David Eldridge

Gowdy: Republicans Not on Benghazi Panel Should 'Shut Up'

If you're not on the Benghazi panel, Chairman Trey Gowdy said Sunday, shut up — and that includes fellow Republicans.  

In an appearance on CBS's "Face the Nation," the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor brushed aside assertions that the panel charged with investigating the 2012 terror attack has lost credibility in the wake of a string of embarrassing comments — from a gaffe on the part of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to speculation by New York Republican Richard Hanna  to the explosive allegations from a former GOP Benghazi staffer. "There are three people who don't have any idea what they're talking about," Gowdy said. "Two of my colleagues, the two Republican members of the conference, have never asked for an update on our committee, they couldn't name three witnesses we've talked to, they couldn't tell you a single document production that we have received and the former staffer left in June, so he has no idea what we've done since June.  

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.  

It's Official: McCarthy Announces Speaker Bid


Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as expected, made it official Monday, telling fellow House Republicans in a letter he will seek the speaker's gavel.  

Boehner Warns Fellow Republicans: 'Beware False Prophets'

House Speaker John A. Boehner has a word of warning, straight out of the Bible, for fellow Republicans: "Beware false prophets."  

Boehner's advice, offered during an interview Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," came after the speaker was asked if some members of the GOP conference have unrealistic ideas about how to govern.  

Boehner Issues Statement on Resignation (Video)

House Speaker John A. Boehner 's statement on his decision to step down:

My mission every day is to fight for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government. Over the last five years, our majority has advanced conservative reforms that will help our children and their children. I am proud of what we have accomplished. The first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution that we all love. It was my plan to only serve as Speaker until the end of last year, but I stayed on to provide continuity to the Republican Conference and the House. It is my view, however, that prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. To that end, I will resign the Speakership and my seat in Congress on October 30. Today, my heart is full with gratitude for my family, my colleagues, and the people of Ohio’s Eighth District. God bless this great country that has given me — the son of a bar owner from Cincinnati — the chance to serve."

Boehner to Resign


Speaker John A. Boehner told fellow Republicans Friday morning he will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to members.

Pelosi's Pope Guest List Includes Brother, Husband

The pope's joint address will be a family event for many members of Congress, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is bringing her brother (former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D. Alesandro III) and her husband, Paul.  

The San Francisco Democrat's other guests for the speech are:

  •  Mr. & Mrs. Marc and Lynne Benioff of San Francisco
  •  Mrs. Matilda Cuomo of New York
  •  Ms. Mary Kay Henry, international president, Service Employees International Union, Washington, D.C.
  •  Mr. Tom Steyer and Ms. Kat Taylor of San Francisco

Senator Calls for Criminal Prosecution of VW Officials

Sen. Bill Nelson, in a scathing speech on the Senate floor, said Tuesday the latest scandal involving deceptive auto industry practices should result in criminal charges and regulatory reform.  

The Florida Democrat's comments came as President Barack Obama's administration ordered Volkswagen last week to recall at least half a million cars amid accusations the German manufacturer installed software to cheat on emissions tests. The company admitted Tuesday the deceptive software could impact as many as 11 million cars worldwide. Nelson said it was time for jail terms, not fines.  

Pallone Wants Congressional Hearing on Fantasy Football (Video)

If you found the unending, repetitive and relentless stream of fantasy football commercials that flooded this weekend's National Football League broadcasts annoying, you weren't alone.  

On Monday, New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. called for a congressional hearing into the relationship between the NFL and the fantasy leagues that clogged airwaves during this season's opening weekend.  

Despite Side Deal Report, Support Lines Up for Iran Deal (Updated)

Updated 4:49 p.m. | Despite revelations this week of a previously undisclosed side deal, despite face-to-face entreaties from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and despite nonstop criticism from Republicans, the Iran nuclear deal continues to pick up steam in Congress.  

On Friday, Rep. Jerrold Nadler announced his support, saying the deal , "for all its flaws, gives us the best chance of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon."  

Gowdy Predicts Marathon Benghazi Hearing in October

Hillary Rodham Clinton's Oct. 22 appearance before the House committee investigating the Benghazi attack is shaping up as a potentially explosive showdown between the Democratic presidential front-runner and panel Chairman Trey Gowdy, who said Sunday he expects a marathon hearing.  

"If she's going to insist ... that she's only coming once, I'm going to insist that that once be fully constructive, which means that she's going to be there a while," the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi told "Fox News Sunday." "We're going to stay there until all of the questions [are answered]." The South Carolina Republican's comments came after a tumultuous week for the Clinton campaign that saw the former secretary of State turn over her private email server to the FBI amid ongoing questions about whether she or her staff mishandled classified information during her tenure in the Obama Cabinet.  

Pelosi Cites Fattah's Service, Calls Charges 'Saddening' (Updated) (Video)

Updated 2 p.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released the following statement Wednesday after news that Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., has been indicted on 29 counts of racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of an FBI and IRS probe.  

Democrats Push Back Hard on Clinton Email Story

For months, it looked like the partisan wrangling over Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails might be relegated to the occasional House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing and that panel's increasingly contentious clashes between Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy and ranking Democrat Elijah E. Cummings.  

That changed dramatically Friday, after the New York Times reported two federal inspectors general  had asked the Department of Justice to open a "criminal" investigation into the handling of classified information in some of the Clinton emails stored on her private server.  

Obama's Remarks on Iran Nuclear Deal (Transcript)

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday international negotiators led by the United States have reached a deal with Iran to limit that country's nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. ...
Obama's Remarks on Iran Nuclear Deal (Transcript)
President Barack Obama announced Tuesday international negotiators led by the United States have reached a deal with Iran to limit that country’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on the Islamic republic....
Jumpers Beware: White House Fence Is a Lot Spikier

With the nation on a high terror alert three days before the July 4 holiday weekend, security is being tightened just about everywhere — including at the two symbolic buildings at opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.  

On Wednesday, workers were installing nasty-looking extra rows of sharp metal spikes atop the fence at the White House, where the Secret Service has had a problem in recent months with jumpers.

Ryan Still Optimistic on Trade Deal: 'Heavy Lift Is Done'

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan, Capitol Hill's biggest Republican proponent of "fast-track" trade legislation, said Sunday he remains optimistic, despite the recent collapse of a deal that would have cleared the way for President Barack Obama to negotiate a 12-nation Pacific pact.  

Ryan, R-Wis., in an interview on Fox News Sunday, said the most difficult legislative work required for fast track — lining up GOP and Democratic votes for Trade Promotion Authority for the president — is done. Now it's up to Obama and the Democrats to come to an agreement on an underlying worker-training bill that failed on the floor Friday, derailing the entire package. "The heavy lifting is over. Trade Promotion Authority which is the more difficult part, the heavy lift, is done," said Ryan, who ran on the GOP ticket against Obama in 2012, but finds himself allied with the White House on the trade deal. "The Democrats abandoned their president ... in droves. The president has a lot of work to do with his own party to turn this around, to salvage this."  

House Votes Headed for Extra Innings?

Talk about your extra innings.  

House lawmakers were told to expect late hours this week as leadership tries to plow through a backlog of appropriations bills — but coming back to the Capitol to vote after Thursday night's 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game seems like, well, a tough call. Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., speaking to reporters during his weekly pen-and-pad briefing Tuesday, said there were "thoughts" members might be called back for votes after the Thursday game, which pits Republicans against Democrats. First pitch is at about 7 p.m.  

Pew Poll: Immigration Pessimism on the Rise

Support for a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants remains strong, but the number of Americans who believe immigrants are a drain on the country is on the rise, according to a new Pew Research Center report .  

The center reports 72 percent of Americans said in a poll conducted in May that undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in the country legally, if certain requirements are met. That result has fluctuated only slightly in recent years, according to Pew.  

Democrat Tosses 'Shame' Card Back at Boehner

Shaming the other guy into submission is pretty much impossible on Capitol Hill (this is Congress, after all), but that doesn't stop Democrats and Republicans from trying.  

After John A. Boehner played the card in a Thursday news conference, telling reporters that voting against the upcoming defense spending bill  as some Democrats have threatened to do  would be "shameful," one Democrat threw the gauntlet right back at the Ohio Republican. Washington Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, issued a terse email response.