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Friday, May 27, 2016

 1:29 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan urges Senate to pass bill to speed up airport security screening

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan presses the Senate to pass a bill to shorten wait times at airport security and a new poll shows Ryan with a 73-point lead over his primary challenger.


- Ryan to Senate: Pass Rep. John Katko's bill to shorten airport wait times

- Free Beacon Poll: Paul Ryan Leads GOP Challenger by 73 Points

- Paul Ryan blowing away tea party primary challenger: poll

- Alan Greenspan: "I Happen To Be A Fan Of Paul Ryan"


- Russell Berman: The humbling of Paul Ryan

- Peter Roff: A Bad Bailout for Puerto Rico


Thursday, May 26, 2016

 1:10 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan accuses Dems of 'sabotage' in voting against spending bill with LGBT protections

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan accuses Democrats of "sabotage" in voting against an energy and water appropriations bill that included a measure protecting LGBT rights, and Ryan says he had a "productive" phone call with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.


- LGBT language helps sink energy bill

- LGBT, Funding Issues Scuttle Energy Spending Bill in House

- Key House spending bill fails over LGBT controversy

- Paul Ryan is in another fight he doesn't want, this time over LGBT rights

- Trump, Ryan Speak by Phone Amid Endorsement Impasse

- Paul Ryan renews push for top donors -- with perks like VIP convention package, holiday party


- Dana Milbank: Paul Ryan's soap opera with Donald Trump

- Ruth Marcus: How Paul Ryan could recuse himself from supporting Donald Trump

- Alex Shepard: Donald Trump is trying to force Paul Ryan's hand


 10:32 AM 

Wendy Riemann column: Advantageous Advocacy: The crux of advocacy and a lesson from Dr. Seuss

On more than one occasion, I have heard that "I am just a small business owner," or "I can't afford a lobbyist," or "I don't donate enough to have my voice heard by an official."

But you can still engage in legislative advocacy.

An elected official works for the people. The people's tax dollars pay his salary. The people who vote determine whether the official keeps his job. For an official to effectively serve, and be reelected, he needs information from the people who know the issues best.

To put that another way, we elect officials to represent us. How can they represent us if constituents are not willing to share their thoughts, ideas and knowledge?

Everyone is capable of advocacy. Kids do it. Church groups do it. Animal lovers do it. Senior citizens do it. Anyone with a passion for an issue can be an advocate. In fact, there are tens of thousands of lobbyists in Washington, D.C., and most actually work at associations on behalf of a cause, not at big lobbying firms on K Street.

Advocacy does not only mean sitting in a meeting with an elected official. It may be writing a letter to the editor, attending a rally, signing a petition, or posting  on social media. In fact, the growth of social media has given unprecedented power to individual citizens to speak out for a cause. Legislative advocacy is working with lawmakers to gain support for a cause. That could be at the local, state, or federal level. It is a person's right, and some might say duty, to advocate based on the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law...or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

The most critical element: be passionate and committed to the cause, as legislation can often take years to become law.

In the story, "The Lorax," by Dr. Seuss, he writes, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

That is the crux of advocacy: caring enough to make something better by speaking up.

-- Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm. She can be reached at: wendy@1492communications.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

 2:44 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan says he's still not decided on Trump endorsement

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan counters rumors he's ready to endorse Donald Trump, and Ryan considers changing House rules in the wake of chaos on the floor over a vote on a gay rights measure.


- Paul Ryan denies reports he's ready to endorse Donald Trump

- Paul Ryan: No Decision on Trump Endorsement

- Paul Ryan Still Not Ready to Endorse Donald Trump

- Paul Ryan's Concern: Will Trump Respect Congress's Power?

- Ryan weighs House floor change after gay rights flap


- Alex Shephard: Donald Trump is trying to force Paul Ryan's hand

- Stephen Seufert: Paul Ryan's Saving Grace?


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

 11:20 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan slams VA secretary for comparing VA wait times, lines at Disneyland

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan calls VA Secretary Bob McDonald's comparison of VA wait times to lines at Disneyland 'disgusting,' and Ryan scores a victory with a bipartisan deal on the Puerto Rico debt crisis.


- Ryan: VA chief's comments 'disgusting'

- VA Secretary Bob McDonald Slammed for 'Tone-Deaf' Comparison to Disneyland

- VA Secretary Disneyland-wait time comparison draws ire

- Ryan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal

- Paul Ryan on Donald Trump victory: "I'm not a betting man"

- In Trump Standoff, Ryan Risks Isolation Early in Speakership

- Paul Ryan: We're 'a nation at war'


- John Nichols: No, Paul Ryan, Austerity Will Not Fix the Starving Puerto Rican Economy

- Laura Clawson: Ryan tries to turn House Republican chaos into a virtue


Monday, May 23, 2016

 11:04 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan tells Carthage grads to 'go where you can make a difference'

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan delivers the commencement address at Carthage College in Kenosha, and Ryan says on "UpFront with Mike Gousha" he and Trump are working to unify the GOP.


- Ryan delivers commencement address at Carthage College

- Ryan to Carthage grads: 'Don't worry too much about the plan'

- Ryan, Trump work to unify GOP

- Ryan's break from Boehner triggers House mayhem


Friday, May 20, 2016

 11:15 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan says Trump SCOTUS picks 'step in the right direction'

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan says presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's Supreme Court picks were a "very good step in the right direction" toward his potential endorsement, and Ryan calls the Obama administration's new overtime rule an "absolute disaster."


- Paul Ryan: Trump's judges list a positive step

- Ryan praises Trump's Supreme Court picks

- House GOP Conference chair backs Trump, isolating Paul Ryan

- Ryan: Overtime rule is 'absolute disaster'


Thursday, May 19, 2016

 11:17 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan, Obama administration reach tentative agreement on Puerto Rico debt

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Treasury Department have reached a tentative agreement on restructuring Puerto Rico's debt, and Ryan vows to fight the Obama administration's new overtime rules.


- Ryan strikes Puerto Rico debt deal with Obama administration

- House Speaker Paul Ryan 'Committed to Fighting' New Overtime Rule

- Freedom Caucus strong-armed Ryan on IRS impeachment

- President Obama misled Congress on Gitmo, Paul Ryan says

- 64% of likely Republican voters say Paul Ryan should endorse Donald Trump


- Eric Levitz: White House and Paul Ryan Agreed to a Deal on the Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

- Charles Pierce: Ryan thinks overtime pay is actually -- wait for it -- bad for workers

- Albert Hunt: Donald Trump, Paul Ryan as avatars of Newt Gingrich, Jack Kemp


 8:25 AM 

Duffy introduces Puerto Rico debt restructuring bill

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Weston, has introduced legislation to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.

Duffy has been targeted for his efforts by the Center for Individual Freedom. The conservative group launched a radio ad accusing Duffy of flip-flopping on the Puerto Rico debt bill and said "if leaders in Washington get their way, Wisconsin could pay for Puerto Rico's wild overspending."

In announcing the bill, Duffy said it would: create an independent board to oversee the island’s finances and budgets; ensure the territory adopts four consecutive balanced budgets; and authorize it to pay workers less than the federal minimum wage.

Duffy said disastrous policies have wrecked Puerto Rico’s economy.

“As a result, the island and its millions of American citizens face a humanitarian crisis,” he said. “That’s why we must allow for a responsible restructuring for Puerto Rico’s debt, and do it without using Wisconsin taxpayer dollars for a bailout.”

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