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October 8, 2015

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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A Tale of Two Republicans: McCarthy and McConnell

Can McCarthy and McConnell get along? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Can McCarthy and McConnell get along? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy knows one way to remain popular with conservatives is to trash the Senate, even if it is led by Republicans. But the California Republican, the front-runner to be the next speaker, will have to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to advance mutual interests.

The two men know each other, but they aren’t particularly close. That’s in part because of how quickly McCarthy has moved up the House ranks — going from majority whip to majority leader to the cusp of the speakership in a little more than a year. Full story

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

Congress Averts Government Shutdown With Hours To Spare (Video)

For Boehner and other GOP leaders, the clock is ticking. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner and other GOP leaders avoid government shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Though conditions on the ground looked eerily similar to those that caused a two-week government shutdown two years ago, the House on Wednesday passed legislation to keep federal operations afloat through Dec. 11.

With hours to spare, the chamber voted on the stopgap spending bill, 277-151, with every Democrat, joined by 91 Republicans, voting “yes” and 151 Republicans voting “no.” Full story

DeSantis: Forget President, How ‘Bout Ben Carson for Speaker? (Video)

DeSantis said he'd be open to a wildcard pick for speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

DeSantis said he’d be open to a wildcard pick for speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Republican who is one of nine founding members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said at a campaign event Sunday he’d be open to supporting an outsider for speaker when the House meets to vote for a new leader Oct. 8.

“I would go bold, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be the speaker of the House. I would support someone like Dr. Carson or somebody like that, I think that would be good,” DeSantis said, referring to Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon and presidential candidate who has seen a boost in polls in recent weeks.

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Congressman: Expand Obamacare to Undocumented Immigrants (Video)

Updated 5:40 p.m. | Rep Luis V. Gutiérrez, one of Congress’ most outspoken advocates for immigrants, on Wednesday called for expanding the Affordable Care Act to cover all of the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants in the United States.

“The goal is to make integration and inclusion real for millions of families that are locked out under current law,” the Illinois Democrat said in a floor speech introducing his proposed legislation.

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McCarthy Spokesman: Benghazi Investigation Isn’t About Politics

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A day after Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., boasted that the Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation helped tank Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll numbers, the majority leader’s spokesman insisted the investigations into Clinton “have nothing to do with politics.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 1:14 p.m.

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

McCarthy’s Benghazi Committee Brag Brings Rebuke From Clinton Campaign (Video)

McCarthy's comments about the Benghazi Committee has provided fodder for Hillary Clinton's campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign rebuked McCarthy’s comment about the Benghazi Committee.. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kevin McCarthy’s boast Tuesday night that the Select Committee on Benghazi had succeeded in tanking Hillary Rodham Clinton’s poll ratings has brought a rebuke from her campaign and congressional Democrats, who have long insisted the panel was set up for political gain.

“This is a damning display of honesty by the possible next Speaker of the House,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in an email. Full story

Kevin McCarthy Gives Boehner B-, Credits Benghazi Committee for Hurting Hillary Clinton’s Poll Numbers

In an extraordinary interview on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday, Kevin McCarthy gave the man he hopes to replace as speaker a B- grade — and touted the Benghazi Committee’s dinging Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers as an example of the kind of leadership he’ll provide.

Hannity opened the interview with a poll showing 60 percent of Republican voters feel betrayed by their GOP in Congress, and said he’s one of them. Full story

September 29, 2015

Roskam Says He’s At Peace in Rank and File — for Now

UNITED STATES - JULY 25: Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., walks across the East Plaza as he leaves the Capitol on Friday, July 25, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roskam walks across the East Plaza as he leaves the Capitol in July 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Peter Roskam isn’t running for leadership — right now.

The Illinois Republican, who has readily allowed himself to be the subject of intense speculation as to his ambitions in the days since Speaker John A. Boehner announced his Oct. 30 resignation, on Tuesday evening sought to lay the rumors to rest.

“Yeah I don’t have any plans,” Roskam told CQ Roll Call. “I’m not making any calls, I’m not doing anything.” Full story

Gowdy Insists He’s Not Running

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gowdy, right, and Mulvaney. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Trey Gowdy made it clear Tuesday afternoon he will not be running for majority leader in the upcoming House GOP leadership elections.

The South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Select Committe on Benghazi confirmed to reporters he was not in the game as he made his way to the floor for a vote series. Full story

Rules Chairman Running for Whip: ‘Process Is Broken’

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks with reporters as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Sessions speaks with reporters Tuesday as he leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If you don’t remember Rules Chairman Pete Sessions’ run for majority leader in 2014, you can’t be blamed.

After Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary, Sessions was quick to jump in to the leadership race — and just as quick to jump out when he realized he didn’t have the support. Full story

Trey Gowdy Leadership Candidacy Still a Big Question Mark

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi hearing on "Implementation of the Accountability Review Board Recommendations" on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, speaks to Gowdy, R-S.C., in Sept. 2014 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Would Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., serve as House majority leader?

It’s not entirely clear.

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