(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican nominee for vice president, is expected on Thursday to make his first return to the Capitol since Mitt Romney chose him as his running mate last month, according to his spokesman, Michael Steel.
Ryan, R-Wis., is expected back in the House to vote on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy also said that Ryan is likely to return Thursday and said he expects Ryan to support the continuing resolution, a stop-gap measure which will fund the government at current levels for the next six months.
“Since members took the break, one of our own was nominated for V.P.,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said as he opened his pen and pad briefing Monday afternoon. “We just miss him.”
Asked whether House Republicans need Ryan’s presence in the House as the divided Congress squabbles over a number of bills before the election, the majority whip said House Republicans “are more engaged” as a result of Ryan’s selection, and he noted Romney’s choice pushes “a lot of the issues that the House has been working on for the last two years to the forefront” of the political debate.
“I see members are very excited about Paul,” McCarthy said. “Paul was a great choice. It’s not very often members know somebody personally, worked with them, and worked with their issues.”
The day before he returns, Ryan will campaign in his home state of Wisconsin, which Ryan’s selection puts into play in the presidential election, as well as a stop in another battleground state, Ohio. He’s expected to remain in the nation’s capital to address the Values Voters summit on Friday.
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