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October 8, 2015

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October 8, 2015

Republicans Eye Rules Changes as Possible Conference Unifier

Messer, R-Ind., 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)

Messer co-hosted a meeting to discuss possible House GOP rules changes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Walter B. Jones of North Carolina wants leadership candidates to confess to their “misdeeds” before they can be elected by their peers. Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky wants to dilute the speaker’s power of the Republican Steering Committee.

Rep. James B. Renacci of Ohio wants leadership to prioritize floor votes on bills that have the support of a majority of members, not just the measures leaders like best. And Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia wants anyone running for elected leadership to give up whatever elected leadership positions they currently hold.

These are just some of the dozens of changes rank-and-file members of the House Republican Conference want to see addressed in the weeks and months ahead.

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October 6, 2015

House Democrats Brace for Round Two of Trade Fight

Kind, D-Wisc., speaks during the bipartisan news conference outside of the Capitol to unveil "a major proposal aimed at modernizing America's regulatory system to reduce compliance costs, encourage growth and innovation, and improve national competitiveness" on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kind helped the president whip House votes on TPA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats who fought unsuccessfully earlier this year to withhold Trade Promotion Authority from the White House are gearing up for round two: an effort to undo the sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal announced Monday that TPA authorized the administration to negotiate.

“The deal … is the result of negotiations between corporate interests and trade representatives, which ignored the voices of working families in all twelve countries,” Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota declared in a statement. Full story

October 2, 2015

Sources: Chaffetz Readies Run for Speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, places his name plate at his seat as he arrives for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service" on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz is reportedly making the rounds to run for speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Earlier this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was busy trying to push his colleague Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to run for majority leader.

On Friday, news broke that Chaffetz was laying the groundwork for a leadership run of his own. Full story

October 1, 2015

Chaffetz Told McCarthy to Apologize for Benghazi Remarks

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, arrives for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security" on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz personally told Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy he should apologize for jarring comments he made about the Republican-led House Benghazi panel’s impact on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“I told [McCarthy] I’m supportive of him, but I have to distance myself from his comments. I just felt they were inaccurate and wrong,” the Oversight and Government Reform chairman said.

“I have a good working relationship with Kevin McCarthy and that was for him to digest. What he does with it is his business,” the Utah Republican told CQ Roll Call and The Associated Press Thursday in a brief hallway interview.

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McCarthy Gets Earful From Both Sides for Benghazi Remarks

McCarthy said it's up to the Senate. Cornyn suggests it's up to the House.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy takes heat for Benghazi remarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News Tuesday night the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s major accomplishment so far was discrediting 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, he might have expected moans and groans from Democrats.

What the California Republican and expected heir to John A. Boehner’s speakership might not have anticipated was the criticism from colleagues on his side of the aisle.

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September 29, 2015

Trey Gowdy Leadership Candidacy Still a Big Question Mark

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi hearing on "Implementation of the Accountability Review Board Recommendations" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, speaks to Gowdy, R-S.C., in Sept. 2014 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Would Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., serve as House majority leader?

It’s not entirely clear.

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Leadership Roundup: Scalise Is in, Gowdy Isn’t (Updated)

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 made it official, he’s running for majority leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:46 p.m. | Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., will play coy no longer with the public and the press: On Tuesday morning, he announced he was running for majority leader.

“I understand from experience that unity is easy to call for, but it takes the right kind of leadership to achieve. As both Republican Study Committee Chairman and Majority Whip, I’ve made it a top priority to bring openness and inclusiveness into the legislative process so we can bring our dynamic conference together as we advance our agenda,” Scalise wrote in a letter hand-delivered to colleagues.

He continued, “As your Majority Leader, we’ll build upon this inclusive approach to deliver results you can be proud of.” 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 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 17, 2015

Republicans Split on Planned Parenthood Strategy as Shutdown Nears (Video)

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cole was laughing, but the Planned Parenthood fight is getting serious. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money, House Republicans still don’t have a conference-unifying strategy to avoid a shutdown and defund Planned Parenthood.

Asked whether he was worried about the rapidly closing window in which to act — current funding runs out on Sept. 30 — senior appropriator Tom Cole, R-Okla., laughed.

“Yeah!” the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee chairman told a group of reporters Thursday morning. “I mean, sooner’s better.” 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

September 10, 2015

In Ruling on Health Care Lawsuit, Leverage for Boehner (Video)

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 legal action against the Obama administration for implementing the Iran nuclear deal is “an option” (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated House Republicans’ resolve to stop President Barack Obama at all costs from moving forward with the Iran nuclear deal.

“This debate is far from over; in fact, it’s just beginning,” the Ohio Republican pledged at his weekly news conference, despite Obama enjoying a veto-sustaining majority among Democrats in both chambers. “We’ll use every tool at our disposal to stop, slow and delay this agreement from being fully implemented.” Full story

Why House Republicans Are Excited About New Iran Strategy

Fleming, R-La., speaks with the media before 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) Copyright 2014 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

Fleming supports the new strategy to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans won’t be able to stop President Barack Obama from moving forward with implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran, and they know it.

Still, many members left a closed-door GOP conference meeting Wednesday night emboldened by a new plan that would let them go on record with their fierce and multifaceted opposition, even as House and Senate Democratic leaders stand to gain with a veto-proof majority of support inside their caucuses. Full story

September 4, 2015

Member, Staffer Face Off on Benghazi Committee (Updated)

Updated: 3:07 p.m. | Typically, partisan squabbles regarding the Select Committee on Benghazi are waged between the chairman and ranking member, Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Democrat Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, respectively.

This round, however, the tête-à-tête is taking place between committee member Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., and Gowdy’s spokesman, Jamal Ware. Full story

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