Ryan became speaker on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
As Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., adjusts to his new role in the House, he also takes on a little-recognized responsibility: oversight of the District of Columbia.
Ryan has not served on any of the spending or oversight committees with jurisdiction over D.C., so it is tough to gauge his record. But he has spent nearly half his life as a professional in Washington, and he goes to great pains to distance himself from the capital city. On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, he told Martha Raddatz: “I don’t live in Washington, D.C. I never really wanted to live here. I just — I just work here,” a talking point he reiterated throughout the day’s media blitz.
Congress exercises unique power over the District, dictating how it spends local and federal dollars and approving its laws. As a top leader, Ryan has the power to shape that agenda as well, but it’s unclear how he might do so. Full story