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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/11/2012

John Boehner: Paul Ryan VP pick validates House GOP

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) speaks last August about the debt-ceiling deal at a news conference with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), right, looking on. (Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images)
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) welcomed House Republicans back to Washington Tuesday and said that Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate “validated all the work House Republicans have done over the past 19 months.”

The comments came during Boehner’s weekly closed-door meeting with House Republicans, according to senior aides, who said the speaker also reminded his colleagues to keep focused on job creation and boosting the U.S. economy.

Boehner’s comments on Ryan come two days before the VP candidate is scheduled to return to Capitol Hill to vote on a stopgap spending measure to keep funding government operations beyond the end of the month.

But the comments also come just days after Romney criticized congressional Republicans for agreeing to a package of automatic spending cuts set to take affect at the end of the year as a way to pay down the federal deficit.

When asked about Romney’s comments after his meeting with Republicans, Boehner said that his failure to reach a longer-term debt deal with President Obama was “the biggest disappointment of my speakership” — echoing similar comments he’s made in the past.

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