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November 29, 2015

November 12, 2015

Appropriators Set Listening Sessions on Spending Bills

Crenshaw is chairman of the panel overseeing Financial Services funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crenshaw is chairman of the panel overseeing Financial Services funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Six Appropriations subcommittee chairmen whose bills the House did not pass earlier this year will host listening sessions Nov. 17 through Nov. 19 so members can ask questions or provide input on the measures, according to a schedule obtained by CQ Roll Call.

The one-hour, members-only sessions are expected to give appropriators and leadership an idea of what members will be looking for in a year-end government funding measure.

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November 10, 2015

What Paul Ryan’s First Week Says About His Future

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Boehner, foreground, and Ryan after the speaker election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ex-Speaker John A. Boehner used to say he was “a regular guy with a big job.” Boehner’s successor, Paul D. Ryan, seems even more intent on fitting that description.
So there he was, using the members’ bathroom outside the House chamber during a series of votes, and a public restroom in the basement of the Capitol during a meeting of the Steering Committee. Boehner used private restrooms and didn’t stray into public areas of the Capitol complex unless he had to. Full story

Speaker Ryan’s Staff: Where Have They Been?

Ryan speaks with his chief of staff, Hoppe, following the Senate GOP's policy luncheon last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan speaks with his chief of staff, John David Hoppe, following the Senate GOP’s policy luncheon last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:02 p.m. | Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s initial staff is a mix of longtime confidants of the Wisconsin Republican, experienced Washington lobbyists and a contingent of former Speaker John A. Boehner’s aides.

A CQ Roll Call analysis of the work experience of the 22 staffers confirmed as part of the new speaker’s team shows many have spent considerable time in other congressional offices. There’s a cumulative 48 years with former Speaker John A. Boehner during his 24-year tenure on Capitol Hill. The staffers have accumulated 38 years working with Ryan.

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November 9, 2015

Shuster and Ryan: Exercise Buddies, Highway Bill Champions

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who’d been waiting three years for the House to take up long-term highway legislation, was wary when he saw nearly 300 amendments had been filed on the bill he’d helped draft. An added challenge: The bill was scheduled to hit the floor during Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s first week on the job.

“I thought, ‘Wow, that could be a little bit of a struggle,’ ” the Transportation and Infrastructure chairman said in an interview on Nov. 6. “But it ended up working out fine.” Full story

November 6, 2015

House GOP Keeps Pushing to Change Filibuster Rules

McConnell, left, and Boehner are trying to work out a budget deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner, right, frequently complained about the Senate’s procedures. Some House Republicans are pressuring McConnell, left to change his chamber’s rules so their legislation can move easier. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With House Republican leaders saying they want to expand opportunities for members to debate legislation on the floor, some GOP rank and file are asking Senate GOP leaders to do the same.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., became the latest to formally request the other chamber change its procedures. He is planning to introduce a resolution calling on the Senate to limit use of the filibuster on the motion to proceed.

Under Senate rules, the body must approve the motion to proceed before it can begin debate on legislation or consider amendments, and the minority party in recent years has required procedural votes requiring 60 votes to proceed on such motions. Full story

November 5, 2015

Pelosi Pans Planned Parenthood Special Committee

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Pelosi, D-Calif. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At her weekly news conference Thursday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the six Democrats she appointed to serve on the new subcommittee to investigate Planned Parenthood.

In criticizing the panel’s creation, she renamed it, “The Republican Select Committee to Attack Women’s Health.” Full story

Ryan Takes Crowdsourcing Approach to Spending Bills

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Ryan holds his first weekly on-camera press conference Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In pursuing a departure from “business as usual,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan is crowdsourcing his members for ideas on how to craft a spending deal for the remainder of fiscal 2016.

“So things are gonna be done a little differently around here,” Ryan said Thursday, at his first solo news conference. Full story

Ryan: Reconciliation Best Bet to Defund Planned Parenthood

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The reconciliation process is the best way to get a bill defunding Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama’s desk, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday.

Asked at his first weekly news conference as speaker if the omnibus could include a provision to defund the organization and if he would commit to not allowing the government to shut down, Ryan said he wouldn’t “predetermine the outcome of negotiations that have not taken place yet.”  Full story

McConnell to Visit House for ‘Open Mic’ Session

Ryan and McConnell head to lunch. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call)

Ryan and McConnell head to lunch. (Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call)

In a bid to improve bicameral relations, Speaker Paul D. Ryan has invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to speak with the House Republicans the week of Nov. 16. Full story

Task Force Charged With Steering Committee Review

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Ryan and aides head to a GOP Conference meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has directed a task force to make recommendations on how to diversify representation on the Steering Committee.

Members charged with overhauling the powerful panel that determines appointments to the House’s committees will submit recommendations to the full Republican Conference the week before Thanksgiving. Full story

Watch Live: House Leaders’ Weekly Press Conferences

Watch live as the leaders of the House hold their weekly news conferences Thursday. Full story

Ways and Means Gavel Now Officially in Brady’s Hands

Brady is seventh committee chairman from Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brady: seventh committee chairman from Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As expected, the House Republican Conference formally approved Kevin Brady as the next Ways and Means chairman. Full story

Boehner Team in Place to Show Him the Money

Boehner during his days in office. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner during his final days in office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner Inc. begins.

It took former Speaker John A. Boehner less than a week after leaving Congress to start assembling a team of power players to help him cash in.

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November 4, 2015

Brady Set to Replace Ryan as Ways and Means Chairman

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:43 p.m. | Kevin Brady was chosen to replace Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Republicans quickly congratulated the Texas Republican for his selection by the Republican Steering Committee to head the powerful tax-writing panel. The choice must still be ratified by the full Republican Conference in a vote scheduled for Thursday morning, but that is expected to be a formality. Full story

When All Politics Is Really Local

Simmons is back in local government. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Simmons is back in local government. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sometimes life after Congress means retiring to a life of consulting, but sometimes it means you end up back in local government.

The town hall in Stonington, Conn., is in no way as ornate as the U.S. Capitol, but the newly elected first selectman is a former member of the House.

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