In this week's Ryan Rundown: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan begins the new year with a series of meetings with his leadership team ahead of the 2016 congressional session.
The speaker said he wants the House to drive policies that influence the 2016 elections and give voters "a really clear choice."
He delivered a bill to President Obama on Wednesday that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. The president vetoed it today, but the move underscored the differences in health care philosophy between Democrats and Republicans.
Ryan also was critical of Obama's announced executive action on gun control, calling the move a "dangerous level of executive overreach." Ryan predicted the order will face court challenges, and he used the moment to highlight how a Republican presidential victory could let the party overturn many of Obama’s actions.
The Janesville Republican also faced criticism from some Republicans over the omnibus spending bill passed last month, prompting Ryan to tweet in its defense. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump called the bill "stupid," and other conservatives discussed the possibility of backing a primary opponent in Ryan's next re-election bid.
And Ryan's beard, a topic of conversation since he grew it in November, became a focal point of disparagement from members of his own party, some of whom called it a "Muslim beard." The speaker put an end to those remarks by going clean-shaven to ring in the new year.