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January 14, 2016

The Continuing Education of Elton Gallegly


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Gallegly walks down the Capitol steps after a series of votes in 2012, his last year in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A college dropout who learned the hard way that cutting ties with Congress is sometimes easier said than done, former Rep. Elton Gallegly is currently contemplating how to best prepare the next generation of public servants.

“How many people really know what public service is?” the 13-term California Republican, who has since lent his name and lifetime of experience to the eponymous Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at California Lutheran University, posited Tuesday.

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January 4, 2016

Republicans to Start 2016 by Targeting Obamacare


Ryan's influence was felt on the tax deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan and other GOP leaders are anticipating the president’s gun annoucementl. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans will begin the 2016 legislative session with another vote attacking the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood, and are also prepping their response to President Barack Obama’s upcoming executive actions on gun control.

The House will vote Wednesday on a reconciliation measure to repeal most of Obama’s signature domestic achievement. It will be the chamber’s second vote on the measure, which the Senate altered to roll back more of the health care law than the original House version. Using the budget reconciliation process allowed the Senate to consider the measure without the threat of a filibuster. Full story

December 31, 2015

Best Non-Boehner Leadership News of 2015


UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29 - Outgoing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wipes his nose while waiting for a vote on the new Speaker in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, October 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

We won’t have Boehner to kick around anymore. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House leadership news in 2015 was dominated by Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision to resign and  Paul D. Ryan’s path to be his successor. but the year brought several other moments of leadership intrigue: Full story

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 18, 2015

Congress Sends Omnibus to Obama


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Morning fog covers the U.S. Capitol, December 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate passed a year-end omnibus package that combined a $1.1 trillion spending bill with a tax extenders measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature and wrapping up Congress’ 2015 legislative session.

The Senate voted 65-33 to pass the package, after a series of procedural votes Friday morning. Twenty six Republicans, including GOP presidential hopefuls Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, voted against the package, along with seven members across the aisle, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.

The year-end package passed with little drama in the Senate, after Senate leaders locked up votes on Thursday, heading off any effort to slow down the process. GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had threatened Thursday that he might used procedural methods to slow it down. But on Friday, Rubio was not present for the final vote. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was also not present for the vote.

At a press conference after the vote, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., touted the omnibus spending bill and tax extender package as a victory for his party. They argued the Senate has been able to function again because they are a more cooperative minority than Republicans were before them.

Earlier in the day, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, leaving the Senate to clear the omnibus for the president’s signature. Full story

December 17, 2015

Ex-Speaker Hastert Recovering From Stroke


Hastert (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is recovering from a stroke as he awaits sentencing for his guilty plea stemming from a hush-money scheme.

Hastert’s attorney, Thomas Green, confirmed the Illinois Republican’s health status in a statement provided to Roll Call. Full story

Pelosi Supports Omnibus, but Other Democrats Not Sold


UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, October 1, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi will support the omnibus, but some of her Democratic colleagues are still on the fence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, but it’s unclear how many of her more liberal colleagues will follow her lead, a situation fluid enough that members and aides are concerned there might not be enough Democratic votes to offset Republican no votes.

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December 16, 2015

GOP Went Big With Tax Deal


Ryan's influence was felt on the tax deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan’s influence was felt on the tax deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Big is the word that can best be used to describe the tax extenders package the House will vote on Thursday: big in policy, big in cost, big compared to past efforts and a big win for Republicans.

Lawmakers have not passed a significant tax bill since the 2012 fiscal cliff deal that staved off massive tax hikes. Since then, Republicans have expressed interest in making moves on taxes, but little happened until retiring Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., released his plan. After it failed to gain traction, Camp brokered a deal last year with then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make 10 expiring tax provisions permanent, but the White House threatened to veto the package before it was finalized.

When the tax extenders bill was released late Tuesday, it called for the permanent renewal of 22 tax breaks and several other sweeteners. In doing so, it also provided a down payment on a more ambitious overhaul of the tax code, a priority for Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., who started off the year in his dream job by replacing Camp as head of the House tax-writing panel. Full story

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.

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December 10, 2015

Majority Whip Gets New Chief of Staff in the New Year


Scalise posed a question about marijuana legalization in a recent email survey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Scalise will get a new top aide in the new year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the year-end scramble will involve a personnel transition in the very senior ranks.

Lynnel Ruckert, who has served as the Louisiana Republican’s chief of staff since he won a special election to the House in 2008, is leaving Capitol Hill after 14 years total as a GOP aide.

She’ll be handing the reigns over to Brett Horton, Scalise’s current floor director. Full story

Ryan: House GOP Will Build 2016 Legislative Agenda Together


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., walks back to his office following the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan said the GOP agenda would be a consensus effort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced his big 2016 priority would be advancing a “pro-growth agenda.”

And although he doesn’t yet know what that agenda will look like, he wants all Republicans to have a say in its shaping. Full story

December 9, 2015

Meet the 11 Republicans Vying for the Steering Committee


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters with House Republican leaders following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of Ryan’s first acts as speaker was to reconfigure the influential Steering Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Eleven House Republicans are pitching their colleagues for a seat at the GOP’s influential Steering Committee, which determines who gets what plum, or not so plum, committee assignments.

Elections are scheduled for Thursday to determine the six at-large members who will be installed on the committee, a situation set in motion when new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., kept a promise to conservatives and changed the makeup of the panel, diluting some of leadership’s influence. Full story

December 8, 2015

Democrats Tie Up House Floor to Force Vote on Guns Bill


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Israel said Democrats wanted to “shame Republicans into giving us a vote on stopping terrorists for buying guns in America.” (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats want Republicans to give them a vote on legislation to ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

On Tuesday, they got to debate the issue — sort of. Full story

King ‘Appreciative’ of Trump, but Won’t Endorse Muslim Comments


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 said he wouldn’t say whether he agreed with Trump on his proposal to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Most House Republicans are opting not to respond to Donald Trump’s remarks that Muslim immigrants should be barred from entering into the United States. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is not among them, but he wouldn’t say whether he agrees with his party’s presidential frontrunner.

King told reporters he is “appreciative” that the 2016 Republican presidential front-runner “has given some of us a little more room to operate.” Full story

Black Caucus Chairman Seeks Partnership With Paul Ryan


UNITED STATES - JULY 9: Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by CQ Roll Call in his Rayburn office, July 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by Roll Call in his office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield wants the House to address poverty in America, and feels he may have an unlikely partner in new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

“We got into the weeds with him,” Butterfield said of a past meeting between Ryan and the CBC, which took place before Butterfield was made CBC chairman. “He convinced me he understood pervasive poverty in America.”  Full story

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