House Speaker

WASHINGTON | Pelosi’s triumph: House speaker-to-be, this time with memes

WASHINGTON— It has been quite a week for Nancy Pelosi. The televised meeting with President Donald Trump. The deal with restless Democrats to secure their votes to become House speaker. The fashion statement of her burnt-orange winter coat, swooshing out the doors of the White House, going viral in social media memes. It all showed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi’s triumph: House speaker-to-be, this time with memes

WASHINGTON | Pelosi, foes seem near deal likely paving her way to speaker

WASHINGTON — Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured Wednesday that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber’s top post. Moments after releasing a statement saying she was “comfortable with the proposal,” seven … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi, foes seem near deal likely paving her way to speaker

WASHINGTON | Pelosi: House could take ‘extraordinary step’ on NC election

WASHINGTON — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the chamber could take the “extraordinary step” of calling for a new election in a North Carolina congressional district if the winner is unclear amid allegations of voter fraud. Pelosi said Thursday the House “retains the right to decide who is seated.” She said “any member-elect can … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi: House could take ‘extraordinary step’ on NC election

FRANKFORT, Ky. | Kentucky lawmaker back in leadership after harassment case

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Republican leaders in Kentucky have restored a state lawmaker to his leadership position more than a year after he signed a secret sexual harassment settlement. State Rep. Michael Meredith was one of four Republican lawmakers who signed the $110,000 settlement in 2017 with a woman who once worked for the House Republican … Continue reading FRANKFORT, Ky. | Kentucky lawmaker back in leadership after harassment case

WASHINGTON | Washington’s new power standoff _ Trump, Pelosi

WASHINGTON— They haven’t spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back, from the time she first showed up at Trump Tower fundraising for the Democrats long before he would become president or she … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Washington’s new power standoff _ Trump, Pelosi

WASHINGTON | Looking ahead, Democrats jockey to be Pelosi’s heir apparent

WASHINGTON — As Nancy Pelosi moves closer to securing the votes to become House speaker, the stage is being set down-ballot for the next generation of leaders jockeying to be the Democrats’ heirs apparent. Pelosi’s return to the speaker’s office is not a lock. One more newly-elected Democrat, Gil Cisneros of California, announced Monday he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Looking ahead, Democrats jockey to be Pelosi’s heir apparent

WASHINGTON | Pelosi detractor now says he’ll back her for House speaker

WASHINGTON — Rep. Nancy Pelosi appears to be having some success shrinking the ranks of Democratic lawmakers opposing her bid to serve a second stint as speaker of the House. Rep. Brian Higgins of western New York announced Wednesday he will now support Pelosi after earlier signing on to a letter opposing her bid. One … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi detractor now says he’ll back her for House speaker

WASHINGTON | Pelosi meets with freshmen Democrats key to speakership bid

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with several newly-elected Democrats who could be crucial to her bid for House speaker, as she works to tamp down discord and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined to stop her from reclaiming the gavel. The freshmen entering and exiting Pelosi’s stately office … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi meets with freshmen Democrats key to speakership bid

WASHINGTON | Pelosi sees vocal opposition to her return as House speaker

WASHINGTON  — If it was up to most of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi would be the obvious choice to become speaker of the House. But within the ranks of the chamber’s Democratic majority, there’s a small but persistent group pushing to topple her return as the first woman with the gavel. Pelosi appears be … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi sees vocal opposition to her return as House speaker

WASHINGTON | Conservatives push for change after GOP loses the House

WASHINGTON— As Nancy Pelosi wrangles votes in her bid for House speaker, another leadership battle is playing out on the Republican side, where Kevin McCarthy faces a challenge from conservative Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan to lead the new GOP minority. Republicans lost the House majority in this week’s midterm elections, and conservatives are blaming … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Conservatives push for change after GOP loses the House

WASHINGTON | Pelosi unveils plans to establish new House diversity office

WASHINGTON— Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi wants to establish a House diversity office to recruit and retain employees from different backgrounds to Capitol Hill as one of the first acts of the new Congress, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. Pelosi told colleagues in the letter that Democrats “take great pride” in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi unveils plans to establish new House diversity office

WASHINGTON | Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

WASHINGTON — Newly ascendant Democrats are promising congressional action on gun control amid a rash of mass shootings, including a late-night assault at a California bar that killed 12 people. Measures including expanded background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons are likely to reach the House floor when Democrats retake control after eight years … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats vow action on gun control after Calif. shooting

SALT LAKE CITY | Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

SALT LAKE CITY— The first black female Republican in Congress is facing a tough challenge from a well-known Democratic mayor in a largely suburban Utah district where many say they are wary of President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Mia Love has sought to create some distance from the president while challenger Ben McAdams criticizes her … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Only black GOP woman in Congress running in Trump-wary Utah

TOPEKA, Kan | GOP makes Pelosi issue even for Democrats who keep distance

TOPEKA, Kan  — Paul Davis kicked off a promising Democratic campaign to flip a GOP-leaning Kansas congressional district with a pledge to oppose Nancy Pelosi’s return as House speaker. It didn’t change the GOP’s strategy for keeping the seat: Republicans have branded him a “Pelosi liberal.” Davis is among dozens of Democratic candidates across the … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | GOP makes Pelosi issue even for Democrats who keep distance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. | House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.  — House Speaker Paul Ryan was surprised and proud to find out he has Jewish roots. The Wisconsin Republican discovered his family history while filming a segment for the upcoming season of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.” Gates says he traced Ryan’s heritage back to his … Continue reading BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. | House Speaker Paul Ryan uncovers Jewish roots on PBS show

WASHINGTON | Trump threatens government shut down over border security

WASHINGTON — Republicans anxious about keeping control of Congress think it’s a bad idea, but President Donald Trump still says he’s willing to close the government over border security issues, including money he wants to build a promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. “I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump threatens government shut down over border security

WASHINGTON | House speaker: Putin will not be invited to address Congress

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will not invite Russia President Vladimir Putin (POO’-tihn) to address Congress if Putin comes to Washington because “that is something we reserve for allies.” Trump has invited Putin to the White House this fall as a follow-up to their private meeting in Helsinki last week. The get-together … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House speaker: Putin will not be invited to address Congress

MADISON, Wis | Correction: Midterms 2018-Replacing Ryan story

MADISON, Wis. | April 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) A former driver for House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been active in Wisconsin Republican politics for years announced Sunday that he is running to succeed Ryan in Congress. Bryan Steil, an attorney from Ryan’s hometown of Janesville and a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of … Continue reading MADISON, Wis | Correction: Midterms 2018-Replacing Ryan story

WASHINGTON | Possible House leader Kevin McCarthy seen by Trump as ally

WASHINGTON | April 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  As President Donald Trump and top Republicans dined on filet mignon at the White House this week, just hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his stunning retirement, Trump and Ryan’s top lieutenant found themselves with a moment alone. Do you really want to be the next speaker of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Possible House leader Kevin McCarthy seen by Trump as ally

WASHINGTON | McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker

WASHINGTON |  April 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) Some say it’s a fight between West and South. Or a battle for President Donald Trump’s affections. Or a test of who can woo conservatives. But one thing is clear: If the showdown between California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise for House speaker is a popularity … Continue reading WASHINGTON | McCarthy, Scalise are likely contenders for House speaker

US House Speaker meets Saudi king in regional security talks

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia/January 24, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is leading a Congressional delegation to the Middle East, meeting on Wednesday with Saudi King Salman in the first regional stop for talks centered on security. A statement by Ryan’s office said his meetings in the Middle East “will focus on regional stability, the campaign … Continue reading US House Speaker meets Saudi king in regional security talks

House Speaker Ryan remains non-committal about re-election

WASHINGTON/January 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is still being non-committal about whether he’ll seek re-election to an 11th term. The Republican says that’s a decision he always makes with his wife “each and every term” before Wisconsin‘s filing deadline. The deadline this year is June 1. Ryan adds “I’m not going to share my … Continue reading House Speaker Ryan remains non-committal about re-election

Chicken nugget guy, Obama among most retweeted of 2017

NEW YORK /December 4, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) — What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They all made the biggest splash on Twitter this year. Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics … Continue reading Chicken nugget guy, Obama among most retweeted of 2017

Lawsuit: Political donors paid settlement for former speaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. /December 4, 2017 (AP) (STL.News) —  Kentucky’s former GOP House speaker had a consensual sexual relationship with a woman in his office and used money from political donors to pay for her silence, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by a Republican aide. House Republican Caucus Communications Director Daisy Olivo filed the suit … Continue reading Lawsuit: Political donors paid settlement for former speaker

Ryan touts GOP tax plan during visit to Maryland factory

CHESTERTOWN, MD/October 5, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Easing taxes on manufacturers and other businesses is critical to helping America remain competitive in an increasingly global economy, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday during a visit to a century-old manufacturing business on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Small businesses like Dixon Valve & Coupling are key to America’s economic … Continue reading Ryan touts GOP tax plan during visit to Maryland factory

Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles

WASHINGTON/June 20, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising to overhaul the tax code by the end of the year despite political divisions among Republicans and a crowded legislative agenda for Congress. Ryan is due to give a speech on tax reform Tuesday afternoon to the National Association of Manufacturers. In excerpts released … Continue reading Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles