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GOP’s Neugebauer: Why Paul Ryan will be a good speaker.

Splintered Republicans elected Rep. Paul Ryan House speaker on Thursday, turning to the youthful but battle-tested Wisconsin lawmaker to mend the party’s self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year’s elections. “Let’s prove ourselves worthy,” Ryan urged from the House dais where he was sworn into the job, second in line to the presidency, after an extraordinary month of unrest for Congress.

I think he understands that — as he said [Thursday] — this is a new start,” Neugebauer said in a CNBC “Power Lunch” interview. “He talked about getting involvement of all the members, and not just a few members. As Ryan spoke, senators across the Capitol were preparing to cast votes on a broad two-year budget and debt deal that passed the House on Wednesday, engineered largely by outgoing Speaker John Boehner to allow Ryan a fresh start with the toughest issues resolved.

I think that’ll be a message that should resonate on both sides of the aisle.” Ryan was elected as the new House speaker earlier on Thursday, succeeding John Boehner of Ohio. We are wiping the slate clean.’’ In a slow-moving roll call that mixed politics with pageantry, 236 Republicans called out Ryan’s name as their pick for the job. The measure was expected to clear an initial legislative hurdle well after midnight in a dead-of-night vote resulting from the Senate’s convoluted legislative timetables and delaying tactics by opponents. Many in the GOP majority planned to vote “no,” including presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who canceled campaign events to rush back to Washington to oppose it. Ryan, 45, the Republicans’ 2012 vice presidential nominee, was elected speaker in a rare, live roll-call vote on the House floor, with each lawmaker standing in turn to declare his choice.

The bill now moves to the Senate and would lead to a government default if it does not pass. “This budget … busted the spending caps, pushed the debt ceiling vote to another 18 months and as long as we keep kicking the can down the road, we’re going to keep having these deficits,” he said. The mood mixed solemnity with levity, as Boehner, driven into resignation by GOP strife, brandished a box of tissues and repeatedly neared tears, while some lawmakers shouted their votes almost joyously. The final tally showed 236 votes for Ryan, 184 for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democrats’ candidate, and nine for Republican Daniel Webster of Florida.

Most, including members of the rebellious House Freedom Caucus, backed Ryan, though it was clear that future tensions between them and the chamber’s new leader could not be dismissed. Following tradition, she handed the speaker’s gavel to Ryan after praising Boehner for ‘‘his dedication to this House and his commitment to his values.’’ Ryan also saluted Boehner, who for conservatives became a symbol of Washington’s ills as a man who too readily accepted compromises with President Barack Obama. ‘‘He’s a man of character, a true class act,’’ he said of Boehner, who shook hands with Ryan at the lectern and walked up the aisle to the chamber’s rear, his eyes brimming with the tears the emotional lawmaker is known for and accepting hugs from Republicans and Democrats alike. With his wife and three kids from Janesville, Wisconsin, watching on from the gallery, along with presidential running mate Mitt Romney, Ryan accepted the gavel from Pelosi and pledged a new day for the Congress. And without directly mentioning them or the troubles they’ve caused, he promised to bring the GOP’s rebels back into the fold. “We need to let every member contribute — not once they have earned their stripes but right now,” Ryan said. “Open up the process. Ryan’s ascension was coming as Congress neared completion of a bipartisan accord to avert a jarring federal default next week and likely prevent a December government shutdown by setting spending levels for the next two years.

The House approved the bill Wednesday 266-167, with final Senate passage on track in a few days, despite opposition from conservatives including senators seeking the GOP presidential nomination. The budget vote underscored Ryan’s challenge in leading Republicans who often have scant interest in compromise, especially with a GOP presidential contest dominated by candidates who vilify Washington insiders. A respected minority will work in good faith.” Boehner, who started life as an Ohio bartender’s son with 11 siblings, delivered an emotional farewell address marveling, “This, too, can really happen to you.” Boehner’s parting gift to Ryan was the budget deal revealed Monday night after secretive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was Boehner’s likeliest successor, but was quickly undone by a gaffe suggesting the House’s special Benghazi committee was set up to drive down Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers.

Ryan relented, agreeing to seek the job on condition he be allowed to cut back on fundraising responsibilities spend time with his family and be assured the support of all major factions of the House GOP, including the hardline Freedom Caucus.

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