This is the first edition of the Ryan Rundown, a weekly look at news about Wisconsin's first speaker of the House.
In the week since House Republicans selected U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to succeed John Boehner as speaker, the congressman has enjoyed an outflow of support from fellow conservatives, tempered by opposition from several GOP legislators.
In addition to the challenge of uniting Republican factions within the House, observers say Ryan must work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to improve the relationship between the bodies if he wants to advance his legislative agenda. While Republicans control both chambers, many view McConnell's grip in the Senate as more tenuous due to the Democrats' ability to filibuster.
Shortly after his election, Ryan announced his reluctance to work with the White House on immigration reform. During his maneuvering before the vote, he caught flack from some critics for focusing on his family time as a condition of taking the job while continuing to oppose the expansion of paid family leave.
And although Boehner left a completed budget framework as a parting gift, Ryan will still need to ensure the measure receives congressional approval before Dec. 11. He also faces work on divisive issues such as Planned Parenthood funding, tax reform, and the highway budget bill.
Ryan also made some staff changes in the wake of his elevation to speaker. Andy Speth has moved from chief of staff to become senior advisor and Danyell Tremmel is now Ryan's chief of staff after serving most recently as his district chief of staff. Allison Steil is moving from policy director to deputy chief of staff and Katie Donnell, who joined Ryan's office in January as a legislative assistant, is now his legislative director.