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October 5, 2015

Boehner Throws Leadership Races a Curveball

McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks beside House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., center, and outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, 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)

Boehner, right, said the decision on down-ballot leadership races will be up to his successor. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In the latest plot twist to House Republicans’ leadership drama, Speaker John A. Boehner announced Monday that potential majority leader and majority whip contests would only take place if Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is confirmed as speaker on the floor at the end of October.

Boehner set Oct. 29 as the date for a floor vote for speaker, after which the person holding that title could set the date — if necessary — for a majority leader race, which could then set off a majority whip race. And while the domino-effect timetable might not change the outcome, the extra weeks of uncertainty about GOP leadership has some happy and others worried. Full story

Boehner Postpones Elections for Majority Leader, Whip

UNITED STATES - JULY 23: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives to hold his weekly on-camera media availability in the Capitol on Thursday, July 23, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner, R-Ohio (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner said he wanted to “clean the barn” before his resignation at the end of October, but he’s leaving his successor with at least one key bit of housekeeping business: Setting the date and parameters for down-ballot leadership elections, should they occur.

On Monday, the Ohio Republican confirmed the House Republican Conference’s nominee for speaker would be picked on Thursday, as originally planned. Three weeks later, on Oct. 29, the House will vote to confirm that nominee on the floor, he said. Full story

Republicans Scurry to Advance Agendas Before Recess

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, will oversee a markup of reconciliation legislation on Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans will go home for recess at the end of this week with plenty to tell their constituents — namely that they picked a new slate of leadership (if all goes according to plan) and avoided a government shutdown (with hours to spare).

Over the next four days, they’ll also lay the groundwork on some other legislative items that could play well back in their districts. Full story

October 4, 2015

Scalise Says He’s Already Got Votes to Win Majority Leader (Updated)

Scalise, R-La., leaves a news conference in the Capitol that followed a meeting of the House Republican Conference, March 24, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

No. 3 House Republican Scalise says he’s got the votes to be majority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 7:48 p.m. | Majority Whip Steve Scalise is telling members he has the race to be majority leader locked up — as long as there is a race to be majority leader.

Scalise held a roughly 15-minute conference call with committed supporters Sunday night to tell them he is well beyond having a majority of the conference behind him.

A source with knowledge of the whip operation told CQ Roll Call on Sunday the Louisiana Republican has more than 140 committed votes, while — by Scalise’s count — his only announced opponent, Budget Chairman Tom Price, has just over 50 members firmly supporting him. Scalise’s operation estimates there are roughly 50 members still undecided.

“The winning number is 124,” the source told CQ Roll Call, “and Scalise is well past it. He has an opportunity to absolutely run away with this.” Full story

October 2, 2015

In Majority Leader Race, Scalise Lapping Price in This Key Measure

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., talk as they walk back to their offices following the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

By one key measure, Scalise, right, is trouncing the competition in the race to succeed McCarthy, left. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

While there’s no definitive favorite in the majority leader race — especially with lingering questions about Select Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy’s interest — Majority Whip Steve Scalise has one distinct advantage over Budget Chairman Tom Price: Scalise has spread around a lot more cash.

According to Federal Election Commission documents reviewed by CQ Roll Call, Scalise has given roughly $700,000 to fellow Republican members and candidates over the course of the first three quarters of 2015. (The third quarter data, which is not yet public, was supplied by Scalise’s office.) In contrast, Price has transferred at least $139,000 to members and candidates through the third quarter.

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September 30, 2015

Breaking Down the CR Vote

Price, who is running for majority leader, voted "no" on the CR. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Price voted “no” on the CR. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Just 91 House Republicans voted with every Democrat to keep the government open after midnight Wednesday — that’s three out of every eight members of the conference.

It could have been that the 151 GOP opponents felt free to snub the continuing resolution — which didn’t contain language defunding Planned Parenthood — knowing Democrats were prepared to make up for the shortfall.

But it could signal trouble ahead of the Dec. 11 deadline to pass a longer-term spending measure, which must adhere to higher spending caps lest it run into the veto pen of President Barack Obama, who has pledged not to sign any “omnibus” that doesn’t replace sequestration.

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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

Boehner Sets Leadership Elections for Oct. 8

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds a news conference on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, to discuss his decision to resign his position as Speaker and leave Congress at the end of October. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

Boehner has picked a date for leadership elections (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Elections for Speaker John A. Boehner’s successor — and other potential leadership openings — will take place in exactly one week and a day.

“After consulting with our conference, a large majority of our members have made clear they want these elections held next week,” the Ohio Republican said in a Wednesday morning statement. “With their considerations in mind, the House leadership elections will take place on Thursday, October 8.” Full story

September 29, 2015

McHenry, Sessions Will Face Off — If There’s a Whip Race

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, leaves a meeting of House Republicans in the Capitol, September 25, 2015, after Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he will resign from Congress at the end of October. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sessions will face McHenry if there is a whip race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There won’t be a race for majority whip if the current No. 3 House Republican, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, doesn’t beat Budget Chairman Tom Price of Georgia for majority leader. (The draft Trey Gowdy movement doesn’t seem to have any backing from the South Carolina Republican.)

But at least two lawmakers so far are officially banking on the likelihood of Scalise moving up in the ranks, clearing the way for a successor. Full story

September 19, 2015

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope’s Speech

(Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

(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

September 17, 2015

Would-Be Boehner Successors Jockeying to Line Up Support

UNITED STATES - JULY 29: House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The chatter about deposing Boehner is louder than usual. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Talk of deposing John A. Boehner has reached such a crescendo that one frustrated House Republican stood up in a closed-door meeting Wednesday night and said she was tired of would-be leadership candidates contacting her about supporting them.

Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota told the GOP conference Wednesday she didn’t appreciate all the calls she’s received from potential leadership candidates asking for her vote, multiple members told CQ Roll Call.
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September 15, 2015

Scalise: Here’s How to Bypass Senate Democrats on Planned Parenthood

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scalise says use budget reconciliation to bypass Senate Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican leaders have yet to settle on a strategy for preventing a government shutdown and satisfying hardline conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood — but Majority Whip Steve Scalise is putting a new option on the table.

Scalise told CQ Roll Call Tuesday he is discussing with members the possibility of using budget reconciliation — a fast-track process that would allow Republicans to bypass the threat of a filibuster and force a bill through the Senate — to zero out federal dollars for Planned Parenthood. Full story

September 3, 2015

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

August 28, 2015

American Refugees: Hill Staffers Share Katrina Stories

UNITED STATES - August 14: From left, Peter Hunter, Senior Legislative Assistant, Joe Lustig, Legislative Assistant, and Brandon Gassaway, Press Secretary, all for the office of Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., pose for a portrait in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Friday, August 14, 2015 (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Katrina’s impact continues to be felt in the lives of Louisianians, including Hunter, left; Lustig, center; and Gassaway, all staffers for  Richmond. 
(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In the final installment in a series of stories on Hurricane Katrina, House staffers reflect on the storm’s impact. 

Everyone who lived through Hurricane Katrina has a story: where they were, what they did and how they coped.

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Democratic Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, who both represented pockets of New Orleans in the Louisiana Legislature before coming to Washington, reflected on their experiences ahead of this weekend’s 10th anniversary of the storm.

But they aren’t the only ones on Capitol Hill with tales to tell. Full story

August 25, 2015

A Decade After Katrina, 2 New Orleans Lawmakers Look Back

Richmond, left, and Scalise represented New Orleans in the Louisiana State House before being elected to the U.S. House (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Richmond, left, and Scalise represented New Orleans in the Louisiana House before being elected to Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Saturday, New Orleans observes the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The storm left behind unimaginable destruction as well as a complicated and emotional legacy with which survivors still grapple. CQ Roll Call met separately recently with Louisiana Reps. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip, and his longtime friend Cedric L. Richmond, a Democrat, to talk about the impact of Katrina. Their recollections (both were state lawmakers at the time), edited for length and organized for chronology, are part of a series on the storm 218 will publish this week. 

Saturday, Aug. 27
Two days before the storm. Full story

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