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These Eight Republicans Could Save the Conference From Breaking

Price, left and Ryan are longtime allies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was pushed to run for speaker because members believed he could unite House Republicans, but he will share some of that responsibility with some select colleagues.  

The Wisconsin Republican has tapped eight members to serve on an "advisory group" that will meet regularly to discuss House matters and serve as Ryan's sounding board for leadership ideas. The group, according to names obtained by CQ Roll Call, includes two members from each of the three main Republican voting blocs — as well as two of Ryan's closest allies. "Speaker Ryan believes the conference is strongest when it's unified," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement to CQ Roll Call. "To have a more inclusive speakership, he has pulled together a group of members representing the major Republican caucuses."  

Steve Scalise Collects Conservative Victories, Looks to Health Care

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In his Rayburn office on Capitol Hill, Rep. Steve Scalise has a case of triumphs.  

The Louisiana Republican exhibits an impressive array of corks under glass in a custom-made display-box coffee table. Each was popped from a Champagne bottle to mark a momentous occasion: averting the New Year's 2013 fiscal cliff, personal achievements such as becoming chairman of the Republican Study Committee and local legislative milestones such as funding for the Gulf Coast recovery.  

RSC Names New Executive Director

Several months after ousting its long-serving executive director over allegations of confidentiality breaches, the Republican Study Committee has tapped a successor.  

Will Dunham will take the reins of the House's largest members' organization committed to advancing conservative policy, RSC Chairman Steve Scalise, R-La., announced Wednesday. "Will’s proven track record and his commitment to the conservative cause are tremendous assets to the more than 170 Members of the Republican Study Committee,” said Scalise said in a statement. “Will’s strong conservative background combined with his skillful understanding of the legislative process will serve the RSC well as we fight to pass conservative principles into law.