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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.

Full story

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.

Full story

September 28, 2015

Tom Price Scores Influential Endorsements in Majority Leader Bid

Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee, talks with reporters after a news conference with members of the committee in the Capitol Visitor Center to introduce the FY2016 budget resolution and discuss ways to balance the budget, March 17, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is becoming the conservative favorite for majority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Budget Chairman Tom Price hasn’t officially declared his candidacy for majority leader, but two high-profile endorsements Monday sent as clear a signal as any that the Georgia Republican is in the game.

Ways and Means Chairman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., released a statement Monday afternoon in praise of Price, who was previously Ryan’s vice chairman on the Budget panel. Full story

GOP Rivals Bring Different Strategies to Leadership Races

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, speaks during the press conference announcing House GOP leadership for upcoming session of Congress  on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. From left are Reps. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., Luke Messer, R-Ind., Mimi Walters, R-Calif., Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Steve Scalise, R-La., Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Greg Walden, R-Ore. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner, right, introduces House GOP leadership in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner announced last week he would resign at the end of October, ostensibly hoping to free the House Republican Conference of crippling infighting and discord.

It is in this tenuous environment that lawmakers who want seats at the post-Boehner leadership table are making the rounds to shore up support, employing different strategies to navigate the challenging political terrain. 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 23, 2015

Boehner Invites Friends, Old and Young, to Papal Address

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 is the House’s top-ranking Catholic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner has invited an eclectic group of guests to watch Pope Francis’ address to Congress from the House chamber and the West Lawn Thursday.

The Ohio Republican can’t help but be scrutinized for his selections which are, as with every event of this nature, inherently political. 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 16, 2015

Hoyer Hints Boehner Wants Vote to Reauthorize Ex-Im

Hoyer's office launched the new app "Whip Watch." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoyer had “a positive conversation” with Boehner about reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Does Speaker John A. Boehner want the House to vote to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., says yes. Full story

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

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

September 3, 2015

Veteran Pelosi Staffer Heads to Nonprofit

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Longtime House Democratic staffer Jerry Hartz announced Thursday he is leaving the Capitol next week to join a nonprofit supporting democratic governments.

Hartz has served as the director of floor operations for California Rep. Nancy Pelosi for the past 13 years, times spanning her leading of the caucus in the minority to her election as the first woman speaker to back to the minority. As the staffer who helps coordinates votes and member actions on the floor, Pelosi noted his expertise will be missed. Full story

Attendance Sparse at Planned Parenthood Video Screening

UNITED STATES - JULY 28: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at a mid-day rally outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in support of defunding Planned Parenthood. During the rally, Sen. Paul announced a commitment from Senate leadership for a vote on his legislation to defund Planned Parenthood prior to the August recess.   (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at a rally in favor of de-funding Planned Parenthood (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

Two thousand is the number of Democratic House and Senate staffers invited to a screening of the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissues and organs.

Sixteen is the number of congressional aides who responded to the invitation, sent out by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. Full story

September 1, 2015

Wasserman Schultz in Tough Spot on Iran Deal


Wasserman Schultz, left, speaks with Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., on the East Front of the Capitol (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in an unenviable position.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee has yet to announce where she stands on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran — and no matter how she eventually votes, the Florida Democrat is likely to pay a political price.

Full story

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