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October 9, 2015

Walter Jones Says Rumors Helped Prompt Letter


UNITED STATES - JUNE 02: Rep. Walters Jones, R-N.C., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on legislation that calls for disclosure of 28 blacked out pages of the 9/11 report to Congress on the terrorist attacks, June 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jones wrote a letter that had House Republicans talking ahead of McCarthy’s exit from the race for speaker. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Walter B. Jones acknowledged to CQ Roll Call Friday that he wrote a letter asking leaders to attest they had not committed any embarrassing misdeeds in part because he had seen rumors published of an affair between fellow North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

On Thursday, McCarthy denied Jones’ letter had an impact on his decision to abruptly quit the race for speaker, and Ellmers released a statement Friday addressing what she called “completely false accusations and innuendo” and praying for those who bear false witness. Full story

Darrell Issa Considering Speaker Run, Disses Chaffetz (Video)


Speaker Issa? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Issa? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Darrell Issa said Friday morning he might become a candidate for speaker and sharply criticized the performance of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, his successor as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“The fact is, yes, I think that I could potentially be a candidate,” the California Republican said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Full story

October 8, 2015

Westmoreland Considers Long-Shot Bid for Speaker


Westmoreland eyes a longshot gavel bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Westmoreland eyes a long-shot gavel bid. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is the latest to float himself as a possible speaker of the House — a long-shot bid that the Georgia Republican seemed to acknowledge.

“We’re thinking about it — me and about 20 other people,” he said in a hallway interview, adding that he’s likely to make calls over the weekend. Full story

After McCarthy’s Stunner, Republicans Who Could Be Speaker (Video)


Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. McCarthy is reinforcing to Republicans that he can keep them united, despite conservatives trying to move their party to the right after Boehner's sudden resignation. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) Copyright © 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:26 p.m. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s stunning decision to withdraw his name from the race for the speaker’s gavel has set off chaos in the Republican conference, with all sorts of names being floated of people who could potentially be the next speaker. Full story

October 6, 2015

John Dingell in Hospital: ‘Being Old Sucks’


John Dingell and Debbie Dingell (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John and Debbie Dingell. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John D. Dingell is back in the hospital and will undergo a heart procedure. Full story

October 4, 2015

Ben Sasse Pitches Arthur Brooks for Speaker


Sasse wants the House to draft Arthur Brooks as the next speaker to replace John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sasse wants the House to draft Arthur Brooks as the next speaker to replace John A. Boehner, R-Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an extraordinary flurry of tweets Sunday night, freshman Sen. Ben Sasse proposed drafting Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, as the next speaker of the House.

The Constitution doesn’t require a House member to be elected speaker, leaving people to dream up any number of scenarios like, hey, Donald Trump. But Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, appeared quite serious. Full story

September 30, 2015

Rules Could Complicate Leadership Fight (Updated)


UNITED STATES - September 29: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., listens as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a new conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise listens as McCarthy speaks Tuesday during a new conference on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:26 p.m. | A rules fight could determine who holds power in the House Republican Conference under a new speaker when the elections are held on Oct. 8.

While Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California remains the odds-on favorite to inherit John A. Boehner’s gavel, the race for his position remains fluid and that has caused all kinds of uncertainty down the ballot. Full story

McCarthy Spokesman: Benghazi Investigation Isn’t About Politics


(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A day after Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., boasted that the Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation helped tank Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers, the majority leader’s spokesman insisted the investigations into Clinton “have nothing to do with politics.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 1:14 p.m.
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McCarthy’s Benghazi Committee Brag Brings Rebuke From Clinton Campaign (Video)


McCarthy's comments about the Benghazi Committee has provided fodder for Hillary Clinton's campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign rebuked McCarthy’s comment about the Benghazi Committee.. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kevin McCarthy’s boast Tuesday night that the Select Committee on Benghazi had succeeded in tanking Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll ratings has brought a rebuke from her campaign and congressional Democrats, who have long insisted the panel was set up for political gain.

“This is a damning display of honesty by the possible next Speaker of the House,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email. Full story

Kevin McCarthy Gives Boehner B-, Credits Benghazi Committee for Hurting Hillary Clinton’s Poll Numbers


In an extraordinary interview on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday, Kevin McCarthy gave the man he hopes to replace as speaker a B- grade — and touted the Benghazi Committee’s dinging Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers as an example of the kind of leadership he’ll provide.

Hannity opened the interview with a poll showing 60 percent of Republican voters feel betrayed by their GOP in Congress, and said he’s one of them. Full story

August 6, 2015

Another New York Democrat Opposes Iran Deal


Engel, left, with Secretary of State John Kerry at a hearing on the Iran deal. He announced his opposition Thursday. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Engel, left, with Secretary of State John Kerry at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran deal. He announced his opposition Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shortly after New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced his opposition to the Iran deal, President Barack Obama lost another New York Democrat: Eliot L. Engel.

Engel isn’t on the list of 150 House Democrats the White House is counting as its Iran firewall, but his statement, like Schumer’s, made many of the same points Republican critics have made about weaknesses in the deal — despite a full-court press from the administration. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 11:19 p.m.
Iran

July 29, 2015

Then There Were Two: Massie Joins Meadows, Wants to Fire Boehner


A second Republican has signed on to the effort to fire Speaker John A. Boehner.

Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky announced Wednesday via Twitter that he’ll co-sponsor the resolution by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina to vacate the chair.

Massie’s opposition to Boehner isn’t new. He previously voted against Boehner for speaker.

Boehner, R-Ohio, earlier dismissed the resolution and the rebels in his conference as a few members “off the reservation” and said the resolution wasn’t worthy of a vote.

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 7:04 p.m.
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April 16, 2015

All the Budget Conference’s a Stage


Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, talks with reporters after a news conference with members of the committee in the Capitol Visitor Center to introduce the FY2016 budget resolution and discuss ways to balance the budget, March 17, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After wrangling a Republican budget through the House, House Budget Committee Chairman Price now has to find common ground with Republicans — and maybe a few Democrats — in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

How do Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate conference a partisan budget that is little more than a messaging document? They don’t — at least, not really.

No one truly expects both sides to come to a consensus agreement on the budget. No one even really expects Democrats to play much of a role in the budget conference. It could be, as one Democratic aide with knowledge of the situation predicted, one public meeting “just for show, just to check that box.”

But there are plenty of House and Senate differences on the budget that will need to be worked out between Republicans and, well, Republicans. Full story

March 20, 2015

Boehner, House Delegation to Meet Netanyahu in Israel (Updated)


Boehner, left, will take a House delegation to Israel to meet with Netanyahu, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner, left, will take a House delegation to Israel to meet with Netanyahu, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:53 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner will lead a House delegation to Israel later this month to meet with newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith confirmed Friday morning that Boehner, who invited Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, would make the trip. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 11:53 a.m.
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March 3, 2015

Boehner to Allow Clean Homeland Security Vote (Updated)


John boeher dhs funding bill vote immigration reform amnesty

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:04 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told his restive flock Tuesday he would allow a vote on a clean Homeland Security spending bill later in the day, citing concerns about terrorism and pinning blame on the Senate for failing to pass limits on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

In a humbling moment for the Ohio Republican, he told his members the Senate’s DHS bill would be brought up for a roll call vote after it arrives in the House later Tuesday, according to a source in the room. That effectively leaves it up to the courts to rein in Obama — or not.

“I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” Boehner said. “I believe this decision — considering where we are — is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country. The good news is that the president’s executive action has been stopped, for now. This matter will continue to be litigated in the courts, where we have our best chance of winning this fight.” Full story

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