The Democratic Win in Louisiana Is No Sign of the Party’s Revival
Saturday, Democrats elected their first governor in the Deep South in eight years, as Louisiana state legislator John Bel Edwards defeated GOP U.S. senator David Vitter. The Democrats’ double-digit victory in Louisiana makes up for their losing the Kentucky …
Can Paul Ryan Maintain a Unified House GOP?
On Wednesday evening, under the fractured light of three chandeliers in a meeting of the House Rules Committee, Representatives Alcee Hastings (D., Fla.) and Doug Collins (R., Ga.) began to shout.
“We’re making a hurry out of something there …
The House Failed to Push for Real Conservative Reforms in the Obamacare Reconciliation Fight
Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress, the House of Representatives has an important role to play in advancing conservative policies. House membership is more conservative than the Senate; its rules often make it easier to pass conservative legislation; …
Good News for Growth: Kevin Brady Is the New Tax Man
The crusade for tax reform, free trade, a sound dollar, and Obamacare repeal got a big lift on Wednesday when House GOP leaders chose Kevin Brady of Texas to replace newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan as chair of the powerful …
BREAKING: Kevin Brady Will Succeed Paul Ryan as Ways & Means Chairman
The Republican Steering Committee has chosen Texas’s Kevin Brady, a longtime ally of Paul Ryan, to succeed the new speaker as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Wednesday afternoon, in the same conference room where Ryan announced …
Paul Ryan Drops Boehner’s ‘No Shutdowns’ Pledge
New House speaker Paul Ryan gave a preview today of how he plans to change congressional GOP tactics when he was asked about the coming fight to fund the federal government beyond December 11.
“This is the legislative branch and the …
The Bipartisan Budget Deal Demonstrates What’s Wrong with Washington
Each night in America, many parents are having serious discussions after their kids go to bed — and the subjects are usually the same. How will we pay the mortgage? How can we save for our kids’ educations or our …
Ryan Strikes Optimistic Tone in First Speech as Speaker
Backed by the vast majority of House Republicans, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to “wipe the slate clean” today, outlining a vision for ending the bitter battles between leadership and rank-and-file that hampered John Boehner’s final days in …
Mike Lee: Cyber Bill Lets Companies Violate User Agreements
A Senate-passed cybersecurity bill allows companies to violate the user agreements they formed with consumers, according to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah).
The tea-party senator voted against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which passed 74–21. “This bill was a compromise between …
Rubio, Cruz, and Lee Are Wrong to Oppose the House Reconciliation Bill
After months of internal debate, the House passed a budget-reconciliation bill last Friday taking aim at Obamacare, but it is far from assured that the bill, or even an amended version of it, will ever emerge from the Senate.
Everyone Likes a Good Hanging
One of the most interesting events of the season took place on Wednesday evening. A portrait of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Miami congresswoman, was unveiled in the hearing room of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She was chairwoman in the last Congress, …
Veto-Proof House Majority Backs Halt to Syrian Refugee Program
Legislation that would halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States passed the House with broad bipartisan support today, as President Obama’s team failed to assure even many Democrats that the current resettlement process is secure.
How the Filibuster Protects Our Republic
There is a growing chorus of conservatives — especially members of the House of Representatives, but also presidential candidates and other conservative leaders — calling for the elimination of the Senate filibuster. Whether the issue is repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned …
What Will We See in Speaker Ryan’s House?
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is the new speaker of the House. With him, we are told that we are entering a new era in the House of Representatives. Really? Let’s see.
#*#The sequester caps are gone as part of a …
Senate Democrats Look to Consolidate Wins from Budget Deal
Senate Democrats have issued the opening salvo in an effort to consolidate the victories they achieved in last week’s budget and debt-limit deal, accusing new House speaker Paul Ryan of flirting with the idea of a government shutdown in December.
Paul Ryan: Honeymoon Will Last ‘About 35 Minutes’
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New House speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t expect the conservative base to give him much of a grace period before it starts demanding results.
“About 35 minutes,” Ryan told Fox News Sunday this morning, …
Paul Ryan Starts Off on Wrong Foot with Budget Deal
Grass-roots conservatives have many unrealistic expectations and political objectives. And then sometimes they have a good point.
The new budget deal arranged by John Boehner and the Democrats — approving $50 billion of additional spending in 2016 and $30 billion in 2017 — will …
House Conservatives Give Ryan a Pass on Budget Deal
Paul Ryan’s decision to vote for the controversial budget deal John Boehner negotiated with the White House isn’t expected to complicate his ascension to the speaker’s chair.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), despite making plain …
Jeff Sessions and Mike Lee: Broken Senate ‘May Never Be Fixed’
Two Republican senators offered a bleak criticism of the pending debt-limit deal and, implicitly, of Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell’s leadership since Republicans took the majority.
“The Senate is broken,” Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) and Senator Jeff Sessions (R., …
Ryan Rips Boehner behind Closed Doors
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner’s last-minute debt-limit deal is a textbook example of what Paul Ryan has promised not to do as leader of the Republican conference.
“I think the process stinks,” the incoming speaker told reporters Tuesday. ”We …