Speaker Paul D. Ryan, seen leaving for the August recess, has to manage a fractious Republican caucus while trying to minimize losses in the upcoming elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
September will be a crucial month in determining how Speaker Paul D. Ryan manages competing interests within the House Republican conference. It's an ongoing balancing act that is expected to become more delicate amid a government funding deadline and the culmination of an election cycle in which the GOP is trying to avoid big losses.
Ryan is nearing the end of his first year as speaker, a marker at which lawmakers and observers will start to more closely examine the Wisconsin Republican’s leadership accomplishments and style, and assess whether he is the best person to lead the fractious GOP conference going forward.