Boehner to House GOP: Ryan pick 'validated' our work

Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday told House Republicans that Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate “validated all the work” the conference has done in the majority.

In the House GOP’s first meeting since returning from its summer recess, the Speaker behind closed doors sought to focus lawmakers on the threat of looming tax hikes and defense cuts in the brief time Congress is back in session before the election. 

“Paul Ryan’s selection by Gov. Romney validated all the work House Republicans have done over the past 19 months,” Boehner (R-Ohio) told his members, according to a source in the room. “We’ve led on jobs and the economy as we promised.” 

Ryan (R-Wis.) is the chairman of the House Budget Committee and authored the fiscal plan that Republicans approved in the spring, which Democrats have tried to make a central campaign attack against Romney.

Boehner reminded lawmakers that the House is the only chamber that has acted to prevent any tax increase at the end of the year, as well as to replace defense cuts that are slated to take effect as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act.

“We need to take our message straight to the people. We’ve acted to stop the coming tax hike, and we’ve acted to replace the sequester,” Boehner said in the meeting. “We’re the only ones who’ve acted. Let’s use this month to tell our story, and let’s get back to our districts and engage the American people in this fight.”