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December 23, 2015

Steve Scalise Defends Planned Parenthood Strategy


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 15 - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., heads to a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, December 15, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise, left, says Republican priorities are reflected in the way his office approached the Planned Parenthood defuding effort. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans were skeptical when their No. 3 leader started talking back in September about using the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood, knowing full well it would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., though, still counts it as one of the GOP’s biggest victories of the 114th Congress. Full story

December 16, 2015

Ryan Gets High Marks for First Big Showdown


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 16: Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., conducts a news conference in the Capitol after a meeting of the House Republican Conference, December 16, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan is planning ahead for 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

John A. Boehner’s last days as speaker in October were spent, as he said, cleaning out the barn, or cutting legislative deals to help his successor, Paul D. Ryan, get off to a good start.

Now that Ryan is close to passing his first real test as speaker by finishing up 2015’s legislative business, the Wisconsin Republican is laying the groundwork to keep things tidy in 2016.

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It’s A Deal: Republicans Settle for Notable Omnibus Wins


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 - House Speaker Paul Ryan takes a question during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, December 10, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans said Ryan deserved high praise for creating a more inclusive, collaborative environment in the lead-up to the omnibus negotiations. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has been offering members the same refrain since taking the gavel from John A. Boehner two months ago.

He’d been dealt a bad hand by the old regime, according to the Wisconsin Republican, and the best thing for everyone was to make it through the end of the year so the Republican House can return to “regular order” and run the government as it should.

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December 9, 2015

Meet the 11 Republicans Vying for the Steering Committee


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters with House Republican leaders following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of Ryan’s first acts as speaker was to reconfigure the influential Steering Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Eleven House Republicans are pitching their colleagues for a seat at the GOP’s influential Steering Committee, which determines who gets what plum, or not so plum, committee assignments.

Elections are scheduled for Thursday to determine the six at-large members who will be installed on the committee, a situation set in motion when new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., kept a promise to conservatives and changed the makeup of the panel, diluting some of leadership’s influence. Full story

December 8, 2015

Black Caucus Chairman Seeks Partnership With Paul Ryan


UNITED STATES - JULY 9: Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by CQ Roll Call in his Rayburn office, July 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by Roll Call in his office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield wants the House to address poverty in America, and feels he may have an unlikely partner in new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

“We got into the weeds with him,” Butterfield said of a past meeting between Ryan and the CBC, which took place before Butterfield was made CBC chairman. “He convinced me he understood pervasive poverty in America.”  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 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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