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March 4, 2015

Winter Storm Bibi Arrives as DHS Funding Fight Fizzles

Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Yellow police tape blocked access to the Capitol, a sign of enhanced security for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a colorful accent to the fight over funding the Homeland Security Department.

Why was this Tuesday different from any other? An ice storm. Black-hatted Orthodox Jews. Protesters. A Capitol Police armored car. Elie Wiesel. Robert Kraft and the Lombardi Trophy. Three floor managers at one time on the House floor. Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, sitting in the presiding officer chair most often occupied by the absent Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Netanyahu’s staff live-tweeting, in violation of House rules. Full story

March 3, 2015

Deal or No Deal? How Boehner and Pelosi Funded the DHS

Boehner, R-Ohio, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other leadership are introduced before the 114th Congress was sworn in on the House floor, January 6, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Copyright 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It started with a phone call. On Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats in the House came together to pass a measure funding the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the fiscal year. And despite the repeated insistence from Speaker John A. Boehner’s office that there was “no deal” between the Ohio Republican and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic sources close to negotiations tell a slightly different story.

There may not have been a “deal,” but there was “an understanding.”
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March 1, 2015

Boehner Says House Will ‘Follow Regular Order’

Boehner is in a tough spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner is in a tough spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House will reconvene Monday with little sense of how the dynamics will play out in the quest to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, but Speaker John A. Boehner said he intends to follow “regular order.”

In an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday, the Ohio Republican was asked what promise he made Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that secured enough votes from House Democrats Friday night to pass a one-week extension of DHS funding, just hours before the agency was due to shutter.

Boehner chose his words carefully: “The promise I made to Ms. Pelosi is the same promise I made to Republicans, that we would follow regular order.” Full story

February 27, 2015

House Averts Shutdown of DHS for 1 Week (Video)

Just two hours before the Department of Homeland Security was set to run out of funding, the House delivered a bill to float the agency for one more week.

But last-minute maneuvering almost put a snag in that plan.

Shortly after learning that GOP leaders intended to bring the stopgap measure to the floor after Senate passage earlier in the evening, a band of conservatives huddled in the chamber to plot their next move. Full story

House GOP Fails to Advance 3-Week DHS Funding Bill (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:13 p.m. | House Republicans fell short of votes needed to advance a three-week bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security Friday evening, 203-224.

Just hours before the agency is set to shut down, GOP leaders must now decide whether to risk a revolt in their ranks and put the Senate-passed, six-month spending bill on the floor that does not include language to block President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders.

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February 26, 2015

Some Democrats May Skip It, but Netanyahu Speech Is Still a Hot Ticket

Dozens of House Democrats are planning to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on March 3, and they’re hoping their absence will send a strong signal.

One of those Democrats is Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Full story

Fire Boehner? Mia Love Says Maybe McConnell Needs the Boot

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 26: Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, poses for a selfie with a CPAC attendee following her appearance on stage at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Love poses for a photo Thursday with a CPAC attendee following her appearance on stage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Amid new speculation that John A. Boehner’s speakership somehow hangs in the balance as Republicans struggle with the Department of Homeland Security funding standoff, freshman Rep. Mia Love said maybe it’s Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who should be worried. Full story

A Kiss for Luck? DHS Funding Falls Back to Boehner

Things are getting weird in the House.

Despite a GOP Senate that is waving the white flag, Speaker John A. Boehner isn’t ready to admit defeat on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill — at least not yet. Full story

New Tea Party Caucus Chairman: DHS Fight Could Break the GOP

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The act of listening is one of the safest, most clichéd strategies in Washington. Candidates embark on public relations-friendly “listening tours.” Committee members nod as experts testify. Congressional leaders sit through sessions with frustrated members, rope-a-doping their party’s most spirited lawmakers by responding to tirades with an open ear.

The strategy is exactly what Speaker John A. Boehner gave his conference Wednesday, telling Republicans to wait and see what the Senate delivers on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill before gathering their pitchforks. Full story

February 18, 2015

Despite Court Injunction, DHS Shutdown Continues to Approach

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 4: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks during his weekly press conference on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas judge’s ruling on White House immigration policies could give Boehner and the GOP more options on DHS funding. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two days after a Texas judge halted President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, nothing seems to have changed in the congressional showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security.

The DHS runs out of cash in 10 days, and Democrats and Republicans appear as dug in as ever on the appropriations bill. A House-passed measure would block Obama’s executive action, as well as a number of other immigration provisions, including an earlier executive action on child immigrants.

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February 11, 2015

Boehner on DHS: Senate Democrats Need to ‘Get Off Their Ass’

The back-and-forth between Boehner, right, and McConnell continued Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll)

The back-and-forth between Boehner, right, and McConnell continued Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll)

House leaders emerged from a Republican Conference meeting Wednesday with a persistent refrain on Department of Homeland Security funding: The House has done its job; it’s time for the Senate to act.

During the weekly Republican leadership news conference, Speaker John A. Boehner repeatedly called on the Senate to take up the House-passed funding bill for the DHS, which Senate Democrats have repeatedly blocked the chamber from considering. Full story

February 10, 2015

Jordan Becomes House Freedom Caucus Chairman

Jordan is among the working group of conservatives who met with GOP leaders. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Jordan will head the new caucus of House conservatives. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus finally has a chairman, and it is, as expected, Jim Jordan.

Members of the HFC met late Tuesday in an unnumbered Cannon House Office Building conference room to vote on the chairman and bylaws, as well as to discuss issues currently before Congress. Full story

House GOP Touts Tax Breaks to Help Feed the Hungry

Mike Curtin, left, CEO of DC Central Kitchen, gives a tour of the facility to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in advance of the upcoming vote on the Fighting Hunger Incentive Act, February 10, 2015. The legislation would provide more tax incentives for donated food inventories. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) kitchen002_021015.JPG Copyright 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Mike Curtin, left, CEO of DC Central Kitchen, gives a tour of the facility to McCarthy, Smith, and McMorris Rodgers. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans took their show on the road Tuesday morning, eschewing the standard-issue news conference set-up for a location more complementary to the subject at hand.

To tout a GOP bill that would permanently extend expired tax deductions to businesses that donate food inventory to charities, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri chose the backdrop of D.C. Central Kitchen. Full story

Democrats Facing Choice Between Obama, Netanyahu (Updated)

UNITED STATES - JULY 30: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks during the House Democrats' news conference to discuss Republican lawsuit against President Obama and the House Democrats' focus on the economy on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer said he’ll attend the Netanyahu address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:07 p.m. | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled address to a joint session of Congress on March 3 is starting to look like a watershed moment for Democrats who find themselves facing a choice: Side with Netanyahu, or follow the lead of President Barack Obama.

It’s an open question whether Democrats will honor a decades-long tradition of bipartisan support for Israel and its leaders, or go with the White House, which has criticized the address as a breach of protocol and a threat to ongoing nuclear talks with Iran. Obama has said he has no plans to meet with Netanyahu during the Washington visit, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced he would be out of the country during the address — though exactly where he’ll be traveling remains unknown. Full story

February 4, 2015

House Freedom Caucus Looks to Be a Force — in Leadership and Lawmaking

Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters after his presentations at the Heritage Action for America's Conservative Policy Summit in Washington on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jordan and other members of the new conservative splinter caucus think the group is already had an impact. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House Freedom Caucus is only a few weeks old, but some members say the new conservative faction is already pulling the House Republican Conference to the right. Before the HFC convened a single meeting, it so complicated the GOP debate on a proposed border security bill that leadership eventually had to pull the measure from the floor.

But even more than a formalized “hell no” caucus that can thwart GOP leadership’s most moderate plans, the HFC could be a springboard for a new conservative leader — even if that’s not the group’s intention.

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