Ryan Invites Trump to Address a Joint Session of Congress

By Susan Jones | January 24, 2017 | 10:39 AM EST

The Capitol in Washington is seen early Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, on the first full week for members of Congress to work with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(CNSNews.com) - With a unified Republican government, "we have a unique opportunity to deliver results for the American people," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference on Tuesday.

He said Republicans look forward to laying out their agenda in the days and weeks ahead.

"To that end, today I am inviting President Trump to address a joint session of Congress on February the 28th. This will be an opportunity for the people and their representatives to hear directly from our new president about his vision and our shared agenda.

Trump will not be giving an official State of the Union address, but his speech will have the same effect. Likewise, President Barack Obama was invited to address a joint session of Congress in February 2009, the month after he first took office.

"This is an ambitious agenda and rightly so," Ryan continued. "For too long, Washington has been too timid about addressing the big challenges facing our country.

"We want this to be a bold government; we want this to be a government of action; we want this to be a government of solutions; and a government unified, not just by party, but by a commitment to restore our self-government and to get our country back on track.

"And so we look forward to welcoming the president to the Capitol next week -- next month!" he corrected himself.

Ryan was among the congressional leaders invited to the White House on Monday to meet with President Trump.

He called the discussion with the president "very, very productive," and said it touched on health care, tax reform, rebuilding the military, and security the border.

"The president is eager to get moving on this agenda, and so are we," Ryan said.

"Already we have hit the ground running, taking the first steps to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Ryan said that will process will continue with a "step-by-step approach, and he said one of those necessary steps includes getting Rep. Tom Price confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary.

As Ryan spoke, Price was appearing for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. Democrats have questioned some of his financial transactions.

But Ryan call Price "extremely qualified," and said the country needs him in place "to help deliver relief and stability."

Ryan said it would be "irresponsible" for Senate Democrats to delay his confirmation.