House Freedom Caucus Says It Supports Ryan For SpeakerFractious conservatives resisted Paul Ryan's appeals to rally around him for House speaker Wednesday, suggesting fresh trouble ahead in the Republican-on-Republican struggle between pragmatists and purists. The fight has rendered Congress almost dysfunctional and shaken the party's presidential campaign.
Ryan To Seek Speakership If House GOP Unifies Behind HimWisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate — an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.
McCarthy Abruptly Withdraws Candidacy For House SpeakerConfronting insurmountable obstacles, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suddenly withdrew from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House on Thursday, shocking colleagues just before they were to vote and producing ever-deeper chaos for a divided Congress.
West Ready To "Drive The Car" To Support BoehnerAs the debt debate continues to expose cracks in the foundation of support for both parties, Republicans gathered behind closed-doors to try to create a sense of unity.