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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)

Boehner (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

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

Speaker Election Delay Stirs Conservative Anger

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: From left, Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., Rep. Pete Roskam, R-Ill., and Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leave the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Massie, left, and Amash, right, flank Pete Roskam after a House Republican Conference meeting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the speaker race Thursday gave Republicans a lot to think about. But some Republicans say their leaders imposed a top-down decision on the process that fundamentally altered the outcome.

Two Republicans, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Tom Rice of South Carolina, spoke out during a special GOP conference meeting Friday to express concern that the rules of the House were not followed when Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, postponed the speaker election. Full story

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

List of Possible Speaker Candidates in Flux (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz wants to be speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:13 p.m. | One day after Kevin McCarthy shocked his conference by announcing he would not seek the speakership, the list of possible candidates continues to grow. The two declared candidates are Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Daniel Webster of Florida, but a whole host of names has been floated by lawmakers. Full story

Darrell Issa Considering Speaker Run, Disses Chaffetz (Video)

Speaker Issa? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Issa? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday morning he might become a candidate for speaker and sharply criticized the performance of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, his successor as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“The fact is, yes, I think that I could potentially be a candidate,” the California Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Full story

October 8, 2015

Second Republican Resigns From House Freedom Caucus

UNITED STATES - APRIL 12: Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wisc., speaks at a "Countdown to Tax Day" news conference in the Capitol to address the tax in increases in President Obama's FY 2014 budget. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ribble has left the Freedom Caucus (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus has lost its second member since its founding.

Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., announced Thursday he was leaving the exclusive contingent of conservative hard-liners over the group’s role in derailing Thursday’s anticipated vote inside the House Republican Conference to nominate Speaker John A. Boehner’s successor. Full story

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