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Ryan Rundown: Ryan enjoys early wins; budget concerns and congressional approval loom

In this Ryan Rundown: Speaker Paul Ryan's week was off to a strong start with an early victory in the House passage of a multiyear transportation bill with some bipartisan support. The funding plan authorized around $340 billion over six years, with a last-minute amendment that could add another $40 billion to the total.

And Ryan's chosen successor for the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, beat out challenger U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, in a closed-door meeting of the House Steering Committee. The vote is predicted to be the last of the Steering Committee in its current form, as Ryan has vowed to overhaul the internal functions of the committee-assigning panel before Thanksgiving.

Despite early wins, some news outlets questioned how long Ryan's honeymoon phase with Republican lawmakers will last. The specter of government shutdown still looms as conservative Republicans remain skeptical of the $80 billion two-year budget ahead of the Dec. 11 deadline. In response, Ryan formed an advisory group that will hold weekly sessions to discuss policy items like Planned Parenthood funding and increased control of the Environmental Protection Agency, which are sticking points for some conservative contingents.

The Janesville Republican was the target of criticism from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, for his pledge to delay immigration reform until President Barack Obama leaves office in 2017. Durbin pointed to Ryan's previous support of a "path to earned legalization," excerpted from a speech in 2013, entreating the speaker to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Finally, Ryan's biggest hurdle may be overcoming a 41-year low in congressional approval. Shortly after he assumed the speakership, a new Gallup poll found 86 percent of Americans disapprove of the U.S. Congress. Just 8 percent of Republican respondents said they approved of Congress, dipping below a similarly low 11 percent approval from Democrats, and 13 percent from independents.

News/features

- Ryan notches a transportation win

- House passes highway bill under new Speaker Paul Ryan

- Disapproval of Congress at 41-year high

- Americans welcome Paul Ryan by giving Congress its worst rating of the year

- Top Democrat slams Paul Ryan's reversal on immigration reform

- Durbin pressures Ryan on immigration reform

- Ex-immigration reformers Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan tack right as their profiles rise

- House GOP seeks flood of foreign 'guest workers,' Offers 'seasonal' help to tourism, hospitality, trucking, forestry, seafood industries

- Will Paul Ryan measure up to his mentor Jack Kemp?

- Kevin Brady set to take Paul Ryan's tax-writing chairmanship in House

- Powerful House panel likely to dump committee chairs

- Ryan forms task force to overhaul powerful Steering Committee

- Paul Ryan's first week as House speaker: 'Wiping the slate clean,' but for how long?

- What Paul Ryan's first week says about his future

- Looming shutdown may end Paul Ryan's honeymoon with conservatives

- Paul Ryan seen as boost to criminal justice reform push, members of the House and Senate told The Hill

- New Speaker Paul Ryan presides over a more open House, for now, for better or worse

- How Paul Ryan is already changing Congress

- Paul Ryan Serves Warning to Obama: 'He Can't' Close Guantanamo

- Paul Ryan warns Obama against closing Guantanamo Bay

- Newt Gingrich, at La Crosse book-signing, reflects on speaker Paul Ryan

- Rand Paul on Paul Ryan: He will be no different than Boehner

- Ryan: I'm OK with bills failing

- Speaker Paul Ryan: I've always been a flat tax guy

- Ryan takes crowdsourcing approach to spending bills

- De Blasio joins call from mayors across the country for House Speaker Paul Ryan to renew Zadroga Act for 9/11 responders

- New York pols ask Speaker Ryan to renew 9/11 responders bill

- House Republicans eye targets beyond Planned Parenthood

- Even as House Speaker, Paul Ryan Sleeps in His Office

- Paul Ryan, highest-ranking member of Congress' cot club

- [photographic] Highlights From the Fourth Republican Presidential Debate ...
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan, Looking On at What Might Have Been [pictures of Walker, Ryan and spouses in audience]

- Paul Ryan pays tribute to veterans in Racine

Opinion/Analysis

- Paul Mirengoff: Paul Ryan should stay away from entitlement reform next year

- Chad Pergram: Ryan extends honeymoon by saying, doing right stuff, but tough, standalone choices lie just ahead

- U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood: Paul Ryan: The fresh face the GOP needs

- Dana Milbank: How Paul Ryan can kick-start fixing Congress

- Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman: A message to Speaker Ryan: Let it go

- Michele Hickford: Uh-oh! First bill under Paul Ryan is BAD NEWS for conservatives

- Jim Manley: Paul Ryan's Spending Battle

- Anthony Wiener: Don't scoff at Paul Ryan's family-balance demands: He may have just improved our democracy

- Policy Points: Analyzing Paul Ryan's tax agenda

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