As conservatives weigh whether to challenge House Speaker John Boehner—waiting to see how he handles upcoming fights on Planned Parenthood and the debt ceiling—high-ranking Republicans are sticking by their leader.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., backed Boehner and said efforts to oust him are distracting the party from focusing on policy issues.

McCarthy and Ryan are seen as natural successors to Boehner, R-Ohio, if he were to be removed as speaker.
At the weekly GOP leadership news conference, McCarthy strongly endorsed Boehner.
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