lehtinen, ryan. ross, ryan. rothfus, ryan. rouzer, ryan. roybal-allard, pelosi. royce, ryan. ruiz, pelosi. rupp -- ruppersberger, pelosi. ush, pelosi. russell, ryan. . an of ohio mr. ryan: while i love the name ryan, pelosi.
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the clerk: pelosi. ryan of wisconsin. ryan of wisconsin. salmon, ryan. linda t. sanchez, pelosi. pelosi.sanchez, sanford, ryan. arbanes, pelosi. scalise, ryan. . schiff, pelosi. schrader, pelosi. quikert -- schweikert, ryan.
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scott of virginia, pelosi. austin scott, ryan. david scott, pelosi. sensenbrenner, ryan. serrano, pelosi. essions, ryan. sewell of alabama, pelosi. sherman, pelosi. shimkus, ryan. simpson, ryan.,
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john lewis. sires, pelosi. slaughter, pelosi. smith of movement, ryan. smith of nebraska, ryan. smith of new jersey, ryan. smith of texas, ryan. smith of washington, pelosi. peier, pelosi.
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stefanik, ryan. stewart, ryan. stivers, ryan. tutzman, ryan. swalwell of california, pelosi. takai of hawaii, pelosi. pelosi. california, pelosi. of california, thompson of mississippi, pelosi. hompson of pennsylvania, ryan. thornberry, ryan. tea beerry, -- tiberi, ryan.
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ipton, ryan. titus, pelosi. tonko of new york, pelosi. pelosi. trott, ryan. tsongas, pelosi. turner, ryan. upton, ryan. valadao, ryan. an hollen, pelosi. argas, pelosi. easey, pelosi.
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vela, pelosi. velazquez, pelosi. visclosky, pelosi. ryan. walberg, ryan. alden, ryan. walker, ryan. alorski, ryan. mimi walters, ryan. alz, pelosi, wasserman schultz , pelosi. maxine waters, pelosi.
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atson coleman, pelosi. weber of texas, webster. webster of orida, florida. elch of vermont, pelosi. enstrup, ryan. westerman, ryan. estmoreland, ryan. whitfield, ryan. illiams, ryan. pelosi.f florida,
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wilson of south carolina, ryan. wittman, ryan. omack, ryan. woodall, ryan. yarmuth, pelosi. yoder, ryan. yoho, webster. young of alaska, ryan.
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young of iowa, ryan. oung of indiana, ryan. zeldin, ryan. zinke, ryan. the speaker: the reading clerk will now call the names of members who did not answer on he first call. the clerk: bishop of utah. yan.
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ipinski, pelosi. meeks.
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ryan of wisconsin. ryan of wisconsin. webster of florida. ebster of florida.
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the clerk: boehner. the speaker: ryan. the clerk: ryan. the speaker: if there are any members who did not answer the call of the roll, they i may come to the well and vote at this time.
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the speaker: the tellers agree in their tallies that the total number of votes cast is 432 of which the honorable paul d. ryan of the state of wisconsin has received 236. the honorable nancy pelosi of california has received 184. the honorable daniel webster of the state of florida has received nine. the honorable jim cooper of the state of tennessee has received one. the honorable john lewis of georgia has received one. and the honorable colin poul has received one. -- colin powell has received one. therefore, the honorable paul d. ryan of the state of wisconsin having received the majority of the votes cast is duly elected as speaker of the house.
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the chair appoints the following committee to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi,
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the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise, the gentleman from maryland mr. hoyer, the gentlewoman from washington state, mrs. mcmorris rodgers, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, the gentleman from california, mr. becerra, the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer, the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, the gentlewoman from kansas, ms. jenkins, the gentleman from new york, mr. israel, the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, the gentleman from new mexico, mr. ben ray lujan, the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. delauro, the gentlewoman from maryland, ms. edwards, the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions, the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, and the members of the wisconsin delegation -- mr. sensenbrenner, mr. kind, ms. moore, mr. duffy, mr. ribble, mr. pocan, mr. grothman.
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the gentlelady from california, mrs. mimi walters. the members will retire from the chamber to escort the speaker-elect to the chair.
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the sergeant at arms: mr. speaker, the speaker-elect, paul d. ryan of wisconsin.
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>> the 114th congress of the united states. floor strength yen and inspired by the support of our colleagues. the constituents and the love of our families. my special thanks to all of you my children en, nine
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grandchildren, and the family for their support. the people of san francisco. the continued honor to represent them here. my heartfelt thanks to my colleagues for extending to me the honor of being nominated to the speaker of the house. thank you very much. said to his constituents and this congress with honor for 25 years. peaker john boehner.
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in his story we are reminded of the enduring exceptional promise of america. this hardworking son of an ohio bartender and owner who grew up to be the speaker of the house of representatives. john boehner talked about the american dream. john boehner, you are the personification of the american dream. as you-all know, speaker boehner was a formidable spokesman for the republican agenda. my republican colleagues, i'm sure you know and i can attest to the fact that he was always true and loyal to the members of his caucus in any negotiations we ever had. although we had our differences, and often, i always respected his dedication
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to this house and his commitment to his values. thank you, john, for your leadership and courage as speaker. your graciousness as speaker extended and was reflected in your staff under the leadership of mike summers whom we all respect. thank you to john boehner's staff. i know i speak for everyone here, democrats and republicans, when i thank you for making the visit of his holiness, pope francis, such a beautiful and meaningful xperience for all of us. today we extend our thanks and congratulations to debi, your daughters lindsay and trisha, and the entire boehner family,
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now including grandson. let's hear it for the family of ohn boehner. ebb behalf of house democrats and personally, i wish you and your family all of god's blessings in the glorious years ahead. last month we witnessed something truly special when pope francis made history addressing a joint session of congress. standing right here pope francis called on us to speak hope, peace, and dialogue for all people. and reminded us of our duties to find a way forward for everyone. a good political leader his holiness said, is one who with
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the interest of all in mind seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. with that -- with the interest in mind of all. pope francis echoed the principle of our founders that placed at the heart of our democrat -- democracy the saying so many one. the founders could ever have imagine how vast our country would become, how diverse and many we would be ethnically, gender identities, beliefs, and priorities, but they knew we had to be one. every day in this house and across the country we pledge allegiance to one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. this is the beauty of america that for all of our honest
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differences, prospeck tiffs, and priorities, aired and argued so passionately on this floor, we are committed to being one nation. despite our differences, in fact respecting them, i look forward to a clear debate in this marketplace of ideas, the people's house of representatives. so my fellow colleagues we have a responsibility to act upon our shared faith and the greatness of our country. we have responsibility to be worthy of the sacrifices of our troops, our veterans, and our military families. we have responsibility to make real the promise of the american dream for all. there is important work before the congress and we must do more to promote growth, decrease the deficit, create good-paying jobs, and increase the paychecks of america's working families. page is this house a
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turned, a new chapter has begun. today the gavel passes to a proud son of wisconsin. the first speaker from wisconsin. paul ryan has had the full breadth of experience on capitol hill from young staffer , tore waiter, should i say that again, tortilla coast waiter, to congressman, to being a sincere and proud advocate for his point of view as chairman of the budget committee, as a respected leader and chairman of the ways and means committee, and in a minute he will be the speaker of the house of representatives. on behalf, mr. speaker to be, on behalf of house democrats i extend the hand of friendship to you. congratulations to you, paul, to your children, your mother
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who is here, how proud she must be. the entire ryan family whom we all know mean so much to you. mr. speaker, god bless you and your family and god bless the nited states of america. this is the speaker's house. this is the speaker's -- this is the people's house. this is the people's gavel, and the people's name it is my privilege to hand this gavel to the speaker of the house, congressman and honorable paul ryan.
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the speaker: thank you very much. thank you. thank you. thank you, madam leader.
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before i begin i would like to thank all of my family and friends who flew in from wisconsin and from all over for being here today. in the gallery i have my mom, betty, my sister, janet, my brothers stan and tobaccoin, and more cousins than i can ount on a few hands. most important, i want to recognize my wife, jana, and our children, liza, charlie, and sam.
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i also want to thank speaker boehner for almost five years he led this house, for nearly 25 years he served it. not many people can match his accomplishments. the offices he held, the laws he passed, but what really sets john apart is he's a man of character, a true class act. he is without a question the gentleman from ohio. so please join me in saying one last time, thank you speaker boehner.
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now i know how he felt. it's not until you hold this gavel, stand in this spot, look out and see all 435 members of this house as if all america's sitting right in front of you. it's not till then that you feel it. the weight of responsibility. the grambity of the moment. you -- graphity of the moment. as i stand here i can't help but think of something harry truman once said. the day after franklin roosevelt died, truman became president and he told a group of reporters, if you ever pray,
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pray for me now. when they told me yesterday what had happened, i felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me. we should all feel that way. a lot is on our shoulders. so if you ever pray, let's pray for each other. republicans, for democrats, and emocrats for republicans. and i don't mean pray for a conversion, all right. pray for a deeper understanding because when you're up here, you see it so clearly.
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wherever you come from, whatever you believe, we are all in the same boat. i never thought i'd be speaker. but early in my life, i wanted to serve this house. i thought this place was exhilarating because here, you can make a difference. if you had a good idea, if you worked hard, you could make it happen. you could improve people's lives. to me, the house of representatives represents what's best of america. the boundless opportunity to do ood. but let's be frank. the house is broken. we're not solving problems, we're adding to them. and i am not interested in laying blame. we are not settling scores. we are wiping the slate clean.
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neither the members nor the eople are satisfied with how things are going. we need to make some changes, starting with how the house does business. we need to let every member contribute, not once they've earned their stripes but now. i come at this job as a two-time committee chair. the committees should retake the lead in drafting all major legislation. if you know the issue, you should write the bill. let's open up the process.
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let people participate. and they might change their mind. a neglected minority will gum up the works. a respected minority will work in good faith. instead of trying to stop the majority, they might try to become the majority. in other words, we need to return to regular order. now, i know this sounds like process. it's actually a matter of principle. we are the body closest to the people. every two years, we face the voters and sometimes face the music. but we do not echo the people, we represent the people. we are supposed to study up and do the homework they cannot do.
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so when we do not follow regular order, when we rush to pass bills that a lot of us don't understand, we are not doing our job. only a fully functioning house can truly represent the people. and if there are ever a time for us to step up, this would be that time. america does not feel strong anymore. because the working people of america do not feel strong anymore. i'm talking about the people who mind the store, and grow the food, and walk the beat, and pay the taxes, and raise the family. they do not sit in this house. they do not have fancy titles. but they are the people who make this country work, and this ouse should work for them.
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here's the problem. they're working hard, they're paying a lot, they're trying to do right by their families, and they're going nowhere fast. they never get a raise they never get a break, the bills keep filing up and the taxes and the debt. they're working harder than ever before to get ahead, yet they're falling further behind. they feel robbed. they feel cheated by their birth right, of their birth right. they're not asking for any favors. they just want a fair chance. and they're losing faith that they'll ever get it. then, they look at washington and all they see is chaos.
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what a relief to them it would be if we finally got our acts together. what a weight off their shoulders. how reassuring it would be if we actually fixed the tax code, put patients in charge of their health care, grew our economy, strengthened our military, lifted people out of poverty and aid down our debt. at this point, nothing could be more inspiring than a job well done. nothing could stir the heart more than real, concrete results. the cynics will scoff. they'll say it's not possible. you better believe we're going to try. we will not duck the tough
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issues. we will take them head on. we are going to do all we can do so that working people get their strength back and people not working get their lives back. no more fares for the few. opportunity for all. that is our motto. you know, i often talk about a need for revision. -- for a vision. i'm not sure i ever really said what i meant. we saw problems -- we solve problems here, yes. we create a lot of them too. but at bottom, we vindicate a way of life. we show by our work that free people can govern themselves. they can solve their own
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problems. they can make their own decisions. they can deliberate, collaborate and get the job done. we show that self-government is not only more efficient and more effective, it's more fulfilling. in fact, we show it as that struggle, that hard work, that very achievement itself that makes us free. that is what we do here. and we will not always agree. not all of us, not all of the time. but we should not hide our disagreements. we should embrace them. we have nothing to fear from honest differences, honestly tated. if you have ideas, let's hear them. i believe that a greater clarity between us can lead to greater charity among us. and there's every reason to have
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hope. when the first speaker took the gavel, he looked out at a room of 30 people. representing a nation of three million. today, as i look out at each and every one of you, we represent a nation of 300 million. so when i hear that america doesn't have it, we're done, we're spent, i don't believe it. i believe with every fiber of my being that we can renew the american idea. now our task is to make us all believe. my friends, you have done me a great honor. the people of this country, they've done all of us a great honor.
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now let's prove ourselves worthy of it. let's seize the moment. let's rise to the occasion. and when we are den, let us say that we left the people, all the people, more united, happy, and free. thank you.
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i am now ready to take the oath of office. i ask that the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable john conyers jr. of michigan, to administer the oath of office. mr. conyers: if the gentleman from wisconsin would please raise his right hand. do you, sir, solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to
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enter, so help you god? r. ryan: i do. the speaker: thank you. thank you. for what purpose does the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk will first number the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 503. resolved, that the clerk be instructed to inform the president of the united states that the house of
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representatives has elected paul d. ryan, a representative from the state of wisconsin, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker: without objection the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker, i offer a privileged resolution ask for its immediate consideration. the clerk: the clerk will reminority resolution. the clerk: house resolution 504, resolved, that a message be sent to the senate to inform that body that pall d. ryan, a member from the state of wisconsin, has been elected speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: without objection -- the speaker: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid n the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the clerk, house of representatives, madam, as a result of my election today as speaker, this letter is to inform you that i re-sign as chairman of the committee on ways and means and from further service on that committee. i also resign as chairman and a member of the joint committee on taxation. signed, sincerely, pall d. ryan. -- paul d. ryan.
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all persons having business before the supreme court of the united states give their attention. this week on c-span's "landmark cases we will discuss shank versus the united states. in 1917, the united states entered world war i. patriotism was high, and some forms of criticism of the offense.t were a charles shank handed out and mail the leaflets against the draft. this was a flyer produced by charles shank. 15,000 copies of this were produced, and the point was to encourage men not to register. the language on this flyer is particularly fiery. it relates conscription to slavery and calls on every citizen to resist. >> he was arrested and found espionage act.e
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shank appealed, and the case went directly to the supreme court. find out how the court ruled, weighing the issues of clear and present danger, and freedom of speech. professor ofe, history at yale university. that's coming up on the next c-span,k cases" live on c-span3, and c-span radio. order your copy of the "landmark cases" companion book. it's available at c-span.org/ landmarkcases. >> it is a very touchy business being the son or daughter of a dictator. you wouldn't wish this kind of life on most people. it's a collection of interesting, sometimes lurid stories. also points about tyranny, sun ship or daughter ,hip, loyalty, nature/nurture
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politics, even democracy. j this sunday on "q&a," nordlinger on his book "children are monsters," which looks at the lives of the children of dictators. >> i was able to talk to some knowledgeable people. i couldn't talk to any family members, which was usually the case. there are only so many around to talk to, and only so many willing to say what they know or to die full just their feelings or experiences. i was digging around for any scrapper tidbit i possibly could. daughters, some of them are famous and important, some of them become dictators, but most of them are footnotes and asides. 8:00 p.m. night at
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eastern and percent thick on c-span's "q&a," -- "q&a." >> speaker paul ryan succeeds speaker john a boehner speaker boehner gaveled in for the last time and delivered his farewell address. >> the house will be in order. >> let us pray. lord, god, you know our needs. you have entrusted to us a great nation founded on life and liberty. we stand before you, ready to fulfill a mission that will give glory to your name and ensure the dignity of all humanity.
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we plead for your wisdom. give us the courage to open our eyes to see. give us the fortitude to endure when the demands of our office seem overwhelming. bless us with prudence when all path ways seem troublesome. help us to discern and seek the common good when comfort and expedience tempt and beckon. challenge our minds and steady our hand and remind us that all good things come from you. transform our lives and we will remember that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the greatest work we will perform on behalf of all people. men.
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[applause] the speaker: all right. thank you. >> inform you that i will resign as speaker of the house effective upon the election of my successor. i will also resign as the representative from ohio's 8th district at the end of this month. i leave with no regrets, no burdens. if anything, i leave the way i started. just a regular guy, humbled by the chance to do a big job. that's what i'm most proud of. i'm still just me. the same guy who came here 25
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years ago as a small business man and spent all these 25 years trying to just be me. sometimes my staff thought i was too much like me, but it really is i'm most proud of. the same regular guy that came here to try to do a good job for my district and my country. but before i go, i want to express what an honor it's been to serve with all of you. the people's house is in my view the great embodiment of the american dream. everybody here comes from somewhere and everybody here's on some mission. i come from a part of the world where we are used to working. as far back as i can remember, i was working, my staff was asking me the other day, on november 1, you're not going to have a job. when was the last time you didn't have a job? i thought about it and thought about it and thought about it. i thought, i had to be 8 or 9 years old because i was
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throwing newspapers back then and working at my dad's bar. as a matter of fact, i used to work from 5:00 a.m. on saturday morning until 2:00 p.m. for $2. not $2 an hour. $2. i never thought about growing up as the easy way or the hard way. it was just the cincinnati way. you know our city takes its name from a great roman general, a man who answered the call of his nation to lead. and then surrendered his power to go back to his plow. for me it wasn't a farm it was a small business. and it wasn't so much a calling as it was a mission. a mission to strive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government here in washington. how did we do? here are some facts. for the first time in nearly 20 years we have made some real
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entitlement reforms. saving trillions of dollars over the long term. we have protected 99% of the american people from an increase in their taxes. we are on track to save taxpayers $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years. the most significant spending reductions in modern times. we have banned earmarks all together. sorry. we have protected this institution. we have made it more open to the people. and every day in this capital city there are hundreds of kids from the toughest neighborhoods who are finally getting a hance at a decent education. i'm proud of these things. but the mission is not complete but the truth is it may never
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be. one thing i came to realize over the years that i have been here is that this battle over the size and scope and cost of our government in washington has been going on for more than 200 years. and the forces of the status quo do -- good for an awful lot of trouble to prevent change from happening. real change takes time. yes, freedom makes all things possible, but patience is what makes all things real. so believe in the long slow struggle. believe in this country's ability to meet her challenges and to lead the world. and remember, you can't do a big job alone. especially this one. so i'm grateful to my family, deb and my two girls, my two girls were 3 and 1 when i first ran for office. now they are a lot older. so they have been through a lot. you-all know what your families go through. it's one thing for us to take
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the boards and everything gets thrown at us, but it's another thing for our families. their skin isn't as thick as ours. i'm also grateful to all my colleagues. my fellow leaders, mr. mccarthy, mr. scalise, mrs. , and many on rs my side of the aisle, our committee chairs, people i have worked with for a long time. i'm just as grateful to ms. pelosi, mr. hoyer, mr. clyburn, and becerra, and others for all of the work that we have done together. over these last five years we have done an awful lot of work together. probably more work done across the aisle over the last five years than in the 25 years that i served in this institution. now, as much as i enjoy working with all of you, some of you still could learn to dress etter. ou know who you are.
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i saw one of the culprits, one of the usual suspects that shows up here once in a while without a tie, but this morning he didn't dress very well but he did have a tie on. i'm grateful to the people who work in this institution every day. whether it's the reading clerks - there are a lot of people, thousands of people that allow us to do our jobs and to help make this institution what it
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is. and whether it's the people you see here today or the people in the capitol police or leg counsel, there are thousands of people that do allow us to do our job. i'm grateful to my staff. now, you-all know i'm a big believer in staff. none of this can be what we are without the good staff. i certainly would never have gotten to this job without having built a great team. so really am grateful to my staff as they like to say to each other, once you're part of boehner land, you're always part of boehner land. and that certainly goes for me as well. i'm especially grateful to all my constituents and the volunteers over the years. that includes a student at miami university in oxford, ohio, in 1990, who was putting up campaign signs for me. his name was paul ryan.
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i don't think he could pronounce my name back -- he was putting signs up for me. but cincinnati understood there is a difference between being asked to do something and being called to do something. . ul is being called i know he'll serve with grace and with energy and i want to wish him and his family all the best. my colleagues, i describe my life as a chase for the american dream and that chase began at the bottom of the hill just off the main drag in redding, ohio, right outside cincinnati. top of the hill was a small house with a big family, a shining city in its own right.
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the hill had twists. the hill had turns, and even a few tears. nothing wrong with that. but let me tell you, it was just perfect. never forget we're the luckiest people on the earth. in america, you can do anything that you're willing to work for, willing to work hard at and things -- anything can happen if you're willing to make the necessary sacrifices in life. if you falter, and you will, you can just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go do it again because hope always brings eternal and if you do the right things for the right reasons, good things will happen. and this, too, can really happen to you. god bless you and god bless our great country.
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>> the house then held its formal vote to elect paul ryan speaker. he received 236 votes. minority leader nancy pelosi got 184 and other candidates received support from 12 members. the speaker elected to address the house members before his formal swearing in. we'll also hear from former house leader nancy pelosi. this is half an hour. the sergeant at arms: mr. speaker, the speaker-elect,
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paul d. ryan of wisconsin.
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>> the 114th congress of the united states. floor strength yen and inspired by the support of our colleagues. the constituents and the love of our families. my special thanks to all of you my children en, nine grandchildren, and the family for their support. the people of san francisco. the continued honor to represent them here. my heartfelt thanks to my colleagues for extending to me the honor of being nominated to the speaker of the house.
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thank you very much. said to his constituents and this congress with honor for 25 years. peaker john boehner. in his story we are reminded of the enduring exceptional promise of america. this hardworking son of an ohio bartender and owner who grew up to be the speaker of the house
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of representatives. john boehner talked about the american dream. john boehner, you are the personification of the american dream. as you-all know, speaker boehner was a formidable spokesman for the republican agenda. my republican colleagues, i'm sure you know and i can attest to the fact that he was always true and loyal to the members of his caucus in any negotiations we ever had. although we had our differences, and often, i always respected his dedication to this house and his commitment to his values. thank you, john, for your leadership and courage as speaker. your graciousness as speaker extended and was reflected in your staff under the leadership of mike summers whom we all respect.
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thank you to john boehner's staff. i know i speak for everyone here, democrats and republicans, when i thank you for making the visit of his holiness, pope francis, such a beautiful and meaningful xperience for all of us. today we extend our thanks and congratulations to debi, your daughters lindsay and trisha, and the entire boehner family, now including grandson. let's hear it for the family of ohn boehner.
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ebb behalf of house democrats and personally, i wish you and your family all of god's blessings in the glorious years ahead. last month we witnessed something truly special when pope francis made history addressing a joint session of congress. standing right here pope francis called on us to speak hope, peace, and dialogue for all people. and reminded us of our duties to find a way forward for everyone. a good political leader his holiness said, is one who with the interest of all in mind seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. with that -- with the interest in mind of all. pope francis echoed the principle of our founders that placed at the heart of our
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democrat -- democracy the saying so many one. the founders could ever have imagine how vast our country would become, how diverse and many we would be ethnically, gender identities, beliefs, and priorities, but they knew we had to be one. every day in this house and across the country we pledge allegiance to one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. this is the beauty of america that for all of our honest differences, prospeck tiffs, and priorities, aired and argued so passionately on this floor, we are committed to being one nation. despite our differences, in fact respecting them, i look forward to a clear debate in
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this marketplace of ideas, the people's house of representatives. so my fellow colleagues we have a responsibility to act upon our shared faith and the greatness of our country. we have responsibility to be worthy of the sacrifices of our troops, our veterans, and our military families. we have responsibility to make real the promise of the american dream for all. there is important work before the congress and we must do more to promote growth, decrease the deficit, create good-paying jobs, and increase the paychecks of america's working families. page is this house a turned, a new chapter has begun. today the gavel passes to a proud son of wisconsin. the first speaker from wisconsin. paul ryan has had the full breadth of experience on
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capitol hill from young staffer , tore waiter, should i say that again, tortilla coast waiter, to congressman, to being a sincere and proud advocate for his point of view as chairman of the budget committee, as a respected leader and chairman of the ways and means committee, and in a minute he will be the speaker of the house of representatives. on behalf, mr. speaker to be, on behalf of house democrats i extend the hand of friendship to you. congratulations to you, paul, to your children, your mother who is here, how proud she must be. the entire ryan family whom we all know mean so much to you. mr. speaker, god bless you and your family and god bless the nited states of america.
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this is the speaker's house. this is the speaker's -- this is the people's house. this is the people's gavel, and the people's name it is my privilege to hand this gavel to the speaker of the house, congressman and honorable paul ryan.
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the speaker: thank you very much. thank you. thank you. thank you, madam leader. before i begin i would like to thank all of my family and friends who flew in from wisconsin and from all over for being here today. in the gallery i have my mom, betty, my sister, janet, my brothers stan and tobaccoin, and more cousins than i can co

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