Speaker of the House

Analysis: Tough Road Ahead for Ryan in 2018
Will he want to stay in Congress after navigating immigration, budget and midterm challenges?

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., pictured arriving at the Capitol for a meeting to kick off 2018 spending negotiations, has a tough road ahead this year that could make him question his future in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan insists he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, but he has a tough road ahead in 2018 that could test his patience with his conference, their Senate counterparts, the president and Washington. 

The Wisconsin Republican is known for keeping his cool under pressure. Thus far in his still young speakership, he’s managed to diffuse disagreements within the House Republican Conference before they’ve reached a boiling point. He also claimed a significant victory last year with passage of the landmark tax overhaul bill, a long-held priority for the former Budget and tax-writing chairman.   

Ryan Wants House Tax Overhaul Before Wis. Muzzleloader Season
 

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told reporters about the various deer-hunting seasons in response to a question about getting a tax overhaul done before the hunting season begins.

Watch: Ryan Wonders How Bump Stocks Got Through Regulatory Process

Shortly after Reps. Seth Moulton and Carlos Curbelo introduced a bipartisan bill to ban the manufacture, sale and possession of bump stocks, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said his focus was on figuring out how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed for sale of these devices “in the first place.”

Taxes, Immigration Bigger Tests for Ryan Speakership Than Fiscal Deal
Conservatives concerned about how speaker will handle DACA

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s leadership will be tested in upcoming debates over taxes and immigration, potentially determining whether he remains the House’s top Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s leadership capabilities are back in the spotlight after September’s fiscal crises were quickly resolved last week without any wins for conservative policies. But that deal is unlikely to define his speakership the way upcoming legislative battles on taxes and immigration will.

Whether the 10-term Wisconsin Republican remains speaker — either by his or the House GOP’s choosing — may depend on his ability to deliver legislation in those areas that can both appease his largely conservative conference and get through the more moderate Senate to President Donald Trump’s desk.

Ryan On House Dress Code: Time to Modernize
 

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Pence: Repeal and Replace Obamacare ‘First Order of Business’

Vice President-elect Mike Pence joined Speaker Paul D. Ryan for a GOP leadership news briefing Wednesday, telling reporters that working with Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will be the incoming administration’s “first order of business.” See the video for highlights from Pence and Ryan’s remarks.