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Oct 29, 2015

Speaker Ryan may move Republican tax rhetoric closer to reality

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidates who promise to cut and simplify U.S. taxes would find
a powerful ally if they reach the White House: House of
Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.

The newly elected speaker is a long-time champion of
thoroughly overhauling the tax code, a politically difficult
project that has eluded Washington since 1986.

Oct 26, 2015

Ahead of Speaker vote, Ryan taps veteran lobbyist as top aide

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Paul Ryan has tapped a
veteran Washington insider who recently lobbied to abolish the
Export-Import Bank to serve as his top aide should Ryan become
the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the
congressman’s office said on Monday.

The Wisconsin Republican, who was the 2012 Republican
vice-presidential nominee, plans to make David Hoppe his chief
of staff if, as expected, Ryan wins the election later this week
to replace present House Speaker John Boehner.

Oct 23, 2015

For 61st time, U.S. House passes anti-Obamacare bill

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House
of Representatives approved legislation on Friday targeting
President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act that, like 60 other
attempts before it, stands little chance of becoming law.

The measure uses special budget rules that give it a greater
chance of passing the Senate and reaching Obama’s desk than
previous efforts, but Obama has said he plans to veto it.

Oct 21, 2015

For Ryan, House speakership could be political dead end

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top job in the House of Representatives would give Paul Ryan a high-profile platform and put him second in line to succeed the U.S. president, but it could also mark the end of his political career, if the past is any guide.

Though the Speaker of the House is one of the most powerful jobs in Washington, only one person to hold it, James K. Polk, went on to become president, and that was in 1845.

Oct 9, 2015

Tea Party wave that lifted Republicans threatens to engulf them

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In Washington, Republicans are rudderless after their candidate to lead the House of Representatives drops out. On the campaign trail, seasoned conservatives struggle in the presidential race while a reality TV star alienates the nation’s fastest-growing slice of the electorate.

Since 2010, Republicans have harnessed the anti-establishment energy of the Tea Party movement to win control of Congress and recruit a deep field of candidates for the November 2016 presidential election.

Oct 8, 2015

U.S. House Republicans in chaos as favorite McCarthy quits speaker race

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress were
plunged into turmoil on Thursday when California Representative
Kevin McCarthy, the favorite to succeed retiring House Speaker
John Boehner, dropped out of the race in a surprise that adds to
concerns about the party’s ability to govern effectively.

McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the House, faced
opposition from more conservative lawmakers who now could be
emboldened to take a more confrontational approach toward
Democratic President Barack Obama on legislation and policy.

Oct 8, 2015

House Republicans in chaos as favorite McCarthy quits Speaker race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress were plunged into turmoil on Thursday when California Representative Kevin McCarthy, considered the favorite to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, surprisingly dropped out of the race, throwing the party’s ability to govern into question.

McCarthy, the No. 2 Republican in the House, had competition from more conservative lawmakers who felt marginalized under Boehner’s leadership. The election for Speaker was postponed until further notice, House Republican Conference spokesman Nate Hodson said.

Oct 8, 2015

Republicans prepare to nominate candidate for House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hardline conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday made a play for more power in deeply divided Republican ranks as the party prepared to vote on its nominee for the next speaker of the House.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was the favorite to be selected as the official party choice to replace John Boehner in the secret ballot scheduled to take place later on Thursday.

Oct 7, 2015

Senate approves defense bill despite veto threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow the military to avoid mandatory spending cuts, setting up a likely veto from President Barack Obama, who is pushing for a broader budget deal.

The Senate approved the $612 billion defense-policy bill 70- 27. The House of Representatives has already approved the measure.

Oct 6, 2015

Congress should act on ‘scandalous’ fantasy betting: Reid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate called on Congress to examine fantasy-sports betting services on Tuesday after reports that an employee with access to insider information placed bets in the unregulated multi-billion-dollar industry.

“There’s absolutely scandalous conduct taking place through those programs, fantasy sports,” Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid told reporters.

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