Paul Ryan Paul Ryan

Kesha Wilson holds her 1-year-old son, Kamiyan Cooper, while family nurse practitioner Terrance James makes notes as part of an examination, at a county health center in Portland, Ore., in 2012. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Rick Bowmer/AP

House Speaker Paul Ryan and the House GOP backed away from a proposal to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics after a backlash, including from President-elect Trump. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Cliff Owen/AP

After Backlash, Including From Trump, House GOP Drops Weakening Of Ethics Office

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/508043376/508075327" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Congress returns to Washington on Tuesday. One of the first business items: voting on proposed rules for the session — including folding the House's independent ethics office into a Republican-led committee. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Brandon/AP

House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/507955013/507984026" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

House Speaker Paul Ryan and fellow Republican leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell and President-elect Donald Trump have big plans for the new year with their party controlling both the White House and Congress. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks to the media during a briefing on Capitol Hill in September. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Paul Ryan's Plan to Change Medicare Looks A Lot Like Obamacare

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503158039/504590530" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vice President-elect Mike Pence waves as he leaves a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Brandon/AP

GOP Looks To Pence As Trump's Point Man On Capitol Hill

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502604665/503361355" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Voters line up to vote early at the Supervisor of Elections Office in Bradenton, Fla., on Monday. Multiple House districts in the state could flip for the opposite part in this election. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan told GOP members Monday he will no longer defend Donald Trump and is instead focusing on keeping the House in Republican hands. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a bid to bridge party divisions, Donald Trump formally endorsed prominent elected Republican leaders during a campaign rally on Friday, in Green Bay, Wis. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Evan Vucci/AP

President Obama slammed Republican nominee Donald Trump as "unfit" and "woefully unprepared" to be president during a news conference with Singapore's prime minister at the White House on Tuesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP