DEBT LIMIT CAUGHT UP IN REPUBLICAN DISARRAY. Negotiations to increase the debt limit were never going to be easy, but the recent chaos within House Republican leadership has turned the tough conversation into an afterthought, and delaying now might increase the risk of a default. Power Post has more:

When Boehner announced last month that he would step down at the end of October, he promised to finish as much work as he possibly could before his resignation. Federal highway funding runs out on Oct. 29, the debt ceiling will hit around Nov. 5 and the latest stop-gap spending bill expires on Dec. 11.
But Boehner hasn’t addressed the issue since the leading candidate to replace him, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pulled out of the race on Thursday.
Now Republicans are scrambling to find a replacement and talk of the debt limit or any other looming fiscal deadlines has all but disappeared from the conversation.

BEFORE THERE WAS TALK OF SPEAKER RYAN, THERE WAS RYAN. When Congress left town Friday it was still unclear whether House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would answer calls from his fellow Republicans to run for speaker of his chaotic conference. That left everyone guessing if Ryan will run and if he does, what kind of speaker would he be. Politico’s David Rogers has a look at what Ryan’s history of negotiations, including his namesake 2013 spending deal that he reached with former Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), could tell the world about a potential Speaker Ryan.

“Ryan didn’t fail: He got 169 Republican votes, more than enough together with 163 Democrats. But the fact that so many in the GOP still voted “no” is a bit of history worth revisiting in light of the turmoil now.
Two points stand out most. First, whether it is Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or a future Speaker Ryan, House Republicans are best understood as a coalition government of two parties, not just one.
Second, in these circumstances, no Republican speaker can really govern without being willing to be a speaker for the entire House, not just the GOP. Old concepts of party loyalty are almost outdated given the growing influence of outside groups on the right, armed with money and contributing to the internal discord. And the speakership demands both the clarity of vision to delineate Republican principles and the fortitude to aggressively reach out for Democratic votes.”

THE POTENTIAL EXPORT-IMPORT COUP. While the House was in chaos over a conservative revolt, a small group of centrists was rallying around what was once considered a long-shot bid to revive the expired Export-Import bank. The group, led by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), gathered 218 signatures on a petition that could force a vote to reauthorize the bank Oct. 26. Power Post has more:

The motion, called a discharge petition, needs the support of a majority of the House — or 218 members — in order to move forward, a tally Ex-Im supporters said they have secured.
“We refuse to look any more hardworking Americans in the eye and say, ‘you lost your job because Congress refused to hold a vote,’ ” Fincher said in a statement. Only about 40 Republicans signed the discharge petition, meaning Fincher and his Republican allies had to rely mostly on Democratic support to force the vote.
The Export-Import Bank is the official credit export agency of the United States and it provides loans to help finance the sale of U.S. goods to foreign buyers. Over the last two years, it has become the subject of an intense lobbying fight with conservative Republicans pushing to kill the agency arguing it is a prime example of “crony capitalism.” It’s supporters argue it helps create jobs and is important to their districts.
Hoyer kickstarted the process in July when he approached Fincher to work on a bipartisan plan to revive the expired agency. Aides said the Democratic whip staff called every House Democrat, ultimately delivering more than 170 votes to bring the bill to the House floor.
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