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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

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

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.”

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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 29, 2015

Boehner Ends Rocky Run as Speaker on a High Note

Boehner is going out on a productive week for his chamber. Above, he enters the room for his last weekly press conference of his tenure as Speaker on Tuesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner is going out on a productive week for his chamber. Above, he enters the room for his last weekly press conference on Tuesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When the Nov. 3 deadline to raise the debt limit rolls around next week, John A. Boehner should be resting easy and enjoying his new golf cart.

Holding up a box of tissues before assuming the podium, Boehner stood before his colleagues Thursday to say goodbye.

“I leave with no regrets or burdens,” he said.

“If anything, I leave as I started — just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job,” he said in his farewell speech to Congress. “That’s what I’m most proud of — that I’m still just me.”

After nearly 25 years in Congress, Boehner’s leaving the Capitol this week with plenty of his signature tears, as well as the satisfaction of having shepherded a budget deal that keeps the government open and lifts that ceiling.

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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 25, 2015

Obama, Ryan Must Find Common Ground Soon

Ryan will seek the House speakership.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan will seek the House speakership. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

There could be little President Barack Obama can do to find common ground with Paul D. Ryan, given their deep ideological differences and House conservatives’ inevitable demands for the speaker-in-waiting.

With Ryan’s announcement that he will seek the speakership, all eyes now turn to the Wisconsin Republican’s ability to manage his fractious caucus and find just enough common ground with a president many conservatives revile. Full story

October 21, 2015

Who Whispers in Paul Ryan’s Ear?

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Ryan greets a visitor Wednesday along Independence Avenue after a vote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After the 1994 elections handed Republicans control of the House, freshman Sam Brownback of Kansas searched for a legislative director. His pick: A boyish, almost 25-year-old policy wonk named Paul D. Ryan, who had left the Hill for a policy job.

It was a pivotal career move for Ryan, who during his decades in Washington has amassed a cadre of loyal aides and policy insiders that comprise a seasoned inner circle, helpful to the conditional speaker-in-waiting.

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October 20, 2015

4 Times Paul Ryan Broke Ranks With GOP

Ryan has earned praise for working across the aisle, but that may hurt him with his own party's most conservative members.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan has earned praise for working across the aisle, but that may hurt him with his own party’s most conservative members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan ran for vice president on Mitt Romney’s ticket in 2012, he was known as an Ayn Rand-inspired conservative policy wonk who advocated turning Medicare into a voucher program.

A year later, in December 2013, he was heralded as a compromiser for crafting a budget deal with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., that averted another government shutdown.

If Ryan runs for speaker, as many colleagues have urged, he’ll have to negotiate the legacies of both of those reputations. Full story

October 9, 2015

House GOP Regroups, Still With No Endgame in Sight

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 07: Rep. Tim Ryan, R-Wisc., leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, October 7, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans described the mood as “good” inside the closed-door members’ meeting Friday morning — despite the fact that less than 24 hours earlier, lawmakers were reportedly in tears over the news that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was withdrawing from the race for speaker.

“Heh heh!” Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, trilled when asked whether he thought the uncertainty over the leadership vacuum in conference would be resolved by close of business Friday, when the House adjourns for a weeklong recess. Full story

September 16, 2015

House Freedom Caucus Loses Member Over Planned Parenthood

m McClintock, R-Calif., speaks at a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McClintock has left the House Freedom Caucus (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

At least one House Freedom Caucus member has had enough.

California Republican Tom McClintock delivered a resignation letter to HFC Chairman Jim Jordan on Tuesday that laid out a number of issues he’s had with the conservative group. From the Freedom Caucus’s strategy on Department of Homeland Security funding, to voting against the rule for trade legislation, to threatening to block the Iran disapproval resolution, McClintock has been a vocal critic of many HFC strategies. It appears, however, that a vow to vote against any spending bill that funds Planned Parenthood was the final straw.  Full story

September 15, 2015

Scalise: Here’s How to Bypass Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise says use budget reconciliation to bypass Senate Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican leaders have yet to settle on a strategy for preventing a government shutdown and satisfying hardline conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood — but Majority Whip Steve Scalise is putting a new option on the table.

Scalise told CQ Roll Call Tuesday he is discussing with members the possibility of using budget reconciliation — a fast-track process that would allow Republicans to bypass the threat of a filibuster and force a bill through the Senate — to zero out federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. Full story

House Leaders Keeping Options Open on Shutdown

UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera media availability in the Capitol on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner is trying to keep options open on the House side. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two weeks away from a government shutdown, neither chamber has released a bill to fund the government past Sept. 30 — and it doesn’t seem like the House or the Senate are in much of a hurry.

The House will vote on two abortion bills this week, a nod to conservative members who insist Congress has to take action after the release of a series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue. Full story

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