Our economy is soaring. The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nearly 20 years and workers are seeing better wages and benefits. Businesses are creating jobs. This is all good news. But that doesn’t mean the People’s House is slowing down.
May was a heavy legislative month: Nearly 60 bills—many bipartisan—passed the House. President Trump also signed several major pieces of legislation, including “Right to Try” legislation to provide hope to terminally ill patients and their families, and a major reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure our veterans get the care they’ve earned and deserve.
Here are nine photos that show some of our favorite moments from May:
1. The Enrollment Ceremony – Last week, Congress sent three major pieces of legislation to the president’s desk—three items that have been in the works for a long time. Joined by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), and Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Speaker Ryan signs a financial reform bill that cuts overregulation in order to help small businesses and American families.
2. Ceremony Honoring Fallen Law Enforcement – Speaker Ryan joins President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the cabinet for a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol honoring fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week.
3. The Cowboy Boots – Speaker Ryan sports a pair of cowboy boots at his weekly press conference.
4. The Coast Guard Commandant – Speaker Ryan shares a laugh with the incoming United States Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz.
5. The Student Stop-By – Speaker Ryan surprises a group of students from Fort Worth, Texas on the Speaker’s Balcony during their tour of the Capitol.
6. Familiar Faces – Speaker Ryan meets with members of the Wisconsin Trucking Association, who were in town discussing issues facing their industry.
7. The Kay Coles James Sit-Down – Kay Coles James, President of The Heritage Foundation, sits down with Speaker Ryan to discuss workforce development. They agreed that the role of government should be to empower people to achieve their own American Idea.
8. The Great Laurel vs. Yanny Debate – Speaker Ryan settles the Laurel/Yanny debate at a weekly press conference: “I’d like to declare something that is just so obvious: It is ‘Laurel’ and not ‘Yanny.’…How many ‘Laurel’ fans here? Right? Thank you.”
9. Blast from the Past – Speaker Ryan meets with Wisconsin YMCA leaders to discuss their summer programming. When he was a teenager, the speaker served as a counselor at Camp Manito-wish. As he stated: “I’m a Y guy!”