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June 9, 2015

TPA Could Be Litmus Vote for Possible Pelosi Successor

Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl., at a Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Forcehearing on the comprehensive steps that Congress can take to reduce gun violence - while also respecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Wasserman Schultz and other ambitious House Democrats will have to weigh the potential cost of voting for Trade Promotion Authority. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 4:46 p.m. | There’s no guarantee this is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s last term in office but should she retire in 2016, House Democrats will be using plenty of metrics to pick her successor — and the upcoming trade vote could be one of them.

Trade Promotion Authority — the vote could come as soon as this week — has support from President Barack Obama, most Republicans and a handful of pro-trade congressional Democrats. On the other is a largely united, and increasingly fiercely opposed, Democratic Caucus.

And Democrats with an eye for the top spot seem to know it.

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April 28, 2015

The Steve Scalise Comeback Tour

UNITED STATES - MARCH 24: Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. speaks during a news conference in the Capitol as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., looks on, after a meeting of the House Republican Conference, March 24, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Persistence, Scalise says, is his key to success. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

When Majority Whip Steve Scalise walked to the floor on Feb. 27 for the vote on a three-week continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security, he knew it was going to fail.

“When we put the bill out there,” Scalise recounted in a sit-down with CQ Roll Call, “there were a lot of members who felt that was the right way to go — over 80 percent of our conference voted for it — but we still didn’t have enough to get there, and you couldn’t expect any Democrats.”

Welcome to the role of the modern majority whip.

It’s an increasingly difficult position. There are no earmarks to dangle in front of members. Plenty of Republicans, having discovered pathways to re-election by being party antagonists, have little reason to fear leadership. And plenty of other Republicans, tired of the conference catering to its most conservative members, are ready for a revolt of their own.

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April 14, 2015

Boehner Adds 2 Rules Republicans — Not the Ones He Booted

Byrne, R-Ala., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Byrne, R-Ala., and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., are the newest members of Rules. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Remember when two Florida Republican representatives voted against John A. Boehner for speaker and got themselves removed from the House Rules Committee?

They haven’t been reinstated — but they have been replaced. Full story

March 16, 2015

Outside the Camera Frame, Granger Makes Her Mark

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, is interviewed by Roll Call in her Longworth Building office. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Granger, in her Longworth Building office, jokes some of her fellow Texans are afraid of her. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Kay Granger doesn’t suffer fools.

The Texas Republican has a story about a lawmaker who admitted he hadn’t read a bill he was trying to amend; She told him he had “no business being in Congress.”

Nor does she hesitate to tell any of her more bombastic male colleagues in the Lone Star State delegation when they’re “misbehaving.” Full story

March 6, 2015

Van Hollen’s Exit Changes House Democratic Leadership Landscape

UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., participates in the National Press Club Newsmaker Program with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, on "future federal budget priorities and methods to achieve them" at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Van Hollen’s Senate bid will have serious ramifications for House Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:20 a.m. Monday | Ambitious House Democrats looking to position themselves as future caucus leaders thought they’d face stiff competition from Rep. Chris Van Hollen.

But with the Maryland Democrat, Budget Committee ranking member and former two-term Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman now saying he’ll run for Senate, the field has changed. Full story

January 12, 2015

New Republicans Take Aim at Familiar Target: Establishment GOP

Ratcliffe, Republican candidate from Texas' 4th Congressional District, is interviewed by Roll Call. (Photo By Meredith Dake/CQ Rol

Ratcliffe said constituents in Texas’ 4th District are frustrated with both parties. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a clear indication of the divisions facing Republicans in the new Congress, four House GOP freshmen made the pilgrimage to the Massachusetts Avenue headquarters of The Heritage Foundation Monday and offered sharp criticism of a party they don’t seem quite comfortable belonging to.

“I do not blame liberals for the condition of the country,” said newly elected Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., repeating one of his stump speech lines. “I blame us.” Full story

January 8, 2015

Boehner Fires Back, Says He’s No ‘Squish’ (Video)

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)

Boehner pushed back Thursday at the notion he’s an “establishment” Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner took to the press conference podium Thursday to set the record straight on a line of attack he seems to be hearing from conservatives: That he has no spine.

“It does pain me to be described as ‘spineless’ or a ‘squish,'” a somewhat-jocular Boehner said. Full story

The Real Reason Some Members Voted Against Boehner

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves the news conference following the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Some of the 25 Republicans who bucked Boehner on Tuesday feared that a vote for the Ohio Republican could hurt them in their districts. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For many of the 25 House Republicans who broke ranks in the speaker election Tuesday, voting against John A. Boehner was a reflection of a long-simmering dissatisfaction with the Ohio Republican.

But for some other members, it may have just been about political survival. Full story

January 7, 2015

Boehner’s Fight: A Pale Imitation of First GOP Speaker’s Raucous Election

Courtesy Library of Congress

Courtesy Library of Congress

Modern elections for speaker tend to be clean-cut affairs. And though the re-election of John A. Boehner of Ohio this week was a bit messier than he might have hoped, the latest Republican speaker had a considerably easier path than the first.

For Speaker Nathaniel Banks of Massachusetts, it took almost two months and 133 ballots to be installed as the chamber’s top office.  Full story

Boehner Weighs Punishments for Speaker Election Dissidents

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 7: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrive to speak to the media following the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy arrive to speak to the media following the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The morning after Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent were kicked off the Rules Committee, freshly re-elected Speaker John A. Boehner left the door open to possibly reinstating the two Florida Republicans.

Webster launched a surprise challenge to Boehner in Tuesday’s leadership election, garnering 12 votes — including his own and one from Nugent. Twenty-three other Republicans also defected, voting present or for Webster or other candidates, including Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, Ted Yoho of Florida and Jim Jordan of Ohio.

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Louie Gohmert: Does Leadership Staff Call the Shots?

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speaks during a news conference at the House Triangle announcing the formation of a Caucus on Egypt, July 16, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Gohmert asked whether leadership staff have too much control. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Louie Gohmert, the Texas Republican who came up short in his bid to wrest the speaker’s gavel from John A. Boehner a day earlier, asked Wednesday if leadership staff has too much authority in running Congress.

In an appearance on Fox News to talk about the aftermath of Tuesday’s failed revolt against Boehner, Gohmert criticized the removal of Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent, who voted against the speaker, from the Rules Committee in the 114th Congress. Full story

January 6, 2015

GOP Leaders Boot Webster, Nugent Off Rules Committee (Updated)

Reps. Richard Nugent, R-Fla., left, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla., confer before a House Rules Committee hearing in the Capitol, July 16, 2014, on the constitutionality of a House Republican led lawsuit against President Obama for allegedly overstepping his authority with certain provisions in his health care law. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Copyright 2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Reps. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., left, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla., confer before a House Rules Committee hearing in the Capitol last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:00 p.m. | After Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent bucked leadership and voted for a speaker whose last name was not “Boehner,” House leaders stripped the two Florida congressmen of their positions on the Rules Committee.

The roster for the Rules Committee, which is often referred to as “the speaker’s committee,” was approved Tuesday evening by unanimous consent after GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers made a motion on the floor. Missing from that roster were Webster and Nugent, both members of the panel in the 113th Congress. Full story

Boehner Elected Speaker Despite 25 Republican Dissidents (Video)

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)

Boehner won re-election as speaker despite a lack of support from 25 Republicans. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a dramatic vote in which Republican dissidents staged yet another unsuccessful coup attempt, Speaker John A. Boehner was elected to a third term as speaker of the House Tuesday.

Boehner won re-election with 216 of the 408 votes cast, as 25 Republicans voted for someone else or voted present in an act of protest. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received 164 Democratic votes, with four members of her party voting for someone other than the California Democrat. Full story

Third Candidate to Challenge Boehner for Speakership

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Webster may run for speaker. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A little more than an hour before the House is due to hold an in-person, roll call vote to elect the speaker, a third candidate emerged as an alternative candidate to John A. Boehner of Ohio.

A group of Republicans who want a more conservative lawmaker to lead their party in the chamber has recruited Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida to throw his name into the ring. Full story

January 5, 2015

GOP Ready to Move On From Scalise Scandal

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., participates in the press conference announcing House GOP leadership for upcoming session of Congress  on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are sticking with Scalise. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republican leaders are hopeful there will be enough distractions at the start of the 114th Congress to deflect attention from Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his 2002 meeting with a white supremacist group.

But just how quickly the embarrassment goes away depends on how much members in both parties insist on talking about it — and whether there are any details of the incident that have yet to be uncovered. Full story

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