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November 26, 2015

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November 24, 2015

Congress Largely Cut Out of Refugee Certification

UNITED STATES - JUNE 31: Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Babin wants Republican leaders to address the refugee situation through the appropriations process, but the tools for doing so are limited. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican lawmakers who see the year-end omnibus spending bill as a vehicle to slow the flow of Syrian refugees to the United States might need to get creative. Why? The certification process for refugees critics are concerned about is funded by fees, not appropriated by Congress.

In the week following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Republicans called for a pause in the program that allows Syrians to flee their civil war and see refuge in the United States, arguing there are gaps in the process used to verify and certify refugees. Full story

November 17, 2015

GOP Moves Forward With Sweeping Steering Panel Changes

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Ryan is ready to see his own influence diluted on the Steering Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans are moving forward with an ambitious and far-reaching plan to overhaul the membership and operation of the Steering Committee, with a vote expected Thursday.

It’s only the first in a series of changes to GOP operations that Paul D. Ryan promised upon his election as speaker. Full story

November 16, 2015

Ryan Faces Political Test on Steering Panel Overhaul

Ryan at his first solo news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan at his first solo news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan passed his legislative test on the highway bill, but now he faces a more complicated political trial: making good on his promise to change internal GOP rules in a way that can unite the conference.

Before heading home for the Thanksgiving recess, the Wisconsin Republican and a seven-member task force will present their plan for restructuring the panel that recommends committee appointments to the GOP conference for its approval. House floor time could be taken up by highways and financial services legislation.

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November 12, 2015

Key Chairmen Could Be Booted From Steering Committee

Ryan holds his first weekly on-camera press conference Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Every committee chairperson could soon have a voice in who gets appointed to his or her panel, according to a proposal to revamp the Steering Committee that’s being mulled by Speaker Paul D. Ryan and a seven-member task force.

But there’s a catch: The six chairmen who already have permanent seats on the Steering Committee would have to step aside. Full story

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.

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November 5, 2015

Ryan Takes Crowdsourcing Approach to Spending Bills

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Ryan holds his first weekly on-camera press conference Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In pursuing a departure from “business as usual,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan is crowdsourcing his members for ideas on how to craft a spending deal for the remainder of fiscal 2016.

“So things are gonna be done a little differently around here,” Ryan said Thursday, at his first solo news conference. Full story

Ryan: Reconciliation Best Bet to Defund Planned Parenthood

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The reconciliation process is the best way to get a bill defunding Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama’s desk, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday.

Asked at his first weekly news conference as speaker if the omnibus could include a provision to defund the organization and if he would commit to not allowing the government to shut down, Ryan said he wouldn’t “predetermine the outcome of negotiations that have not taken place yet.”  Full story

November 3, 2015

Ryan to Meet With Freedom Caucus This Week

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Jordan, left, said Freedom Caucus members will meet with Ryan this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Freedom Caucus members will meet with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and his staff later this week to discuss appropriations and other matters.

“We just started a discussion last night with Freedom Caucus members,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said when asked by CQ Roll Call about Ryan’s comments that the House should use its powers of the purse to include policy riders in an omnibus appropriations bill. Full story

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.”

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October 30, 2015

Appropriator Praises Speaker ‘Sonny Boy’ Ryan

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 7: Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., speaks during the NDD United "Rally for a Stronger America" outside of the Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The rally was held to highlight the need for a bipartisan agreement on appropriations that raises sequester caps on both defense and non-defense priorities. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lowey, D-N.Y. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans showed Thursday they were willing to give Paul D. Ryan a chance when they overwhelmingly elected him the 54th Speaker of the House.

Democrats are also showing signs of enthusiasm for the Wisconsin Republican’s promotion. Full story

October 27, 2015

Can Paul Ryan Keep the Manure Out of the House Barn?

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Ryan walks through Statuary Hall to Boehner’s office on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:10 p.m. | Rep. Paul D. Ryan may agree with his conservative colleagues about the way the budget deal was cooked up — it “stinks,” he told NBC News — but its passage sets the speaker-in-waiting up to tackle the multitude of challenges ahead.

The budget agreement should give the new speaker some breathing space to foster an environment of empowering committees and members, at least until the beginning of December. Full story

Grass Roots to Ryan: Show, Don’t Tell, on Budget Deal

Boehner, left, and Ryan share a moment on the House floor.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Boehner, left, and Ryan share a moment on the House floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan isn’t even House speaker yet, but conservative grass-roots activists say he can’t hide while his predecessor moves a budget and debt-limit deal they despise. Their message: Ryan must lead — now.

Outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, in setting the stage for Ryan to take the gavel Thursday, is pushing through a major deal the nation’s business community widely cheers. But instead of leaving Ryan with the clean barn the retiring Ohio Republican promised, the move already is creating blowback from GOP hard-liners for the likely speaker. Full story

Corralling the Votes for Budget Deal

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:27 a.m. | Even before Tuesday morning’s GOP conference meeting to sell the bipartisan budget agreement got underway, Rep. Tom Cole and others were already making their pitch.

The Oklahoma Republican and longtime ally of retiring Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, had a message particularly for what he called “the vote no, hope yes crowd” of House Republicans who would want to see a big deal go through without having to use their individual cards to vote in favor of it.

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October 26, 2015

Conservatives Balk at Budget Deal Process

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Ryan heads into a House Republican Conference meeting Monday with Majority Whip Steve Scalise. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Conservatives who supported an effort to oust Speaker John A. Boehner pointed to a budget deal emerging Monday as a prime example of why the House needs new leadership.

“To me it’s business as usual for Speaker Boehner,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a House Freedom Caucus founding member, said after a GOP conference meeting. Members were briefed on the outline of an agreement that would set top-line funding levels for fiscals 2016 and 2017 and suspend the debt ceiling through the 2016 elections. Full story

Members Wait for Big Budget, Debt Details

Rogers, center, says there are concerns about policy riders in budget deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rogers says there are concerns about policy riders. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans on both sides of the Capitol emerged from separate conference meetings Monday night intrigued but noncommittal about the prospects of a big budget and debt-limit deal that would ease fiscal pressure going forward.

House Republicans are set to huddle again Tuesday to delve into the details of the leadership-level agreement, which members said were not presented to them Monday evening. Full story

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