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October 22, 2015

Conservative Debt Limit Plan Shelved


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Boehner wants to raise the debt limit before he resigns next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner said he hoped to raise the debt limit before he resigns from Congress, but he’s running out of time to meet the Nov. 3 deadline in advance of his scheduled Oct. 30 departure.

The Ohio Republican has five more legislative days to avoid a federal government default before the politically messy task falls to his successor. Full story

GOP Factions Fall in Line for Ryan


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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was endorsed Thursday by the center-right Tuesday Group and conservative Republican Study Committee, paving the way for a run for speaker.

The two groups announced their support for the Wisconsin Republican Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s evening vote in the House Freedom Caucus, in which a “supermajority” of the caucus voted to support his nomination and on the House floor. Full story

October 21, 2015

Democrats Predict Same Pitfalls for a Speaker Ryan


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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has laid out his terms and is now running for speaker of the House. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats on both sides of the Rotunda see Paul D. Ryan as a reliable legislator, but someone likely to face the same pitfalls as his predecessor if elected speaker.

As the Wisconsin Republican spent Wednesday reaching out to the various factions of the House GOP conference, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said in a brief interview there were many aspects of Ryan’s background he feels “good about.” Full story

Boehner: No Plan B if Ryan Opts Out


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(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:59 p.m. | If Paul D. Ryan can’t garner the support he’s seeking by the end of the week to officially enter the race for speaker, Republicans have no Plan B.

Speaker John A. Boehner took a long pause at a Wednesday news conference when asked what the contingency plan would be if Ryan decides by his self-imposed Friday deadline not to run. Full story

Boehner Sets Speaker Elections


(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan makes his way through a hallway following his speech Tuesday to the House Republican Conference. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In a vote of confidence in Paul D. Ryan and a show of eagerness to resign as planned on Oct. 31, Speaker John A. Boehner has scheduled a conference meeting for next Wednesday, Oct. 28, for House Republicans to nominate his successor.

A vote on the House floor among all members will still take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, as previously announced. Full story

October 20, 2015

Paul Ryan Sets Conditions for Speaker Bid (Video)


 

Ryan addresses reporters Tuesday evening on his impending run for speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan addresses reporters Tuesday evening on his impending run for speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:03 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan needs convincing the GOP conference has his back — and he’s given lawmakers a Friday deadline to persuade him to take the speaker’s job.

The Wisconsin Republican told colleagues he will run for speaker if he can win broad support from the Freedom Caucus, the Republican Study Committee and the centrist Tuesday Group. Full story

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 19, 2015

Answers to Come in a Week of GOP Leadership Questions


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Ryan may finally answer the question: Will he run for speaker? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans return to the Capitol Tuesday with a set of questions and challenges. The most glaring among them remains: Who will lead them?

Speaker John A. Boehner has made it clear he will stay, if needed, beyond his scheduled resignation date at the end of the month. Whether that is necessary should become clear this week. Full story

House Republicans Holding Special Meeting Tuesday


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Boehner still hopes to resign at the end of the month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Already scheduled for a Wednesday morning meeting, House Republican leaders announced Monday they will also huddle in the Capitol basement Tuesday, after the 6:30 p.m. vote series.

The stated, on-the-record purpose of the meeting is to “discuss the October agenda.” There is much to talk about. Full story

As GOP Mulls Its Future, All Eyes Fixed on Paul Ryan


UNITED STATES - October 1: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wi., runs through the rain to his car after final votes in the House of Representatives outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan faces one of the most pivotal weeks of his career. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan has a decision to make, and until the Wisconsin Republican makes up his mind, many of the other pressing questions that face House Republicans are on hold.

Ryan and his House GOP colleagues return to the Capitol Tuesday. But with first votes held off until 6:30 p.m., as is customary on the fly-in day, Ryan probably has until Wednesday morning, during the weekly House Republican Conference meeting, to make an announcement on whether he’s willing to run for speaker — and even then, Ryan’s decision could be in flux. Full story

October 18, 2015

Pelosi: Democrats ‘Open’ to Helping GOP Elect Speaker


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Pelosi suggested Democrats could have a path to take back the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled Saturday there could be “an openness” among at least some House Democrats to voting for a Republican speaker on the floor — and she suggested the GOP turmoil could help put Democrats back in charge come 2017.

“I think in our caucus there is interest and support. There’s an openness to a bipartisan approach to this,” Pelosi said in an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival.

Full story

October 15, 2015

Lew to Boehner: U.S. Runs Out of Cash in 19 Days


UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds a news conference on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, to discuss his decision to resign his position as Speaker and leave Congress at the end of October. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

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Updated: 1:08 p.m. | In a new letter to Speaker John A. Boehner, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has moved up slightly the timetable for action on raising the debt limit. Full story

October 14, 2015

Team Boehner: Debt Ceiling Deal ‘Certainly Possible’


UNITED STATES - JULY 23: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives to hold his weekly on-camera media availability in the Capitol on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner wants to “clean the barn” before he resigns. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

John A. Boehner has said he wants to “clean the barn” of some unfinished legislative business before he steps down, and on Wednesday the speaker’s team confirmed that could include a deal to avoid a financial default by the federal government.

“The speaker has made it clear that he wants to solve some outstanding issues before he leaves,” a Boehner aide told CQ Roll Call. “No decisions have been made, but a resolution on the debt ceiling is certainly possible.” Full story

October 13, 2015

While Waiting for Ryan, Would-Be Speakers Weigh Bids


UNITED STATES - MARCH 20: House Budget Chairman , Paul Ryan, R-Wis., flanked by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL., and members of the House Budget Committee during the House Budget Committee's news conference on the "Introduction of the FY2013 Budget - Pathway to Prosperity." (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call)

Almost everyone is awaiting Ryan’s decision. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

If Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan decides against a run for speaker, the race to lead the House could turn into a free-for-all: A half-dozen Republicans are quietly testing the water for runs of their own, including a slew of Texans, a couple of the wealthiest men in Congress and at least one woman.

Two Texas Republicans have confirmed they’re getting into the game: Reps. Bill Flores and Michael McCaul, who is No. 2 on Roll Call’s 2014 list of the wealthiest members of Congress. Full story

October 9, 2015

Members See No Problems With McCarthy Staying On (Video)


McCarthy, D-Calif., is photographed in his Capitol office, June 4, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy dropped his speakership bid, but plans to stay in the No. 2 slot. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

What’s next for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy?

For two weeks the California Republican was the favorite to succeed John A. Boehner as speaker, but just minutes before his colleagues were set to vote on his nomination he pulled back, saying he was “not the one” to lead the deeply fractured GOP conference.

But is he “the one” to stick around as the No. 2 House Republican? Full story

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