The most conservative faction of House Republicans is giving House Speaker Paul Ryan high marks, three weeks after the group helped to oust his predecessor, John Boehner.

"I think it's a new day and I'm extremely encouraged," Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., said Tuesday at a monthly conservative gathering sponsored by the Daily Signal.

Ryan won the speaker's gavel last month after Boehner, R-Ohio, announced his retirement. Boehner's tenure was rattled by conservatives who complained of his top-down style of management and his tendency to punish conservatives for bucking the leadership on key legislation.

Conservatives said Ryan is changing the House management style to end the top-down style of governing and allow more input from rank-and-file members.

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