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Paul Ryan Sets Conditions for Speaker Bid (Video)

Updated 10:03 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan needs convincing the GOP conference has his back — and he’s given lawmakers a Friday deadline to persuade him to take the speaker’s job.

How the House Freedom Caucus Got Behind Paul Ryan

When the House Freedom Caucus emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday night, the surprise wasn’t that they hadn’t formally endorsed Paul D. Ryan to be speaker. It was how close they had come.

Roughly 70 percent of the Freedom Caucus — 27 out of 39 members — voted to support Ryan. That tally fell short of the group’s standard of a four-fifths majority, or 80 percent, to take an official position. But it was good enough for Ryan to feel as though he had the support to move forward.

How the House Freedom Caucus Got Behind Paul Ryan

When the House Freedom Caucus emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday night, the surprise wasn't that they hadn't formally endorsed Paul D. Ryan to be speaker. It was how close they had come.  

Roughly 70 percent of the Freedom Caucus — 27 out of 39 members — voted to support Ryan. That tally fell short of the group’s standard of a four-fifths majority, or 80 percent, to take an official position. But it was good enough for Ryan to feel as though he had the support to move forward.  

Boehner Names Planned Parenthood Committee Republicans

Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday that Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will chair the investigative panel created following a string of hidden camera videos showing Planned Parenthood employees talking about the sale of fetal tissue.

“Recent videos exposing the abortion-for-baby parts business have shocked the nation, and demanded action,” Boehner said Friday in a statement. “At my request, three House committees have been investigating the abortion business, but we still don’t have the full truth.”

Boehner Names Planned Parenthood Committee Republicans

Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday that Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., will chair the investigative panel created following a string of hidden camera videos showing Planned Parenthood employees talking about the sale of fetal tissue.  

"Recent videos exposing the abortion-for-baby parts business have shocked the nation, and demanded action," Boehner said Friday in a statement. "At my request, three House committees have been investigating the abortion business, but we still don’t have the full truth." Boehner said Blackburn will have "the resources and the subpoena power to get to the bottom of these horrific practices, and build on our work to protect the sanctity of all human life."  

Ryan to Colleagues: I'm In

Paul D. Ryan is officially in.

After receiving sufficient support from three major factions of the House GOP, the Wisconsin Republican announced Thursday he will run for speaker.

Ryan to Colleagues: I'm In

Paul D. Ryan is officially in.  

After receiving sufficient support from three major factions of the House GOP, the Wisconsin Republican announced Thursday he will run for speaker. "I never thought I’d be speaker," Ryan said in a letter to colleagues Thursday evening. "But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve — I would go all in. After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker."  

Paul Ryan Clears Biggest Hurdle to Speaker Bid

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan fell a few votes short of a formal endorsement from the House Freedom Caucus Wednesday evening, but decided he had earned enough support from the Republican Conference’s right flank to move forward with a bid for speaker.

“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” he said in a statement following the HFC vote. “I look forward to hearing from the other two caucuses by the end of the week, but I believe this is a positive step toward a unified Republican team.”

Paul Ryan Clears Biggest Hurdle to Speaker Bid

Updated 9:20 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan fell a few votes short of a formal endorsement from the House Freedom Caucus Wednesday evening, but decided he had earned enough support from the Republican Conference’s right flank to move forward with a bid for speaker.  

“I’m grateful for the support of a supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus,” he said in a statement following the HFC vote. “I look forward to hearing from the other two caucuses by the end of the week, but I believe this is a positive step toward a unified Republican team.” The Ways and Means chairman made an endorsement from the Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly 40 hard-line conservatives determined to overhaul congressional procedure, as well as two other groups within the conference, a condition of running.  

Freedom Caucus Resists Ryan

Updated 7:34 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan had a choice. Now he’s given his colleagues one.

The Wisconsin Republican put the question of his speaker candidacy to his fellow lawmakers Tuesday, asking for the endorsement of three major House GOP caucuses by Friday. Now those groups are trying to figure out what it would take to get behind him.

Freedom Caucus Resists Ryan

Updated 7:34 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan had a choice. Now he’s given his colleagues one.  

The Wisconsin Republican put the question of his speaker candidacy to his fellow lawmakers Tuesday, asking for the endorsement of three major House GOP caucuses by Friday. Now those groups are trying to figure out what it would take to get behind him. The Republican Study Committee met with Ryan Wednesday, and while RSC Chairman Bill Flores said there was unlikely to be an announcement before Thursday, Ryan probably won’t have trouble getting the backing of the large conservative group. Nor is the Ways and Means chairman expected to have trouble winning the support of the moderate Tuesday Group, which he Ryan is set to meet with Thursday.  

House Freedom Caucus Skeptical of Ryan's Terms

Paul D. Ryan’s conditional announcement for speaker was immediately met with overwhelming support Tuesday evening, with the notable exception of one key constituency: The House Freedom Caucus.

Among Ryan’s conditions to run were two critical sticking points: that the HFC endorse him by Friday, and that the conference agrees to some changes on the motion to vacate the chair.

Boehner Sets Speaker Elections

In a vote of confidence in Paul D. Ryan and a show of eagerness to resign as planned on Oct. 31, Speaker John A. Boehner has scheduled a conference meeting for next Wednesday, Oct. 28, for House Republicans to nominate his successor.

A vote on the House floor among all members will still take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, as previously announced.

Freedom Caucus Resists Ryan

Updated 7:34 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan had a choice. Now he’s given his colleagues one.

The Wisconsin Republican put the question of his speaker candidacy to his fellow lawmakers Tuesday, asking for the endorsement of three major House GOP caucuses by Friday. Now those groups are trying to figure out what it would take to get behind him.

Boehner Sets Speaker Elections

In a vote of confidence in Paul D. Ryan and a show of eagerness to resign as planned on Oct. 31, Speaker John A. Boehner has scheduled a conference meeting for next Wednesday, Oct. 28, for House Republicans to nominate his successor.  

A vote on the House floor among all members will still take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, as previously announced. Boehner made the announcement of the conference election date early Wednesday morning during the conference's weekly members' meeting, according to multiple sources in the room at the time.  

House Freedom Caucus Skeptical of Ryan's Terms

Paul D. Ryan's conditional announcement for speaker was immediately met with overwhelming support Tuesday evening, with the notable exception of one key constituency: The House Freedom Caucus.  

Among Ryan's conditions to run were two critical sticking points: that the HFC endorse him by Friday, and that the conference agrees to some changes on the motion to vacate the chair. As outlined in Jefferson's Manual, the vacate the chair procedure allows any member to offer a privileged resolution to get rid of the speaker, with only a majority vote required for the resolution to succeed. That power, the threat of which conservatives used to expedite Speaker John A. Boehner's exit, was an immediate point of contention for Freedom Caucus members.  

Paul Ryan Sets Conditions for Speaker Bid (Video)

   

Updated 10:03 p.m. | Paul D. Ryan needs convincing the GOP conference has his back — and he’s given lawmakers a Friday deadline to persuade him to take the speaker’s job.  

Ryan Spokesman: No 'Final Decision' Tonight

Updated 4:25 p.m. | With a special GOP conference meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, members may finally learn what Paul D. Ryan is thinking. Sort of.

“I don’t anticipate a final decision tonight,” Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck told CQ Roll Call Tuesday.

Ryan Spokesman: No 'Final Decision' Tonight

Updated 4:25 p.m. | With a special GOP conference meeting scheduled for Tuesday night, members may finally learn what Paul D. Ryan is thinking. Sort of.  

"I don't anticipate a final decision tonight," Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck told CQ Roll Call Tuesday. On Tuesday, even before the special GOP conference meeting scheduled for later that evening, Ryan was set to meet with House Freedom Caucus leaders, at the HFC's request.  

Answers to Come in a Week of GOP Leadership Questions

House Republicans return to the Capitol Tuesday with a set of questions and challenges. The most glaring among them remains: Who will lead them?

Speaker John A. Boehner has made it clear he will stay, if needed, beyond his scheduled resignation date at the end of the month. Whether that is necessary should become clear this week.