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Friday, January 29, 2016

 11:59 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan raises money, seeks 'mandate election'

In this week's Ryan Rundown: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said he worries election turmoil within the GOP could deliver "victory by default" to Dems in 2016.

With the goal of establishing party consensus early, Ryan said lawmakers will roll out a comprehensive legislative plan once Republicans settle on a candidate. He said he wants a "mandate election" in 2016 for conservative policy rather than a referendum on Democratic leadership.

Ryan said continued House passage of legislation destined for veto by President Barack Obama will highlight the differences between Republicans and Democrats. He said the legislative tactic will show voters what they can expect if they elect Republicans to Congress and the White House.

The speaker rejected the idea of a last-minute presidential bid, but speculation persists delegates could draft Ryan into the race.

Besides questions about Ryan being on the ticket, the Janesville Republican saw a considerable uptick in financial support after his election to the speakership. His campaign, Team Ryan, raised $5.3 million in the last quarter of 2015 and transferred $2.5 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee in December.

Ryan put his increased financial draw to work for Republicans by appearing recently at fundraisers in Texas and Chicago.


- Against odds, Ryan seeks political Holy Grail -- a 'mandate election'

- Paul Ryan: GOP 'circular firing squad' could cost party the White House in 2016

- Is Paul Ryan a 2016 dark horse?

- Could Paul Ryan emerge as last-minute presidential candidate?

- Paul Ryan draws Obama into veto war to show voters what's at stake in 2016

- As speaker, Ryan sees fundraising windfall

- Speaker Ryan sets big Chicago fundraiser

- Republican mega donors line up behind Speaker Ryan

- Campaign donations reflect the sharp split in Congress among Republicans

- 'I'm the most conservative speaker': Wisconsin's Paul Ryan rebuts RINO charge

- Paul Ryan shares thoughts on first months as speaker

- How would Paul Ryan replace Obamacare? Only time will tell

- Ga. Democrat, Paul Ryan find common ground in poverty fight

- Paul Ryan to Hugh Hewitt: Obama lives in 'fantasyland'

- Grothman defends Paul Ryan, voting record

- Ryan to keynote Heritage Action Policy Summit next week

- Will Paul Ryan lead Congress to a new war authorization?

- Cold weather, hot beats: Web jams to Paul Ryan's live stream of snowy Capitol

- Paul Ryan broadcasts live blizzard feed from Capitol [Noble]

- See it: House Speaker Paul Ryan broadcasts '#Snowzilla' with funky live stream of National Mall [Salinger]

- Canadian DJ behind 'funky jam' on Paul Ryan's snowstorm live stream speaks out for first time

- Rising red ink poses challenges for the GOP


- Matthew Continetti: Paul Ryan goes on offense

- Jeffrey Kupfer, Jonathan Ackerman and Rosanne Altshuler: How tax reform can get done in 2016

- Larry Kudlow: It's time to declare war on ISIS

- UC-SC Prof. Emeritus John Ellis: Paul Ryan: Donald Trump's best friend

- Paul Ryan for president


Friday, January 22, 2016

 10:34 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Speaker teases legislative plan, 'complements' Trump

In this week's Ryan Rundown: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said he sees himself as a "complement" to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The House speaker responded to coverage portraying him as a force within the GOP, balancing the views of the real estate mogul. While Ryan has declined to comment on his preference in the 2016 presidential race, the differences between his legislative agenda and the policies proposed by Trump are highlighted by some as an ideological divide within the party.

Ryan announced a five-point agenda last week, saying House Republicans will release additional details on the plan when the presidential field narrows. The Janesville Republican's enthusiasm for his "year of ideas" contrasts to the more mundane goals of his Senate counterpart,
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who said he primarily aims to pass a budget with intact spending appropriations in the coming year.


- Donald Trump finds a foil in Paul Ryan

- Speaker Ryan emerges as counterweight to Trump

- Paul Ryan describes himself as a 'complement' to Donald Trump

- Ryan touts five-point plan to boost GOP in 2016

- Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell try to keep the peace

- Ryan implores Republicans to pick smarter fights

- Speaker Paul Ryan touts an 'inspiring' 2016

- The hole in Paul Ryan's plan to get the House working again

- Can Paul Ryan push Republicans to prioritize poverty?

- Dallas pastor, Republican speaker unlikely allies battling poverty

- GOP's budget, approps plan

- Paul Ryan visits Dallas for MLK Day

- Who was Paul Ryan's father? Paul Murray Ryan played a significant role in shaping his son's character 

- Who is Paul Ryan's wife, Janna? The former lawyer and lobbyist is incredibly accomplished


- PolitiFact: Paul Ryan says 'if you were raised poor, you're just as likely to stay poor' as 50 years ago [True]

- CNN's Lemon touts Twitter attack on Paul Ryan; labels him 'attack dog'

- Greg Sargent: Paul Ryan attacks Barack Obama for agreeing with Paul Ryan

- NYT editors: Paul Ryan attacks Obama for criticizing Muslim ban 

- Mort Kondracke: Why I'm going to write in Paul Ryan

- Robert Reich annihilates Paul Ryan's goals in new video, 'Beware Paul Ryan,' emailed to MoveOn members

- Paul Ryan promises House will do everything possible to sabotage peace with Iran

- After Paul Ryan funds visas for 300,000 Muslim migrants, House Republicans give him standing ovation

- Jonah Goldberg: Will Paul Ryan's House stand up for itself?

- Ronald Brownstein: Why Paul Ryan is becoming the counter-Trump

- CBO: 2016 deficit jumps $130 billion after House Speaker Paul Ryan's omnibus budget deal


Thursday, January 21, 2016

 2:05 PM 

Column: Advantageous Advocacy: An introduction

By Wendy Riemann

WASHINGTON, DC -- “We gave the Hill our bill language during our fly-in last year, and the Representative introduced it, so why isn’t it law yet,” the leader of the group asked me in genuine frustration.

The leader did not realize that in the 113th Congress, January 3, 2013 – January 2, 2015, a total of 10,637 bills and resolutions were introduced, and only 296, or a mere 3 percent, were enacted
into law, according to GovTrack.  In the 114th Congress, starting January 6, 2015 until January 15, 2016, a total of 7,993 bills and resolutions had been introduced, with 115, or 1 percent, enacted into law.  As the Schoolhouse Rock video, “I’m Just a Bill,” reminds us, the vast majority of bills introduced in Congress never even get a committee hearing, let alone actually become law.

It was experiences like this one that compelled me to create this column.

During the past decade of working at various levels of government, I observed countless businesses, groups, and associations advocating a cause and lobbying on legislation.  Sometimes it was done well and led to the launch of a governor’s initiative, or resulted in a bill becoming a law, or caused language in a proposed federal rule to be withdrawn.  Other times, I privately shook my head in disbelief as a group was not invited back or witnessed an issue fade quickly because of poor advocacy.

Last October, I left Gov. Scott Walker's D.C. office after more than four years as Wisconsin’s director of federal relations.  Prior to that, I spent time on Capitol Hill, at a federal agency, and in Florida’s governor’s office.  I have been lobbied a lot.  I have friends and co-workers who have been lobbied even more than me, and I’ve listened to many of their experiences.  In so many cases, better communication and interaction would have led to much better outcomes.

This column's primary goal is to help readers become more successful in communicating and advocating their message to government offices.

Twice each month I will share messages about honesty always being the best policy, the importance of the FUP (What’s a FUP? You’ll need to read!), timeliness, thank you notes, some D.C. nuts and bolts, and more.

Advantageous Advocacy is not a gossip column, so I will never, ever “out” anyone, but I hope we will all grow from various examples.

If you have experiences or comments you would like to share – good or bad – please do.  

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

Friday, January 15, 2016

 12:05 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan prominent at State of the Union, anti-poverty summit

In this week's Ryan Rundown: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan attended his first State of the Union as speaker of the House.

He criticized Barack Obama's speech, saying the president's critical tone of Donald Trump and other GOP candidates "degrades the presidency."

Ryan sat next to Vice President Joe Biden during the speech, prompting commentary on Twitter for the speaker's "poker face" over the president's shoulder. While Ryan used Obama's final State of the Union address to underscore his differences with the president, the speaker praised South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican response, calling her a "visionary … inclusive leader."

The Janesville Republican was the subject of praise for his speech at the recent Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity. Ryan said conservatives must develop a strategy to respond to the 45 million Americans who live in poverty, prompting some to declare him the winner of the anti-poverty summit, which drew several GOP presidential candidates.

But Ryan also continued to clash with House Republicans, this time over the time allocated for voting. After warning lawmakers he would not accommodate late votes, Ryan closed voting on Iran sanction legislation after the allocated 15 minutes, leaving 137 lawmakers out of the vote.

The bill passed 191 to 106, but GOP leaders vacated the vote, citing protests from absent Republicans. The House will vote again on the measure during the week of Jan. 25.


- Barack Obama and Paul Ryan share the stage at State of Union speech

- Paul Ryan: Obama's State of the Union 'degrades the presidency'

- Paul Ryan's SOTU 'poker face' mocked on Twitter

- Ryan practicing his 'poker face' for State of the Union

- Joe Biden and Paul Ryan: The State of the Union's odd couple

- Paul Ryan's beard is shaved for 'fresh' look for the State of the Union

- It's official: President Obama has broken up with Congress

- Paul Ryan: Nikki Haley has 'extremely bright' future in GOP

- House Conservatives: Not willing to 'play dead' for Ryan

- Ryan, McConnell lead in different directions

- McConnell and Ryan try to get along

- Paul Ryan is rapidly emerging as Republicans' anti-Trump

- Paul Ryan dreams of a kinder, more substantive GOP

- Paul Ryan calls on Republicans to be 'inspirational and inclusive'

- Ryan: GOP must be 'inspirational, inclusive'

- Ryan says House will go 'on offense' in 2016

- Why Paul Ryan may have to give up on his legislative agenda

- Ryan emerges as 'big winner' from poverty summit featuring GOP prez candidates

- Paul Ryan, haunted by the past and concerned for the GOP's future, puts poverty in the spotlight

- Paul Ryan thrusts poverty into 2016 conversation

- Paul Ryan turns the GOP presidential race toward a forgotten issue: poverty

- Why Paul Ryan stopped referring to 'makers' and 'takers'

- As Speaker Paul Ryan focuses on poverty, he admits he was 'wrong' to refer to people using government assistance as 'takers'

- Paul Ryan regrets skipping poor neighborhoods in VP run

- Paul Ryan pushes Republicans to make poverty an issue

- Speaker Ryan chastises lawmakers for late votes

- Speaker Ryan closes Iran vote swiftly to punish tardiness

- Paul Ryan to House: When there's a vote, folks have to show up on time

- Paul Ryan cuts off Iran vote in rebuff to tardy lawmakers

- Hey, Congress! Paul Ryan does not like it when you're tardy

- How a third of Congress just thumbed their noses at Paul Ryan

- Can Paul Ryan save the GOP from itself?

- How Paul Ryan is quietly shaping the presidential race

- S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, House Speaker Paul Ryan offer new GOP answer to Trump

- Paul Ryan: 'Of course I will' support Donald Trump if he is the nominee

- Paul Ryan brings a dose of Kemp optimism into the 2016 campaign

- Ryan, Haley offer messages of diversity as antidote to Donald Trump

- Speaker Paul Ryan uses Gov. Nikki Haley to stab at Trump's immigration-reform plans

- Paul Ryan wonders why Obama didn't cry over ISIS attacks

- Paul Ryan wants to know why Obama cried over 20 murdered first-graders but not ISIS beheadings

- Paul Ryan orders closer look at authorizing war against ISIS

- Three things we didn't know about Paul Ryan

- House Speaker Paul Ryan: A day in his life, his thoughts on the candidates

- CBS host hits Paul Ryan for latest Obamacare repeal attempt: 'How is that an alternative?'

- Ryan formally signs Obamacare repeal bill

- Congress sends health law repeal to Obama for first time

- Paul Ryan invites nuns fighting Obamacare mandate to SOTU

- For all their political differences, Biden and Ryan share striking similarities


- Dick Morris: Paul Ryan backed huge budget bill to avoid shutdown

- Rebecca Vallas: Paul Ryan's anti-poverty summit: A test of Republicans' sincerity on poverty

- Tommy Christopher: Friendly fire: Paul Ryan busts Paul Ryan for saying there's no gun show loophole

- Steve Benen: Paul Ryan captures what's wrong with the gun debate

- Bob Lonsberry: Hey Paul Ryan -- Thanks for nothing

- CO editorial: Paul Ryan's push against poverty

- Charles Pierce: Reminder: Paul Ryan is the biggest fake in American politics ... What are the gobshites saying these days?

- Aaron Hanlon: Ayn Rand will destroy the GOP: Paul Ryan, gun control and the brazen, cynical politics of self-interest

- Julia Hahn: House of cards: Paul Ryan's campaign to mislead voters on his immigration stance

- Paul Ryan: Water rules show EPA's overreach

- Yael Abouhalkah: Speaker Paul Ryan mocked mercilessly after dissing President Obama

- Jennifer Rubin: Paul Ryan says what few pols say

- David Dagan: Paul Ryan could take the easy road on criminal justice reform. He shouldn't

- Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan dada

- Steve Benen: Paul Ryan struggles to explain Obama-era economy


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

 10:05 AM 

Ryan unimpressed by State of the Union speech

House Speaker Paul Ryan today said he wasn't disappointed by President Obama's final State of the Union address because the Janesville Republican's expectations were so low.

Ryan, in a news release, said the president failed to acknowledge his policies aren't working and fell short is providing an answer for how the U.S. can defeat ISIS.

"Success doesn’t need hype; it speaks for itself," Ryan said. "I just wish the president had leveled with the people -- or at least with himself."

Wisconsin's Dem delegation, as expected, had a different reaction. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan noted Obama didn't offer a "laundry list" of items for 2016, but the Town of Vermont Dem said he agreed with the president's push for lawmakers to find common ground.

"As the President said, now is not the time to turn inwards as a nation and turn against each other as a people," Pocan said in a news release. "Instead, we should join together to help make sure hard working Americans are getting a fair shot at the American Dream and that we leave this country a better place for the next generation."

Read more reactions to the State of the Union on the WisPolitics.com press release page here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

 5:20 PM 

Sensenbrenner says Rubio using 'McCarthyism' in NSA records collection debate

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner accused Marco Rubio of "McCarthyism" as the GOP hopeful has ramped up criticism of the USA Freedom Act co-authored by the longtime Wisconsin congressman.

That includes Rubio's suggestion ISIS would have supported the bill, a comment Sensenbrenner said he resents.

"I don't know why Sen. Rubio would object to it," Sensenbrenner told WisPolitics.com. "But saying that I am ISIS's biggest supporter in Washington being the author of the Freedom Act, I think, is McCarthyism at its worst."

The legislation, which cleared Congress this summer, made changes to the federal government's bulk collection of phone metadata by the National Security Agency. It also has become a source of contention among several GOP presidential hopefuls, because Sens. Ted Cruz, of Texas, and Rand Paul, of Kentucky, supported the bill.

During a stop in New Hampshire on Jan. 4, Rubio said he would restore the previous NSA program.

"If ISIS had lobbyists in Washington, they would have spent millions to support the anti-intelligence law that was just passed with the help of some Republicans now running for president," Rubio said.

Sensenbrenner fired back in the WisPolitics.com interview that Rubio had a "disconnect" in his argument for bringing back the phone records collection program under the Patriot Act.

That program went through significant changes under the USA Freedom Act, though they didn't take effect until Nov. 30. The Menomonee Falls Republican pointed out the San Bernardino shooting occurred just days after the old Patriot Act provisions expired. If the previous phone records program was as effective as Rubio and others claimed, Sensenbrenner said, the program should have picked up something on the shooters.

The USA Freedom Act still lets the government get needed information on potential terrorist activity, Sensenbrenner said. But it has to seek a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to get records from phone companies.

"I don't think that there's anything wrong with going to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and saying, 'We suspect that this guy is up to terrorist activity. Give us an order so that we can get the phone records,'" he said.

See more from the interview.

Monday, January 11, 2016

 11:13 AM 

Ryan: Voters don’t need a 'personality contest' this fall

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans have to offer voters a substantive election this fall and not a “personality contest,” arguing the GOP needs a mandate to implement policies he thinks would put the country back on track.

“The question is do (voters) believe that we are offering the better solution,” the Janesville Republican told WisPolitics.com today. “That’s the question that’s up in the air in people’s minds. That is what we as an opposition party need to do by becoming an alternative party, a proposition party.”

Congressional Republicans start a three-day meeting Wednesday in Baltimore to lay out their 2016 agenda. Ryan said the meeting isn’t about trying to find areas Republicans can work with President Obama this year, but beginning the process of providing a clear agenda so voters can make a choice of which way they want the country to head.

Ryan made a similar argument ahead of the 2012 election, when he was the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, only to see Obama easily win re-election. Ryan said the lesson he learned from that campaign is Republicans have to start framing the issues and defining the choice for voters earlier than they did last time.

He downplayed what it means for Republicans if voters again reject the GOP message in the presidential race.

“That just means they decided they wanted another liberal progressive to lead the country,” Ryan said. “That means they like Obamacare. That means they like stagnant wages. That means they like weak economic growth. That means they like national insecurity and a world that is effectively on fire.”

The RNC’s postmortem on the 2012 race urged the party to expand the party’s appeal, in particular, with Hispanic voters. Ryan has also said he regrets not making more of an effort in 2012 to appeal to voters in low-income neighborhoods, and he hosted GOP presidential contenders over the weekend at a poverty forum.

Still, he said today the party won’t succeed by trying to tailor its message to different audiences.

“I don’t think we should play our own version of identity politics, and so I don’t think we should look OK, this person, their skin color is this, therefore our policy is Y. This person has that religion, therefore our policy is X. This person, you know, is in this socioeconomic group, therefore our policy is Z,” Ryan said. “I don’t believe in identity politics. I believe in aspirational and inclusive politics, which are universal. I just don’t see Republicans succeeding at trying to pick and choose voters by trying to divide them, which Obama and the left does. I think we should choose an agenda that unifies all people and speaks to people universally. That to me is what Ronald Reagan did in 1980.”

Ryan also declined to address whether the rhetoric emerging from the GOP presidential primary will impact Republicans’ ability to reach new voters.

“I don’t like to weigh into this candidate or that candidate in the presidential primary,” Ryan said. “We can control what we can control and not what other people are saying and doing, and I think the general election is going to be much different.”

 9:31 AM 

Column: State delegation primed for big year

This is an excerpt from Nicole Duran's weekly DC Wrap column. Sign up to get the full column in your inbox each week. 

The Wisconsin delegation is set to have what might be its most influential year ever.

With Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, wielding the speaker's gavel, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, leading the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and delegation dean Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, a chairman emeritus of several committees, most notably the House Judiciary panel, Badger State lawmakers will have a hand in many major pieces of legislation poised to pass in the second session of the 114th Congress.

Additionally, Ryan wants to use the speakership to set the national GOP agenda while also reshaping how Republican leaders run their conference and the House. If he succeeds, experts say, he'd be the most powerful Republican speaker since Newt Gingrich.

Exactly what that agenda will be and which bills Ryan will try to shepherd through the House will be hashed out at House Republicans' annual retreat next week. But Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already scored a major victory -- if only a symbolic one -- by winning full congressional approval to repeal the Affordable Care Act. President Obama vetoed it today, and Ryan and McConnell do not have the two-thirds votes necessary to override the rejection. But the GOP action is still a first.

Ryan, who led the Ways and Means Committee before being drafted to replace former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, already has said he wants Congress to approve a package overhauling the nation's tax code. But whatever plan he leads Republicans to accept is highly unlikely to gain traction with Democrats and Obama.

Ryan is expected to have much better luck with a bipartisan push to make major changes to the country's criminal justice system -- an item that tops Obama's late-term agenda.

Sensenbrenner is at the forefront of that initiative. He and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., authored the Safe, Accountable, Fair and Effective Justice, or SAFE Justice Reinvestment Act. It would overhaul the federal sentencing and corrections system to combat recidivism, maintain lengthy sentences only for violent and career criminals, and seek alternatives to jail for nonviolent offenders.

The White House prefers an alternate bipartisan package but has not ruled out backing the Sensenbrenner legislation and has consulted his key aides on the subject.

Ryan also is contemplating rallying Republicans around drafting a new authorization for the use of military force written specifically to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The legal underpinnings for the anti-ISIS military campaign are two, decade-old authorizations written to take on al-Qaeda and invade Iraq. Critics and supporters alike say the U.S. needs that legal framework to account for ISIS and similar groups not foreseen during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Johnson has been a vocal proponent of doing so and as Homeland Security chairman and a Foreign Relations Committee member would have significant say over how a new authorization would be written and how long it would be in force.

Read Duran's column for more on other DC issues, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Reps. Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble weighing in on a paper industry hearing.

Friday, January 8, 2016

 2:20 PM 

Ryan Rundown: 'Fresh year, fresh start, fresh shave,’ but 2015 challenges linger

In this week's Ryan Rundown: U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan begins the new year with a series of meetings with his leadership team ahead of the 2016 congressional session.

The speaker said he wants the House to drive policies that influence the 2016 elections and give voters "a really clear choice."

He delivered a bill to President Obama on Wednesday that would repeal the Affordable Care Act. The president vetoed it today, but the move underscored the differences in health care philosophy between Democrats and Republicans.

Ryan also was critical of Obama's announced executive action on gun control, calling the move a "dangerous level of executive overreach." Ryan predicted the order will face court challenges, and he used the moment to highlight how a Republican presidential victory could let the party overturn many of Obama’s actions.

The Janesville Republican also faced criticism from some Republicans over the omnibus spending bill passed last month, prompting Ryan to tweet in its defense. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump called the bill "stupid," and other conservatives discussed the possibility of backing a primary opponent in Ryan's next re-election bid.

And Ryan's beard, a topic of conversation since he grew it in November, became a focal point of disparagement from members of his own party, some of whom called it a "Muslim beard." The speaker put an end to those remarks by going clean-shaven to ring in the new year.


- For 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan sets sights on crafting a GOP campaign vision

- Paul Ryan wants House to steer Republican policy agenda

- Ryan's leadership team meeting in Annapolis to plot 2016 plans

- Speaker Paul Ryan wants voters to have 'a really clear choice' in 2016

- Paul Ryan made inclusivity a motto. But will it carry him through 2016?

- Paul Ryan predicts House to stay in Republican control, even if Donald Trump is nominee

- Ryan so far proves he can 'make the sausage,' but he'll likely be serving a much different House party in 2016

- Paul Ryan's 2016 plans start [Wed.] with Obamacare repeal vote

- Paul Ryan's year of contrasts begins with Obamacare repeal vote

- Speaker Ryan: Obama's gun actions will be ‘dangerous level’ of overreach

- Obama tightens gun rules, requires more background checks: Ryan among commenters

- Paul Ryan steps up criticism of Obama on gun control action

- Ryan eyes Islamic State war measure

- Could brokered convention yield a Ryan nomination?

- Speaker Paul Ryan: American companies will shut down without more foreign workers

- Speaker Paul Ryan: We're sending Obama a bill next week that de-funds Planned Parenthood

- Paul Ryan [tweets] highlights GOP victories in spending bill to try to curb complaints

- Trump denounces Paul Ryan and his 'stupid' budget deal

- Paul Ryan's GOP problem

- Conservatives push to primary House Speaker Paul Ryan

- House conservatives to Paul Ryan: The honeymoon's over

- 15 times Paul Ryan upped his social media game as speaker of the House

- Ryan to make Texas fundraising swing

- Paul Ryan's 'Muslim beard' attacked by conservatives for being un-American

- Does Paul Ryan have a 'Muslim beard'?

Retiring NFIB chief Dan Danner on partisanship, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump

- Conservative critics attack Paul Ryan with references to his 'Muslim beard'

- Breitbart News, Laura Ingraham win: Paul Ryan shaves off his beard


- Paul Ryan provides perfect response to BuzzFeed editor's Twitter trolling

Paul Ryan wants someone to close the gun show loophole, as long as that someone isn't Obama

Now they've even turned on Paul Ryan: Social conservatives unleashed, and furious, betrayed right-wingers are out for blood

Ryan has already broken most of his New Year's resolutions with omnibus betrayal

- NJSL editorial: GOP Speaker Paul Ryan off to strong start

- Paul Fanlund: 'Political correctness' is a GOP smokescreen

- Dave Zweifel: Paul Ryan should read new food stamp research

- Speaker Paul Ryan: Let's live in the Christmas spirit

- Frank Miele: Boehner with a beard: Paul Ryan's legacy of surrender

- Darrell Delamaide: Republican presidential nominee could be the guy who isn't running

- Paul Waldman: Paul Ryan's tricky balancing act is working. So far, anyway.

- Rich Cromwell and Mollie Hemingway: A lament for Paul Ryan's beard


Thursday, January 7, 2016

 8:45 AM 

Wisconsin delegation split on defunding Planned Parenthood, key ACA provisions

Wisconsin's House delegation split along party lines on legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and key portions of the Affordable Care Act.

The bill, which cleared using the budget tool known as reconciliation, is expected to be vetoed by Obama.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and his four GOP colleagues from Wisconsin voted for the bill, while Dems Gwen Moore of Milwaukee and Mark Pocan of the Town of Vermont opposed it.

Dem Ron Kind missed all five roll call votes yesterday listed on the House website. A spokeswoman said he was absent due to family obligations, but submitted a statement for the House record to show he would have voted against the bill.

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