House Republicans nominate Paul Ryan speaker for next Congress

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two fresh faces in the Republican Party, Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are offering messages of openness and diversity that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate search for an antidote to the loud pronouncements of presidential front-runner Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans nominate Paul Ryan speaker for next Congress.

Prior to the caucus, Speaker Ryan promised that President-elect Donald Trump and a unified Republican Congress will mean that “a better way, better days lie ahead for our country.” He’s promising to work “hand in glove” with the incoming administration.

Ryan said he’s talking frequently with Trump and top officials and is still formulating strategies to get the Trump administration off to a quick start on Capitol Hill. Ryan declined to reveal what the agenda of the ongoing lame-duck session will be.

But Ryan did promise “we’re going to fix these problems,” ranging from the deficit to defense.

Meanwhile, House Democrats have decided to delay their leadership elections and the decision on whether to keep Nancy Pelosi as their leader. Elections had been scheduled for Thursday, but now will occur on Nov. 30.