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November 26, 2015

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November 18, 2015

These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking

Price, left and Ryan are longtime allies.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Price, left and Ryan are longtime allies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.

The Wisconsin Republican has tapped eight members to serve on an “advisory group” that will meet regularly to discuss House matters and serve as Ryan’s sounding board for leadership ideas. The group, according to names obtained by CQ Roll Call, includes two members from each of the three main Republican voting blocs — as well as two of Ryan’s closest allies. Full story

November 17, 2015

Ryan Calls for ‘Pause’ on Syrian Refugees

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McCarthy is forming a legislative task force in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has asked the House to put together legislation this week responding to the Paris attacks and called for a “pause” in Syrian refugees coming to the United States.

“The way we look at this issue is … we have a refugee situation that we think requires a pause and a more comprehensive assessment on how to guarantee members of ISIS are not infiltrating themselves among the refugee population,” Ryan said Tuesday after the weekly closed-door GOP Conference meeting. Full story

November 12, 2015

Appropriators Set Listening Sessions on Spending Bills

Crenshaw is chairman of the panel overseeing Financial Services funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crenshaw is chairman of the panel overseeing Financial Services funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Six Appropriations subcommittee chairmen whose bills the House did not pass earlier this year will host listening sessions Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 so members can ask questions or provide input on the measures, according to a schedule obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The one-hour, members-only sessions are expected to give appropriators and leadership an idea of what members will be looking for in a year-end government funding measure.

Full story

November 10, 2015

What Paul Ryan’s First Week Says About His Future

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Boehner, foreground, and Ryan after the speaker election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ex-Speaker John A. Boehner used to say he was “a regular guy with a big job.” Boehner’s successor, Paul D. Ryan, seems even more intent on fitting that description.
So there he was, using the members’ bathroom outside the House chamber during a series of votes, and a public restroom in the basement of the Capitol during a meeting of the Steering Committee. Boehner used private restrooms and didn’t stray into public areas of the Capitol complex unless he had to. Full story

November 5, 2015

Task Force Charged With Steering Committee Review

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Ryan and aides head to a GOP Conference meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has directed a task force to make recommendations on how to diversify representation on the Steering Committee.

Members charged with overhauling the powerful panel that determines appointments to the House’s committees will submit recommendations to the full Republican Conference the week before Thanksgiving. Full story

November 3, 2015

Ryan Leaves Door Open to Policy Riders in Spending Bill

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan addresses the crowd after being sworn in on the House floor as the 54th speaker of the House on Oct. 29. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:35 p.m. | Speaker Paul D. Ryan won’t rule out policy riders in the omnibus appropriations bill the House will consider in the weeks ahead.

“This is the legislative branch, and the power of the purse rests within the legislative branch,” the Wisconsin Republican said Tuesday at his first news conference as speaker, “and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power.”

Full story

November 1, 2015

Ryan: Immigration Overhaul Off the Table Under Obama

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Boehner, foreground, and Ryan after the Oct. 29 speaker election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan wants Republicans to spend the remainder of the 114th Congress offering major policy ideas, except on immigration.

Ryan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that President Barack Obama has shown he cannot be trusted on immigration policy because he tried to circumvent Congress and make changes to immigration laws by executive order. Full story

October 21, 2015

Paul Ryan Clears Biggest Hurdle to Speaker Bid

What is Ryan's magic number? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With the HFC’s support, Ryan is ready to move forward. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan fell a few votes short of a formal endorsement from the House Freedom Caucus Wednesday evening, but decided he had earned enough support from the Republican Conference’s right flank to move forward with a bid for speaker.

“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” he said in a statement following the HFC vote. “I look forward to hearing from the other two caucuses by the end of the week, but I believe this is a positive step toward a unified Republican team.” Full story

October 20, 2015

Ryan Spokesman: No ‘Final Decision’ Tonight

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:25 p.m. | With a special GOP conference meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, members may finally learn what Paul D. Ryan is thinking. Sort of.

“I don’t anticipate a final decision tonight,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck told CQ Roll Call Tuesday. Full story

October 19, 2015

Answers to Come in a Week of GOP Leadership Questions

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Ryan may finally answer the question: Will he run for speaker? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans return to the Capitol Tuesday with a set of questions and challenges. The most glaring among them remains: Who will lead them?

Speaker John A. Boehner has made it clear he will stay, if needed, beyond his scheduled resignation date at the end of the month. Whether that is necessary should become clear this week. Full story

October 15, 2015

Republican: Going After Clinton Was ‘Big Part’ of Benghazi Probe

 Hanna, R-N.Y., attends a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Hart Building titled "The Fed at 100: Can Monetary Policy Close the Growth Gap and Promote a Sound Dollar." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hanna adds fuel to the Benghazi Committee fire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate, pro-abortion rights Republican from New York, is already something of an outlier in the House Republican Conference.

He might have just gotten himself a little bit more estranged. Full story

October 8, 2015

McCarthy Shocks Conference by Dropping Speaker Bid (Video)

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 8: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives in the Longworth House Office Building for the House Republicans' election to nominate the next Speaker of the House on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:50 p.m. | House Republicans were in disarray Thursday after House GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly took himself out of the race for House speaker. “I am not the one,” the California Republican told colleagues inside the room, according to Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.

Full story

October 4, 2015

Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

 Chaffetz, R-Utah, becomes emotional during an opening statement at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on whether Planned Parenthood Federation of America should be federally funded, September 29, 2015. In the statement, he recalled his mother's battle with cancer and his wife's work with the disease. PPFA President Cecile Richards, testified. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz says McCarthy doesn’t have enough support in the House Republican Conference to win the speakership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 10:19 a.m. | Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker.

The Utah Republican announced his decision on Fox News Sunday, citing support from colleagues who “recruited” him to challenge the establishment favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Full story

October 1, 2015

A Tale of Two Republicans: McCarthy and McConnell

Can McCarthy and McConnell get along? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Can McCarthy and McConnell get along? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy knows one way to remain popular with conservatives is to trash the Senate, even if it is led by Republicans. But the California Republican, the front-runner to be the next speaker, will have to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to advance mutual interests.

The two men know each other, but they aren’t particularly close. That’s in part because of how quickly McCarthy has moved up the House ranks — going from majority whip to majority leader to the cusp of the speakership in a little more than a year. Full story

September 29, 2015

Gowdy Insists He’s Not Running

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Gowdy, right, and Mulvaney. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Trey Gowdy made it clear Tuesday afternoon he will not be running for majority leader in the upcoming House GOP leadership elections.

The South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Select Committe on Benghazi confirmed to reporters he was not in the game as he made his way to the floor for a vote series. Full story

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