House Honors Victims of Beirut Bombings

Issa led the moment of silence for the Beirut victims. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House paused Wednesday night to pay tribute to the lives lost at the hands of the Islamic State terror group in Beirut, Lebanon.  

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., stood with members of the US-Lebanese Friendship Caucus, which he chairs, in the Well of the House to lead lawmakers in a moment of silence to honor the 43 victims who were killed when two suicide bombers attacked Beirut on Nov. 12. "In addition to those lost in France on Nov. 13, and over Egypt on Oct. 31, almost 400 murders have been claimed by ISIS in the period of less than two weeks," Issa said on the floor. He urged his colleagues to sign onto a resolution introduced Wednesday condemning the Beirut attack and pledging support for Lebanon.  

House GOP Regroups, Still With No Endgame in Sight

Ryan leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans described the mood as "good" inside the closed-door members' meeting Friday morning — despite the fact that less than 24 hours earlier, lawmakers were reportedly in tears over the news that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was withdrawing from the race for speaker.  

"Heh heh!" Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, trilled when asked whether he thought the uncertainty over the leadership vacuum in conference would be resolved by close of business Friday, when the House adjourns for a weeklong recess. After a day of chaos, there was reassurance that Speaker John A. Boehner had pledged to maintain his hold on the gavel for as long as it takes for members to select a successor.  

Democrats Challenge GOP on Timing of Planned Parenthood Hearing

Ranking member Cummings, left, and Chairman Chaffetz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democratic leaders have become fond of the talking point that the GOP is itching for a government shutdown.  

House Democrats on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee are no exception. In a seven-page letter  — with footnotes — ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was joined by every committee Democrat in telling Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, of their suspicions of the rationale behind a plan to hold a hearing on the Planned Parenthood controversy on Sept. 29, one day before Congress must pass legislation to avert a shutdown.  

Kevin McCarthy, Ben Ray Luján Among Capitol Hill's Big Winners in 2014

McCarthy was one of 2014's big winners. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Not every member of Congress had an A+ year.  

Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., became the first majority leader in decades to go down in a primary ; Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., only barely avoided being explicitly implicated  for campaign finance fraud.  

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

Chaffetz offered a preview of what's in store for Oversight. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, it's this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issa's anymore — in fact, Issa won't even be on the committee next year.  

Chaffetz gathered roughly a dozen reporters in his new Rayburn office Tuesday to discuss the 114th Congress and his vision for the Oversight panel, one that focuses less on political scandals and more on the "government reform" part. And it was evident to everyone present the Utah Republican has a dramatically different vision for the panel than that of his predecessor. "Sometimes you just want a different approach," Chaffetz said. "And again, it's not to say that the other one was bad, I just wouldn't do it that way."  

Issa Subpoenas Gruber's Contracts, Documents on Obamacare

Issa may be wrapping up his term on Oversight, but he's not done with Gruber. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

You didn't really think House Republicans were done with Jonathan Gruber, did you? No, of course not. Outgoing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa late Thursday issued a subpoena for the Obamacare consultant who testified earlier this week before the panel on his comments about "the stupidity of the American voter." Issa, who is wrapping up his last term as chairman due to term limits, wants the Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write the Affordable Care Act to turn over to the committee: — All documents relating to the ACA or federal and state health care exchanges.  

— Contracts for his work on the ACA. — Work products, including Gruber's economic models or simulations, produced on the ACA. In Tuesday's hearing, Gruber repeatedly refused to discuss how much money he'd earned as a consultant on the ACA. He did, though, apologize frequently for his captured-on-tape remarks that have inflamed lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. "Glib, thoughtless, and sometimes downright insulting," he said. " I would like to begin by apologizing sincerely." Issa, R-Calif., called the comments "deceitful," and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings said the MIT professor's remarks were "stupid — I mean absolutely stupid.    

Gowdy Indicates Monthly Benghazi Hearings Until 'Questions Answered'


Pushing back at critics who contend it's time to move on from Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy opened Wednesday's House hearing on the 2012 terror attack with a promise of more action next year.  

Gruber Apologizes for 'Glib, Thoughtless, Insulting' Remarks (Updated) (Video)


Updated: 10:50 a.m. | Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare consultant who has become a lightning rod for critics of the health care law for his comments about "the stupidity of the American voter," apologized again on Capitol Hill Tuesday.  

GOP Gavel Fights: 11 House Committee Chairmanships In Play

Hensarling may have a challenger for the Financial Services' gavel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Almost every House member is on the stump this month, wrapping up re-election bids, with most cruising to new terms and a handful on both sides of the aisle scrambling to hang on to their jobs. But for a select few GOP lawmakers — those actively seeking committee chairmanships — the final days before Nov. 4 are as much about lining up support among colleagues as they are about connecting with voters.  

Every two years, after the Election Day dust settles, members return to Capitol Hill for a lame-duck session that includes the selection of colleagues to serve as senior lawmakers on the chamber's standing committees during the new Congress.