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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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Ryan Calls for Classified Briefings After Paris Attacks

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying the groundwork for the House’s active engagement in the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Wisconsin Republican asked the Obama administration to provide lawmakers with classified briefings in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 shootings and bombings carried out by Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, he said Monday morning in an interview on Bill Bennett’s radio program. Full story

November 15, 2015

Ryan: ‘No Idea’ How Long I’ll Be Speaker

Ryan addresses the House. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan addresses the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, after two weeks on the job, said he has “no idea” how long he may lead the House, committing only to the 14 months left in the current Congress during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

No matter the duration of his tenure, the Wisconsin Republican told Scott Pelley of CBS News he is willing to risk losing the job in pursuit of major policy initiatives including tax and entitlement overhauls. The speaker also said in the interview that aired Sunday he and President Barack Obama could find common ground on select issues.

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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 10, 2015

What Paul Ryan’s First Week Says About His Future

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Boehner, foreground, and Ryan after the speaker election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ex-Speaker John A. Boehner used to say he was “a regular guy with a big job.” Boehner’s successor, Paul D. Ryan, seems even more intent on fitting that description.
So there he was, using the members’ bathroom outside the House chamber during a series of votes, and a public restroom in the basement of the Capitol during a meeting of the Steering Committee. Boehner used private restrooms and didn’t stray into public areas of the Capitol complex unless he had to. Full story

Speaker Ryan’s Staff: Where Have They Been?

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

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

Updated 6:02 p.m. | Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s initial staff is a mix of longtime confidants of the Wisconsin Republican, experienced Washington lobbyists and a contingent of former Speaker John A. Boehner’s aides.

A CQ Roll Call analysis of the work experience of the 22 staffers confirmed as part of the new speaker’s team shows many have spent considerable time in other congressional offices. There’s a cumulative 48 years with former Speaker John A. Boehner during his 24-year tenure on Capitol Hill. The staffers have accumulated 38 years working with Ryan.

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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

Ryan: Reconciliation Best Bet to Defund Planned Parenthood

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The reconciliation process is the best way to get a bill defunding Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama’s desk, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday.

Asked at his first weekly news conference as speaker if the omnibus could include a provision to defund the organization and if he would commit to not allowing the government to shut down, Ryan said he wouldn’t “predetermine the outcome of negotiations that have not taken place yet.”  Full story

McConnell to Visit House for ‘Open Mic’ Session

Ryan and McConnell head to lunch. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call)

Ryan and McConnell head to lunch. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call)

In a bid to improve bicameral relations, Speaker Paul D. Ryan has invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to speak with the House Republicans the week of Nov. 16. Full story

Watch Live: House Leaders’ Weekly Press Conferences

Watch live as the leaders of the House hold their weekly news conferences Thursday. Full story

November 4, 2015

Brady Set to Replace Ryan as Ways and Means Chairman

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:43 p.m. | Kevin Brady was chosen to replace Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Republicans quickly congratulated the Texas Republican for his selection by the Republican Steering Committee to head the powerful tax-writing panel. The choice must still be ratified by the full Republican Conference in a vote scheduled for Thursday morning, but that is expected to be a formality. Full story

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