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November 28, 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 18, 2015

House Democrats Plan Alternative to Syrian Refugee Bill

3: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference to call for presidential action on immigration on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lofgren tried to get changes made to the GOP refugee bill due on the floor Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:15 p.m. | House Democrats will use procedural gambits to get a vote on their proposal aimed at easing concerns about Syrian refugees coming to the United States but without completely blocking their resettlement.

The partisan maneuvering has the potential to weaken support for a Republican-backed bill set to come to the floor Thursday. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure, but the bill is expected to pass with GOP votes and some from fiscally conservative Democrats.

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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

House Freedom Caucus Re-Elects Jordan as Chairman

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Jordan was re-elected chairman of the House Freedom Caucus Monday evening. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus unanimously re-elected Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Monday evening to serve as its chairman for 2016.

Members of the conservative caucus cast their votes in the basement of Tortilla Coast, the Capitol Hill restaurant where the group often gathers. Full story

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 4, 2015

Parsing Ryan: Immigration Stance Open to Interpretation

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan has made one thing clear: He’s taking immigration off the table for the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Yet members on both sides of the aisle are still finding plenty to read into the new speaker’s statements on the subject as they try to game out what Ryan’s plans for immigration mean for them.

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October 29, 2015

Brady Makes Pitch for Ways and Means Gavel

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hours after Paul D. Ryan was sworn in as speaker, Rep. Kevin Brady made his pitch to succeed the Wisconsin Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

“We need a pro-growth conservative who can advance Paul Ryan’s pro-growth agenda,” the Texas Republican said during a taping of C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” which airs Sunday. Full story

Ryan Set for ‘Full Ginsburg’ TV Appearances

Ryan addresses the House. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

Ryan addresses the House. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

Newly elected House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will be a guest on all five Sunday political talk shows to discuss his election and plans for the House, his spokesman Brendan Buck tweeted Thursday afternoon. Full story

Ryan Elected Speaker (Video)

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:15 p.m. | Rep. Paul D. Ryan, elected Thursday as the 54th speaker of the House, called on his colleagues to help him fix a “broken” chamber.

“I am not interested in laying blame,” Ryan said. “We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean.” Full story

Vote Analysis: Ryan, Freedom Caucus Increasingly at Odds

HFC founding members Jim Jordan, left, and Raúl Labrador likely find Ryan's voting trend disconcerting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

HFC founding members Jim Jordan, left, and Raúl R. Labrador likely find Ryan’s voting trend disconcerting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, who was chosen Wednesday as the Republican nominee for speaker, has in recent years steadily drifted away from the House Freedom Caucus on major votes, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis.

As the Wisconsin Republican prepares to take the speaker’s gavel from the retiring John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, there are questions about his ability to manage the fractious GOP conference. Specifically, all eyes are on his ability to keep the hard-line conservatives from revolting again and again on legislation, such as the two-year budget deal, they deem ideologically objectionable. Full story

October 28, 2015

Watch Live: House GOP Leadership Election Stakeout

House Republicans will meet to select the next speaker of the House, with Speaker John A. Boehner set to resign at the end of the week. Lawmakers are expected to address the media after the election around 2:30 p.m.

Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. Full story

Critics of Leadership Warming to Paul Ryan

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of the House GOP’s long-awaited vote to nominate a new speaker, persistent skeptics of Rep. Paul D. Ryan appear to be warming to him as their leader

Many of the conference’s most conservative hard-liners emerged from a speaker candidates’ forum early Wednesday saying the Wisconsin Republican has begun to earn their respect as well as their confidence that he will usher in a more inclusive legislative era. Full story

Paul Ryan Supports Budget Deal, Pans Process

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

Updated 10:28 a.m. | House Republicans are expected to select Rep. Paul D. Ryan as their speaker candidate ahead of a Thursday floor vote, but the Wisconsin Republican’s decision to support a budget deal loathed by many rank-and-file members could reduce the number of votes he gets.

Ryan said in a statement announcing his plan to support the budget deal, scheduled for House floor action Wednesday, that there are “few good options” and that the agreement “will go a long way toward relieving the uncertainty hanging over us.” Full story

October 27, 2015

House Votes to Revive Ex-Im Bank (Video)


Ryan conducts a pen and pad briefing with reporters. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ryan opposes the Export-Import Bank  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House conservatives are bracing themselves for indignity later this week, when a budget deal they hate is expected to be carried across the finish line by Democratic votes.

They got warmed up early Tuesday evening, when the support of nearly every Democrat made it possible for 127 Republicans to circumvent GOP leadership and pass legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank.

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