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April 10, 2015

House Democrats Forced to Choose Sides in Iran Debate

The White House wants House members like Israel to get behind the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House wants House members like Israel to get behind the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats on the fence about the White House’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran will be asked next week to close ranks and get behind the president.

With the House and Senate getting back to work on April 13 after a two-week recess, most of the legislative action is set to be in the Senate, where the Foreign Relations Committee will begin marking up its bill giving Congress power to override President Barack Obama’s emerging deal to disarm Iran.

But Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has made it clear that, short of the White House dramatically changing course, he would support the House acting on similar legislation, perhaps even taking up the Senate’s product (assuming it passes). Full story

April 9, 2015

McCarthy Outlines Busy, Maybe Tense, April Work Period

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After a two-week respite, April is shaping up to be a month of long nights, nods to the GOP base and divisions on both sides of the aisle.

That’s according to a memo sent to members Thursday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.  Full story

July 10, 2014

Text of Stockman Resolution Calling for House to Arrest Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the Internal Revenue Service. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Texas Republican Steve Stockman filed a resolution Thursday directing the House sergeant-at-arms to arrest former IRS official Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.

“Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke,” Stockman said in a statement. “The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration. How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked? It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President.”

Under the resolution Lerner would be held in the D.C. jail and would have full legal rights and access to an attorney. CQ Roll Call has reported on the House’s rarely-used power, confirmed by the Supreme Court, to arrest and hold those found in contempt of Congress.

The full text of Stockman’s proposal, H.Res. 664 is below. Full story

June 24, 2014

Issa, Cummings Clash Anew Over IRS Loss of Emails (Video)

Darrell Issa

Democrats spent much of Monday’s IRS hearing criticizing Issa’s handling of the proceedings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee went after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen again Monday, while Democrats on the panel reserved much of their ire for Chairman Darrell Issa.

Issa, involved in a high-profile clash earlier this year with Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the panel, was criticized repeatedly during Monday’s hearing by Democrats who dismissed the proceeding as election-year posturing.

At one point, the California Republican warned Democrats that House rules forbid members from questioning the integrity or motives of other members — touching off a heated protest from Rep. Steven Horsford. The Nevada Democrat angrily contrasted Issa’s admonition Monday with the March 5 incident, in which Cummings’ microphone was turned off mid-statement on Issa’s orders.

Full story

June 23, 2014

Monday Night’s IRS Hearing Gets a Big GOP Drumroll

(CQ Roll Call File Photo/Bill Clark)

Issa has questions for the IRS. (CQ Roll Call File Photo/Bill Clark)

Is C-SPAN suddenly “Must See TV”? Some members of the House seem to think so.

Republicans are promoting Monday night’s IRS hearing at 7 p.m. like it’s a new reality show on Fox, with Speaker John A. Boehner tweeting promos, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa fielding questions on Facebook and the committee itself unveiling a new “IRS Targeting Investigation” website.

MT @GOPoversight: TONIGHT AT 7PM: #IRS Obstruction: #LoisLerner‘s Missing Emails http://t.co/URTPSO2pQO pic.twitter.com/XVdmTOnP01

— Speaker John A. Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) June 23, 2014

As the tweet above notes, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is set to appear at 7 p.m. before the panel to answer more questions about the tax agency’s handling of emails related to the targeting of conservative groups. On Friday, the former Clinton and Bush administration official, who was brought in last year by the White House to clean up the IRS, was grilled by Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee.

The harsh questioning from Congress comes amid new questions about the IRS after revelations the agency has irretrievably lost months of emails from Lois Lerner, the former official at the center of the scandal.

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