Bryan Steil becomes GOP front-runner to win Paul Ryan’s seat

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former driver for House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been active in Wisconsin Republican politics for years announced Sunday that he is running to succeed Ryan in Congress. Bryan Steil, an attorney from Ryan’s hometown of Janesville and a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, becomes the […]

Pence informed US leaders of Syria announcement

 LIMA, Peru (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence informed congressional leaders of President Donald Trump’s plans to announce airstrikes in Syria. Pence’s deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen, says Pence called House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi before Trump’s speech Friday night. Pence is in […]

Speaker Ryan to retire, leaving big election-year GOP vacuum

 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan abruptly announced Wednesday he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress as the steady if reluctant wingman for President Donald Trump, sending new ripples of uncertainty through a Washington already on edge and a Republican Party bracing for a rough election year. The Wisconsin Republican cast […]

Ryan urges Trump to back away from tariff plan

Washington, D.C., March 6 – House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade war. Trump says he’s “not backing down.” The president says Canada and Mexico will not be spared from […]

House Republicans await audience with Trump on tax overhaul

BC-APFN-US–Congress-Taxes,2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 16, 2017 7:16AM (GMT 13:16) – 1020 words By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates summary, adds audio. Trump remarks expected aboput 11:30 a.m. EST. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging […]

House set to pass $36.5B for hurricane, wildfire relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump’s request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat. Thursday’s hurricane aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request, […]

House GOP eyes budget passage that is key to tax debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are focused on cutting taxes instead of deficits as they look to power a $4.1 billion budget plan through the House on Thursday. The 2018 House GOP budget promises deep cuts to social programs and Cabinet agency budgets but its chief purpose is to set the stage for action later this […]

Paul Ryan tweets ‘white supremacy is repulsive’

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is the first Republican leader to comment on President Donald Trump’s remarks Tuesday, declaring in a tweet that “white supremacy is repulsive.” The Wisconsin Republican has sought to keep the GOP caucus on Capitol Hill focused on legislative priorities. His Twitter account is full of messages about the need […]

The Republican Party is an institutional failure

Washington, Austin, and Conroe, August 11 – The Republican Party is an institutional failure. It’s tragic, because for 157 years the Grand Old Party has been the greatest political hope for citizens of the United States. Where the Party is now Strangely, the Republican Party’s success defines its failure. Just look at where the Party […]

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writers ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control […]