As Speaker, Paul Ryan May Need to Pare Lofty Goals

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Appealing for Clean Slate as Speaker Gavel Changes Hands.

WASHINGTON — Representative Paul D. First elected in the midterm Republican wave in 1994, Boehner played a part in then-Speaker Newt Gingrich’s revolution, then saw his quick rise to the stop falter when he lost his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference in 1998.A tearful Speaker John Boehner worked his way through a box of tissues today while delivering his adieu to the House, which elected Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to succeed him.

Paul Ryan as its speaker Thursday, catapulting one of its youngest members to the top job in hopes that a policy-oriented fiscal conservative could give the party a fresh start after years of strife. Rather than leave Congress, Boehner went to a House education committee, where he helped draft and pass the No Child Left Behind law with Democratic Sen. A former chairman of both the Budget Committee and the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the 45-year-old has made fiscal policy his trademark issue. The deal sets the budget of the government through the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and eases punishing spending caps by providing $80 billion more for military and domestic programs.

Boehner said, “There’s a difference between being asked to do something and being called to do something.” Somewhere along that asking-calling continuum is arm-twisting, kicking and screaming, which better describes what went into Mr. Ryan is striking many of the notes they want to hear: a more inclusive style of leadership, a devolution of power from the leadership suites to the committee rooms and a House of Representatives that is truly representative.

The conservatives must decide whether they will give him a chance to make good on those promises — or continue their rebellious ways and possibly be crushed. House on Thursday in a day of high political theater, a young new leader for a fractured Congress, charged with healing Republican divides and quieting the chaos of Capitol Hill. “Let’s prove ourselves worthy,” Ryan urged from the House dais where he was sworn into the job, second in line to the presidency, after an extraordinary month of unrest for Congress.

In his address to Congress after the vote, he implored members who had been fighting so bitterly to find a way to work together. “Let’s be frank: The House is broken,” Mr. Ryan ascended to the lofty title of House speaker, the 40-something members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus struck what seemed an increasingly conciliatory tone after they deposed his predecessor, John A. The measure was expected to clear an initial legislative hurdle well after midnight in a dead-of-night vote resulting from the Senate’s convoluted legislative timetables and delaying tactics by opponents. Ryan said. “We are not settling scores,” he added. “We are wiping the slate clean.” His reflection of modern politics comes in the form of the cot in his office that he sleeps on, in lieu of the old school Capitol Hill apartment that Mr. His predecessor, Ohio Republican John Boehner, had aimed high in 2011 when he came close to reaching a broad budget deal with President Barack Obama, only to end his tenure with incremental changes that left big fiscal fights unsettled.

Many in the GOP majority planned to vote “no,” including presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who canceled campaign events to rush back to Washington to oppose it. They had been steamrollered on two key policy issues when the House overwhelmingly voted to reopen their despised Export-Import Bank, then easily passed a budget deal they had denounced vociferously. Ryan, 45, the Republicans’ 2012 vice presidential nominee, was elected speaker in a rare, live roll-call vote on the House floor, with each lawmaker standing in turn to declare his choice. Ryan, known for his communication skills, might be able to use his ideas to make the GOP more competitive in national elections, particularly the 2016 White House race, even if the prospects for passing big, new legislation are dimming in this Congress. The final tally showed 236 votes for Ryan, 184 for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democrats’ candidate, and nine for Republican Daniel Webster of Florida.

The comments could have been aimed at divisions within his own party as well as the split between Republicans and Democrats. “We should not hide our disagreements—we should embrace them,” Mr. With his wife and three kids from Janesville, Wisconsin, watching on from the gallery, along with presidential running mate Mitt Romney, Ryan accepted the gavel from Pelosi and pledged a new day for the Congress. And without directly mentioning them or the troubles they’ve caused, he promised to bring the GOP’s rebels back into the fold. “We need to let every member contribute — not once they have earned their stripes but right now,” Ryan said. “Open up the process.

Ryan has been working on a comprehensive revamp that would lower basic rates for both individuals and businesses large and small, while narrowing or eliminating many current breaks. Ryan to garner the 218 votes he needed to become speaker, some of the Freedom Caucus had to abandon their principles, which include opposing anything the rest of the Republicans want. Rewriting federal poverty programs to make them more effective also is a high priority, particularly given widespread public concern about inequality. A respected minority will work in good faith.” Boehner, who started life as an Ohio bartender’s son with 11 siblings, delivered an emotional farewell address marveling, “This, too, can really happen to you.” Boehner’s parting gift to Ryan was the budget deal revealed Monday night after secretive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House. After all, if the Freedom Caucus’s principles require opposing anything that violates their principles, they’ve got no choice but to oppose themselves for violating their principles to elect Mr.

Ryan aims to give states far more flexibility to use federal anti-poverty money to encourage beneficiaries to make personal changes that could help them move out of poverty. Ryan’s swearing-in came almost exactly a month after Boehner shocked the House by revealing his plans to resign from Congress at the end of October.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was Boehner’s likeliest successor, but was quickly undone by a gaffe suggesting the House’s special Benghazi committee was set up to drive down Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers. Ryan vaguely, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the minority leader, said in a statement, “Make no mistake — my Democratic colleagues and I will continue to have deep policy differences with Speaker Ryan on the vast majority of issues.” Yet Mr.

Ryan also could highlight more of his party’s vision for strengthening the fraying federal safety net, particularly Medicare and the troubled Social Security Disability Insurance program. Ryan’s first address as speaker, which included the understanding words, “A neglected minority will gum up the works.” “Neither McCarthy nor Ryan would have given a speech like that if not for the House Freedom Caucus,” Mr. Conservatives say he has promised not to bring up immigration legislation while Barack Obama is president, and not to bring up any immigration bill unless a majority of Republicans support it. At that time, there were numerous factions, like the waning Whig Party, an anemic group of Democrats, a small nativist bloc called the American Party (also called the Know Nothings), and a fledgling Republican Party.

Ryan for at least two years—a budget and debt-ceiling deal that means Congress won’t need to address the Treasury’s borrowing limit until March 2017. Congress still hasn’t reauthorized the nation’s transportation programs in any meaningful way, at a time when states are pleading for lawmakers to address infrastructure needs. In the meantime, his right flank is itching to move forward with efforts sure to stoke the party’s conservative base but possibly provoke a backlash.

Moves are already afoot to impeach the Internal Revenue Service commissioner, John Koskinen, and the Special Select Committee on Benghazi has signaled it is not about to give up its pursuit of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was a change of guard both peaceful and at times humorous, as members, who voted orally from their desks, a method reserved for special events, sometimes added a little note of praise for Mr.

Ryan made his way into the chamber after he was formally elected and greeted his colleagues as he proceeded to the rostrum, taking extra time to shake hands with Democrats.

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