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GM CEO: 'I Cannot Tell You Why It Took So Long' to Announce Defect

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Tuesday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra vowed in her opening statement to "find out" why there was a long delay before the company announced a safety defect. "Sitting here today, I cannot tell you why it took so long for a safety defect to be announced for this program," Barra said. "But I can tell you we will find out."

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 24

Members returned this week explaining proper congressional dress code, discussing who is nastier and playing popular television game shows, all wrapped up in this week's Hits and Misses.

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Leaders Sneak 'Doc Fix' by Members in Bipartisan Power Move

The House on Thursday passed a bill that did not have the votes to pass. It was clear that a bill ensuring doctors’ Medicare payments aren’t cut did not have enough support, so Republican leaders struck a closed-door agreement with Democrats to pass it by voice vote while members were not yet in the chamber, according to members and aides from both parties. The voice vote allowed members to avoid a tough roll call, which would have forced them to either vote for a bill they do not support or allow doctors who treat Medicare patients to take a pay cut, incensing powerful outside interests.

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Roll Call's Inside Look at the 2014 Midterms

As part of an ongoing Roll Call political webinar series, our editors took a detailed look at upcoming House and Senate primaries. From the heated Democratic primary in Northern Virginia to questions of Republican conservatism up and down the ballot, the group gabbed about the races that ultimately will determine the makeup of the next Congress.

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Boehner Backs Ending NSA Collection of Bulk Data

Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday backed for the first time the end of the National Security Agency's collection of bulk data, expressing support for a bipartisan bill that would reform the way the government engages in domestic surveillance. The Ohio Republican endorsed a bipartisan bill that would allow private companies to store the telephone metadata, rather than the government.

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Boehner on Obamacare Delay: 'What The Hell Is This, a Joke?'

Speaker John A. Boehner lambasted the Obama administration again Wednesday over the Affordable Care Act, this time for extending the health care insurance enrollment period beyond March 31 for individuals who had begun, but not completed enrollment. "Last night brought us yet another delay of Obamacare," the Ohio Republican said at his weekly press conference. "Another deadline made meaningless. The administration is now resorting to an honor system to enforce it. What the hell is this, a joke?"

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Boehner Reminds Members to Dress Appropriately: 'You Know Who You Are'

Perhaps it was Rep. Jared Polis' recent affinity for bow ties or Janet Yellen's black-on-black threads, but Speaker John A. Boehner is not happy with members recent decorum on the House floor. The Ohio Republican reminded members Tuesday of proper "parliamentary practice" before moving on to the House dress code.

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Candidate Interview: Richard Tisei (R) MA-06

The former state Senate minority leader who is challenging Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., visited Roll Call on Tuesday, March 11.

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Candidate Interview: Nick Casey (D) WV-02

The former West Virginia Democratic Chairman who is running for the open House seat in West Virginia's 2nd District, visited Roll Call on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 10

While members explain how to drive to Hawaii, put lipstick on a pig and which state has better ski resorts, Majority Leader Harry Reid still is not finished telling us about the Koch brothers.

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McCain Rails GOP on Ukraine Bill: ‘Don’t Call Yourself Reagan Republicans’

Sen. John McCain hammered Republicans on the Senate floor Thursday for refusing to pass by unanimous consent a Senate Foreign Relation Committee bill which would provide economic aid while imposing sanctions on Russia. "What has happened? Where are our priorities? You can call yourself Republicans, that's fine, because that's your voter registration. Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans," the Arizona Republican said.

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Republicans Block Democratic Attempt to Force Public Issa Apology on House Floor

Republicans blocked Democrats' privileged resolution demanding that Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa publicly apologize to the House of Representatives for cutting off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings last week at an IRS hearing. The nearly party line vote shelving the resolution came after a theatrical display of protest on the House floor, with Democrats not about to give up on the issue. "This was not just a violation of Mr. Issa's treatment of Mr. Cummings," said Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., a freshman lawmaker who introduced the resolution on Thursday. "My resolution was about Mr. Issa's offense against the House." "If we don't enforce the rules," Kildee said, "where do we go?" As Kildee and his Democratic colleagues offered the resolution, they defiantly held pictures of Issa making the throat-cutting motion, displaying the image on iPads, iPhones and paper. A floor procedure kerfuffle, in which a new House precedent may have been established, ensued.

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Graham to Kerry: 'Let Me Know What I Can Do To Help You With Boehner'

Following Wednesday remarks from Speaker John A. Boehner saying IMF aid to Ukraine is unnecessary, Sen. Lindsey Graham personally offered assistance to Secretary of State John Kerry as the House and Senate began debating the appropriate response to the Ukrainian crisis. "Hey John good job," the South Carolina Republican said to the secretary of State. "Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner." Graham's remarks were caught on a hot mic following a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the State Department's fiscal 2015 budget. Kerry will travel to London Friday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Correction: 10:23 a.m. An earlier version of this post misstated where Kerry is traveling Friday.

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Republican Says Not All Facts Known About CIA Spying on Committee

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Wednesday responded to Chairman Dianne Feinstein's Tuesday speech, which alleged the CIA spied on the Senate committee. "We do not know the actual facts concerning the CIA's alleged actions or all of the specific details about the actions by the committee staff," the Georgia Republican said. "Both parties have made allegations against one another, and even speculated as to each others' actions, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions that must be addressed."

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Boehner: A Pig With Lipstick Is Still a Pig

House Republican leaders enjoyed some bragging rights at their Wednesday morning press conference after their candidate, David Jolly, won Tuesday’s hotly-contested special election in Florida to succeed the late Republican Rep. C. W. Bill Young. “I’ve stood here after losing some special elections,” said Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio. “I’ve tried to put lipstick on a pig, and it was still a pig. So you can bet they’ll try to put lipstick on it today but you all know what the facts are.” Boehner also addressed the Feinstein-CIA feud and whether IMF aid to Ukraine was needed.

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Candidate Interview: Marilinda Garcia (R) NH-02

The state representative who is challenging Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., for New Hampshire's 2nd District, visited Roll Call on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

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Feinstein: CIA Spied on Intelligence Committee (Full Speech)

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers without authorization — in possible violation of the law and the Constitution — and suggested the CIA may have also tried to engage in an effort to intimidate her staff.

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Feinstein: CIA Spied on Intelligence Committee

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee torched the Central Intelligence Agency in a floor speech Tuesday morning, charging the agency with spying on her committee’s computers in a possibly illegal search that has been referred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution.

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Roll Call Round Table: After Cummings-Issa Dust-Up, a Look Back at Nasty House Fights

Just how nasty was the brouhaha between Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, anyway? And how did the resulting floor fight over a resolution to rap Issa on the knuckles compare to other partisan stunts? These are questions that came up Thursday morning in our editorial meeting as Congressional Black Caucus members put forth the measure, and once we got going, the stories started flying. Bill Thomas crying! Nancy Pelosi turning out the lights and locking the House chamber! The days when legislative spats were settled with fisticuffs! Sure, partisan rancor these days is bad, but things have definitely been worse.

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Republican Warns GOP Presidential Candidates of Military Sexual-Assault Vote

The Senate narrowly blocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to remove prosecutorial decisions for military sexual assaults and other felonies from the chain of command. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has vast experience as a military lawyer, said a vote in favor of the New York Democrat's proposal could come back to haunt to GOP presidential aspirants in the Senate. "People wanting to run for president on our side, I will remind you of this vote. You want to be commander in chief? You told me a a lot today about who you are as commander in chief," Graham said. "You were willing to fire every commander in the military for reasons I don't quite understand. So we will have a good conversation as to whether or not you understand how the military actually works."

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of March 3

HOH serves up another dish of the best of what's around with members detailing how cold Ukraine is, explaining what happens when the toilet leaks and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., seeing how many times he can say "Koch brothers" in a 10-minute speech.

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Black Caucus Brings Resolution Condemning Darrell Issa, Asks Boehner to Take His Gavel

The Congressional Black Caucus has brought a resolution to the floor condemning Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa and has asked Speaker John A. Boehner to take his gavel after he cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings' microphone at a hearing on Wednesday. On Thursday, flanked by CBC colleagues, Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, stood on the House floor to introduce a privileged resolution condemning Issa for the "offensive and disrespectful manner in which [he] conducted the hearing" and for "turn[ing] off the microphones of the ranking member while he was speaking and adjourn[ing] the hearing without a vote or a unanimous consent agreement."

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Dalai Lama Gives Senate Opening Prayer

It was a historic morning in the Senate when His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, gave the Senate’s opening prayer on Thursday in place of Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black. Attendance, however, left something to be desired. A good number of staffers were gathered on the floor of the chamber and in the galleries, but the chamber was by no means packed. Perhaps a dozen senators were present when Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., gaveled the Senate into session and yielded to the Dalai Lama for the morning prayer. “We make our world. Speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you,” His Holiness said. “This is my favorite prayer. Daily I pray this.”

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Democrat Calls Adegbile Vote Lowest Point in 30-Year Career

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on Wednesday called the Senate's rejection of President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division the "lowest point" of his 30-year career. "I don't say that lightly," Harkin said. "I was here during the impeachment process, trial for President [Bill] Clinton. I kind of thought that was a sham, but that didn't compare to what happened today."

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Democrats Block Obama's DOJ Nominee Debo Adegbile

Seven Senate Democrats joined Republicans to block President Barack Obama’s pick of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division amid a controversy over his legal defense of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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Cummings to Issa: 'You Cannot Run a Committee Like This'

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cut off Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ microphone and adjourned this morning’s hearing on the IRS while Cummings was still speaking — marking a new low in the pair’s rocky relationship.

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McCain: President Obama Does Not Understand Vladimir Putin

In dueling floor speeches Tuesday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., was "dead wrong" in comparing the situation in Ukraine to that of Georgia six years ago, while calling on President Barack Obama to take a stronger position to combat Russia's aggression.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 24

Seth Rogen talks pot, the speaker of the House pronounces his name and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., explains sibling rivalry. After a week off, HOH is back with the best and worst from the nation's Capitol.

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21st House Member Announces Retirement

Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District. “I’ve been in public office for 39 years and it’s been a pleasure to serve the people of Arizona,” Pastor, 70, said in a statement. “After 23 in Congress, I feel it’s time for me to seek out a new endeavor. It’s been a great honor, a great experience and a great joy for me to serve in Congress. I think it’s time for me to do something else.”

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That's Mr. Boner to You

One day after Speaker John A. Boehner was complimented on his tan, the Ohio Republican again found himself joshing with reporters Thursday. After a reporter incorrectly addressed him as "Mr. Camp," referring to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp and his tax code rewrite, Boehner responded with a candid, "It's Boner."

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Boehner Says Tea Party Is Raising Money 'Beating Up on Me'

Speaker John A. Boehner gave a nice assessment of the tea party Thursday on its unofficial five-year anniversary but stressed he isn't exactly happy with groups like the Tea Party Patriots who are trying to fire him. "My gripe is not with the tea party; my gripe is with some Washington organizations who feel like they got to go raise money by beating up on me and others," Boehner told reporters.

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Candidate Interview: Tony Strickland (R) CA-25

The former state senator who is running for California's open 25th District visited Roll Call on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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Boehner Declines to Endorse Camp's Tax Reform

Hours ahead of the rollout, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio declined to endorse Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's plan for a rewrite of the country's tax code. Pressed repeatedly on whether he supports the bill that the Michigan Republican will unveil Wednesday afternoon, Boehner said only that it is a "discussion draft" that will begin a "conversation" about the issues.

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Reporter to Boehner: Nice Tan, Sir

Speaker John A. Boehner has a special affinity for poking fun at reporters' sartorial decisions. But on Wednesday morning, it was Boehner who found himself on the butt end of a joke. The Ohio Republican began his question-and-answer session Wednesday morning with some classic schoolyard sarcasm regarding Bloomberg reporter Derek Wallbank's decision to wear a light purple button-down shirt.

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Longest-Serving Congressman in History to Retire

Rep. John D. Dingell, the longtime Michigan Democrat and dean of the House, will announce on Monday that he will not seek re-election, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell said in an interview with the Detroit News.

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T.W. Shannon Releses First Ad in Oklahoma Senate Special

State Speaker T.W. Shannon, one of a handful of Republicans running for the Senate special election in Oklahoma, is up with his first television ad of the cycle, his campaign announced Wednesday. The minute-long bio spot, which details Shannon's faith and his stance on lowering the debt, is backed by a $150,000 buy. It will run on broadcast stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and statewide on cable stations.

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Candidate Interview: Bob Fuehr (R) UT-04

The businessman who is running for Utah's open 4th District, visited Roll Call on Jan. 31.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 10

Following last week's five and a half minute extravaganza, HOH keeps it short and sweet this week as the IRS lurks in the shadows, clerks struggle with Roman numerals and Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., tells us about the familiar situation of the frog on the stove in a pot of hot water.

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Senators’ Debt Limit Votes Kept Off Microphones; Reporters Protest

In a major departure from procedure during Wednesday’s climactic vote on suspending the federal debt limit, the Senate kept some senators’ votes secret while the nearly hourlong tally was under way — a move that has drawn sharp criticism from Capitol Hill reporters. The stakes for Wednesday’s vote were as high as they come, with the full faith and credit of the United States, the political future of Republican leaders and another government shutdown showdown on the line.

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Candidate Interview: Seth Moulton (D) MA-06

The Iraq War veteran who is challenging Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass., visited Roll Call on Feb. 4.

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Gary Miller to Retire From Congress

California Rep. Gary G. Miller announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election. “It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families," Miller said in a statement. "While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton." Miller, first elected in 1998, entered this cycle as the most vulnerable Republican. He represents a southern California district President Barack Obama carried with 57 percent of the vote in 2012.

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Lawmakers Ask Obama to Scale Back Pot Punishments

House Democrats are seeking to amp up the pressure on President Barack Obama to use his now-infamous “phone and pen” to do more than just raise the minimum wage for federal workers: They want him to aide in the reclassification of marijuana. In a letter to Obama spearheaded by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., lawmakers wrote, “one would hope that … your Administration officials publicly reflect your views on this matter." Blumenauer criticized the administration's drug policies on the House floor Tuesday.

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Gutierrez to Boehner: 'You Can't Deport Your Way Out' of Immigration Overhaul

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, D-Ill., took to the House floor Tuesday hammering Speaker John A. Boehner, who last week said President Barack Obama could not be trusted to enforce immigration overhaul legislation.

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House Narrowly Passes ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Extension

The House narrowly passed legislation Tuesday evening to raise the debt ceiling, all but ensuring that the nation won’t default at the end of the month.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 3

Members will stop at nothing to explain drunken fishing trips, Nordstrom's return policy, why kids do drugs and how water is made. HOH condenses hours of content into five and a half minutes of the past week's best and worst.

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Candidate Interview: Lee M. Zeldin (R) NY-01

The state senator who is challenging Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., visited Roll Call on Jan. 16.

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Baucus Gives Senate Farewell Address

Following his confirmation as ambassador to China 96-0, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., touched on family, marriages and trips in his farewell address. Roll Call wraps up his 25 minute speech in less than three minutes.

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Cantor Places Onus of Immigration Rewrite on White House

The GOP talking point on why House Republicans will not move forward with an immigration overhaul this year has emerged: Republicans don’t trust President Barack Obama to implement a policy rewrite as intended. The line was first delivered Thursday morning by Speaker John A. Boehner during his weekly press conference with reporters. “The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as intended to be,” Boehner said. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expanded upon that point Thursday afternoon with Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer during their weekly colloquy.

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Boehner Says 'Year of Action' Could Become Another 'Broken Promise'

Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to use his bully pulpit to push Senate Democrats to back fast-track trade rules. "I hope he will help us move this bill forward on behalf of the American workers," the Ohio Republican said, saying that trade promotion authority would make it easier for American workers to compete with China and boost jobs.

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Super PAC TV Ad Touts Dan Sullivan in Alaska

An Alaska-based super PAC formed to support the Senate campaign of Republican Dan Sullivan launched a TV ad on Tuesday painting him in the mold of Ronald Reagan and longtime Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

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