Those happy days for Democrats and the media—when House Republicans were angry with each other and divided—are over. The archconservatives of the House Freedom Caucus are mostly on board with Speaker Paul Ryan. So is Heritage Action, the serious-minded group that wants the most conservative ideas to be paramount in Congress.
To the extent there's comity, though, it's fragile. Differences among House Republicans—more tactical than ideological—haven't magically vanished. Disagreements are as likely as ever on the budget blueprint that may be voted on as early as next month. And Idaho's Raul Labrador, a Freedom Caucus stalwart, told reporters, "The honeymoon is over" with Ryan.Read more
Paul Ryan, the leading Republican candidate to be the next speaker of the House, will support John Boehner's final budget deal.
"BREAKING - PAUL RYAN will SUPPORT the budget deal today," Jake Sherman reports on Twitter.
BREAKING - PAUL RYAN will SUPPORT the budget deal today.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) October 28, 2015
Rather than continue to battle with the relatively new House "Freedom Caucus," John Boehner decided to announce the end of his tenure as Speaker, leaving the door open for somebody else to take the reins. Kevin McCarthy, thought by many to be a certain successor, dropped out, citing an inability to win on the House floor. A few tested the waters before a panicked mass tried pushing the job on once-conservative hero Paul Ryan.Read more
All is fine and well in the House GOP conference, according to to the Republican rank-and-file.
“We just had a great conference,” said Tennessee’s Marsh Blackburn as she left the Friday morning meeting in the Capitol. “We’ve got a great conference.”
“There’s a lot of communication,” said Jackie Walorski of Indiana.
Asked about the mood in the meeting, Alabama freshman Gary Palmer said, “There’s a lot of good humor.”Read more
Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican and House majority leader, has pulled himself out of the running to replace House speaker John Boehner. National Review Online's Eliana Johnson broke the news:
Breaking: GOP congressman tells me @GOPLeader is postponing speaker election...and took himself out of the race.Read more
John Boehner announced that the election to replace him will be on October 29.
“When I made my announcement last month, I said that I would continue to serve through the month of October. After consulting with my colleagues, I am announcing today that all members of the House of Representatives will vote to elect their next Speaker during a floor vote on October 29th," Boehner says in a press release.Read more
Since becoming the leading candidate for House speaker, majority leader Kevin McCarthy has been treated with suspicion by some conservative commentators. Sean Hannity is one of them, and in an appearance on Hannity’s Fox News program Tuesday, McCarty faced tough questions from the host about what the current Republican leadership has delivered for conservatives. In the process, the affable majority leader made an unforced error and handed Democrats a significant political cudgel.Read more
After John Boehner announced he would be resigning as speaker of the House, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would run to fill his position. Now there's a second congressional leadership race to fill the spot held by McCarthy.Read more
House majority leader Kevin McCarthy officially announced his campaign for speaker of the House. In a letter sent to his fellow Republican congressmen, McCarthy promised that if elected he would lead a House of Representatives that would "have the courage to lead the fight for our conservative principles and make our case to the American people" as well as having "the wisdom to listen to our constituents and each other so that we always move forward together."Read more
On Monday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the Republican presidential front-runner on April Fools' Day, quit the contest. There had been no scandal which disgraced him, no momentous mistake which undermined him. It was simply that he once had support from Republican primary voters; he no longer did.Read more
With John Boehner stepping down as House speaker, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy of California looks like the likeliest candidate to replace him. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, has already said he won’t run and has endorsed McCarthy. Texas congressman Jeb Hensarling could be a dark horse, but none of the other members of the House GOP leadership look particularly poised to take on the top role.Read more
John Boehner will step down as House Speaker on October 30. His announcement was not a total surprise, however, since he’d been expected to leave Congress as early as next year, or even sooner.Read more
Numerous sources report Speaker John Boehner has announced he will be retiring from his speakership and Congress at the end of October.
Ed Henry notes that this puts his tears during the Pope's speech to Congress yesterday in perspective.
Boehner's tears yesterday make a lot more sense today— Ed Henry (@edhenry) September 25, 2015
Pope Francis spoke before Congress Thursday, and numerous politicians lived up to their most iconic moments.
IJ Review has video of Speaker John Boehner being moved to tears in the background:
Pope Francis opens his speech to Congress, with Speaker Boehner crying in the background pic.twitter.com/snP1nGewMIRead more
Speaker of the House John Boehner is calling on Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server "immediately."
“Two inspector generals appointed by President Obama have now called on the Justice Department to investigate Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified email. If Secretary Clinton truly has nothing to hide, she can prove it by immediately turning over her server to the proper authorities and allowing them to examine the complete record," Boehner says in a statement to the press.Read more
Rick Santorum is keeping expectations low for his second presidential campaign. Asked if he would need to win the Iowa caucuses to stay in the race, the former senator said it “depends.”
“If I finish third and half a percent behind first, I think I feel pretty good. If I finish third and I’m ten points out, well, that’s a different story,” he told a small group of reporters in a Washington restaurant Monday afternoon.Read more
Some Republican leaders are sharply criticizing the Obama administration for establishing official diplomatic ties with Cuba, the Caribbean island nation that has been under the control of Communist dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul since 1959. A number of GOP presidential candidates and the speaker of the House of Representatives have noted the continued oppression of the Cuban people under the Castros.Read more
Speaker of the House John Boehner took the floor to make the case that Congress should pass Trade Promotion Authority:Read more
Speaker of the House John Boehner is praising the Senate's passage of the trade bill and calling on Democrats to join with Republicans to pass the law in the House.
“Trade helps create good-paying American jobs, so it’s good news that the Senate has put us one step closer to eliminating trade barriers. These reforms have the support of farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and Americans from all walks of life, and it’s not hard to figure out why," Boehner says in a statement.Read more
In remarks today on Capitol Hill, Speaker of House John Boehner called for action in Iraq:
“On Iraq: It’s been a week now since ISIL fighters stormed Ramadi – the capital of Iraq’s largest province. Hundreds of innocent Iraqi men, women and children have been executed, dozens of U.S.-supplied tanks and military vehicles have been seized," said Boehner.Read more
A liberal political action group has produced an ad and fundraising campaign that claims "Republican cuts" to infrastructure spending and Amtrak funding have "killed again." The Agenda Project Action Fund, which has been behind such campaigns as the ad featuring a Paul Ryan look-alike pushing an elderly woman off a cliff and another with the slogan "F*ck Tea," is raising money in the wake of the recent derailment of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia that has killed eight people and injured hundreds more.Read more
Jonathan Karl of ABC News reported this morning that Speaker of the House John Boehner will announce an "investigation next week into Hillary Clinton's email practices as secretary of state."
"Hillary Clinton may have hoped that she put the email controversy behind her with that press conference, but the investigations are now about to begin," said Karl.Read more
David Axelrod is the man who, more than any other, could be called Barack Obama’s brain (though Axelrod would be publicly horrified by the honorific, and would hasten to assure Valerie Jarrett that he has never been in communication with the editors of this magazine). In his new book, Axelrod describes a moment late in Obama’s first term where Obama acknowledges having a “Bulworth” list of “issues on which he felt he had been insufficiently forthright,” but about which he would be more candid in his second term.Read more
The pope will address Congress in September, a press release from the speaker of the House announced today.
“It is my great privilege to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday, September 24, 2015. On that day, he will become the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and we are truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation," Boehner says in a statement.Read more
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