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January 11, 2016

D.C. Mayor One of Ryan’s State of the Union Guests


Bowser will be one of Ryan's guests at the State of the Union. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bowser will be one of Ryan’s guests at the State of the Union. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser will attend the State of the Union Tuesday as one of Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s guests, according to her spokesman. 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 10, 2015

Ryan: House GOP Will Build 2016 Legislative Agenda Together


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., walks back to his office following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan said the GOP agenda would be a consensus effort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced his big 2016 priority would be advancing a “pro-growth agenda.”

And although he doesn’t yet know what that agenda will look like, he wants all Republicans to have a say in its shaping. Full story

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

Democrats Tie Up House Floor to Force Vote on Guns Bill


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Israel said Democrats wanted to “shame Republicans into giving us a vote on stopping terrorists for buying guns in America.” (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats want Republicans to give them a vote on legislation to ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

On Tuesday, they got to debate the issue — sort of. Full story

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

December 3, 2015

Ryan: ‘We Need to Actually Have Ideas’


UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds his weekly on-camera press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan said that Republicans won’t be afraid to take up major legislation in the coming election year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s message Thursday was clear: House Republicans are ready for 2016. They will not sit around killing time while the GOP presidential candidates fight it out. They can and will offer bold legislative solutions that will show what a GOP-led Washington could accomplish. 

He previewed the House’s 2016 agenda Thursday during his first major address as speaker, highlighting policy areas where he says Republicans can and should offer legislative solutions. “If we want to save the country, then we need a mandate from the people,” Ryan said. “And if we want a mandate, then we need to offer ideas. And if we want to offer ideas, then we need to actually have ideas. And that’s where House Republicans come in.”

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November 30, 2015

Cynthia Lummis: ‘The Only Republican Woman’


Lummis prepares to leave Congress as a proud conservative and frequently the only woman in many GOP circles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lummis frequently found herslef the only woman in many GOP circles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis was elected to Congress in 2008, she wanted to be a “reformer” and rein in spending and squelch bills that infringed on states’ rights.

She’ll retire at the end of 2016, having fallen short of accomplishing her objective. “It has not been the Congress that I hoped it would be during my seven years,” she recently conceded in an interview with Roll Call.

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Congress Has a List of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice


Ryan speaks to reporters.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan has a long month ahead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.

House lawmakers will spend the next four legislative days laying the groundwork on crucial pieces of legislation for the rest of the month, negotiating terms and conditions among themselves and with their counterparts across the aisle and Rotunda.

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November 19, 2015

House Republicans OK Changes to Steering Panel


Ryan speaks with his chief of staff, Hoppe, following the Senate GOP's policy luncheon last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan, R-Wis., center, speaks with his chief of staff, David Hoppe, following the Senate GOP’s policy luncheon last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans passed changes to overhaul the Steering Committee by voice vote Thursday.

It’s the first of what could be several changes to how the conference operates, and a sign that new Speaker Paul D. Ryan was serious when he promised to take members’ complaints seriously. Full story

November 18, 2015

These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking


Price, left and Ryan are longtime allies.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Price, left and Ryan are longtime allies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.

The Wisconsin Republican has tapped eight members to serve on an “advisory group” that will meet regularly to discuss House matters and serve as Ryan’s sounding board for leadership ideas. The group, according to names obtained by CQ Roll Call, includes two members from each of the three main Republican voting blocs — as well as two of Ryan’s closest allies. Full story

House Democrats Plan Alternative to Syrian Refugee Bill


3: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference to call for presidential action on immigration on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Lofgren tried to get changes made to the GOP refugee bill due on the floor Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:15 p.m. | House Democrats will use procedural gambits to get a vote on their proposal aimed at easing concerns about Syrian refugees coming to the United States but without completely blocking their resettlement.

The partisan maneuvering has the potential to weaken support for a Republican-backed bill set to come to the floor Thursday. President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure, but the bill is expected to pass with GOP votes and some from fiscally conservative Democrats.

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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 Holds Moment of Silence for Victims of Paris Attacks


(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan held a moment of silence on the floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As members of Congress debated on television shows and in news statements how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris, they paused Monday night to pay tribute to the victims.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., held a moment of silence on the House floor Monday at around 7 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 7:22 p.m.
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