By Russell Berman - 09/10/12 08:20 PM EDT
Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP lawmaker: Ryan should fire his advisers Trump on Ryan snub: 'I don't know what happened' WATCH LIVE: Trump speaks at Nebraska rally MORE (Wis.) will take a break from campaigning and return to Washington on Thursday to vote on a bill that funds the government for the next six months, officials said.
The House returned to session on Monday after a five-week recess that included the two major party conventions. Ryan is expected to miss votes through Wednesday as he campaigns in Washington state, Ohio and his home state of Wisconsin. His appearance in Congress on Thursday will be his first since Mitt Romney named him as his running mate more than a month ago.
The House is scheduled to be in session for less than three weeks before the November election, but McCarthy said he expected Ryan to come back from the trail “a couple more times.”
Along with Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorWis. Republican launches long-shot bid to oust Ryan Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham join Republicans vowing to never back Trump NRCC upgrades 11 'Young Guns' candidates MORE (R-Va.), Ryan and McCarthy form the “Young Guns” trio that helped flip the House to Republican control in 2010. McCarthy said he spoke to Ryan by phone the day Romney selected him and a few times since then. The two could be seen chatting for several minutes shortly before Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last month in Tampa, Fla.
Ryan also spoke to House Republicans in a conference call during the August recess, McCarthy said.
“I see members are very excited about Paul,” he said. Ryan’s selection for the ticket “pushes a lot of the issues that the House has been working on for the last two years to the forefront as well. So members are more engaged.”
McCarthy said he’s spotted GOP lawmakers in photos during Ryan’s campaign stop around the country, saying he was encouraged by their participation and engagement with the campaign.