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November 23, 2015

Republicans to Pentagon: Consult Lawyers Before Following Obama on Gitmo

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., attends a House Select Committee on Benghazi in Longworth Building featuring testimony by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, October 22 2015. The 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, took the lives of four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pompeo is behind a letter to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A group of House Republicans wants uniformed military leaders to consult with attorneys before carrying out executive orders from President Barack Obama related to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) contemplates that with respect to enlisted personnel and officers in the United States armed forces, when an order given by one’s superiors comes into conflict with the laws of this nation, the latter prevail. We believe that in our democracy — in which governance is undertaken, in the words of Founding Father John Adams, by ‘…a government of laws, and not of men…’ – that understanding necessarily applies equally to orders given by the Commander-in-Chief,” writes the group of 16 House members who are all military veterans.

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November 19, 2015

White House Loses Votes to GOP on Syrian Refugee Bill

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democratic leadership braced Thursday for at least 60 defections on the Republican bill to strengthen the vetting of Syrian refugees seeking resettlement in the United States.

It wasn’t quite that high, but 47 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with nearly every Republican for Congress’ first legislative response to the terrorist attacks in Paris — despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama. The coalition of Democrats supporting the measure, which passed 289-137, wasn’t atypical of previous votes for which leadership could not justify opposition. Full story

November 16, 2015

Ryan Calls for Classified Briefings After Paris Attacks

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying the groundwork for the House’s active engagement in the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Wisconsin Republican asked the Obama administration to provide lawmakers with classified briefings in the aftermath of the Nov. 13 shootings and bombings carried out by Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, he said Monday morning in an interview on Bill Bennett’s radio program. Full story

November 4, 2015

Parsing Ryan: Immigration Stance Open to Interpretation

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan has made one thing clear: He’s taking immigration off the table for the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Yet members on both sides of the aisle are still finding plenty to read into the new speaker’s statements on the subject as they try to game out what Ryan’s plans for immigration mean for them.

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October 27, 2015

House Votes to Revive Ex-Im Bank (Video)


Ryan conducts a pen and pad briefing with reporters. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ryan opposes the Export-Import Bank  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House conservatives are bracing themselves for indignity later this week, when a budget deal they hate is expected to be carried across the finish line by Democratic votes.

They got warmed up early Tuesday evening, when the support of nearly every Democrat made it possible for 127 Republicans to circumvent GOP leadership and pass legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank.

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October 25, 2015

Obama, Ryan Must Find Common Ground Soon

Ryan will seek the House speakership.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan will seek the House speakership. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

There could be little President Barack Obama can do to find common ground with Paul D. Ryan, given their deep ideological differences and House conservatives’ inevitable demands for the speaker-in-waiting.

With Ryan’s announcement that he will seek the speakership, all eyes now turn to the Wisconsin Republican’s ability to manage his fractious caucus and find just enough common ground with a president many conservatives revile. Full story

October 19, 2015

Answers to Come in a Week of GOP Leadership Questions

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Ryan may finally answer the question: Will he run for speaker? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans return to the Capitol Tuesday with a set of questions and challenges. The most glaring among them remains: Who will lead them?

Speaker John A. Boehner has made it clear he will stay, if needed, beyond his scheduled resignation date at the end of the month. Whether that is necessary should become clear this week. Full story

October 9, 2015

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 6, 2015

House Democrats Brace for Round Two of Trade Fight

Kind, D-Wisc., speaks during the bipartisan news conference outside of the Capitol to unveil "a major proposal aimed at modernizing America's regulatory system to reduce compliance costs, encourage growth and innovation, and improve national competitiveness" on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kind helped the president whip House votes on TPA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats who fought unsuccessfully earlier this year to withhold Trade Promotion Authority from the White House are gearing up for round two: an effort to undo the sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal announced Monday that TPA authorized the administration to negotiate.

“The deal … is the result of negotiations between corporate interests and trade representatives, which ignored the voices of working families in all twelve countries,” Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota declared in a statement. Full story

October 1, 2015

Boehner Weighs In on Benghazi Without Mentioning McCarthy

Boehner, R-Ohio, conducts a news conference in the Capitol after a meeting of the House Republican Conference, March 24, 2015. Also attending is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at left. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner conducts a news conference in the Capitol earlier this year with McCarthy in the background. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Democrats continued Thursday to hammer Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for his Benghazi committee comments, Speaker John A. Boehner decided to step in.

Not once in his four-paragraph statement, however, does the Ohio Republican mention McCarthy. Full story

September 30, 2015

Congress Averts Government Shutdown With Hours To Spare (Video)

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

Boehner and other GOP leaders avoid government shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Though conditions on the ground looked eerily similar to those that caused a two-week government shutdown two years ago, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to keep federal operations afloat through Dec. 11.

With hours to spare, the chamber voted on the stopgap spending bill, 277-151, with every Democrat, joined by 91 Republicans, voting “yes” and 151 Republicans voting “no.” Full story

September 26, 2015

Roskam, Still Coy on Leadership Plans, Inserts Himself Into the Fray (Updated)

UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roskam talks to reporters during his campaign for House majority whip in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:02 p.m. | Rep. Peter Roskam insists this isn’t the official start of a leadership campaign of his own amidst the intense jockeying for senior slots in the aftermath of Speaker John A. Boehner’s impending resignation.

But the Illinois Republican, who lost both the whip race and his appointed position as chief deputy whip in the post-Eric Cantor shakeup last summer, appears to want back in the game. Full story

September 24, 2015

Boehner Preps Sales Pitch on Planned Parenthood, CR

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

Boehner, R-Ohio, has a lot to consider in the days ahead (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner held court in his office for nearly three hours Thursday, inviting groups of lawmakers in for discussions on how best to defund Planned Parenthood without shutting down the federal government.

As a long day was winding down, the speaker and his lieutenants worked on a multi-pronged plan to present to fellow Republicans when the Republican Conference gathers Friday morning for a closed-door meeting. Full story

September 23, 2015

Paul Ryan to Obama: Don’t Lift Punitive Tax Laws for Iran

Ryan, R-Wi., walks down the House steps at the Capitol following the final vote of the week in Washington, Friday, September 11, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan letter indicates the Iran fight is far from settled. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan is in full Ways and Means chairman mode with his most recent letter to President Barack Obama, which asks the president whether the Iran deal means Obama intends to waive certain tax code provisions “directed at illicit Iranian behavior, including its support for terrorism.”

In the letter, Ryan notes Obama has the right under current law to waive certain punitive tax laws for U.S. companies or individuals doing business with Iran — as long as he gives Congress 30 days of advance notice. But Ryan also notes that waiving U.S. sanctions against Iran will give the country, “at a minimum,” $100 billion to $150 billion in frozen funds. Full story

September 19, 2015

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope’s Speech

(Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

(Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Every lawmaker on Capitol Hill has a cause that could use a boost from a powerful person’s endorsement — and next week there won’t be a more influential seal of approval than one from Pope Francis.

Since taking on the papacy in March 2013, the leader of the world’s largest church has shown a willingness to wade into some of the thorniest political debates around the globe, from economic equality to climate change to immigration.

Catholics and non-Catholics alike want to hear what he has to say, and his scheduled Sept. 24 address to a joint session of Congress will afford him a soapbox from which to deliver a message to, basically, the world. Full story

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