For most of this decade, Democrats have not understood why they keep losing the U.S. House and state legislatures to Republican super-majorities. It’s not because American voters have moved to the right. The biggest single reason the GOP has that outsized grip on power is because they outsmarted Democrats when drawing political maps in 2011 for U.S. House races and state legislatures.
The Trumpcare bill, wrote the Republican governors of Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, and Nevada in a letter to House and Senate leaders, “provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states.”
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to cruise to re-election in his Wisconsin congressional district on Nov. 8, the day before his real political problems are likely to start.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure. The bill’s passage in the House by voice vote was greeted with cheers and applause in the chamber.
According to a new report by The Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan may be facing a new political coup from House conservatives. And even if anti-Ryan conservatives don’t have the votes to force Ryan out, they may attempt to change House rules to weaken his pull.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan handily won a primary election for his congressional seat on Tuesday, a contest overshadowed by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s brief refusal last week to endorse his fellow Republican.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said the sit-in was a “publicity stunt.”
It probably was — but is there anything wrong with that?
“Now is the time for us to find a way to dramatize it, to make it real,” Lewis said after the daily recess, as Democrats took over the floor. “We have to occupy the floor of the House until there is action.”
The Ryan plan recycles long-held Republican proposals like allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding the use of health savings accounts and giving states block grants to run the Medicaid program for the poor.
“The current D.C. government needs to be reined in,” said House Majority Leader Paul Ryan in a statement highlighting Republican arguments in support of the bill. “We will not allow Congress and the Constitution to be undermined.”
One of the star members of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus got a rather uncomfortable question during an appearance Thursday morning on C-SPAN.
Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans that negotiations with Democrats culminated in a deal that would eliminate any government shutdowns until next October.
The measure now goes to the U.S. Senate. Both houses would have to muster a two-thirds majority to override a veto by President Obama.
But, they say: “Democrats will continue to participate at this point in order to make sure the facts are known and the conspiracy theories are debunked.”
Jimmy Kimmel celebrated “Back to the Future Day” — with a surprise visit from none other than the real Marty McFly and Doc Brown!
If Paul Ryan is playing his cards right — and it’s a big if — then he has turned the Republicans’ leadership crisis from a “no win” predicament into a “no lose” proposition.
Paul Ryan says he will be the new speaker — if the hard-right members will agree not to tear him down like they did to John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy.
One root cause of the mutiny is the Great Republican Gerrymander of 2011, which helped elect and now protects the 45 ideological insurgents in the House.
Republicans are no closer to replacing Boehner thanks to the Freedom Caucus, a ragtag bunch of “revolutionaries” who want to hijack the speakership in order to achieve their aims.
The lesson here: If the cause is made out to be holy and sacrosanct, then not even the most dedicated leaders are safe from the true believers.
Republicans are still reeling in the wake of boasting that the Benghazi committee was put together in order to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.