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Breaking: US House Republicans Nominate Ryan for Speaker

Breaking: US House Republicans Nominate Ryan for Speaker

by Mike DeBonis for The Washington Post

Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was nominated to succeed John A. Boehner in a closed-door vote of House Republicans Wednesday. Ryan is expected to be formally elected speaker in a Thursday morning vote on the House floor. 

House Republicans readied Wednesday to nominate Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, long seen as one of the party’s brightest stars, as their next leader.

The internal party vote to choose a successor for outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner is set to take place behind closed doors in an afternoon meeting. A House floor vote to select the new speaker is set for Thursday morning.

Wednesday’s nomination vote comes hours before the House is set to vote on a controversial fiscal deal negotiated by Boehner that would increase government spending by $80 billion through September 2017 and raise the federal debt limit.

In a potential wrinkle to his recent effort to unify a divided House GOP, Ryan on Thursday bucked pressure to oppose the deal from conservatives who worked to force Boehner from office, saying the agreement would help “wipe the slate clean” as he ascends to the top job.

Ryan, the 45-year-old chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement the deal has “some good, some bad, and some ugly” but will ultimately “go a long way toward relieving the uncertainty hanging over us.”

“It’s time for us to turn the page on the last few years and get to work on a bold agenda that we can take to the American people,” he said.

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