Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Wednesday morning he would not be running for re-election, citing his desire to spend more time with his family. Here’s a look back at Ryan’s two-decade career in the House.
Democrats lined up at the podium Wednesday seeking unanimous consent on a bill that would expand background checks for firearm purchases. After several attempts to bring votes on gun control to the House floor this summer, did Republicans budge?
Following the rejection of four gun control amendments in the Senate earlier this week, House Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday.
Leading the charge was Rep. John Lewis, who took to the floor with an impassioned plea for members of Congress to take up legislation to address gun control in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.
Takai observes the tradition of Aloha Fridays (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai delivered a letter to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., Friday asking that “Aloha wear” be allowed on the House floor on Fridays. “Among partisan divide, the message of friendliness and compassion is an excellent reminder that we should rise above the bickering and pass real, meaningful legislation that benefits the American people,” the Democrat, whose office observes his state's Aloha Friday, said in a statement to HOH.
“Mr. Speaker, I urge you to allow Aloha shirts to be worn on the House floor on Fridays. Embracing the Aloha shirt will allow members to embrace the Aloha Spirit — something that Washington could use a little more of,” he added. The letter was also dated on a day the chamber was voting.
As the House searches for its next speaker, HOH pays tribute this week to one candidate with a vast knowledge of time, cheese and NFL rules.