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Oct 21, 2015

Voting for House speaker set, right-wingers cool to Ryan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans will choose a new leader next week, under a plan announced on Wednesday by retiring House Speaker John Boehner, while right-wing hardliners gave a chilly reception to Paul Ryan’s possible bid to become the next House speaker.

Conservative party members were refusing to fall in line behind Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, after he said he would run under certain conditions to replace Boehner.

Oct 21, 2015

Ryan to run for House Speaker if he can unify Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A reluctant U.S. Representative Paul Ryan on Tuesday laid out a series of conditions under which he would seek to become speaker of the House of Representatives, saying he will only serve if fractious Republicans unite behind him to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner.

Following a week of near-seclusion in his home state of Wisconsin during a congressional recess, Ryan, a former vice presidential candidate who is in his ninth term in the House, told his fellow Republicans that he might be willing to seek the top job.

Oct 21, 2015

House Republicans mull debt limit hike with spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday planned to advance a debt limit increase plan that also would impose strict new controls on federal spending that Democrats have long opposed, a senior Republican aide said.

House Speaker John Boehner was planning to sketch out the proposal to rank-and-file Republicans during an evening closed-door meeting, with the goal of possibly moving such a bill onto the House floor on Friday, according to the aide, who asked not to be identified.

Oct 20, 2015

House returns to infighting over next speaker, fiscal woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives returns on Tuesday from a Columbus Day recess with no clear plan for choosing someone to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner and little to no progress on budget negotiations, according to congressional aides.

House Republicans will huddle behind closed doors late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday to discuss the two matters, which have become intertwined, according to aides who asked not to be identified.

Oct 10, 2015

Some conservatives quietly campaign against Ryan for speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some conservatives in the Republican party are sharpening their knives to keep Representative Paul Ryan from succeeding House Speaker John Boehner, even as they say publicly the election of the next speaker will center on reforms in the U.S. House of Representatives instead of the candidates.

“The focus is on, in my opinion, not who is speaker, but the process changes we can put in place,” said Representative Barry Loudermilk, a member of the Freedom Caucus made up of the most conservative Republicans in the House.

Oct 5, 2015

Pacific Rim trade pact gets skeptical greeting in U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact hammered out over the weekend in Atlanta got a rocky response in Washington on Monday from U.S. lawmakers, indicating it has a long, difficult road ahead as Congress considers whether or not to approve it.

Even influential Republicans, who had championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), initially criticized the result but didn’t pinpoint specific concerns.

Oct 3, 2015

Obama urges Congress to fund government, Republicans quarrel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday urged the U.S. Congress to take steps soon to fund the federal government in 2016 and raise its nearly exhausted borrowing authority, but acknowledged that Republican political turmoil in Congress will complicate that.

“I will not sign another shortsighted spending bill,” Obama told reporters, warning that a temporary budget patch approved this week by lawmakers presents the risk of a new fiscal crisis before Christmas.

Oct 2, 2015

Obama urges Congress to pass funding bill for fiscal year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday urged the U.S. Congress to take steps soon to fund the federal government in 2016 and raise its nearly exhausted borrowing authority, but acknowledged that Republican political turmoil in Congress will complicate that.

“I will not sign another shortsighted spending bill,” Obama told a White House news conference, warning that a temporary budget patch approved this week by lawmakers presents the risk of a new federal fiscal crisis before Christmas.

Oct 2, 2015

Republicans find governing tough, even with control of Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Republicans secured the keys to the U.S. Congress in the 2014 elections, Mitch McConnell, taking over as Senate majority leader, proclaimed: “It’s time to go in a new direction.”

Eleven months later, the direction the Republicans have gone looks anything but new.

Oct 1, 2015

Congress averts government shutdown, Obama signs funding measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ending weeks of infighting, the U.S. Congress on Wednesday voted to avert a government shutdown just hours before a midnight deadline, passing a stop-gap measure to extend funding for federal agencies until Dec. 11.

The House of Representatives relied heavily on Democrats to secure passage in a 277-151 vote. A large majority of Republicans voted against the measure, which did not meet conservatives’ demands to cut off money to women’s healthcare provider Planned Parenthood amid an abortion controversy.

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