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
Contrary to popular belief, The Scrapbook is not interested just in affairs of state or in cultural controversies. The Scrapbook takes a healthy interest in trivial matters as well. Consider, for example, the new speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, whose boyish demeanor has caused a certain amount of comment in the nation's capital precisely because it is a little less boyish than before. That is to say, Speaker Ryan seems to be growing a beard.
This would not, in and of itself, mean anything other than the fact that Speaker Ryan is letting his beard grow.Read more
In a television interview Thursday, during which he responded to the killings in San Bernardino, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asserted, "What we have seen—and a common theme among many of these mass shootings—is a theme of mental illness." In the context of the slaughter in southern California, Ryan's remark was an utter non-sequitur. (It was a bit like those Democrats who call for gun control measures after mass shootings that would do nothing to prevent the attacks they are ostensibly designed to respond to.) While it's too early yet to determine the motive for Wednesday's shooting, it simply beggars belief that the husband and wife who perpetrated the attack were both mentally ill.Read more
Overcoming deep personal ambivalence and a battery of attacks from conservative complainers outside Congress, Paul Ryan became the 54th speaker of the House on October 29, 2015. To call this improbable understates the case. Not primarily because Ryan is young (he’s 45) or because Ryan is first a policy maven (his colleagues used to worry that he was too wonky to be an effective communicator) or because Ryan is an inveterate optimist in an age of pessimism (though his sanguinity is irrepressible).Read more
Paul Ryan was a waiter at Tortilla Coast, a Capitol Hill restaurant, when he first encountered Jack Kemp. Ryan had worked for Senator Bob Kasten (R-Wis.), who lost his race for reelection in 1992. Ryan was killing time in Washington before going to graduate school in economics.Read more
In January 2011, we at TWS had the notion that it would be good to defeat President Obama in 2012. And so in a blog post we asked the sensible question: " Wouldn't it be easier just to agree now on a Ryan-Rubio ticket, and save everyone an awful lot of time, effort, and money over the next year and a half?" We reiterated that thought in the spring and summer.Read more
Republicans are in trouble. A significant bloc regards their congressional leaders—House speaker John Boehner, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and their underlings—as enemies. A quarter or more of grassroots Republicans think Donald Trump should be president. And to make things worse, Hillary Clinton has a glide path to the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, making her tougher for any Republican to beat.Read more
Opportunity Lives has posted a video of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan titled, "Speaker Ryan: A Personal Journey."
In the video, Jubal Garcia, says, "Paul was just genuine, man. You can feel his compassion for people." "It's not just a job for him—it's a pssion for him." Garcia then explained his interactions with Heroin addicts.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
In a "dear colleague" letter, Congressman Paul Ryan announced Thursday night that he's "ready and eager" to be speaker of the House of Representatives. You can read the full letter here:Read more
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
At first glance, the two make an odd couple: Rep. Paul Ryan, the campaign-polished Wisconsin representative, and Deion Sanders, the two-time Super Bowl champion. But they aren’t here to talk politics. And, despite their very different backgrounds, they share the same goal: finding a more effective way of to fight poverty.Read more
Speaker of the House John Boehner took the floor to make the case that Congress should pass Trade Promotion Authority:Read more
A new law introduced in Congress seeks to prevent foreign diplomats and employees of the United Nations from receiving taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies. The bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Republicans Ed Royce and Paul Ryan.Read more
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.Read more
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on CNBC this morning that he "would love to see" Mitt Romney run for president again, but that he doesn't think it's likely:
"I would love to see Mitt run again. I hope he does. He's pretty emphatic in saying he won't," said Ryan.Read more
Erica Payne, founder and president of the left-wing Agenda Project, is encouraging people to deface the cover of Paul Ryan's new book, which is hitting shelves today.
"Hi Daniel," Payne writes in an email. "Just a heads up, Paul Ryan's new book comes out today and his publisher is furious! It turns out that they accidentally shipped it with the wrong cover, and they need your help to make things right.Read more
It's still a year and a half before the first presidential primaries of 2016, but Gallup has a new survey out asking Republicans and Democrats about the potential GOP candidates. Analyzing those candidates' familiarity and favorability among Republicans, Gallup has discovered the best known and best liked are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and Texas governor Rick Perry.Read more
Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan took IRS commissioner John Koskinen to task over the agency's claim that hundreds of emails sent by IRS officials were lost. The emails were requested in an investigation into the IRS's improper treatment of conservative tax-exempt groups in the run-up to the 2012 election.Read more
Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, slams President Obama's budget in a statement released by his office.
“The President’s budget is yet another disappointment—because it reinforces the status quo. It would demand that families pay more so Washington can spend more. It would hollow out our defense capabilities. And it would do nothing to preserve or strengthen our entitlements. The President has just three years left in his administration, and yet he seems determined to do nothing about our fiscal challenges," says Ryan.Read more
The Republican chairman of the House Budget committee criticized the Obama administration's plans to shrink the defense budget in a statement.
“The House Republican budgets have consistently met the needs of our military leadership," said Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican. "It’s disappointing that the President continues to use these vital funds as bargaining chips for higher taxes and more domestic spending."Read more
Testifying before the House Budget Committee yesterday, Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf said of Obamacare, “[T]he act creates a disincentive for people to work.” He declared, “[B]y providing heavily subsidized health insurance to people with very low income and then withdrawing those subsidies as income rises, the act creates a disincentive for people to work—relative to what would have been the case in the absence of that act.”Read more
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