Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan barely had time to dust himself off after last week's presidential election defeat before resuming a key role on Capitol Hill as chairman of the House Budget Committee.
The GOP's young star may have lost a bit of his luster during the campaign, but he will remain in the spotlight as lawmakers scramble to pass a budget deal by year's end.
Ryan deflected talk of a possible run for the White House in 2016, telling a television station in his district that he want to focus on getting the nation's fiscal house in order.
"Right now, I look at what I've just been reelected to do, to represent Wisconsin, to be the chairman of the Budget Committee, to deal with these budget and fiscal and economic issues," Ryan told CBS affiliate WISC-TV in Madison, Wis. "I'm going to throw myself back to that work because it's work that needs to get done."
After a heated campaign that saw both sides taking near-daily shots at one another, Ryan struck a decidedly bi-partisan tone in urging his colleagues to end the "fiscal cliff" crisis that threatens to derail a fragile recovery.
"We need to start talking to our colleagues to find common ground," Ryan said.
Ryan was also conciliatory in remarks made to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Divided government didn't work in the last two years. We're going to have to find a way to make it work in the next two years, because these fiscal issues are getting worse, not better, because of time."
by RTT Staff Writer
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