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November 28, 2015

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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

When All Politics Is Really Local

Simmons is back in local government. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Simmons is back in local government. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sometimes life after Congress means retiring to a life of consulting, but sometimes it means you end up back in local government.

The town hall in Stonington, Conn., is in no way as ornate as the U.S. Capitol, but the newly elected first selectman is a former member of the House.

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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

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

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

October 28, 2015

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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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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Steering Committee, Other Rules Changes to Confront GOP

McMorris Rodgers and Messer arrive at the Speaker's Suite Monday for a meeting with Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McMorris Rodgers and Messer arrive Monday for a meeting with Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:18 p.m. | House Republicans could vote as early as this week on some changes to their official rules — including a plan to diversify the makeup of the powerful Steering Committee, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers told CQ Roll Call Tuesday.

Fast-tracking a vote to broaden member representation of the board that makes committee assignments could have an immediate effect on Republicans Kevin Brady of Texas and Pat Tiberi of Ohio, who are vying to succeed Paul D. Ryan as chairman of Ways and Means. Ryan is poised to become the next speaker Thursday.

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October 26, 2015

House Takes Steps to Revive Ex-Im Bank

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Hensarling, left, and Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House took steps Monday night to reopen the Export-Import Bank, making history by successfully employing a quirky procedural gambit for the first time in decades.

Sixty-two Republicans bucked their leadership to join with every House Democrat on a “motion to discharge” petition to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank, for which the charter expired at the end of June. Full story

5 Things to Watch in the House This Week

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Boehner, left, will likely be handing the speaker’s gavel over to Ryan at the end of the week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Any other week, a rare, mid-session speaker election might be the only news of note in the House, but a confluence of legislative deadlines and a corresponding race for the Ways and Means gavel make for a hectic atmosphere in Speaker John A. Boehner’s final week in Congress.

Here are five things to watch over four pivotal legislative business days in the House: Full story

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

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