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In speaker bid, Rep. Paul Ryan sparks debate on work-life balance

In speaker bid, Rep. Paul Ryan sparks debate on work-life balance

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is likely to become the next speaker of the House. He's already become an unlikely spokesman for balancing family life with work.

A reluctant candidate for the top leadership post, the 45-year-old Ryan made clear this week that he will step up only under several conditions. One is reducing the travel time and fundraising associated with being speaker, so that he can spend weekends at home in Janesville, Wisconsin, with his wife, Janna, and three school-age kids.

"I cannot and will not give up my family time," he said after a private meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday. "I may not be able to be on the road as much as previous...

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