Ryan to Colleagues: I'm In

Ryan will run for speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

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."  

Conservative Debt Limit Plan Shelved

Boehner wants to raise the debt limit before he resigns next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner said he hoped to raise the debt limit before he resigns from Congress, but he's running out of time to meet the Nov. 3 deadline in advance of his scheduled Oct. 30 departure.  

The Ohio Republican has five more legislative days to avoid a federal government default before the politically messy task falls to his successor. Earlier this week, Boehner and other GOP leaders were prepared to start the inevitable game of legislative volleyball with the Senate: They would put a bill on the floor as soon as Friday that would raise the debt ceiling through early 2017, plus make sweeping changes to the annual congressional budget process.  

Answers to Come in a Week of GOP Leadership Questions

Ryan may finally answer the question: Will he run for speaker? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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. Republicans are holding their regularly scheduled first meeting of the week at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the morning after the first votes. But House leadership announced Monday afternoon a special GOP conference meeting for Tuesday at 7 p.m., which means Paul D. Ryan's pending decision about whether to accept the numerous calls he run for speaker may need to be answered first.  

List of Possible Speaker Candidates in Flux (Video)

Chaffetz wants to be speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:13 p.m. | One day after Kevin McCarthy shocked his conference by announcing he would not seek the speakership, the list of possible candidates continues to grow. The two declared candidates are Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Daniel Webster of Florida, but a whole host of names has been floated by lawmakers.

On Friday morning, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, Chaffetz's predecessor as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, dissed his successor's chances in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and said he might become a candidate himself. Issa built his reputation in part with his many fights with President Barack Obama's administration and numerous media appearances.

After McCarthy's Stunner, Republicans Who Could Be Speaker (Video)

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Updated 5:26 p.m. Rep. Kevin McCarthy's stunning decision to withdraw his name from the race for the speaker's gavel has set off chaos in the Republican conference, with all sorts of names being floated of people who could potentially be the next speaker. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has announced his plans to stick around until his successor is elected, and that's what will happen for now: Boehner would only have to win a vote to vacate the chair if conservatives pressed one. Otherwise, he can stay for the duration.  

Here are the people who just might have the ambition for the job, although at this point, almost anybody could get a mention as chaos reigns:  

Members React to McCarthy's Decision to Drop Speaker Bid (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:02 p.m. | House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's abrupt decision to drop out of the race to replace outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, at the GOP conference's leadership election Thursday has members talking.  

Here's a catalog of reaction from the House GOP following the California Republican's move. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C. , said it was "mayhem." McCarthy was "calm, cool and collected," his wife was there, members were crying. He also named two people who probably could lock up 218 votes for speaker if they threw their hat in the ring: Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. and Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. But Ryan , the Ways and Means chairman, vowed Thursday afternoon not to enter the race for speaker. "I will not be a candidate. I continue to believe I can best serve the country and this conference as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee," he said.  

House Democrats Brace for Round Two of Trade Fight

Kind helped the president whip House votes on TPA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats who fought unsuccessfully earlier this year to withhold Trade Promotion Authority from the White House are gearing up for round two: an effort to undo the sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal announced Monday that TPA authorized the administration to negotiate.  

"The deal ... is the result of negotiations between corporate interests and trade representatives, which ignored the voices of working families in all twelve countries," Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota declared in a statement. "These negotiations have been conducted in secret by foreign governments and multi-national corporations for the sole benefit of wealthy executives and special interests — to the detriment of American workers, our environment, our food safety and our ability to innovate and advance human development," Rep. Rick Nolan, another Minnesota Democrat, said.  

Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

Chaffetz says McCarthy doesn't have enough support in the House Republican Conference to win the speakership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 10:19 a.m. |  Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker.  

The Utah Republican announced his decision on Fox News Sunday, citing support from colleagues who "recruited" him to challenge the establishment favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. "We don't want to fight internally," Chaffetz told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, "but realistically we can't vote to promote the existing leadership.  

Rules Could Complicate Leadership Fight (Updated)

Scalise listens as McCarthy speaks Tuesday during a new conference on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:26 p.m. | A rules fight could determine who holds power in the House Republican Conference under a new speaker when the elections are held on Oct. 8.  

While Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California remains the odds-on favorite to inherit John A. Boehner’s gavel, the race for his position remains fluid and that has caused all kinds of uncertainty down the ballot. One of the leading candidates for House whip says elected members of the conference leadership — such as current Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana — should vacate their own positions in order to run for a higher office.  

Conservatives Take Credit for Boehner Resignation (Video)

Boehner's resignation was inevitable, Massie said.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner surprised the GOP conference Friday by announcing he would resign at the end of October. But among all the shock and disbelief was the quiet acknowledgment among conservatives that it was time for the Ohio Republican to go.  

"I thought it was expected, and I think it's probably the best avenue," Ted Yoho told reporters minutes after Boehner announced his decision. The Florida Republican was one of the co-sponsors of a resolution to remove Boehner. And while Yoho wouldn't explicitly take credit, he noted the resolution and associated efforts to take down Boehner probably played a role. "It was an instrument that was out there, that, you know, I'm sure weighed in here, but as far as how much, I'm sure you'd have to ask Mr. Boehner."