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July 5, 2015

July 2, 2015

Who’s Backing Whom? The House GOP Endorsement List

Culberson, left, is endorsing Cruz for president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Culberson, left, is endorsing Cruz for president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a long time before primary season and the list of GOP presidential candidates is still likely to grow before it gets smaller — but plenty of House Republicans have already decided who they’re backing.

In the weeks and months ahead, 218 will update this running tally of which House Republican lawmakers are backing which 2016 hopefuls. We’ll keep the list as current as possible, drawing from press releases, official statements and face-to-face interviews. Full story

July 1, 2015

When Nancy Invoked Tip … Fair Comparison?

When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was questioned about any retirement plans by CNBC’s John Harwood, she was having none of it, and invoked Democratic royalty, former Speaker Thomas J. “Tip” O’Neill, as a point of comparison. So is it a fair point to compare the two?

“Did any of you ever ask Tip O’Neill, ‘Don’t you think you’re a little old for the job?’ I don’t think so,” the California Democrat replied to Harwood’s recent question about whether she was feeling pressure to step aside so other Democrats could lead the caucus.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While we can’t speak to what the press corps was asking the Massachusetts Democrat back in the 1980s, we can look at the numbers. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:08 p.m.
Democrats, Nancy Pelosi

June 30, 2015

Zombie Bank: Why Killing Ex-Im Doesn’t Mean It’s Dead

Congressional staffers stand below a television monitor as Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, testifies during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on June 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional staffers stood below a television monitor on June 3, as Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, testified before the House Financial Services Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With only hours to go before the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires for the first time in its 81-year history, lawmakers who support the agency are pointing fingers at the base of opposition — but not sounding the alarm bells of imminent catastrophe.

Starting Wednesday, the bank won’t be able to extend new loans — but it will still be able to serve out existing contracts. Most members are confident the operation will get reauthorized, some way or another, in the weeks before the month-long August recess and before the funding lapse becomes a real problem. Full story

Fight Over Edmund Pettus Bridge Simmers

Sewell, the congresswoman from Selma. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sewell, the congresswoman from Selma. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama: It’s complicated.

How else to explain a state where the white Republican governor takes down the Confederacy’s many flags and declares it time to raise taxes while a black Democratic congresswoman argues against changing the name of a bridge named after a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan grand dragon.  Full story

June 26, 2015

For Gay Lawmaker, Court’s Decision Personal, Powerful, Profound

Takano, D-Calif., left, celebrates after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to legalize gay marriage throughout the United States, June 26, 2015. Members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, Mark Uhen, in glasses, and Bill Cutter, led the National Anthem after the announcement. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Takano, left, celebrates outside the Supreme Court after Friday’s ruling to legalize gay marriage. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, Mark Uhen, in glasses, and Bill Cutter, led the National Anthem after the announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The crowd in front of the Supreme Court awaiting Friday’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage included one of the country’s most eligible bachelors — openly gay Rep. Mark Takano.

The California Democrat said he wanted to be right at the spot where civil rights history was made. But it was also personal for Takano, who said the ruling “allows me the same degree of freedom any other American has to a marriage partner. That’s pretty profound.” Full story

How One House Democrat Helped Save Trade for Obama

Kind, D-Wisc., speaks during the House New Democrat Coalition news conference to unveil a policy agenda "aimed at creating a new era of American prosperity" on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kind, D-Wis., helped get 28 Democrats to vote for TPA (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At midday Thursday, there was a gathering in Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s members’ lounge off Statuary Hall to toast House passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance, the last piece of a legislative package giving Trade Promotion Authority to President Barack Obama.

But among the select group of lawmakers and aides from both parties, there was one notable absence: The House Democrat who helped win for Obama the ability to negotiate a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. Full story

June 25, 2015

Mario Biaggi, Bronx Democrat Who Resigned in Scandal, Dies at 97

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Mario Biaggi, a 10-term New York Democrat who resigned in scandal in 1988 and went to prison for a range of corruption crimes, died Wednesday. He was 97 years old.

The popular Bronx lawmaker, first elected in 1968, was a legendary New York City police officer and hands-on member of Congress who, when he resigned on Aug. 5, 1988, had been endorsed by both the local Democratic and Republican parties. He had been convicted on “a host of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion charges,” Roll Call reported that year, stemming from separate cases. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 6:02 p.m.
Democrats

One Lawmaker’s Supreme Court Gloom Is Another’s ACA Joy

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, received the gavel from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the first day of the 113th Congress. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi and Boehner didn’t make news at news conferences post-Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act subsidies. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Thursday’s weekly leadership news conferences, coming in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling to uphold subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, were studies in contrast: One one side was a somber John A. Boehner, vowing to keep fighting, on the other, an ecstatic Nancy Pelosi, celebrating the affirmation of her signature legislative achievement.

Full story

Buck Fundraises Off Attempts to Oust Him as Class President

Buck, R-Colo., takes his seat for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation's Immigration Laws" on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Buck wasn’t ousted, but he’s fundraising off of it nonetheless. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Ken Buck learned Thursday morning he could keep his slot as freshman class president, but the Colorado Republican is still calling in the reinforcements.

A few hours after his fellow classmates decided not to punish him for voting against GOP leadership on the rule for Trade Promotion Authority, Buck sent out a fundraising email asking for financial support. Full story

House Sends Trade Adjustment Assistance to President’s Desk

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi voted for TAA after leading a prior mobilization of members in opposition (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House did Thursday what two weeks ago might have seemed impossible: Cleared for President Barack Obama the second and third of four necessary components to his ambitious and contentious trade agenda.

Lawmakers voted 286-138 on a bill to establish broad trade preferences and extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which facilitates trade between the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. Full story

Meadows Gets Subcommittee Gavel Back (Updated) (Video)

 Meadows, R-N.C.,questions IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the IRS scandal on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Copyright © 2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Meadows got his gavel back Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 12:55 p.m. | After all the infighting, after all the threats and bad blood caused by Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz stripping Mark Meadows of his subcommittee gavel, Meadows is staying put.

In a joint news release, Chaffetz announced that he was keeping Meadows in his role as chairman of the Government Operations Subcommittee. Chaffetz said a number of people had asked him to reconsider his decision. Full story

Retribution for Buck? No. Frustration? Yes.

Buck, R-Colo., takes his seat for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation's Immigration Laws" on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Buck keeps freshman class president post. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman class president Ken Buck will keep his mostly ceremonial position, after members of the freshmen class met Thursday morning to air their grievances.

Following a string of punishments for members who voted against a rule to bring trade legislation to the floor, it looked as if Buck — one of the 34 Republicans who voted “no” on the procedural motion — could be the next House Freedom Caucus member facing retribution. The meeting Thursday morning was painted as a coup to do just that. Full story

By Matt Fuller Posted at 10:31 a.m.
Uncategorized

June 24, 2015

House Rebels Warn of Blowback for Boehner

Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during the House GOP leadership media availability following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner’s crackdown has Republican dissidents talking about retaliation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House Freedom Caucus has a secret it wants to share with Democrats.

“If the Democrats were to file a motion to vacate the chair and were to vote for that motion unanimously, there probably are 218 votes for it to succeed,” one member of the House Freedom Caucus told CQ Roll Call Tuesday night, as he exited an meeting in the basement of Tortilla Coast. Full story

Obama Gets Trade Win: Democrats Give In on TAA

Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., leave a news conference on the DHS funding bill in the Capitol's Will Rogers hallway, February 27, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi and Hoyer will vote for TAA when it comes back to the House floor Thursday (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“It’s over.”

That’s how several House Democrats and senior aides described the current feeling in the caucus regarding their efforts to stop “fast-track” trade authority for the White House.

Over the past two weeks, most members of the House Democratic Caucus have gone from opposing Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation — packaged with the related Trade Promotion Authority, a Republican and Obama administration priority — to acknowledging there’s little point in voting “no.” Full story

Republican Task Force Seeks Bridge to Millennial Generation

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Stefanik is heading up a GOP “Millennial Task Force.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Rayburn Building room hosting the House Republican Policy Committee hearing Tuesday on “Millennials and the GOP” was fittingly filled with a young audience that documented the event with Snapchat and iPhone photos — though one used a BlackBerry.

Chaired by New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who turns 31 next week and heads the RPC’s new Millennial Task Force, the hearing was the first in a series aimed at understanding, communicating with and proposing policies for the newest generation of workers (and voters). Full story

By Nicole Puglise Posted at 11:45 a.m.
Republicans

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