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October 10, 2015

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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 19, 2015

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope’s Speech

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(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 10, 2015

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 9, 2015

House Republicans Regroup on Iran Disapproval Strategy

Roskam's ethics case was closed on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roskam wants a delay in consideration of the Iran disapproval resolution. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans will gather in a special closed-door meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the next steps for voting to block the Obama administration from implementing the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

A House GOP leadership aide told CQ Roll Call not to expect a previously scheduled vote on the rule for consideration of a formal disapproval resolution until after that emergency meeting, with many moving parts at play.

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Roskam’s ‘Messaging’ Idea Could Upend Boehner’s Iran Deal Strategy

UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., walks across the East Plaza as he leaves the Capitol on Friday, July 25, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roskam’s “messaging” idea may have caught on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In mid-August, Rep. Peter Roskam’s office said the Illinois Republican’s resolution condemning the Iran nuclear deal was just a messaging vehicle, a way for members to go on the record early in opposition to the agreement.

It wouldn’t, aides said, interfere with Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce’s formal disapproval resolution to block implementation of the deal by President Barack Obama’s administration and other world powers.

But last week, the co-chairman of the House Republican Israel Caucus decided he wasn’t finished yet, and now Roskam is threatening to derail House Republican leadership’s plans to debate and vote on the resolution within the next three days. Full story

September 8, 2015

Watch Live: Rules Committee Hearing on Iran Disapproval Resolution

The House Rules Committee holds a hearing on a joint disapproval resolution for the Iran nuclear deal announced earlier this year. The House expects to vote on the measure later this week.

Coverage begins at 5 p.m.

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September 4, 2015

Member, Staffer Face Off on Benghazi Committee (Updated)

Updated: 3:07 p.m. | Typically, partisan squabbles regarding the Select Committee on Benghazi are waged between the chairman and ranking member, Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Democrat Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, respectively.

This round, however, the tête-à-tête is taking place between committee member Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., and Gowdy’s spokesman, Jamal Ware. Full story

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

September 2, 2015

House to Vote Next Week on Iran Disapproval Resolution

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 4: House Majority Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., addresses the media following the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy says the House will vote next week on the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House returns next week from a month-long recess, and before it starts to tick off any of the other items on its lengthy September to-do list, it will tackle the pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., made the significant scheduling announcement Wednesday evening, just hours after Senate Democrats secured the votes that will allow the agreement to proceed, regardless of whether both Republican run chambers reject it. Full story

September 1, 2015

Wasserman Schultz in Tough Spot on Iran Deal


Wasserman Schultz, left, speaks with Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., on the East Front of the Capitol (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in an unenviable position.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has yet to announce where she stands on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran — and no matter how she eventually votes, the Florida Democrat is likely to pay a political price.

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August 4, 2015

Royce, Boehner Set Stage for House Disapproval of Iran Deal

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Royce has introduced a resolution to disapprove of the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File  Photo)

The gears have been set in motion for the House to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal when the chamber returns from recess in September.

On Tuesday afternoon, Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., announced the introduction of a resolution to reject the agreement, despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to veto any legislation that undermines the negotiated framework. Full story

July 28, 2015

Watch Live: House Hearing on Iran Nuclear Deal

The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a Tuesday hearing on the Iran nuclear deal announced earlier this month. Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew are expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

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