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Republicans Pick Ryan For House Speaker Before Budget Vote

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Republicans Pick Ryan For House Speaker Before Budget Vote

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By Susan Cornwell and David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Paul Ryan was chosen by fellow Republicans on Wednesday as their nominee to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, with the party uniting around the former vice presidential candidate ahead of a tough vote on a budget deal.

The nomination puts Ryan on track to replace Speaker John Boehner, who is retiring, and it could boost a two-year budget deal meant to avert a government default that was set to reach the House floor later on Wednesday.

Ryan, who is from Wisconsin, won the party’s nod by a 200-43 vote, defeating Florida’s Representative Daniel Webster in a closed-door meeting of Republican House members in the Capitol.

The full House was expected to vote on Thursday for a new speaker, with Ryan expected to capture a majority and take over the top post in the chamber. That would place him second in line to the U.S. presidency after the vice president.

Ryan, 45, said he would back the budget deal in a final appeal to colleagues in which he also pledged not to run the House like a Roman emperor.

Republicans are trying to turn the page on weeks of internal party chaos after Boehner announced in late September that he was stepping down.

The bipartisan budget deal, announced on Tuesday and criticized by right-wing Republicans for increasing spending, was Boehner’s attempt to clear the decks for the new speaker and relieve market worries over a possible default next week.

Ryan said rank-and-file lawmakers should have had more input on the deal but said he would nevertheless vote for it.

“What has been produced will go a long way toward relieving the uncertainty hanging over us, and that’s why I intend to support it,” said Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and chair of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

Ryan also said he wanted a more bottom-up approach if he is elected speaker and hoped to tackle fiscal issues long before running into deadlines.

“I don’t plan to be Caesar, calling all the shots around here,” he told a closed-door meeting of Republicans, according to Representative Matt Salmon, an Arizona conservative.

Ryan reluctantly decided to run for speaker after various quarreling party factions unified behind him. Boehner plans to retire on Friday.

Several right-wingers, even some who plan to support Ryan, have said they will reject the budget deal because it increases discretionary spending by $80 billion over two years. It also extends the U.S. Treasury’s borrowing authority through March 2017. Farm-state lawmakers from both parties have also objected to a provision that cuts crop-insurance subsidies.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said the deal would shrink U.S. deficits by nearly $80 billion over 10 years by raising revenues and reducing long-term health, pension and Social Security costs. This could ease concerns of some fiscal hawks.

Analysts say the additional spending could boost GDP slightly, and the White House says it would create 500,000 new jobs over two years.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans needed to provide a “basic number” of votes for passage. Asked how many votes Democrats would provide, she said, “We’ll have enough.”

The U.S. government risks defaulting on its obligations if it does not raise the debt limit by Nov. 3.

The outlook for the legislation in the Senate was unclear. Conservative Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he will launch procedural objections to slow its advance because he wants to hold the line on both military and domestic spending.

(Additional reporting by Andy Sullivan and Richard Cowan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Jeffrey Benkoe and Cynthia Osterman)

U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) talks to the media after been nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

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  1. Dominick Vila October 28, 2015

    Rep Ryan promised not to run the House like a Roman Emperor, and assured his flock that he has no plans to become a Caesar…while demanding conditions that allow him to do precisely that. If the last 4 years were challenging, the next few are going to be unbearable.

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    1. 1standlastword October 28, 2015

      Not to mention this bug-eyed fat nose weasel hypocrite set into place conditions for himself average Americans can’t have like family time while still getting paid

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      1. Dominick Vila October 29, 2015

        The fact that the party that opposes “socialist” policies such as paid maternity leave accepts conditions from Paul Ryan, including extended paid family time, expose the duplicity of the not so Grand Ole Party. For most Republicans, their family values become an evil concept when the middle class ask for equal treatment…and their middle class supporters cheer them on!

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  2. charleo1 October 29, 2015

    This has all the makings of a honeymoon spent in a rattle snake pit. All the hissing, and slithering, and well, rattling. I have to wonder what kind of person would take a job in the cesspool of Republican politics in the first place? Where closing public hospitals, and holding hostage things like food subsidies for the working poor, to finance largess for the rich are all lauded as heroic, and courageous. And of course, all policy generously soaked in the lie of religiosity. Like sugar to hide the taste of the venom.

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  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 29, 2015

    “…the party uniting…” is such a bizarre euphemism, unless one is referring to united to further the process of destruction, demoralizing America, being consummate obstructionist, promoting confusion, championing bigotry,demanding obeisance to the 2nd Amendment, and robbing the poor in order to help the rich who are suffering on our behalf by lugging their wealth to the banks into their respective vaults( I pity their “plight”).
    Ah, but Ryan, who has been selected at such a propitious time for discussions on the budget, will shed some much-needed light to guide us forward, and along with Carson’s impeccabe demeanor of humility and his turgid style of communication, will guide America forwards—Amen.

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