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November 26, 2015

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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 9, 2015

Shuster and Ryan: Exercise Buddies, Highway Bill Champions

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who’d been waiting three years for the House to take up long-term highway legislation, was wary when he saw nearly 300 amendments had been filed on the bill he’d helped draft. An added challenge: The bill was scheduled to hit the floor during Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s first week on the job.

“I thought, ‘Wow, that could be a little bit of a struggle,’ ” the Transportation and Infrastructure chairman said in an interview on Nov. 6. “But it ended up working out fine.” Full story

November 5, 2015

Boehner Team in Place to Show Him the Money

Boehner during his days in office. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner during his final days in office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner Inc. begins.

It took former Speaker John A. Boehner less than a week after leaving Congress to start assembling a team of power players to help him cash in.

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November 4, 2015

Boehner May Do More Than Golf After Congress

A man walks by Boehner's new Longworth office Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A man walks by Boehner’s new Longworth office Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:51 a.m. | Former Speaker John A. Boehner may have more than golf on his post-congressional to-do list.

The Ohio Republican has hired Robert Barnett, a high-powered attorney with Williams & Connolly, who is best known for helping former government officials ink lucrative book deals and private-sector gigs. He helped Hillary Rodham Clinton negotiate publishing agreements such as the $8 million deal for her “Living History” memoir.
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November 2, 2015

Hastert Portrait Removed From Speaker’s Lobby

Nancy Pelosi, from left, Eric Cantor, Boehner and Hastert , as the Illinois Republican's speaker portrait is unveiled. (CQ Roll Call)

From left, Nancy Pelosi, Eric Cantor, Boehner and Hastert, as the Illinois Republican’s speaker portrait is unveiled. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert’s portrait has been removed from the Speaker’s Lobby, a week after he pleaded guilty in a hush-money scheme. Full story

Ryan Beefs Up Speaker’s Communications Team

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 4:00 p.m. | One of Paul D. Ryan’s plans for the speakership was to make up for less time spent on the road with more time spent communicating the GOP’s message. In a sign he plans to deliver on that pledge, the Wisconsin Republican announced Monday eight appointments to his communications staff.

“This speakership is going to be about communicating a conservative vision and bold agenda for the American people, and I’m building a first-rate team to help me do the job,” Ryan said in a statement. Full story

November 1, 2015

Boehner: ‘God Had Another Plan’ for Ryan

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

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

Paul D. Ryan said he took the job he didn’t want, speaker of the House, out of an obligation to help unify a fractured Republican Conference.

The Wisconsin lawmaker’s immediate predecessor, John A. Boehner, said Sunday there was another compelling factor at play: God. Full story

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 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

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 28, 2015

Why Ryan’s Not Sweating Webster’s 43 Votes

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Webster. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Surrounded Wednesday by at least three generations of his extended family, Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., celebrated receiving 43 votes for speaker in the Republican Conference election.

And he strongly hinted his long-shot bid had concluded. Full story

Paul Ryan Nominated for Speaker (Video)

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Ryan makes his way through the Cannon tunnel Wednesday en route to the House Republican Conference meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:19 p.m. | Republicans nominated Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., for speaker Wednesday, all but ensuring he is selected to succeed John A. Boehner in Thursday’s vote on the House floor.

Ryan was backed by the vast majority of the conference in the secret ballot election, receiving 200 votes, according to an official readout of the results. Forty-three members voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, a Florida Republican whose supporters think Ryan is too enmeshed in the establishment, while Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., each received a single vote.

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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

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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