Ryan winning over conservatives

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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