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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

House Preps 3-Month Highway Bill, Sans Ex-Im Bank

Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters after the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner speaks to reporters after the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With House Republicans — for now — unwilling to take up the Senate’s six-year highway bill, and with the Senate unwilling to act on the House’s five-month bill, House GOP leadership has a legislative offer it’s hoping can get them to the August recess a day early.

Just minutes before midnight Monday, Republicans posted the text of a three-month bill that would extend the Highway Trust Fund until Oct. 29. It would not include a reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, but would also take care of a Veterans Affairs hospitals shortfall. (The bill would allow the Veterans Choice program to transfer $3.3 billion to other VA health programs.) Full story

July 27, 2015

On Highways and Ex-Im, House Watches Senate

Crowley (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., is not enthusiastic about the Senate’s highway bill (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This week, the House is expected to take up legislation to make new major executive branch rules contingent upon congressional approval, consider a bill to streamline “accountability” at the Department of Veterans Affairs and vote on a whole slew of suspensions.

But it’s the legislative business not currently listed on the floor schedule that’s likely to make the most headlines in the last days before the monthlong August recess. Full story

July 23, 2015

Boehner Admits CR Is Fate of Appropriations (Video)

UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Speaker of the House John 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 a CR is likely. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With only 16 scheduled legislative days before government funding runs out, Speaker John A. Boehner finally acknowledged Thursday that the House and Senate were headed toward funding the government through a continuing resolution.

A CR, omnibus — or even cromnibus — is not out of the ordinary. Though funding the government through appropriations bills is so-called regular order, the last time Congress actually passed all 12 spending bills on time was 1997. Despite GOP leadership’s stated goal of restoring regular order and passing appropriations bills this year, it’s long been accepted that a spending deal would be necessary at the end of the fiscal year in September. (The Senate hasn’t passed a single appropriations bill this year.) Full story

July 19, 2015

Planned Parenthood Video Refuels GOP’s Abortion Agenda

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., leaves the Capitol following a vote on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Franks has consistently backed legislation to ban abortion practices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In undercover film footage of a Planned Parenthood official discussing in graphic detail how to preserve aborted fetal organs for medical research, anti-abortion Republicans hope they’ve finally found an opening to advance their agenda.

So far, they have a few things working in their favor. Full story

July 16, 2015

Return to Normal: Pelosi’s Got Obama’s Back on Iran (Video)

Pelosi stopped short of saying she wouldn't support a continuing resolution. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi enthusiastically endorsed the Iran nuclear deal Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House’s top Republican and Democrat switched normal roles during the “fast-track” debate, with President Barack Obama relying on the GOP, rather than his own party, to carry his trade package across the finish line.

But when it comes to the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran, it’s back to normal for Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: She’s backing Obama, he isn’t.

Full story

July 15, 2015

Planned Parenthood Video Spurs Probe on Fetal Tissue Sales (Video) (Updated)

Boehner is calling for hearings on the Planned Parenthood allegations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 3:16 p.m. | Fueled by the emergence of a new undercover video showing a high-ranking Planned Parenthood official discussing logistics for donating organs and tissues of aborted fetuses, House Republicans are preparing to re-enter the fray of the abortion debate.

Referring to the practices of the nation’s leading abortion provider as “gruesome” and “grisly,” Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, on Wednesday released a statement calling for hearings on allegations Planned Parenthood seeks to profit financially from terminating pregnancies in such a way as to preserve the fetuses for use in medical research. Full story

July 14, 2015

Breast Cancer Bill Pulled Amid Abortion-Funding Concerns (Updated)

Maloney, D-N.Y., attends a news conference, May 20, 2014, at the House Triangle to support the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and the Human Trafficking Fraud Enforcement Act. The legislation would give greater reach to the IRS to go after human traffickers and help support victims. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans abandoned Maloney’s bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated July 15, 2:34 p.m. | Republican leaders pulled yet another bill from the House floor Tuesday after conservatives expressed concern that a seemingly harmless piece of legislation supporting breast cancer research might actually fund Planned Parenthood.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act would have directed the Treasury to sell commemorative coins and give the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. Full story

Boehner Hates Iran Nuclear Deal, but Does It Matter? (Video)

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 8: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly press conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner doesn’t like the Iran nuclear deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The time it took for Speaker John A. Boehner to surmise that he wasn’t going to like the Iranian nuclear deal may best be measured in seconds. But absent a revolt from Democrats, there doesn’t seem to be much the Ohio Republican and the rest of the GOP can do.

Just hours after the Obama administration announced that a deal had been struck, Boehner trashed the agreement Tuesday during a GOP leadership news conference. The speaker said, in his view, “from what I know of it thus far,” the deal was “unacceptable” and would pave the way for a nuclear Iran. Full story

July 13, 2015

Confederate Flap Imperils GOP Goal to Finish Spending Bills by August

ogers, R-Ky., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rogers is not optimistic about getting the spending bills done by August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Last week’s messy fight over Confederate flag amendments to the Interior-Environment spending measure — which culminated in pulling the bill from the House floor — has thrown the legislative calendar into flux.

Republican leaders, unable to pass the seventh of the 12 annual spending bills, are now no longer planning to bring up the eighth fiscal 2016 Financial Services-General Government this week. Full story

July 10, 2015

Confederate Flag Fiasco: Who Signed Off on the Calvert Amendment? (Updated)

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Simpson, left, and Calvert at an Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 10:45 a.m. | They may be referring to it as the “Calvert amendment,” but House Democrats and Republicans agree: Whatever prompted Rep. Ken Calvert to come to the floor late Wednesday night to offer an amendment to reverse an earlier vote to ban Confederate flags at federal cemeteries, it wasn’t the California Republican’s idea.

In the hours that followed, culminating in GOP leadership pulling its first appropriations bill of the season, lawmakers said it was unfortunate that Calvert, chairman of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, was getting much of blame for the events that transpired. Full story

July 9, 2015

Pelosi’s Charge: How Democrats Cornered the GOP (Video)

Pelosi and the Democrats forced Republicans to retreat Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pelosi and the Democrats forced Republicans to retreat Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It was a day of extraordinary emotion and theater on the House floor, as Republican leadership pulled a bill Thursday to avoid votes on a Confederate flag amendment and Democrats successfully took procedural maneuvers to force the votes anyway.

Shortly after Speaker John A. Boehner announced Thursday morning that the House would be delaying votes on an Interior-Environment appropriations bill so “adult” members of Congress could discuss how to deal with provisions governing the Confederate flag on federal lands, Nancy Pelosi used her position as minority leader to force an immediate vote on a privileged resolution that would remove all non-member-office displays of the Confederate flag on the House side of the Capitol. Full story

Lawmakers on Both Sides Scramble on Confederate Flag (Video) (Updated)

UNITED STATES - APRIL 07: Chairman Ken Calvert, R-Calif., conducts an Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on proposed fiscal 2015 appropriations. The hearing featured testimony from numerous American Indian leaders. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Calvert said he should have handled the Confederate flag amendment differently. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:01 p.m. | “They pulled the bill!”

This was how Rep. G. K. Butterfield, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, greeted colleagues as he speed-walked through the basement tunnel connecting the Rayburn House Office Building to the Capitol. Full story

House Pulls Spending Bill Amid Confederate Flag Debate (Video)

 A confederate flag is held by an attendee of the 63rd Annual Shad Planking political rally in Wakefield, Va., in 2011. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Confederate flag is held by an attendee of the 63rd Annual Shad Planking political rally in Wakefield, Va., in 2011. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are pulling the Interior-Environment appropriations bill amid a growing public relations storm over votes on the Confederate battle flag and concerns the bill won’t pass.

Speaker John A. Boehner confirmed to reporters Thursday during his weekly on-camera news conference the appropriations bill was being pulled so that the “adult” members of Congress could sit down and have a conversation about how to deal with the Confederate flag. Full story

July 8, 2015

GOP Rewrite of ‘No Child’ Passes on Second Try

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., talks with reporters outside of the RNC after a meeting of House republicans, July 15, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., was a winner Wednesday night when his amendment was adopted. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House passed an education overhaul bill on Wednesday night — barely.

In a nail-biting and lengthy vote sequence, Republican leaders and their allies succeeded in passing a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law, 218-213.  Full story

Boehner Slams Syrian Rebel Program, Offers No New Strategy

Boehner speaks to reporters the same week the House passed two cybersecurity bills (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner says Syria strategy isn’t working. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner stopped short of calling for U.S. ground troops to combat Islamic State terror group fighters, but the Ohio Republican made it clear Wednesday he doesn’t think President Barack Obama’s strategy in the Middle East is working.

With recent reports that only 60 Syrians have been trained to combat ISIS, Boehner was asked if he was open to the idea of putting American soldiers on the ground. Full story

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