By David F. Geier and Paul Joseph WatsonCNNPoliticsEditorPaul Ryan has taken over the reins of the House GOP conference.
Here are the key moments from the day, as the GOP begins the process of moving ahead to the 2018 midterms.
By now, most of the headlines from the House have focused on Ryan’s speech on the debt ceiling, and whether he’s going to support the Republican budget in the House.
But the key moment, as it happens, was Ryan’s departure from the gavel, after a day of meetings with members of the GOP conference, to go to a conference meeting in his office.
In a press conference following his departure, Ryan said he wasn’t there to make a statement.
Instead, he had a quick conversation with his Republican colleagues and told them he would like to speak with them.
“I want to be sure I’ve got a good sense of how things are going with you and the rest of the conference,” he said.
The conference is set to convene at 11 a.m. on Thursday, and Ryan has a conference call with the rest at noon.
It was the first time he spoke publicly since he was elected speaker in January.
While Ryan’s office didn’t provide a timeframe for the conference meeting, a House GOP aide told CNNMoney that Ryan was likely to make some remarks and make a few phone calls before he heads to his office to make the calls.
And it’s possible he’ll be in the Speaker’s Office all day, he added.
Ryan has said he’s not interested in holding a press briefing in his conference room, but his office was quick to clarify he would not be in a formal capacity.
“He’s not here to make any statements,” said a House Republican aide.
“His focus is to make sure he’s working with the conference on the budget and making sure the conference is united on the agenda for the House.”
Ryan will be the first Speaker in more than a decade to have a public statement during a legislative session.
Prior to the 2010 midterm elections, for example, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press event in her office.
This year, Ryan’s public statements are limited to a presser at 1:30 p.m., before his office hosts the first session of the legislative session in his honor.
The first day of the new Congress, which began Monday, is shaping up to be one of the most productive sessions in recent memory.
It will include a daylong debate on tax reform and the debt limit, which is the final hurdle in the GOP-controlled House and Senate to pass a bill before the end of the year.
While the debt-ceiling debate will likely be dominated by Republicans, Democrats have said they’re prepared to take a number of opportunities to push their agenda in the next two months.