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Oct 12, 2015

U.S. House’s Flores will seek speakership if Ryan doesn’t

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Another Republican stepped forward on Monday to contend for the top job in the U.S. House of Representatives, laying claim to a post that others have so far found too hot to handle.

Texas Representative Bill Flores will run for speaker of the House if his Wisconsin colleague, Representative Paul Ryan, does not run for it, a spokesman for Flores said on Monday.

Oct 9, 2015

Leading Republican Ryan reconsiders U.S. House speaker run -lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – A leading Republican
congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul
Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said on
Friday as they sought to defuse a leadership battle.

Numerous House Republicans and even 2012 presidential
candidate Mitt Romney have asked Ryan to run for speaker after
the front-runner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly
dropped out on Thursday.

Oct 9, 2015

All eyes on Ryan amid search for House speaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is deciding whether to seek the U.S. House of Representatives’ speaker job, fellow Republican lawmakers said on Friday after they met behind closed doors to try to settle their leadership battle.

Speaking to reporters the day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped his bid to become speaker, Representative Darrell Issa of California said he had no second choice if Ryan sticks by his announcement on Thursday that he would not seek the post.

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

House conservative group backs Webster, complicates Speaker race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A small but influential bloc of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives threw its support behind a longshot candidate for House Speaker on Wednesday, complicating the party’s efforts to elect John Boehner’s successor.

The approximately 40-member House Freedom Caucus agreed to vote for Representative Daniel Webster in a secret nominating ballot on Thursday, showcasing its clout as it tries to push the chamber’s Republican leadership to the right to battle President Barack Obama through 2016.

Oct 7, 2015

McCarthy seen short of full majority in House speaker race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy appears to have locked up enough support among his fellow Republicans to be nominated for speaker, but has not nailed down the 218 votes needed to be elected by the full chamber, Republican lawmakers said on Wednesday.

House of Representatives Republicans are scheduled to cast secret ballots on Thursday on their choice to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is resigning from Congress on Oct. 30.

Oct 5, 2015

House to vote on new speaker on October 29: Boehner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote to elect its next speaker on Oct. 29, retiring House Speaker John Boehner announced on Monday. But with Republicans in turmoil, Boehner delayed the voting for other party leadership races.

On Thursday, House Republicans will meet privately to choose their party’s nominee for speaker. The entire House – both Republicans and Democrats – will then vote in an open session three weeks later.

Oct 5, 2015

Defiant Benghazi committee Democrats to release witness transcripts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Democratic minority on a U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, intend to defy the committee’s Republican leaders by releasing the transcript of a closed-door interview with a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton, they said on Monday.

The announcement comes six days after Kevin McCarthy, the leader of U.S. House Republicans, went on television to boast that the federally funded investigation had successfully dented Clinton’s poll numbers as she runs for the Democratic presidential nomination.