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Oct 29, 2015

Republican Paul Ryan elected as House speaker, replacing Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to install Republican Representative Paul Ryan as its new speaker, replacing John Boehner following a revolt by conservative lawmakers who forced his retirement.

Ryan won 236 votes among the 247 Republicans in the chamber, indicating that the Wisconsin congressman was deserted by only a handful of the conservatives who pushed out Boehner.

Oct 28, 2015

Boehner reflects on leaving ‘lonely’ job as House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On his last full day at the pinnacle of Washington power, Speaker John Boehner voiced no regrets about leaving behind the unruly U.S. House of Representatives, reminisced about his career in public life and weighed in on presidential politics.

Chain smoking in his stately Capitol office, the perpetually tanned Ohio Republican, second in line to the presidency after the vice president, sat down on Wednesday with reporters.

Oct 27, 2015

White House, Congress reach tentative budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House and congressional leaders reached a two-year budget deal overnight that would lift mandatory sequestration cuts on both defense and domestic spending and raise the federal debt ceiling, averting a fiscal standoff as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives prepares for new leadership.

A White House official said on Tuesday the compromise deal would protect Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries from cuts and urged members of Congress from both parties to pass it.

Oct 27, 2015

Debt limit, budget deals take shape in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders raced to finalize a sweeping two-year budget deal and an extension of the federal debt ceiling until March 2017 before Boehner transfers power to his expected successor, Paul Ryan.

If successful, the deals would mark a final act for Boehner to clear some politically divisive legislation as Ryan takes over as speaker – assuming a majority of the House of Representatives votes to put him in the top job in an election set for Thursday.

Oct 26, 2015

Congress negotiators near deal on budget, debt limit: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders raced to finalize a sweeping two-year budget deal and an extension of the federal debt ceiling until March 2017 before Boehner transfers power to his expected successor, Paul Ryan.

If successful, the deals would mark a final act for Boehner to clear the decks of some politically divisive legislation as Ryan takes over as speaker – assuming a majority of the House of Representatives votes to put him in the top job in an election set for Thursday.

Oct 26, 2015

U.S. Congress negotiators near deal on budget, debt limit -sources

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John
Boehner and other congressional leaders raced to finalize a
sweeping two-year budget deal and an extension of the federal
debt ceiling until March 2017 before Boehner transfers power to
his expected successor, Paul Ryan.

If successful, the deals would mark a final act for Boehner
to clear the decks of some politically divisive legislation as
Ryan takes over as speaker – assuming a majority of the House of
Representatives votes to put him in the top job in an election
set for Thursday.

Oct 23, 2015

Ryan sets ambitious agenda if elected House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan revealed a bold to-do list when he agreed to run for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, but to carry it out he will need a level of compromise and cohesion that has been sorely lacking on Capitol Hill for a long time.

If all goes as expected next week, the Wisconsin lawmaker and 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee will replace John Boehner as House speaker. In announcing his willingness to seek the job, Ryan said in a statement to party colleagues:

Oct 22, 2015

Ryan gains support of key U.S. conservatives for speaker job

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – A supermajority of the U.S.
House of Representatives’ firebrand conservative Republicans on
Wednesday threw their support behind Paul Ryan to be the next
speaker and said they have provided him enough votes to win the
race.

About two-thirds of the approximately 40 House “Freedom
Caucus” members voted to back Ryan for speaker if he formally
enters the contest, according to the Republican lawmakers who
emerged from a closed-door session to discuss Ryan’s fate.

Oct 22, 2015

Ryan, right-wing spar over House speakership as deadlines loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan tried to win over hard-line conservatives on Wednesday in his bid to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as fellow Republicans quarreled over how to avoid an historic default on Washington’s soaring government debt.

Coming within days if Congress fails to act, a default could shake the markets and the economy, but the Republican-controlled Congress had no clear plan to prevent it, and was consumed by an intra-party power struggle expected to extend into next week.

Oct 21, 2015

U.S. House conservatives frosty on Ryan for speaker

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Hard-line conservative
Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday
were not rallying behind Paul Ryan’s bid to be the next speaker,
as party turmoil again overshadowed debt and budget issues that
could rattle markets.

Ryan, who ran for vice president in 2012, on Tuesday said he
would seek the top House job, which the majority Republicans
have struggled to fill, but only under certain conditions,
including endorsements by Friday of various Republican factions.

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