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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

September 17, 2015

Republicans Split on Planned Parenthood Strategy as Shutdown Nears (Video)

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cole was laughing, but the Planned Parenthood fight is getting serious. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money, House Republicans still don’t have a conference-unifying strategy to avoid a shutdown and defund Planned Parenthood.

Asked whether he was worried about the rapidly closing window in which to act — current funding runs out on Sept. 30 — senior appropriator Tom Cole, R-Okla., laughed.

“Yeah!” the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee chairman told a group of reporters Thursday morning. “I mean, sooner’s better.” Full story

September 16, 2015

Heritage Action Dismisses Scalise’s Planned Parenthood Strategy

UNITED STATES - JUNE 2: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to the media following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise has suggested budget reconciliation to defund Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Heritage Action for America is not impressed with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s proposal to address conservatives’ opposition to Planned Parenthood through a budget reconciliation process instead of a continuing resolution.

The conservative advocacy group that helped spur the 2013 government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act is, two years later, demanding lawmakers draw a firm line in the sand a second time, insisting members use a “must-pass” bill like a CR as the vehicle for defunding the network of health services and abortion providers. Full story

September 15, 2015

Scalise: Here’s How to Bypass Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise says use budget reconciliation to bypass Senate Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican leaders have yet to settle on a strategy for preventing a government shutdown and satisfying hardline conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood — but Majority Whip Steve Scalise is putting a new option on the table.

Scalise told CQ Roll Call Tuesday he is discussing with members the possibility of using budget reconciliation — a fast-track process that would allow Republicans to bypass the threat of a filibuster and force a bill through the Senate — to zero out federal dollars 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

In Ruling on Health Care Lawsuit, Leverage for Boehner (Video)

Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during the House GOP leadership media availability following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner says legal action against the Obama administration for implementing the Iran nuclear deal is “an option” (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated House Republicans’ resolve to stop President Barack Obama at all costs from moving forward with the Iran nuclear deal.

“This debate is far from over; in fact, it’s just beginning,” the Ohio Republican pledged at his weekly news conference, despite Obama enjoying a veto-sustaining majority among Democrats in both chambers. “We’ll use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented.” Full story

Why House Republicans Are Excited About New Iran Strategy

Fleming, R-La., speaks with the media before a meeting of the House Republican caucus in the Capitol to discuss an immigration bill, August 1, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Copyright 2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Fleming supports the new strategy to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans won’t be able to stop President Barack Obama from moving forward with implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran, and they know it.

Still, many members left a closed-door GOP conference meeting Wednesday night emboldened by a new plan that would let them go on record with their fierce and multifaceted opposition, even as House and Senate Democratic leaders stand to gain with a veto-proof majority of support inside their caucuses. Full story

September 4, 2015

Five House Democrats to Watch on Iran Vote

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 11: Rep. Elliot Engel, D-N.Y., talks on his cell phone on the East Front steps of the Capitol following the 9/11 Congressional Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Engel is the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats no longer need to shore up the votes to sustain a presidential veto if Congress passes a disapproval resolution of the Iran nuclear deal  the Senate took care of that Wednesday when it reached 34 votes that would sustain a veto. Senate Democrats have continued to add to that number, continuing with Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, the 38th to back the deal.

But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., still could show President Barack Obama that her caucus has his back and could provide a voting margin in the House that falls short of what’s needed to overcome a veto. Full story

September 3, 2015

Iran Vote Puts Focus on House Democrats

UNITED STATES - JULY 16: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds up a copy of the Iran nuclear deal as she speaks during her weekly on camera media availability on Thursday, July 16, 2015.  (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House lawmakers return from the August break next week with a slate of issues they need to resolve before Oct. 1 — most notably government funding — and one issue they’ll tackle almost immediately: Iran.

The House is scheduled to start debate on a disapproval resolution that aims to block the Iranian nuclear deal on Wednesday. And while Republicans are overwhelmingly, perhaps entirely, against the nuclear agreement, the question is how many Democrats will oppose the deal. Full story

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