Rema Rahman

Trey Gowdy’s Path to Oversight Gavel Gets Smoother
Steering Committee will pick next Oversight chairman after break

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s bid to be the next chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee keeps getting easier as a key potential rival says he won’t run and predicted the South Carolina Republican is likely to wield the gavel, even as the deadline to make a bid draws near.

Any serious bid to challenge Gowdy will need to get under way soon, as Speaker Paul D. Ryan is giving members interested in the post until June 1 to let the House Republican Steering Committee know, according to a Ryan spokeswoman. The Steering Committee is on track to vote on the next chairman the week following the Memorial Day recess.

Flynn May Have Lied During Security Clearance Renewal, Says Cummings
Oversight ranking member asks chairman to subpoena records from White House

The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking the panel’s top lawmaker to use his subpoena power to ask the White House for documents related to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote to Chairman Jason Chaffetz that the committee had in its possession documents that appeared to show Flynn lied to investigators in 2016 when he was getting his security clearance renewed.

Resources Request From Comey Disputed
Rosenstein: No evidence Comey asked for additional resources

By REMA RAHMAN and LINDSEY McPHERSON

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told members of the House Friday that he had no evidence former FBI Director James Comey asked for more resources before his firing.

Gowdy Gunning for Oversight Chairman
South Carolina Republican would succeed Chaffetz

A spokeswoman for Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday he is exploring a bid for chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee once its current gavel-holder leaves Congress next month.

“It is fair to say he is considering it,” the spokeswoman said.“Rep. Gowdy is talking to members in the conference about the qualities they believe are most important for the next chairman to possess.”

Jason Chaffetz Needs James Comey's Phone Number
Oversight chairman wants former FBI director to testify

Chairman Jason Chaffetz is all set to schedule a hearing inviting former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before his committee -- if the Utah Republican can just find his phone number. 

Chaffetz, who holds the gavel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tweeted Wednesday that he has sent a notice for a meeting on May 24 dubbed "Oversight of the FBI's Independence."

Report: Ethics Office Investigating Chris Collins Investments
Inquiry over improperly attracting investors to biotech company

The Office of Congressional Ethics is reportedly conducting an inquiry into whether Rep. Chris Collins improperly attracted investors to an Australian biotech company and gave a stock tip to then-Rep. Tom Price.

Citing two anonymous sources, the The Buffalo News reported several investors in the Buffalo area were being interviewed this week to look at potential roles played by Collins in urging investors to buy stock in the company.

Paul Ryan Comments on Classified Info Back in Spotlight
Spokesman says speaker wants facts about Trump disclosure

President Donald Trump’s sharing classified information with senior Russian officials has critics pointing to Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s suggestion during the campaign that Hillary Clinton be barred from getting such briefings.

Ryan, who is third in line for the presidency, had asked then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to revoke the Democratic presidential nominee’s access to classified material after the FBI found she had mishandled such information while she served as secretary of State but stopped short of recommending prosecution.

Paul Ryan Still Wants to Re-do Medicare
Speaker has long championed changes to elderly health plan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday it is possible the fiscal 2018 budget resolution could propose changes to the Medicare program.

Speaking on WISN 1130, a conservative radio station in Milwaukee, Ryan said he’s long championed changes to the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older.

Democrats Question Sessions’ Recusal Claims
Conyers, Cummings request more info on Comey firing

By REMA RAHMAN And JOHN T. BENNETT, CQ ROLL CALL

The top House Democrats on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are expressing “grave concerns” over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Corrine Brown Found Guilty of Fraud
Former congresswoman convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars

A judge has found former Rep. Corrine Brown guilty of fraudulently taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a bogus charity following an indictment on federal corruption charges.

She was found guilty of 18 out of 22 counts that include conspiracy involving the fraudulent charity, concealing income on financial filings submitted to the House and filing false tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Jacksonville.

Chaffetz Asks DOJ to Investigate Comey’s Departure
Republican Oversight chairman wants ‘findings and circumstances’ of firing

Now that he’s indicated he’s not running for re-election, Chairman Jason Chaffetz is wielding the gavel he controls on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to willfully go after the Trump administration.

One day after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the Utah Republican, known for using the chairmanship to attract the national spotlight under the Obama administration, is asking the Department of Justice’s Inspector General to probe the “findings and circumstances” surrounding Comey’s controversial departure.

Paul Ryan Calls Comey Firing A Presidential Decision
McCarthy also defends dismissal, but said it could have been made earlier

After a day of saying nothing publicly about it, Speaker Paul D. Ryan is defending President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey, saying it was entirely within the president’s authority.

Ryan spent the first 24 hours after Comey’s termination keeping quiet on the matter despite several House and Senate Republicans expressing concern over the decision and its timing.

House GOP Leadership Mum on Comey Firing
Republican members offer tepid response to Trump firing FBI director

House Republican leadership has so far kept quiet about President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

A spokeswoman for Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he is expected to address Comey’s firing during an evening appearance on Fox News and that no statements were expected before that.

Mark Pocan to Talk Health Care in Paul Ryan’s District
House Democrats up the ante by heading to speaker’s home turf

Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan has accepted an invitation to attend a town hall in Kenosha on Friday despite it being in a neighboring congressional district represented by Speaker Paul D. Ryan.  

Dems Blast ‘Stupid Bill’ on Health Care
Pelosi encourages members to be on the floor during vote but stops short of disruption

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is encouraging members of the Democratic caucus to be present on the floor when the chamber votes on a Republican-backed bill that would repeal and replace parts of the 2010 health care law.

But the California Democrat stopped short Thursday of advising members to interrupt afternoon floor proceedings as the minority party has attempted in recent months to protest actions by the GOP, which controls the chamber.

House Passes $1 Trillion Spending Bill
Bipartisan support to fund government through end of fiscal year goes to Senate

A spending package to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year passed through the House Wednesday despite a lack of support from a host of Republicans who hold the majority.

Lawmakers voted 309-118 in favor of the bill, with 15 Democrats and 103 Republicans opposing.

House Conservatives on Omnibus: 'It Stinks'
Freedom Caucus complicates passage, GOP message on spending package

Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday touted what he called "conservative wins" Tuesday in an omnibus package that would fund the government until September, despite members of his own GOP conference who beg to differ.

Several members of the House Freedom Caucus say they will vote against the spending package because it did not include enough of President Donald Trump's priorities even after members of the president’s own team, including his budget director, touted their own victories.

Democrats Come Around on Stopgap Spending Bill
Minority party coalesces to support government funding

House Democrats backed off threats to oppose a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded, allowing the chamber to overwhelmingly pass the measure as Congress faces a midnight deadline to keep money flowing to the government.

The continuing resolution that would fund the government until May 5 passed the chamber 382-30. Lawmakers expect to introduce and pass a spending measure next week that would keep the government running until the end of the fiscal year September 30.

GOP Health Care Vote Could Complicate Funding Talks
Minority Whip advises caucus to go against spending bill if health care vote comes to floor

If House Republicans press for a vote this week on a revised health care legislative proposal, it could unravel delicate negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. 

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer on Thursday morning advised his Democratic caucus to vote against a one-week continuing resolution if Republicans bring their health care bill to the floor this week.

Jim Jordan for Oversight Chairman? ‘We’ll See’
Former Freedom Caucus chairman leaves open bid for Chaffetz gavel

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan signaled Wednesday he might be interested in leading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should current Chairman Jason Chaffetz decide to leave Congress early, as has been speculated since the Utah Republican announced he would not run for re-election in 2018.

“We’ll see if and when that happens,” Jordan said when asked if he would vie for the gavel.