Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stopped by the Capitol today to hold court with his House colleagues before voting in favor of a continuing resolution that would fund the government through March.
The Budget Committee chairman voted to approve a six-month CR even though the Wisconsin Republican’s own budget called for spending levels lower than the short-term measure. The bill passed 329-91, with 70 Republicans and 21 Democrats voting against.
Before the vote, Ryan stayed in the office of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) while dozens of Members flocked in to take pictures and make small talk.
“It feels great to be back,” Ryan told reporters while walking to the House floor. “I miss them.”
Members coming out of the meeting said most of the talk was personal: How he was holding up under the pressure of the campaign and whether he is able to squeeze his favored P90X workout routine into the schedule.
But of course politics came up as well, Chief Deputy Majority Whip Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said.
“I just explained how well our candidates are doing in Illinois,” Roskam said. “He helps any race anywhere he goes, so I don’t know what his schedule is, but we’re right next door” from his home state of Wisconsin.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R) also talked with Ryan about his Senate campaign in Arizona, but he conceded that because it is probably not a swing state, he might not see much of the potential vice president.
“He’s been out already for me. But hey, we’ll take him whenever we can get him. He’d certainly help. He’s very popular in Arizona,” Flake said. “It’s not on his schedule, let’s put it that way. But we’ll take him if we can get him.”
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the meeting was scheduled when Ryan decided to return for the vote on the spending bill.
“Just like Paul, he just called [Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas] on the phone and said, ‘Hey, you guys want to get together?’ Because we were asking him, ‘Why don’t we get together with some of the Members beforehand?'” McCarthy said.
After the meeting, Ryan spent time on the House floor chatting with more Members.