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October 2, 2015

Sources: Chaffetz Readies Run for Speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, places his name plate at his seat as he arrives for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz is reportedly making the rounds to run for speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Earlier this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was busy trying to push his colleague Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to run for majority leader.

On Friday, news broke that Chaffetz was laying the groundwork for a leadership run of his own. Full story

October 1, 2015

McCarthy Gets Earful From Both Sides for Benghazi Remarks

McCarthy said it's up to the Senate. Cornyn suggests it's up to the House.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy takes heat for Benghazi remarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News Tuesday night the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s major accomplishment so far was discrediting 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, he might have expected moans and groans from Democrats.

What the California Republican and expected heir to John A. Boehner’s speakership might not have anticipated was the criticism from colleagues on his side of the aisle.

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September 30, 2015

Breaking Down the CR Vote

Price, who is running for majority leader, voted "no" on the CR. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Price voted “no” on the CR. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Just 91 House Republicans voted with every Democrat to keep the government open after midnight Wednesday — that’s three out of every eight members of the conference.

It could have been that the 151 GOP opponents felt free to snub the continuing resolution — which didn’t contain language defunding Planned Parenthood — knowing Democrats were prepared to make up for the shortfall.

But it could signal trouble ahead of the Dec. 11 deadline to pass a longer-term spending measure, which must adhere to higher spending caps lest it run into the veto pen of President Barack Obama, who has pledged not to sign any “omnibus” that doesn’t replace sequestration.

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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

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

DeSantis: Forget President, How ‘Bout Ben Carson for Speaker? (Video)

DeSantis said he'd be open to a wildcard pick for speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

DeSantis said he’d be open to a wildcard pick for speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Republican who is one of nine founding members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said at a campaign event Sunday he’d be open to supporting an outsider for speaker when the House meets to vote for a new leader Oct. 8.

“I would go bold, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be the speaker of the House. I would support someone like Dr. Carson or somebody like that, I think that would be good,” DeSantis said, referring to Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon and presidential candidate who has seen a boost in polls in recent weeks.

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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

Rules Chairman Running for Whip: ‘Process Is Broken’

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks with reporters as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Sessions speaks with reporters Tuesday as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If you don’t remember Rules Chairman Pete Sessions’ run for majority leader in 2014, you can’t be blamed.

After Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary, Sessions was quick to jump in to the leadership race — and just as quick to jump out when he realized he didn’t have the support. Full story

Trey Gowdy Leadership Candidacy Still a Big Question Mark

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi hearing on "Implementation of the Accountability Review Board Recommendations" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, speaks to Gowdy, R-S.C., in Sept. 2014 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Would Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., serve as House majority leader?

It’s not entirely clear.

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McHenry, Sessions Will Face Off — If There’s a Whip Race

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, leaves a meeting of House Republicans in the Capitol, September 25, 2015, after Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will resign from Congress at the end of October. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sessions will face McHenry if there is a whip race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There won’t be a race for majority whip if the current No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, doesn’t beat Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia for majority leader. (The draft Trey Gowdy movement doesn’t seem to have any backing from the South Carolina Republican.)

But at least two lawmakers so far are officially banking on the likelihood of Scalise moving up in the ranks, clearing the way for a successor. Full story

Leadership Roundup: Scalise Is in, Gowdy Isn’t (Updated)

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 made it official, he’s running for majority leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:46 p.m. | Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., will play coy no longer with the public and the press: On Tuesday morning, he announced he was running for majority leader.

“I understand from experience that unity is easy to call for, but it takes the right kind of leadership to achieve. As both Republican Study Committee Chairman and Majority Whip, I’ve made it a top priority to bring openness and inclusiveness into the legislative process so we can bring our dynamic conference together as we advance our agenda,” Scalise wrote in a letter hand-delivered to colleagues.

He continued, “As your Majority Leader, we’ll build upon this inclusive approach to deliver results you can be proud of.” Full story

September 28, 2015

McMorris Rodgers Sits Out Majority Leader Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McMorris Rodgers won’t run for majority leader after all. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not run for majority leader in the post-John A. Boehner leadership shakeup, she said in a statement Monday night.

“The best way right now for me to empower my colleagues through positive change is to remain Conference Chair,” the Washington Republican said. Full story

Leadership Shuffle Puts Spotlight on GOP’s Up and Coming

McHenry, R-N.C., attends the Bills and Brews launch party in Columbia Heights. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

At 39, McHenry, R-N.C., is one of the new generation of up-and-coming Republicans. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The leadership shuffle set off by Speaker John A. Boehner’s impending resignation has made one thing clear in the House Republican Conference: There’s a younger generation of lawmakers eager to take the reins.

Congress is an institution that has traditionally rewarded lawmakers for biding their time and waiting their turn for a plum position or assignment. It’s particularly true in the Democratic Caucus, which generally adheres to a seniority system.

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Tom Price Scores Influential Endorsements in Majority Leader Bid

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)

Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is becoming the conservative favorite for majority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Budget Chairman Tom Price hasn’t officially declared his candidacy for majority leader, but two high-profile endorsements Monday sent as clear a signal as any that the Georgia Republican is in the game.

Ways and Means Chairman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., released a statement Monday afternoon in praise of Price, who was previously Ryan’s vice chairman on the Budget panel. Full story

GOP Rivals Bring Different Strategies to Leadership Races

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, speaks during the press conference announcing House GOP leadership for upcoming session of Congress  on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. From left are Reps. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Luke Messer, R-Ind., Mimi Walters, R-Calif., Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Steve Scalise, R-La., Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Greg Walden, R-Ore. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner, right, introduces House GOP leadership in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner announced last week he would resign at the end of October, ostensibly hoping to free the House Republican Conference of crippling infighting and discord.

It is in this tenuous environment that lawmakers who want seats at the post-Boehner leadership table are making the rounds to shore up support, employing different strategies to navigate the challenging political terrain. Full story

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