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December 18, 2015

Congress Sends Omnibus to Obama


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Morning fog covers the U.S. Capitol, December 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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The Senate passed a year-end omnibus package that combined a $1.1 trillion spending bill with a tax extenders measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature and wrapping up Congress’ 2015 legislative session.

The Senate voted 65-33 to pass the package, after a series of procedural votes Friday morning. Twenty six Republicans, including GOP presidential hopefuls Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, voted against the package, along with seven members across the aisle, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.

The year-end package passed with little drama in the Senate, after Senate leaders locked up votes on Thursday, heading off any effort to slow down the process. GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had threatened Thursday that he might used procedural methods to slow it down. But on Friday, Rubio was not present for the final vote. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was also not present for the vote.

At a press conference after the vote, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., touted the omnibus spending bill and tax extender package as a victory for his party. They argued the Senate has been able to function again because they are a more cooperative minority than Republicans were before them.

Earlier in the day, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, leaving the Senate to clear the omnibus for the president’s signature. Full story

December 17, 2015

Some Democrats Not as Opposed to Tax Deal as Pelosi


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Pelosi called the tax extender bill “practically an immorality.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Yes, the majority of House Democrats voted against the tax deal on Thursday, but 77 of them voted yes the day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill “practically an immorality.”

But for many Democrats, it appears voting against a bill that permanently locks in expanded tax benefits for working families would have been immoral.

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Pelosi Supports Omnibus, but Other Democrats Not Sold


UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, October 1, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi will support the omnibus, but some of her Democratic colleagues are still on the fence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, but it’s unclear how many of her more liberal colleagues will follow her lead, a situation fluid enough that members and aides are concerned there might not be enough Democratic votes to offset Republican no votes.

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December 16, 2015

It’s A Deal: Republicans Settle for Notable Omnibus Wins


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 - House Speaker Paul Ryan takes a question during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, December 10, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans said Ryan deserved high praise for creating a more inclusive, collaborative environment in the lead-up to the omnibus negotiations. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has been offering members the same refrain since taking the gavel from John A. Boehner two months ago.

He’d been dealt a bad hand by the old regime, according to the Wisconsin Republican, and the best thing for everyone was to make it through the end of the year so the Republican House can return to “regular order” and run the government as it should.

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December 11, 2015

House Passes Five-Day Extension of Government Funding


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McCarthy said the House won’t be back until Dec. 15. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The House on Friday passed by voice vote a five-day continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 16, securing a little more time for congressional leaders and appropriators to finish negotiating an omnibus spending measure.

President Barack Obama is expected to sign the five-day CR, which the Senate passed on Thursday. Full story

December 9, 2015

House Republicans Introduce 5-Day CR as Negotiations Continue


UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 5: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) holds a press conference on the omnibus funning bill with Senate Democrats in the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats say they’ll oppose any continuing resolution that goes more than just a few days. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans introduced a continuing resolution on Wednesday that would fund the government for an additional five days past when current funding runs out on Friday.

The question now is whether those five days will fall within Democrats’ demands for a CR that lasts only a “few days.”

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December 8, 2015

House Scrambling To Meet Deadlines, Go Home For Christmas


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 03: Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., addresses a gathering of mostly House Republican members in the Library of Congress's Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building where he talked about challenges facing the country and how to address them, December 3, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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House Republican leaders are steeling themselves to shepherd delicate negotiations as lawmakers brace for possible weekend work to resolve stark differences on a year-end spending bill.

On Tuesday morning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters the House would pass a short-term continuing resolution to buy Congress more time to reach consensus on policy riders in the omnibus. This happened just as the House Freedom Caucus urged leadership to pass a six-week CR so talks wouldn’t be so rushed. Full story

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Black Caucus Chairman Seeks Partnership With Paul Ryan


UNITED STATES - JULY 9: Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by CQ Roll Call in his Rayburn office, July 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by Roll Call in his office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield wants the House to address poverty in America, and feels he may have an unlikely partner in new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

“We got into the weeds with him,” Butterfield said of a past meeting between Ryan and the CBC, which took place before Butterfield was made CBC chairman. “He convinced me he understood pervasive poverty in America.”  Full story

December 2, 2015

Republicans Looking for a Way to ‘Yes’


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., walks back to his office following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan has been reaching out to all corners of his conference on the omnibus package. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans have traditionally voted in large numbers against year-end spending bills, relying heavily on Democratic votes to avoid shutdowns. But this year, more GOP members are trying to get to “yes” on the bills.

“I don’t think we want to overreach; we’d like to figure out something that’s doable,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said when asked what would earn his vote and the votes of his fellow House Freedom Caucus members for the year-end omnibus spending bill. Full story

November 30, 2015

McCarthy Shuts Down Shutdown Talk


McCarthy said the government would not shut down. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy said the government would not shut down. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heading into a tense negotiation period, the GOP’s floor leader is taking away one of the party’s most frequently used weapons, the threat of a government shutdown.

Congress faces a Dec. 11 deadline to pass an omnibus government spending package to avert a shutdown. In a Monday pen-and-pad briefing, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., not only dismissed the possibility of a shutdown — he gave his troops some extra time if lawmakers can’t meet their deadline.

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McCarthy Won’t Speculate on Push to Defund Planned Parenthood


McCarthy said he did not support funding Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy said he did not support funding Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, one GOP leader faced questions about whether congressional Republicans will continue their push to defund the organization.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., did not rule in or out a move to strip the group’s funding in the must-pass government spending package. He told reporters during a pen-and-pad briefing Monday there will likely be debate on the subject.

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Cynthia Lummis: ‘The Only Republican Woman’


Lummis prepares to leave Congress as a proud conservative and frequently the only woman in many GOP circles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lummis frequently found herslef the only woman in many GOP circles. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When Rep. Cynthia M. Lummis was elected to Congress in 2008, she wanted to be a “reformer” and rein in spending and squelch bills that infringed on states’ rights.

She’ll retire at the end of 2016, having fallen short of accomplishing her objective. “It has not been the Congress that I hoped it would be during my seven years,” she recently conceded in an interview with Roll Call.

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Congress Has a List of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice


Ryan speaks to reporters.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan has a long month ahead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.

House lawmakers will spend the next four legislative days laying the groundwork on crucial pieces of legislation for the rest of the month, negotiating terms and conditions among themselves and with their counterparts across the aisle and Rotunda.

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November 24, 2015

Congress Largely Cut Out of Refugee Certification


UNITED STATES - JUNE 31: Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Babin wants Republican leaders to address the refugee situation through the appropriations process, but the tools for doing so are limited. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican lawmakers who see the year-end omnibus spending bill as a vehicle to slow the flow of Syrian refugees to the United States might need to get creative. Why? The certification process for refugees critics are concerned about is funded by fees, not appropriated by Congress.

In the week following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Republicans called for a pause in the program that allows Syrians to flee their civil war and see refuge in the United States, arguing there are gaps in the process used to verify and certify refugees. Full story

November 17, 2015

GOP Moves Forward With Sweeping Steering Panel Changes


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Ryan is ready to see his own influence diluted on the Steering Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans are moving forward with an ambitious and far-reaching plan to overhaul the membership and operation of the Steering Committee, with a vote expected Thursday.

It’s only the first in a series of changes to GOP operations that Paul D. Ryan promised upon his election as speaker. Full story

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