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December 23, 2015

Steve Scalise Defends Planned Parenthood Strategy


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 15 - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., heads to a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, December 15, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise, left, says Republican priorities are reflected in the way his office approached the Planned Parenthood defuding effort. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans were skeptical when their No. 3 leader started talking back in September about using the budget reconciliation process to defund Planned Parenthood, knowing full well it would be vetoed by President Barack Obama. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., though, still counts it as one of the GOP’s biggest victories of the 114th Congress. Full story

December 16, 2015

It’s A Deal: Republicans Settle for Notable Omnibus Wins


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 - House Speaker Paul Ryan takes a question during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, December 10, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans said Ryan deserved high praise for creating a more inclusive, collaborative environment in the lead-up to the omnibus negotiations. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has been offering members the same refrain since taking the gavel from John A. Boehner two months ago.

He’d been dealt a bad hand by the old regime, according to the Wisconsin Republican, and the best thing for everyone was to make it through the end of the year so the Republican House can return to “regular order” and run the government as it should.

Full story

December 7, 2015

New Yorkers Look to Avoid More 9/11 ‘Collateral Damage’


Stewart has been pressuring Congress to renew the first responders' health funding law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Stewart, right, has been pressuring members of Congress like Sen. Lindsey Graham, left, to renew the first responders’ health funding law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“I wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rep. Peter T. King said, worrying that Congress is turning its back on 9/11 first responders. The Long Island Republicans added his biggest fear is that those exposed to Ground Zero’s horrors will be “collateral damage” because the expired Zadroga Act that funds their health care needs won’t find a way onto any of the year-end tax or spending bills.

Full story

December 1, 2015

Democrats Call for Abolition of Planned Parenthood Panel


UNITED STATES - JULY 24: Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark.; and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., testify before a House Judiciary committee hearing on H.R.3179, the "Marketplace Equity Act of 2011," to improve the states' collection of sales tax over the internet. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Speier is one of the six Democrats serving on the select committee investigating Planned Parenthood who are calling for and end to the committee. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats appointed to serve on select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood called Tuesday for an end to the panel, arguing that Republican rhetoric incited anger toward the group that led to the Nov. 27 shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

Republicans formed the select committee, which falls under the jurisdiction of Energy and Commerce, to investigate whether Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue. Democrats argue the investigation is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer dollars because three standing congressional committees have found no evidence of wrongdoing and that undercover videos that sparked the investigations were manipulated. Full story

November 30, 2015

Congress Has a List of Deadlines, Is Checking It Twice


Ryan speaks to reporters.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ryan has a long month ahead. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress returns this week for a pivotal work period with multiple deadlines, a busy schedule for an institution that tends to wait until the very last minute to get things done.

House lawmakers will spend the next four legislative days laying the groundwork on crucial pieces of legislation for the rest of the month, negotiating terms and conditions among themselves and with their counterparts across the aisle and Rotunda.

Full story

November 17, 2015

Paris Attacks Highlight 9/11 Health Care Bill


Sen. Mark S. Kirk was among the lawmakers calling attention to the expired 9/11 health program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk was among the lawmakers calling attention to the expired 9/11 health program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, first responders from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on American soil headed to the Capitol to push Congress to renew their health care programs.

New York firefighters and other first responders joined lawmakers at a Tuesday event calling for the World Trade Center Health Program, which expired on Sept. 30, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to be permanently extended. The Paris attacks and other potential attacks on the United States, they contended, demonstrate the need to prove the government is committed to taking care of first responders.

“It’s equally ironic that we sit here now, a few days after Paris had their 9/11, to take care of the folks who responded to ours,” Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said at the event. “What kind of message does it send to Americans if folks like this have to stand up in front of Congress and beg for health care support?” Full story

November 4, 2015

Brady Set to Replace Ryan as Ways and Means Chairman


kevin brady

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:43 p.m. | Kevin Brady was chosen to replace Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Republicans quickly congratulated the Texas Republican for his selection by the Republican Steering Committee to head the powerful tax-writing panel. The choice must still be ratified by the full Republican Conference in a vote scheduled for Thursday morning, but that is expected to be a formality. Full story

October 29, 2015

Brady Makes Pitch for Ways and Means Gavel


kevin brady

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hours after Paul D. Ryan was sworn in as speaker, Rep. Kevin Brady made his pitch to succeed the Wisconsin Republican on the Ways and Means Committee.

“We need a pro-growth conservative who can advance Paul Ryan’s pro-growth agenda,” the Texas Republican said during a taping of C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” which airs Sunday. Full story

October 5, 2015

Republicans Scurry to Advance Agendas Before Recess


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, will oversee a markup of reconciliation legislation on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans will go home for recess at the end of this week with plenty to tell their constituents — namely that they picked a new slate of leadership (if all goes according to plan) and avoided a government shutdown (with hours to spare).

Over the next four days, they’ll also lay the groundwork on some other legislative items that could play well back in their districts. 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 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 21, 2015

Democrats Challenge GOP on Timing of Planned Parenthood Hearing


Ranking member Cummings, D-Md., left, and chairman Chaffetz, R-Utah (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ranking member Cummings, left, and Chairman Chaffetz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democratic leaders have become fond of the talking point that the GOP is itching for a government shutdown.

House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee are no exception. 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 18, 2015

Six Party Defections in Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood


Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks with the media after 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)

King voted “present” on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood for one year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It was mostly a party line affair when the House voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood for one year, 241-187.

But, there were six exceptions: Three Republicans voted with the majority of Democrats against the bill, while two Democrats joined the majority of Republicans in favor. One Republican, Iowan Steve King, voted “present.” 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

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