Republicans decided to choose lawyer Paul Ryan as new speaker of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday following current Speaker John Boehner’s decision to resign late last September.
In a secret ballot, Ryan obtained 200 votes from among the 245 conservatives while Representative Daniel Webster gained 43 votes.
"Our party has lost its vision and we're going to replace it with a vision," Ryan said after the vote.
He told House Republicans earlier on Wednesday he would not actuate the House like a Roman emperor, according to a lawmaker in the room. "I don't plan to be Caesar, calling all the shots around here," he stated.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said she had a "great deal of respect" for Ryan in spite of their differences, but "he knows the issues, he knows the rules."
Ryan has been considered by many conservatives as the only candidate who would be able to ensure a consensus in an extremely divided Republican Party where ultraconservative thoughts continue to increase, after he received the support of a large majority of his party.
The House later voted for a two-year budget deal negotiated by Boehner, the White House and other congressional leaders that wanted decrease workload and reduce market anxieties for next week.
After the voting for the budget was approved with 266 to 167, the federal debt limit was extended until March 2017.
The budget deal is now carried to the Senate, where a number of conservatives have made it their mission to stop its progress with procedural faults.