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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on his friend, Paul Ryan:

“Paul’s service to our country is a story of integrity and results. He has fought for his constituents for over two decades, inspired our party to embrace an ambitious conservative policy agenda, and led Congress in passing reforms that have charted a stronger path forward for our country.

“History will remember Paul as a leader. But I will remember him also as a friend, and as an example of what’s right in our politics. From the creation of the Young Guns program that built the Republican majority in 2010, to earning the support of our conference for ambitious budgets, it has been an honor to work with Paul on a revolution from the ground up. As Speaker of the House, Paul’s leadership transformed our conference from a messy coalition of interests to a united family that has secured lasting change, especially generational tax reform. We have been through a lot together, and there were plenty of moments that tested our will. It was in those moments that Paul’s character shone through most clearly.

“Paul’s decency, leadership, and ideas will be missed. Congress simply will not be the same without him. But I couldn’t be happier for him, Janna, Charlie, Sam, and Liza as they enter the next chapter of their incredible journey.”