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October 14, 2015

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October 8, 2015

McCarthy Shocks Conference by Dropping Speaker Bid (Video)

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 8: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives in the Longworth House Office Building for the House Republicans' election to nominate the next Speaker of the House on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:50 p.m. | House Republicans were in disarray Thursday after House GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy unexpectedly took himself out of the race for House speaker. “I am not the one,” the California Republican told colleagues inside the room, according to Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas.

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October 4, 2015

Saying McCarthy Lacks 218 Votes, Chaffetz Announces Bid for Speaker (Updated)

 Chaffetz, R-Utah, becomes emotional during an opening statement at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on whether Planned Parenthood Federation of America should be federally funded, September 29, 2015. In the statement, he recalled his mother's battle with cancer and his wife's work with the disease. PPFA President Cecile Richards, testified. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz says McCarthy doesn’t have enough support in the House Republican Conference to win the speakership. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 10:19 a.m. | Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz will run for speaker.

The Utah Republican announced his decision on Fox News Sunday, citing support from colleagues who “recruited” him to challenge the establishment favorite, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Full story

October 1, 2015

A Tale of Two Republicans: McCarthy and McConnell

Can McCarthy and McConnell get along? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Can McCarthy and McConnell get along? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy knows one way to remain popular with conservatives is to trash the Senate, even if it is led by Republicans. But the California Republican, the front-runner to be the next speaker, will have to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to advance mutual interests.

The two men know each other, but they aren’t particularly close. That’s in part because of how quickly McCarthy has moved up the House ranks — going from majority whip to majority leader to the cusp of the speakership in a little more than a year. Full story

September 29, 2015

Gowdy Insists He’s Not Running

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gowdy, right, and Mulvaney. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Trey Gowdy made it clear Tuesday afternoon he will not be running for majority leader in the upcoming House GOP leadership elections.

The South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Select Committe on Benghazi confirmed to reporters he was not in the game as he made his way to the floor for a vote series. Full story

September 26, 2015

Another Republican Looking to Move Up: Rep. Lynn Jenkins

 Jenkins, R-Kan., hangs out in the RNC after a meeting of House Republicans, June 16, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jenkins is lining up support. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Races are heating up for majority leader and whip in the wake of Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation announcement — but potential contests are brewing down-ballot, too.

Sources confirmed to CQ Roll Call Saturday afternoon that in the event Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., makes a play for majority leader, Conference Vice Chairwoman Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., would look to move up one slot. Full story

September 24, 2015

House Freedom Caucus Members Mum After Boehner Meeting

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 27: Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, January 27, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Salmon and other House Freedom Caucus members met with Boehner. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Five founding members of the House Freedom Caucus left Speaker John A. Boehner’s office after an hourlong meeting tight-lipped on what was discussed in relation to the continuing resolution and Planned Parenthood.

Insisting they wouldn’t discuss the details of a “private meeting” to which they had been summoned by the Ohio Republican, the typically chatty members caught reporters off guard. Full story

After Speech, Pope Stops to Bless a Staffer’s Baby

Flanked by Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden in the Capitol, the pope blesses Eloisa Rosario Blake, the newborn daughter of Boehner staffer Kristene Blake. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Flanked by Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden in the Capitol, the pope blesses Eloisa Rosario Blake, the newborn daughter of Boehner staffer Kristene Blake. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Pope Francis was on a tight schedule during his Capitol Hill visit Thursday, his coordinates obsessively orchestrated and timed to a T.

But after his speech to a joint meeting of Congress, en route from Statuary Hall to the Speaker’s Balcony to address the masses on the West Lawn, he paused for an important bit of business. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 12:31 p.m.
John Boehner

House Leaders to Escort Pope to Floor for Speech

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

As Pope Francis makes his way into the House chamber for the joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning, he’ll be escorted by members of House leadership.

According to an aide, the pope will be flanked by seven Republicans and seven Democrats. Full story

September 16, 2015

Let’s Make a Deal on Appropriations? So Far, No.

For Boehner and other GOP leaders, the clock is ticking. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For Boehner and other GOP leaders, the clock is ticking. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The end of the fiscal year is just two weeks away, but neither chamber has released an appropriations bill to fund the government past Sept. 30. Republican leaders, however, hope to remove a key barrier to getting agreement among their ranks.

Despite the desire of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to avoid government shutdown drama, they have yet to settle on a strategy for preventing one while satisfying hardline conservatives who say they will not vote for any spending bill that provides money for Planned Parenthood. Full story

September 10, 2015

House Republicans Say Obama Failed to Comply on Iran Deal

UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., arrives for the House GOP leadership election in the House Ways and Means Committee hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Roskam is running for the House Majority Whip position. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The most vocal anti-Iran deal Republicans coalesced around Roskam. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A week before the Iran nuclear deal takes effect and just hours after Senate Democrats dealt the Iran disapproval resolution a major procedural blow, House Republicans adopted a resolution stating the Sept. 17 deadline is null and void.

On a party-line vote, the House voted 245-186 to adopt a resolution that President Barack Obama has not complied with the Iran nuclear review act, and therefore, the 60-day period for Congress to act on the deal has not started. The argument from House Republicans is that they did not receive the text of a “side deal” between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Full story

July 28, 2015

Meadows Maneuvers to Remove Boehner as Speaker (Updated)


(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Meadows wants Boehner removed as speaker.(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:00 p.m. | Rep. Mark Meadows spent his 56th birthday Tuesday taking steps to dethrone Speaker John A. Boehner.

The North Carolina Republican, who had a subcommittee gavel taken away and then given back to him last month, might have hurt his own effort, however, by filing a non-privileged form of the motion to vacate the chair, which would remove Boehner as speaker. The non-privileged form of the motion is referred to a committee and does not need to receive an immediate vote. A GOP leadership aide told CQ Roll Call Tuesday evening the motion would be referred to the Rules Committee, where it’s unlikely to be considered. Full story

July 22, 2015

House GOP Leaders Frosty on Senate Highway Bill

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner is cool to the bill, and so are some Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As the Senate continues to work through a long-term highway bill, House Republicans and Democrats seem increasingly united on one thing: They’re not exactly enthusiastic about the legislation.

On Wednesday morning, Speaker John A. Boehner seemed less than eager to take up the Senate six-year highway bill. Full story

June 15, 2015

Deadline for TAA Do-Over Vote Extended to July 30 (Updated)

 Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, June 4, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pro-trade Democrats may get seven more weeks to change the votes of TPA skeptics like Pelosi. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:08 a.m. | It looks like there might not be action this week after all to move President Barack Obama’s trade agenda.

House Republicans had intended to hold a vote Tuesday to reconsider last week’s failed vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation, needed to send the Trade Promotion Authority bill — which passed — to the president’s desk. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 8:39 p.m.

Hastert Portrait Still Looms In Capitol

Hastert, center, at the unveiling of his portrait. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hastert, center, at the unveiling of his portrait. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The lurid charges levied against J. Dennis Hastert have sent chills through lawmakers who know the former House speaker — but Republican leaders have remained largely silent on what, if anything, Congress should do in response.

After the Illinois Republican was indicted last month and accused of paying hush money to keep secret allegations he molested male students when he was a high school teacher, Hastert’s alma mater, Wheaton College, took his name off the school’s center on economics and public policy. On Capitol Hill, members are being asked whether his official portrait should be removed from its place of prominence in the wall of the Speaker’s Lobby.

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June 12, 2015

Obama Hits the Hill to Lobby Democrats on Trade (Video) (Updated)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Obama stopped by the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, one day before the big trade vote in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama made a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill Friday morning to deliver one more plea to fellow Democrats to advance his trade agenda.

The House was in the middle of floor debate on Trade Adjustment Assistance and Trade Promotion Authority when Republican leaders agreed to recess to accommodate the “emergency Democratic Caucus” meeting with Obama.

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