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November 26, 2015

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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

Ryan Faces Political Test on Steering Panel Overhaul

Ryan at his first solo news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan at his first solo news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan passed his legislative test on the highway bill, but now he faces a more complicated political trial: making good on his promise to change internal GOP rules in a way that can unite the conference.

Before heading home for the Thanksgiving recess, the Wisconsin Republican and a seven-member task force will present their plan for restructuring the panel that recommends committee appointments to the GOP conference for its approval. House floor time could be taken up by highways and financial services legislation.

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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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November 2, 2015

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 30, 2015

Appropriator Praises Speaker ‘Sonny Boy’ Ryan

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 7: Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., speaks during the NDD United "Rally for a Stronger America" outside of the Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The rally was held to highlight the need for a bipartisan agreement on appropriations that raises sequester caps on both defense and non-defense priorities. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lowey, D-N.Y. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans showed Thursday they were willing to give Paul D. Ryan a chance when they overwhelmingly elected him the 54th Speaker of the House.

Democrats are also showing signs of enthusiasm for the Wisconsin Republican’s promotion. Full story

Bigger Bucks, Better Office View Greet Paul Ryan

Nancy Pelosi and Ryan on as he takes over as House speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Nancy Pelosi and Ryan as he takes over as House speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan woke up Friday for the first time as speaker of the House. Little may feel different to him yet, but at least five things have immediately changed for the Wisconsin Republican:

The Line: As speaker, Ryan automatically joins the presidential line of succession. He could have been first in line if he and Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, but the former vice presidential candidate will have to settle for second in line. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is first.

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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

McCarthy at Peace With Speaker’s Race Result

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McCarthy laughs as he is swarmed by reporters Monday while leaving Boehner’s office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy must have imagined this day going a little differently.

Three weeks ago, the California Republican was preparing to face his colleagues as a candidate for speaker in anticipation of Thursday’s House floor vote when he shocked the Capitol by pulling out of the race. Full story

10 Anti-Boehner Republicans Who Didn’t Vote for Ryan

Ryan before the speaker vote. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan before the speaker vote. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:24 p.m. | Call them the “Speaker No” crowd.

Ten Republicans who did not vote for Paul D. Ryan to be the 54th speaker of the House Thursday also didn’t vote to support John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, in January. 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

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