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  • The same conservatives who forced John Boehner out as speaker are making life difficult for Ryan, signaling they'll refuse to vote for an upcoming GOP budget plan that endorses the higher spending numbers from last year. The Wisconsin Republican has built a congressional career as the Republican Party's budget savant, but Ryan is perhaps in his career's most...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- A senior House Republican warned on Wednesday that differences among lawmakers over a spending increase could threaten plans for a more orderly budget process under House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has been basking in a honeymoon period. The comments from House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers came as Ryan was facing the first big challenge...

  • *House, Senate pass $1.8 trillion bill, Obama signs it. WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Brushing aside concerns about deepening the budget deficit, U.S. lawmakers approved $1.8 trillion worth of federal spending and tax breaks on Friday in a rare case of bipartisan action after years of damaging fiscal fights in Congress. "I think the system worked" this time, President Barack...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Brushing aside concerns about deepening the budget deficit, U.S. lawmakers approved $1.8 trillion worth of federal spending and tax breaks on Friday in a rare show of bipartisan cooperation after years of damaging fiscal fights in Congress. The Senate voted 65-33 to approve sweeping legislation that averted a government shutdown, locked...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 18- Brushing aside concerns about deepening the budget deficit, U.S. lawmakers approved $1.8 trillion worth of federal spending and tax breaks on Friday in a rare show of bipartisan cooperation after years of damaging fiscal fights in Congress. The Senate voted 65-33 to approve sweeping legislation that averted a government shutdown, locked...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Congress is nowhere near reaching a deal on government funding, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, as Republicans who control both chambers struggled to meet conservative demands and show they can avoid agency shutdowns. Republican Representative Hal Rogers, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee that writes spending...

  • Major disagreements hobble U.S. Congress budget talks Thursday, 10 Dec 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. Congress is nowhere near reaching a deal on federal government funding, a senior lawmaker said on Thursday, as Republicans who control both chambers struggle to meet conservative demands and show they can avoid agency shutdowns. Republican Representative Hal Rogers, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee that is in charge...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- As negotiations over a $1 trillion U.S. spending bill dragged on, Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday they would seek to pass a stop-gap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown early on Saturday. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the extension would likely last a "handful of days" to allow work on the spending...

  • INSIGHT-U.S. debt limit threat defanged on Wall Street Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Wall Street trembled when Republicans first began threatening to force the United States into default by not raising the federal debt limit, but after four years of fiscal standoffs, the threat looks increasingly like a bluff and the markets are calling it. "The near-death experience we had in 2011 has given us the sense that we're not going to do...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- Republican presidential candidates who promise to cut and simplify U.S. taxes would find a powerful ally if they reach the White House: House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and real-estate mogul Donald Trump would consolidate the existing seven income-tax brackets to three and raise deductions for...

  • Paul Ryan elected House speaker Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 1:07 PM ET
    Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.

    Rep. Paul Ryan takes over the leadership of an unruly chamber that must deal with a fiscal mess.

  • Paul Ryan speaks to colleagues, Americans Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 11:25 AM ET
    Paul Ryan speaks to colleagues, Americans

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) addresses the House for the first time after being elected Speaker, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • Paul Ryan: Right now, the House is broken Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 11:13 AM ET
    Paul Ryan: Right now, the House is broken

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) addresses the House after being elected Speaker.

  • Paul Ryan: Boehner a true class act Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    Paul Ryan: Boehner a true class act

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) thanks his family for supporting him on the House floor after being elected House Speaker, and addresses Speaker Boehner.

  • Paul Ryan elected House Speaker Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 11:02 AM ET
    Paul Ryan elected House Speaker

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announces Paul Ryan has been elected Speaker of the House.

  • House honors Speaker Boehner Thursday, 29 Oct 2015 | 11:02 AM ET
    House honors Speaker Boehner

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the House honor Speaker John Boehner, after Paul Ryan was elected to be Speaker after Boehner steps down.

  • The House's big day: Budget vote, Ryan nomination Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 8:27 AM ET
    Paul Ryan

    The House is poised to vote on a two-year budget truce and Republicans are set to nominate Rep. Paul Ryan as the chamber's new speaker.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to renew the Export-Import Bank's charter on Tuesday, but the path for the trade lender's ultimate revival remained unclear in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes it. House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling had blocked EXIM renewal legislation for...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- A U.S. budget and debt ceiling deal headed toward quick action in Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers rushed to avert yet another fiscal standoff, which threatened to push the federal government into an unprecedented default early next month. While Senate action is not yet nailed down and lawmakers will flirt with a Nov. 3 deadline for raising the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 27- The House of Representatives was poised to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter on Tuesday, but the trade lender's future remained clouded as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not devote any more floor time to it. Conservative Republicans in Congress and outside conservative political groups have mounted a...