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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