Zach Gibson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is telling his GOP colleagues it’s time to “hit the ground running as we join forces with the new Trump administration.”
“We have an historic opportunity to turn President-elect Trump’s extraordinary victory into progress for the American people,” the speaker wrote in a letter Monday morning to House GOP lawmakers, seeking their support for his re-election.
“We cannot be timid about this: the country has voted for change, and we must deliver,” Ryan said. “If we go for it—if we go big and go bold—we can make America so great that it offers our children even more than it offers us.”
Despite some pushback from a few of his more conservative members, Ryan is expected to be re-elected as speaker Tuesday when House Republicans hold closed-door leadership elections.
Read Ryan’s full letter to his colleagues below:
Since Election Night, I have had the chance to connect with so many of you, and the overwhelming sentiment I have heard is this: it is time to go big. We have an historic opportunity to turn President-elect Trump’s extraordinary victory into progress for the American people.
Even in our excitement, we know this will not be easy. As with any worthy endeavor, putting our ideas into practice will take hard work. We will be challenged, and rightly so. We will be held to our promises, and rightly so. But we cannot be timid about this: the country has voted for change, and we must deliver.
It is a big task, but I know we are up to it. Think back for a moment to where we were one year ago, and to how divided we were as a conference. Instead of continuing to drift, we unified and went on offense. We initiated reforms. We opened up lines of communication. We opened up the playbook so that we could make decisions as a team, with real transparency. We developed a positive, specific policy agenda, and took it to the country.
We have shown that when we go bold, we win. Now this agenda will help us hit the ground running as we join forces with the new Trump administration. We need to seize this moment, and come together like never before.
As you know, it was not my plan or my desire to be Speaker. I accepted this duty reluctantly, but I have given it everything I have. I do so out of love of country, and great affection for the men and women I serve with every day. Working closely with you, visiting your districts, getting to know your families better—these are among the true privileges of this job.
Serving as Speaker is a tremendous honor, and one I do not take for granted. I am running for re-election so that we can continue what we have started and make 2017 a year of action. I ask for your vote, and I ask for your support at the start of this great undertaking.
If we go for it—if we go big and go bold—we can make America so great that it offers our children even more than it offers us.
I look forward to working with all of you.
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