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  • Republicans unanimously pick Ryan to continue as speaker, but differences remain

    11/15/2016 11:00:41 AM PST · by maggief · 120 replies
    WaPo ^ | November 15, 2016
    Paul D. Ryan unanimously won the nomination of his House Republican colleagues Tuesday to continue as speaker and serve as the chief legislative partner to President-elect Donald Trump. “Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government,” he told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s vote. Ryan must now win a floor vote in January of all 435 House members. If about two dozen Republicans were to withhold their support, his election would be thrown in doubt. Several Republicans made clear this week that although Trump’s victory may have eased the internal party tensions that threatened Ryan’s speakership before the election,...
  • House conservatives plot coup against Paul Ryan

    09/04/2016 6:31:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 40 replies
    Conservatives don’t have enough votes to oust Ryan (R-Wis.). But they say their coup movement shows his hold on the speakership is far more tenuous than he realizes. Denying Ryan re-election on the first ballot would undermine his political future and cast him as a conservative pariah, they say, and may give conservatives leverage to enact rules changes that would help them push their agenda for years. “If he loses the speaker election, he’s not going to be president,” one conservative member told The Huffington Post on Monday. Conservatives hold no illusion of preventing Ryan from remaining speaker (or, you...
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan gets Republican challenger

    04/08/2016 7:43:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 5:06 PM EDT
    House Speaker Paul Ryan is being challenged in the Republican primary by a Wisconsin businessman who says he once volunteered for the congressman but now feels betrayed. Paul Nehlen, of Delavan, Wisconsin, launched his underdog campaign last week. Nehlen says Ryan is an “establishment politician” who supports out-of-control spending and “dangerous immigration policies.” Ryan’s campaign spokesman Zack Roday declined comment. …
  • Tea partyers fume over Paul Ryan’s spending bill, seek conservative challenger

    12/25/2015 1:30:05 PM PST · by Rockitz · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    Conservative activists are targeting House Speaker Paul D. Ryan for a primary challenge next year as retribution for the massive spending bill the Wisconsin Republican ushered through Congress at the end of the recent session. The effort is spearheaded by Wisconsin tea party groups and pro-life activists, who feel betrayed by Mr. Ryan’s nearly $2 trillion package. The spending bill avoided a government shutdown by surrendering on conservatives’ top priorities, including giving up the fights to defund Planned Parenthood and to block President Obama’s plan to bring at least 10,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S. The hunt is on to...
  • Paul Ryan’s Christmas Warning: American Companies Will Shut Down Without More Foreign Workers

    12/24/2015 10:13:32 AM PST · by Rockitz · 96 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 23 Dec 2015 | Julia Hahn
    In a Tuesday morning interview with radio host Bill Bennett, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended his omnibus bill’s controversial expansion in the H-2B visa program, which would allow foreign workers to fill blue-collar American jobs, by arguing that if the provision were not included, American companies would be forced to shut their doors. Bennett pressed Ryan on the details of the H-2B visa expansion, slipped 700-pages into Ryan’s 2,009-page omnibus spending bill—asking Ryan directly, “Do you believe there are not enough Americans to fill these jobs?” In response, Ryan described the H-2B visa expansion as “a very small, discrete provision.”...
  • There's a new species of parasite in Washington DC (well, not really)

    12/17/2015 12:11:07 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    American Irony ^ | 12-17-15 | The Looking Spoon
    John Hinderacker and Ed Morrisey have been wondering why a solidly Republican Congress is going through with such a lousy omnibus bill that betrays conservative values. The answer is simple...
  • Once More With 'the Vision Thing'

    11/05/2015 7:49:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    "Where there is no vision, the people perish..." (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)It was George H.W. Bush who reportedly dismissed an idea from a friend that he should spend time at Camp David thinking about what he might do should he become president. According to a January 26, 1987 article in Time magazine, Bush is said to have dismissed the suggestion with this line: "Oh, the vision thing."Now comes the new speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, who is not only embracing the "vision thing," but is accusing his fellow Republicans of not having any vision at all.Appearing last weekend on...
  • Someone Get Biden And Ryan Some Fiber

    10/22/2015 6:10:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    While normal Americans go about their business, the political world is anxiously awaiting two men to decide if they want to lead. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., debated one another in 2012, but now they seem to be playing a game of indifference when it comes to their political futures. I’m writing this on Tuesday night, so anything could happen by the time you see this, but given their reluctance or inability to make a decision, I might be better served to wait until next week to run this. Biden has wanted to be president...
  • The irrefutable case for Paul Ryan

    10/22/2015 4:12:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10-22-15 | Ross Kaminsky
    Conservatives would be nowhere without him. Now they need to back him. Case closed. (UPDATE: On Wednesday evening, the Freedom Caucus announced that a “supermajority” of its members support Paul Ryan for Speaker. While they did not reach the 80 percent threshold of the caucus members needed to issue a formal endorsement, this is, as Rep. Ryan put it, “a positive step toward a unified Republican team.” Ryan’s becoming speaker is still no sure thing, though more likely than it was Wednesday morning. Some Freedom Caucus members seem hesitant to switch their endorsement from Rep. Daniel “Not the Dictionary Guy”...
  • Paul Ryan for speaker

    10/22/2015 3:53:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10-22-15 | Washington Examiner Staff
    When Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., withdrew from the race for speaker of the House, some people wondered whether it signaled the approaching death of the Republican Party. It was indeed a potent moment, for the majority leader, backed by a massive majority of his congressional party colleagues, was derailed by an intransigent and habitually disruptive minority. Yet the exit of McCarthy may end up being the party's lifeline. For Republicans now have the opportunity instead to elect Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is both less inclined to seek power and, we think, more likely to use it effectively. GOP...
  • Freedom Caucus Majority Backs Paul Ryan for House Speaker

    10/21/2015 8:53:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 108 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-21-15 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and EMMARIE HUETTEMAN
    A strong majority of anti-establishment conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus voted on Wednesday night to support Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin for House speaker, assuring that he will have the votes to secure the post next week and averting a leadership crisis for Republicans. Mr. Ryan indicated that he was prepared to seize the gavel and try to bring unity to his party, which has been riven over how House leaders exert authority over members. That fight had become so bitter that it forced the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner and derailed the candidacy of the majority...
  • Paul Ryan announces conditions under which he will run for Speaker

    10/21/2015 7:50:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/21/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And they're completely reasonable. I know there’s no getting through to those of you who think Paul Ryan is a RINO!!!!! because he’s made deals with Democrats in a divided Congress. Anyone with a governing record is going to have things like that in his or her history, and if you don’t understand that then I don’t know what to tell you - except that you’re going to spend your entire life shrieking that no one is acceptable to you and everyone who’s ever done anything but talk is a sellout. So I’ll just let you shriek and try to...
  • Do we really need a Speaker? Maybe not if the will is there

    10/20/2015 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/20/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Discharge petitions could be the answer to the impasse in the matter of a new House Speaker. I don’t much care for the current Speaker of the House John Boehner. If you are reading this, chances are you feel the same way. This said, we should acknowledge that our dislike for Boehner, while currently personal, has its origins in his lies and disregard for our wishes regarding illegal alien control, Obamacare and the passage of a federal budget. A layman’s review of whether or not the House can actually function without a Speaker reveals that doing so is pretty much...
  • Boehner likely to move on debt limit hike before departure

    10/14/2015 9:19:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2015 4:21 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Speaker John Boehner is signaling that he’ll move must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap before he leaves Capitol Hill. The statutory cap on the government’s so-called debt limit needs to be raised by early November, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday, confirming a recent warning from the administration. Boehner himself has said that he doesn’t want to leave a “dirty barn” for his successor, comments that have been widely interpreted as a promise that he would try to at least clear away the debt limit issue rather than saddle the next speaker with the task. …
  • Who's 'Crazy' Around Here?

    10/13/2015 11:50:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    It strikes me all of a sudden that a word spoken on behalf of the Republican Party's "crazies" might not come amiss. Ah, those half-wits, those yo-yos, those howlers at the moon -- just look at 'em! Overthrowing House speakers, threatening to shut down Congress over funding for Planned Parenthood, allowing no end to trouble for responsible GOP leaders! And all of this to the vast entertainment of the liberal media. So, what kind of word might be appropriate to speak on behalf of the House's Freedom Caucus and their allies in the Senate, such as Ted Cruz? Let's steer...
  • Don't Take Your Guns to Town, Paul

    10/13/2015 10:43:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice that is being offered to him. The Republican Party is not, as some commentators wail, in "chaos" today. It is in rebellion, in revolt, as it was in the early 1960s when Barry Goldwater's true believers rejected Eisenhower Republicanism and Nelson Rockefeller to nominate the Arizona Senator for president. A similar and bristling hostility to today's establishment has arisen, in the GOP Congress, the country, and the presidential race. The acrimony attendant to this militants...
  • Banana Republicans?

    10/13/2015 10:21:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    When Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) walked into a Capitol Hill conference room to meet with his Republican colleagues last Thursday, he seemed a certain bet to be elected the next speaker of the House of Representatives. Subsequent reports revealed McCarthy already knew he didn't have enough votes to win, or if he did, it was barely enough, but an insufficient majority to rule the contentious GOP caucus. And so he shocked everyone when he emerged and announced his withdrawal as a candidate. The website The Hill reported that Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) confronted Speaker John...
  • Hewitt slams House Freedom Caucus

    10/12/2015 12:53:30 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/11/15 | Kevin Cirilli
    Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Sunday slammed Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) and the House Freedom Caucus for "holding the House hostage" and blocking Republicans from electing a successor to outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who wants to resign at the end of the month. Hewitt said on NBC's "Meet The Press" that he hopes Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — who has said he doesn't want to be Speaker — will change his mind. Hewitt then criticized Brat, who was on the roundtable, and the conservative House Freedom Caucus for giving Ryan a tepid response. "There's like 15 of you...
  • Speak(er) No Evil

    10/12/2015 6:07:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2015 | Rich Galen
    While official - and unofficial - Washington, DC is barely able to breathe given the turmoil in the Republican Conference of the U.S. House, it is useful to remember that we have been here before. Let me relay the story. It was December 19, 1998. I was in Bangkok, Thailand (which is part of the story) but more importantly the House was voting on the Articles of Impeachment against President Bill Clinton. November 1998 had marked the second midterm election of Bill Clinton's Presidency. It was widely expected that the GOP - already in the majority - would pick up...
  • Open Thread: Did the House Dodge a Bullet With McCarthy?

    10/11/2015 5:08:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Last week, the House Republicans were plunged into disarray when House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the presumptive favorite, withdrew from the speakership race. It seemed he was already facing a troubled road to succeed out-going Speaker John Boehner, given that the House Freedom Caucus–a 40-member block–was going to vote for Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) for the top spot; McCarthy had reportedly refused to give in to their demands. That, coupled with the possibility of relying on Democrats for his victory, along with his comments about the House Select Committee on Benghazi–he said it was sinking Hillary’s poll numbers–crippled...