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July 7, 2015

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June 14, 2015

Ryan Still Optimistic on Trade Deal: ‘Heavy Lift Is Done’

House Ways and Means chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks with Roll Call in the House Ways and Means Committee room in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, April 30, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll

Ryan is still optimistic on trade bills. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan, Capitol Hill’s biggest Republican proponent of “fast-track” trade legislation, said Sunday he remains optimistic, despite the recent collapse of a deal that would have cleared the way for President Barack Obama to negotiate a 12-nation Pacific pact.

Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview on Fox News Sunday, said the most difficult legislative work required for fast track — lining up GOP and Democratic votes for Trade Promotion Authority for the president — is done. Now it’s up to Obama and the Democrats to come to an agreement on an underlying worker-training bill that failed on the floor Friday, derailing the entire package. Full story

June 9, 2015

House Votes Headed for Extra Innings?

UNITED STATES - JULY 30: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks during the House Democrats' news conference to discuss Republican lawsuit against President Obama and the House Democrats' focus on the economy on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer, D-Md., said lawmakers might be called back to the Capitol to vote after Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Talk about your extra innings.

House lawmakers were told to expect late hours this week as leadership tries to plow through a backlog of appropriations bills — but coming back to the Capitol to vote after Thursday night’s 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game seems like, well, a tough call. Full story

May 14, 2015

Democrat Tosses ‘Shame’ Card Back at Boehner

Smith, D-Wash., speaks during the Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi news conference on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Smith wouldn’t back down from the shame game. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Shaming the other guy into submission is pretty much impossible on Capitol Hill (this is Congress, after all), but that doesn’t stop Democrats and Republicans from trying.

After John A. Boehner played the card in a Thursday news conference, telling reporters that voting against the upcoming defense spending bill  as some Democrats have threatened to do  would be “shameful,” one Democrat threw the gauntlet right back at the Ohio Republican. Full story

May 11, 2015

Michael Steel Trades Boehnerland for Bushworld

teel talks with reporters after the republican leadership weekly press conference in the U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2013. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Steel, right, pictured here in 2013 wrangling reporters after a Republican news conference, will work for a political action committee supporting Jeb Bush. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michael Steel, one of John A. Boehner’s top aides, is leaving the speaker’s office for a job in Miami as an adviser to a Jeb Bush political action committee.

The speaker, in an emailed statement, called his longtime spokesman a “pro’s pro.” Full story

May 8, 2015

Gowdy’s Benghazi Panel Wants Clinton’s Top Aides

 

Rep. Gowdy will head the new House probe into the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gowdy issued an “interim update” on Benghazi Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Friday defended the pace of his panel’s year-old investigation into the 2012 terror attack and announced plans to interview three top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in a 15-page “Interim Progress Update” released on the one-year-anniversary of the committee’s creation, blamed the Obama administration for delays in the panel’s probe.

Full story

By David Eldridge Posted at 7:11 p.m.
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May 3, 2015

Boehner on Hillary Clinton: ‘I Don’t Have a Word for Her’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner doesn’t have much to say about Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

House Speaker John A. Boehner may have been channeling that old grade-school rule in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Asked by host Chuck Todd to weigh in on the 2016 presidential contest, the Ohio Republican confirmed again that he likes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and he’s a “big fan” of John Kasich, the current governor of his home state. But Hillary Rodham Clinton? Not so much. Full story

April 22, 2015

2016’s ‘October Surprise?’ Not Much of a Surprise

Boehner is in a tough spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Benghazi panel has more work to do, Baehner said Wendesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

October revelations about the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi weren’t enough to get the Republican presidential candidate over the hump in 2012 — but that doesn’t mean it won’t work in 2016, right?

The ongoing partisan rancor over the GOP-controlled House Select Committee on Benghazi erupted again Wednesday after Bloomberg reported a day earlier that the panel’s final report — originally expected sometime his year — likely won’t be finished until sometime in the presidential election year of 2016. Full story

April 16, 2015

Homeland Security Morale Woes Blamed on Immigration Policies (Video)

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi hearing on "Implementation of the Accountability Review Board Recommendations" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gowdy said the president’s immigration policies have a lot to do with low morale at the Department of Homeland Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two Republican House members, both former prosecutors, said at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday that White House immigration policies are contributing to low morale at Homeland Security.

The comments came as Reps. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Ken Buck of Colorado questioned federal officials at a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing titled “The Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government.” Full story

April 15, 2015

Funeral Services Held in Ohio for Boehner’s Brother

Funeral services were held Wednesday in Ohio for House Speaker John A. Boehner’s younger brother, Richard “Rick” A. Boehner, who died Saturday of natural causes. He was 60.

Boehner’s office confirmed to CQ Roll Call Wednesday that the speaker attended the funeral services in Liberty Township, outside Cincinnati.

According to the Dayton Daily News, the speaker’s brother was a “blue-collar mechanic” survived by his wife Sharon Boehner, two stepchildren, six grandchildren, three sisters and eight brothers, including the speaker.

Olivia Hnat, a spokesperson for John Boehner told the paper: “The Speaker is saddened by the death of his brother, who was cherished and loved by so many. He appreciates the prayers for the Boehner family at this time.”

Correction 8:17 p.m.

An earlier version of this post misstated the name of the Dayton newspaper.

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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By David Eldridge Posted at 7:42 p.m.
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April 9, 2015

Conservatives Find Political Red Meat in USDA Diet Guidelines

From the IRS to the Environmental Protection Agency to the Federal Communications Commission, federal agencies are under more scrutiny from congressional Republicans concerned about regulatory overreach than at any time in Barack Obama’s presidency.

Add the Department of Agriculture to the list. Full story

April 6, 2015

Best Bracket in Congress? Maybe, but It’s Tough to Top Romney

Deutch, D-Fla., speaks with Roll Call in his office in the Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Deutch’s bracket is in the top 2 percent in the ESPN contest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After correctly calling each of the teams in the Final Four, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., was bragging on April 4 — deservedly so — about his NCAA bracket.

“Best bracket in Congress?” the Florida congressman asked on Twitter, noting his ESPN Tournament Challenge entry was ranked in the top 2 percent of the contest’s almost 12 million entries worldwide.

Unfortunately for Deutch, that’s probably as good as it’s going to get: He correctly picked Duke over Michigan State, but he also incorrectly picked Kentucky over Wisconsin — and had Kentucky winning the championship, which obviously isn’t going to happen.

Still, the Florida lawmaker had a much better year than the master of “Barack-etology,” the president himself (who is down around the 40th percentile this year).

But the gold standard for political hoops prognosticators in 2015 is undoubtedly Mitt Romney — the 2012 GOP presidential contender’s bracket is, amazingly, in the 99.98th percentile in the ESPN contest.

“He’s got more time to scout these teams out,” Deutch told CQ Roll Call Monday with a chuckle.

The Big Ten alum (he’s a graduate of Michigan) said he’d be rooting for Wisconsin over Duke in the title game.

And he’s not letting the success in the ESPN contest go to his head — in the office pool, he said, his bracket’s in last place.

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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April 3, 2015

Boehner’s Travels: Speaker Shares Details on Trip

Boehner's Medium

Boehner, visiting the Gaza-Israel border, in a photo from his posts on the Middle East trip. (Courtesy John A. Boehner’s Office)

John A. Boehner’s trip to the Middle East this week was covered extensively by the press both here and overseas, but few news organizations offered the behind-the-scenes details the House speaker himself shared on a new blog.

Boehner, or someone on the speaker’s team writing under his name, posted four journal-style entries this week on the congressional delegation’s stops in England, Jordan, Israel and Iraq. Full story

March 29, 2015

Boehner Promises Sanctions Action if Iran Talks Fail

Boehner is in a tough spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner said he’ll remain speaker “until I’ve had enough.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner, in an interview that aired Sunday, said the House will act quickly to tighten sanctions on Iran should the administration’s nuclear talks with the Islamic republic fail.

The Ohio Republican told CNN he’s skeptical the Obama administration will reach a deal with Iran to rein in the country’s nuclear program. Full story

March 22, 2015

McCarthy: Clinton Should Turn Over the Email Server

McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during the press conference at the Republican National Committee following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy called on Clinton to turn over the email server. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., added his voice Sunday to a growing number of Republicans calling for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to turn over her personal email server to an independent third-party arbiter.

McCarthy, appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said an arbiter should determine which emails might be related to the House’s investigation into the Obama administration’s handling of the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including the U.S. ambassador. Full story

March 10, 2015

Gowdy: Benghazi Panel Will Ask Clinton to Appear — Twice

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi hearing on "Implementation of the Accountability Review Board Recommendations" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Gowdy said he will call for Clinton to appear before the House Benghazi panel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Saying Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Tuesday afternoon news conference raised more questions than it answered, the Republican chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call the former secretary of State to appear — at least twice — before his investigative panel.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., in a statement issued after Clinton spoke for the first time publicly about her extensive use of a private email address and server during her four years at State, said the email server should be turned over to a neutral third party. Full story

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