Ryan fires warning shot at White House ahead of shutdown deadline

Ryan fires warning shot at White House ahead of shutdown deadline

By Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju, CNN

Updated 8:14 PM ET, Tue November 3, 2015 | Video Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan warned the White House and Democrats Tuesday that Republicans won’t back down from a fight over government spending that left unresolved could result in a mid-December shutdown.

“This is the legislative branch, and the power of the purse rests within the legislative branch. And we fully expect that we are going to exercise that power,” Ryan said when pressed over whether he planned to attach so-called “policy riders” to a must-pass spending bill that Congress needs to approve before December 11.

The two-year budget deal that President Barack Obama signed on Monday sets the overall levels for government spending, but in order to avoid another government shutdown, the House and Senate need to approve a funding bill detailing levels for all federal agencies. Continue reading “Ryan fires warning shot at White House ahead of shutdown deadline”

Paul Ryan prepares to ascend to speaker; pile of mess awaits

Paul Ryan prepares to ascend to speaker; pile of mess awaits

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Boehner: Paul Ryan Would Make A Great Speaker

Boehner: Paul Ryan Would Make A Great Speaker

Boehner: Paul Ryan Would Make A Great Speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week.

The Wisconsin Republican, on track to prevail in secret-ballot GOP elections Wednesday and in a full House vote Thursday, would take over at a moment of chaos notable even for a Congress where crisis has become routine.

Lawmakers are barreling toward a Nov. 3 deadline to raise the federal borrowing limit or face an unprecedented government default, and there’s no plan in sight for averting it.

Crucial highway funding authority is about to expire, requiring a short-term extension that no one supports.

And early December will bring the next chapter in the government shutdown wars, with a must-pass deadline for spending legislation a ripe opportunity for brinksmanship.

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Rep. Ryan seeks unity from House GOP to run for speaker

Rep. Ryan seeks unity from House GOP to run for speaker

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Paul Ryan Could Seek Speakership In US House

Paul Ryan Could Seek Speakership In US House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan says he’s got to have unity from divided House Republicans before he will serve as their speaker — a tall order as the split between GOP pragmatists and hardliners all but paralyzes Congress and roils the presidential race.

Ryan’s message to his colleagues: Embrace him as their consensus candidate by week’s end or he won’t seek the job, plunging the House into deeper chaos with deadlines on an unprecedented government default and the budget fast approaching.

It’s a big “if” for a House GOP that’s careened from one crisis to another in recent years, with a compromise-averse band of conservative hardliners forcing a partial government shutdown two years ago, ultimately driving current Speaker John Boehner to announce he’ll resign and then scaring off his No. 2.

Boehner is moving quickly to try to resolve the issue, telling Republicans Wednesday morning that the GOP will meet next Wednesday and vote on a candidate to replace him. The full House would then choose its new speaker on Thursday — if all goes according to plan.

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Potential Speaker Paul Ryan Just Issued A List Of Demands To Republicans. The Right Wing Isn’t Happy.

Potential Speaker Paul Ryan Just Issued A List Of Demands To Republicans. The Right Wing Isn’t Happy.

OCT 20, 2015 9:53PM

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Paul Ryan, who has said repeatedly he does not want to be House Speaker, now will consider the position. But only if the all Republican House members, including the hard-line “Freedom Caucus,” agree to a series of demands.

What the Freedom Caucus wants

The Freedom Caucus, which consists of about 40 members, had been demanding that potential candidates for speaker make a detailed set of substantive commitments in exchange for their support. Kevin McCarthy wouldn’t agree to these, so the Freedom Caucus endorsed another candidate. McCarthy was then forced to drop out because he didn’t have enough support to be elected speaker.

McCarthy had good reason to resist. Although Freedom Caucus members say they want “process reforms,” they are actually seeking a series of commitments from a potential speaker candidates that would send the country over a cliff.

For example, they want the next speaker to refuse to raise the debt ceiling unless it is tied to cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. This is something the Democrats in Congress and President Obama would never agree to, potentially setting up the country for catastrophic default. Continue reading “Potential Speaker Paul Ryan Just Issued A List Of Demands To Republicans. The Right Wing Isn’t Happy.”

Scott Walker Promises to Eliminate ‘Corrosive’ Federal Unions Entirely

Scott Walker Promises to Eliminate ‘Corrosive’ Federal Unions Entirely

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As promised, Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., expanded upon his promise to bring changes to federal employee unions, and his latest proposal is actually quite simple: eliminate the labor groups entirely.

The 2016 presidential candidate released a policy “white paper” Monday spelling out an array of reforms he would seek for both private and public sector unions across the country. At the federal level, Walker said he would take aggressive action.

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