Paul Ryan embarks on whirlwind tour to protect House and Senate majority

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is poised to launch a frantic cross-country tour over the final five-week stretch before Election Day aimed at saving the GOP’s congressional majority. The Wisconsin Republican will hit 17 states and 42 cities from several corners of the nation, from Texas to Florida to New York, while raising money and stumping for more than a dozen […]

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Paul Ryan Predicts House To Stay In Republican Control, Even If Donald Trump Is Nominee

Save one brief Donald Trump policy denouncement, Speaker Paul Ryan has made a point to stay out of the day-to-day 2016 news. The Wisconsin Republican notes that, as speaker, he’s actually the chairman of the GOP convention, and he’s repeatedly told reporters that he’s not going to weigh in on every Republican primary poll — or any of them at […]

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House passes $622 billion in tax breaks

The House passed a bill Thursday to provide $622 billion in tax breaks for businesses, families and individual taxpayers. House members voted 318-109 to approve the legislation, which includes a permanent extension of the child tax credit and a delay in taxes that help pay for Obamacare. All but a handful of Republicans voted for the bill while a majority of Democrats voted […]

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House votes to scrutinize travel without visas

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to require more information sharing among 38 countries where travelers don’t need visas to visit the U.S., and to scrutinize those travelers more closely if they have recently traveled to Iraq, Iran, Syria or Sudan. The House voted 407-19 to approve the bill tightening security with so-called visa-waiver countries including most of Europe. The Senate already has a companion measure and the […]

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House passes No Child Left Behind rewrite

After years of failed efforts, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to sharply scale back the federal role in American education. But the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor. The legislation, approved 359-64, would return to the states the decision-making power over how to use […]

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U.S. Senate to let House go first on debt limit

The U.S. Senate will await action by the House of Representatives before considering legislation raising Washington’s borrowing authority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. With a Nov. 3 deadline for action by Congress rapidly approaching, McConnell also told reporters that Senate Republicans “don’t prefer a clean bill,” referring to a debt limit increase without controversial amendments attached to […]

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