House Speaker Paul D. Ryan faces his first big test as Congress stares down a deadline to do something that has become increasingly difficult: pass a bill to fund the government.
With just seven work days remaining, the new speaker will aim to leverage his political honeymoon into a strategy that will avoid another federal shutdown.
But already Ryan is under pressure to tack on a host of GOP policy provisions to the $1.1-trillion spending bill -- among them efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, halt the entry of Syrian refugees and repeal Obamacare.
The Wisconsin Republican received an assist Monday from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, the No. 2...