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Paul Ryan Has New Title, 'New' Name

That's Paul D. Ryan to you, sir

(Newser) - House Republicans officially nominated Paul Ryan as speaker Wednesday, CNN reports. Er, excuse us, Paul D. Ryan. Also Wednesday, the congressman asked the Clerk of the House to formally change his name on all official documents and offices to Paul D. Ryan, Politico reports. His full name is Paul Davis... More »

Freedom Caucus Won't Formally Endorse Ryan

But caucus leaders say they have 'super-majority'

(Newser) - Paul Ryan hasn't been able to secure one of his key demands for running for House speaker, but he has decided he has come close enough. Ryan failed to gain the formal endorsement of the powerful House Freedom Caucus, though the group told him it had a "super-majority"... More »

One of Paul Ryan's Key Demands Will Be Tough Sell

Can he win the support of most conservatives in House Freedom Caucus?

(Newser) - Paul Ryan has laid out a series of demands before he'll agree to be House speaker, and one in particular looks a little iffy. Ryan wants the unanimous support of all the major House caucuses, but Politico is skeptical that the 40 or so conservatives who make up the... More »

Paul Ryan: I'll Be Speaker, but I've Got Demands

For starters, he wants all GOP caucuses to unite behind him

(Newser) - One political will-he-or-won't-he is settled: Paul Ryan says he's willing to run as House speaker. However, there's a catch, reports Politico . Ryan told House Republicans Tuesday that he'll serve only if he has near-unanimous support. It remains unclear whether the hard-line conservatives who forced John Boehner... More »

Here's Why McCarthy Says He Bailed

Rumors are swirling about affair with fellow lawmaker

(Newser) - There might be somebody out there who can unite all 247 House Republicans, but Kevin McCarthy says it definitely isn't him. The House majority leader tells Politico that his shock decision not to seek the nomination for speaker came after friends said to him: "Why do you want... More »

GOP Won't Take Ryan's 'No' for an Answer

He's under a lot of pressure to take Boehner's job

(Newser) - Senior Republicans are trying to draft Paul Ryan for the job that John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy don't want. Ryan has repeatedly said that he doesn't want to be House speaker, either—he announced, "I will not be a candidate" within minutes of McCarthy's bombshell announcement... More »

'Dark Horse' Hops Into Race to Succeed Boehner

Jason Chaffetz says Kevin McCarthy can't unite hardcore, moderate factions

(Newser) - As Kevin McCarthy's bid to succeed John Boehner as speaker of the House seems slightly less inevitable , the race got a new entrant Sunday in the form of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee. "There are very few people who can win... More »

Congressman Makes Rare Move to Try to Oust Boehner

But Mark Meadows' 'vacate the chair' resolution is a long-shot

(Newser) - A House conservative who isn't exactly a household name made a surprise move today to try to oust John Boehner as speaker. The long-shot "vacate the chair" resolution comes from North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, and the Washington Post reports that it's been tried only once before—... More »

Confederate Flag Triggers Surprise Fight in House

Nancy Pelosi forces Republicans into vote to 'punt' on the issue

(Newser) - South Carolina may have gotten all the headlines today in regard to the Confederate flag, but the Hill points out there was plenty of high drama in the House as well. In its account, Nancy Pelosi surprised Republicans with a resolution to ban the flag from the Capitol—it uses... More »

House Bill Funds Homeland Security for 3 Weeks

Stopgap measure expected to pass

(Newser) - With a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security just hours away, House Republicans appear to have decided to back away from the cliff and pass a "clean" funding bill that will keep the department open—for a few weeks. After a House GOP meeting yesterday on a... More »

After Revolt, House GOP Shelves Abortion Bill

Female lawmakers were against 20-week bill

(Newser) - House Republicans have abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision was embarrassing for Republican leaders eager to display a united, GOP-led Congress, which had planned to push the legislation through... More »

House Dumps Key Obama Immigration Reforms

Bill would expose 'DREAMers' to deportation, has little chance in Senate

(Newser) - In an assault on one of President Obama's top domestic priorities, House Republicans approved measures today that would overturn his immigration actions and remove protections for immigrants brought illegally to the country as children. Despite a White House veto threat, Republicans attached language blocking Obama's immigration initiatives to... More »

Payback Is Swift for House GOP Rebels

No more Mr. Nice Boehner: those who voted against him kicked off committee

(Newser) - John Boehner struck a magnanimous tone after fighting off the biggest anti-speaker rebellion in 150 years yesterday—"May the fruits of our labors be ladders our children can use to climb to the stars," he told the House—but payback has been swift for some of the 25... More »

GOP Leaders Back Scalise in White Supremacy Gaffe

Boehner, others issue statements of support for House majority whip

(Newser) - Majority Whip Steve Scalise is still taking heat after admitting that he spoke to a white supremacy group years ago, but it looks like the No. 3 GOP leader in the House will be sticking around: That's because Nos. 1 and 2 gave him their support today. "More... More »

House Majority Whip Spoke to White Supremacist Group

Scalise says he detests group he spoke to in 2002

(Newser) - The third-ranking House Republican has admitted that he addressed a gathering of white supremacists in 2002—but House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says he didn't know the group's beliefs and it is "insulting and ludicrous" to suggest he shared them, the Hill reports. Scalise, who was a... More »

Congress May Block DC's Marijuana Law

Rider in spending bill would cut off funds for enforcement

(Newser) - Voters in DC have made clear that they want marijuana to be legal in the district, but some members of Congress hope to overrule them. An amendment now on the table amid budget negotiations would block legalization in DC by prohibiting federal and local funds from enforcing it, reports Roll ... More »

House GOP Sues Obama Over ObamaCare

Next up is opposition to immigration changes

(Newser) - As Republicans plot strategy on how to oppose President Obama's immigration changes, they're moving ahead with a plan to go after another signature policy: ObamaCare. House Republicans today filed their expected lawsuit against the White House, arguing that the president overstepped his authority on certain parts of the... More »

GOP Easily Keeps Control of House

The question is, how much will they extend their margin?

(Newser) - As the night's results filter in, NBC News is projecting early that—surprise, surprise—Republicans will retain control of the House. While the GOP win was a virtual certainty beforehand, the question now is how much the party can pad its margin. By AP's count , Republicans currently control... More »

House OKs $694M Border Bill, Obama Says No

'I'm going to have to act alone,' president says

(Newser) - House Republicans revived their bill on the US-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion today, passing it on a near party-line vote after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the... More »

House GOP Delays Recess, Scrambles for Border Bill

Tea Party forced vote postponement today ahead of summer break

(Newser) - The House today abandoned a vote on $659 million legislation to address the immigration crisis after another Tea Party revolt. John Boehner pulled the measure from the floor at the last minute, knowing he didn't have enough votes. The speaker, however, then took the unusual step of delaying Congress'... More »

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