It was a job he did not want, but now House Speaker Paul Ryan says he recognizes “it is an honor” to lead the Republican conference. And he’s planning to do things very differently than former Speaker John Boehner once did. “Instead of having leadership predetermine, pre-negotiate and pre-decide how things are going to go, I wanted to invite our members to discuss how we move forward,” Ryan said. If Ryan, the White House, and the Senate cannot see eye to eye, the government could still shut down in mid-December. Ryan has already begun discussions with his conference about how to tackle the upcoming deadline.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.