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October 27, 2015

Steering Committee, Other Rules Changes to Confront GOP

McMorris Rodgers and Messer arrive at the Speaker's Suite Monday for a meeting with Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McMorris Rodgers and Messer arrive Monday for a meeting with Boehner. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:18 p.m. | House Republicans could vote as early as this week on some changes to their official rules — including a plan to diversify the makeup of the powerful Steering Committee, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers told CQ Roll Call Tuesday.

Fast-tracking a vote to broaden member representation of the board that makes committee assignments could have an immediate effect on Republicans Kevin Brady of Texas and Pat Tiberi of Ohio, who are vying to succeed Paul D. Ryan as chairman of Ways and Means. Ryan is poised to become the next speaker Thursday.

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October 22, 2015

Ryan to Colleagues: I’m In

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Ryan will run for speaker. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan is officially in.

After receiving sufficient support from three major factions of the House GOP, the Wisconsin Republican announced Thursday he will run for speaker. Full story

Conservative Debt Limit Plan Shelved

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Boehner wants to raise the debt limit before he resigns next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner said he hoped to raise the debt limit before he resigns from Congress, but he’s running out of time to meet the Nov. 3 deadline in advance of his scheduled Oct. 30 departure.

The Ohio Republican has five more legislative days to avoid a federal government default before the politically messy task falls to his successor. Full story

GOP Factions Fall in Line for Ryan

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan was endorsed Thursday by the center-right Tuesday Group and conservative Republican Study Committee, paving the way for a run for speaker.

The two groups announced their support for the Wisconsin Republican Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s evening vote in the House Freedom Caucus, in which a “supermajority” of the caucus voted to support his nomination and on the House floor. Full story

October 13, 2015

While Waiting for Ryan, Would-Be Speakers Weigh Bids

UNITED STATES - MARCH 20: House Budget Chairman , Paul Ryan, R-Wis., flanked by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL., and members of the House Budget Committee during the House Budget Committee's news conference on the "Introduction of the FY2013 Budget - Pathway to Prosperity." (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call)

Almost everyone is awaiting Ryan’s decision. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call File Photo)

If Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan decides against a run for speaker, the race to lead the House could turn into a free-for-all: A half-dozen Republicans are quietly testing the water for runs of their own, including a slew of Texans, a couple of the wealthiest men in Congress and at least one woman.

Two Texas Republicans have confirmed they’re getting into the game: Reps. Bill Flores and Michael McCaul, who is No. 2 on Roll Call’s 2014 list of the wealthiest members of Congress. Full story

What Happened to the Young Guns?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two of the three Young Guns, McCarthy, left, and Ryan, are still around. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Kevin McCarthy and fellow Republican Reps. Paul D. Ryan and Eric Cantor ganged up in 2007 as the new generation of conservative leadership, they did a great job putting the party’s goals down on paper, the man who unseated Cantor said Friday.

“But my question to them is, do they mean it? Did they just do that as a political ploy to run or was that a real pledge to America?” challenged Virginia Rep. Dave Brat.  “Because usually when you do a pledge, you intend to keep your pledge.” Full story

October 9, 2015

Members See No Problems With McCarthy Staying On (Video)

McCarthy, D-Calif., is photographed in his Capitol office, June 4, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy dropped his speakership bid, but plans to stay in the No. 2 slot. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

What’s next for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy?

For two weeks the California Republican was the favorite to succeed John A. Boehner as speaker, but just minutes before his colleagues were set to vote on his nomination he pulled back, saying he was “not the one” to lead the deeply fractured GOP conference.

But is he “the one” to stick around as the No. 2 House Republican? Full story

October 8, 2015

After McCarthy’s Stunner, Republicans Who Could Be Speaker (Video)

Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. McCarthy is reinforcing to Republicans that he can keep them united, despite conservatives trying to move their party to the right after Boehner's sudden resignation. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call) Copyright © 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc.

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:26 p.m. Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s stunning decision to withdraw his name from the race for the speaker’s gavel has set off chaos in the Republican conference, with all sorts of names being floated of people who could potentially be the next speaker. Full story

Members React to McCarthy’s Decision to Drop Speaker Bid (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:02 p.m. | House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s abrupt decision to drop out of the race to replace outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, at the GOP conference’s leadership election Thursday has members talking.

Here’s a catalog of reaction from the House GOP following the California Republican’s move. Full story

October 1, 2015

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 30, 2015

Rules Could Complicate Leadership Fight (Updated)

UNITED STATES - September 29: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., listens as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during a new conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise listens as McCarthy speaks Tuesday during a new conference on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:26 p.m. | A rules fight could determine who holds power in the House Republican Conference under a new speaker when the elections are held on Oct. 8.

While Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California remains the odds-on favorite to inherit John A. Boehner’s gavel, the race for his position remains fluid and that has caused all kinds of uncertainty down the ballot. Full story

September 20, 2015

With One Exception, Lawmakers Prepare for Pope Francis (Updated)

Gosar is one of several congressmen raising concerns over new EPA rules (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gosar is skipping the pope’s remarks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:33 p.m. | House lawmakers still don’t have a budget deal that would avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1, but so far there’s only one main event on their schedule: the joint session of Congress with Pope Francis.

Anticipation is mounting for the pontiff’s Thursday visit to Capitol Hill, with members scrambling to secure tickets for constituents and special guests. Demand for seating in the chamber and standing room on the West Lawn is so high that former members, who ordinarily have floor privileges for life, are being locked out of the event.

But not everyone is clamoring to hear the Vatican leader. Full story

September 19, 2015

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope’s Speech

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(Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Every lawmaker on Capitol Hill has a cause that could use a boost from a powerful person’s endorsement — and next week there won’t be a more influential seal of approval than one from Pope Francis.

Since taking on the papacy in March 2013, the leader of the world’s largest church has shown a willingness to wade into some of the thorniest political debates around the globe, from economic equality to climate change to immigration.

Catholics and non-Catholics alike want to hear what he has to say, and his scheduled Sept. 24 address to a joint session of Congress will afford him a soapbox from which to deliver a message to, basically, the world. Full story

July 15, 2015

Democrats Back Another Short-Term Highway Bill

Welch, D-Vt., speaks during a news conference to announce efforts to oppose legislation to roll back Defense cuts on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Welch, D-Vt., has been one of the strongest opponents of short-term highway bills (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

See if this sounds familiar.

House Democrats back in May said they didn’t want to vote for another short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund, but most of them ultimately relented, preferring to go on record supporting a two-month patch rather than be blamed for causing major disruptions to transportation projects across the country.

But don’t expect their help to pass another stopgap bill in July, House Democrats warned their Republican colleagues. Full story

April 16, 2015

Top Cruz Aide to House Colleagues: Please Say Nice Things

Cruz, R-Texas, talks with guests after a convocation at Liberty University's Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., where he announced his candidacy for President of the United States, March 23, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz talks with guests after a convocation at Liberty University’s Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., where he announced his candidacy last month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ted Cruz has plenty of friends in the House Republican Conference, and quite a few in his home-state delegation, too.

But most GOP members aren’t quite ready to officially back the Texas senator’s 2016 presidential bid. Full story

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