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What Happened to the Young Guns?

Two of the three Young Guns, McCarthy, left, and Ryan, are still around. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Kevin McCarthy and fellow Republican Reps. Paul D. Ryan and Eric Cantor ganged up in 2007 as the new generation of conservative leadership, they did a great job putting the party's goals down on paper, the man who unseated Cantor said Friday.  

"But my question to them is, do they mean it? Did they just do that as a political ploy to run or was that a real pledge to America?" challenged Virginia Rep. Dave Brat.  "Because usually when you do a pledge, you intend to keep your pledge." Counting the "Young Guns" casualties, first comes then-House Majority Leader Cantor's stunning June 2014 primary loss  to Brat.  

List of Possible Speaker Candidates in Flux (Video)

Chaffetz wants to be speaker. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:13 p.m. | One day after Kevin McCarthy shocked his conference by announcing he would not seek the speakership, the list of possible candidates continues to grow. The two declared candidates are Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Daniel Webster of Florida, but a whole host of names has been floated by lawmakers.

On Friday morning, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, Chaffetz's predecessor as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, dissed his successor's chances in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and said he might become a candidate himself. Issa built his reputation in part with his many fights with President Barack Obama's administration and numerous media appearances.

Republicans Don't Expect McCarthy To Go Anywhere

Republicans expect McCarthy to remain in the number two spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are getting used to surprises. “We rejected the top two. The other top two got beat a year ago. I mean, where’s Eric Cantor? He’s gone," Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp reminded reporters outside the House chamber on Thursday afternoon. "That’s basically three people in the top level that are gone in 14 months or so. That speaks to how quickly things can change."  

And now that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has taken himself out of the running for speaker , should the conference expect any more bombshells from McCarthy?  

GOP Leader Cracks Door, Slightly, on Voting Rights Act

McCarthy, R-Calif., thinks it's time for an "overall review" of the VRA (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Last year, House Democrats saw ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a possible (if ultimately disappointing ) ally in the fight to rewrite the Voting Rights Act for the 21st century.  

On Tuesday, Cantor's leadership successor, Kevin McCarthy, might have revealed himself as another important potential friend to the effort. The California Republican echoed at a pen-and-pad briefing what fellow GOP lawmakers have said before: Any revision of the landmark 1965 law has to start in the Judiciary Committee — a disappointing answer for advocates who know Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., is disinclined to tackle the matter.  

Latest GOP Immigration Showdown Headed to Floor? (Updated)

Gallego's pro-immigration language in the defense spending bill could imperil the passage of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:14 p.m. |  The question of whether undocumented immigrants should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military — a thorny debate that has split Republicans in the House — is headed for a risky floor vote.  

A vote stripping out pro-immigration language on the issue, which is currently tucked into the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, is welcomed by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have clamored for a return to "regular order."  

McCarthy Uses Bully Pulpit to Spotlight California Drought

McCarthy has made the California drought a priority in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Legislation targeting arcane water rules is not typically the stuff of legacy building for high-profile political figures.  

But for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, shepherding through Congress a bill aimed at easing the water shortage in his home state — while taking down some federal regulations conservatives contend contributed to the crisis — would be a personal triumph years in the making. If he succeeds, it will be thanks in large part to the time, energy and political capital the Californian has expended on the issue, from measures that stalled in previous sessions to this current push to address the debilitating drought.  

House Republicans Stymied Over Own Budget

Price said the votes weren't there. So far, he's right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A marathon markup of House Republicans' proposed 2016 federal budget ended after midnight Wednesday with no resolution between the two GOP factions — defense hawks on one side, fiscal conservatives on the other — determined to put their own, seemingly incompatible stamps on the largely symbolic spending plan.  

Members and aides weren't immediately sure early Thursday if or when the House Budget panel would reconvene to try again to move the budget out of committee and onto the floor. The chaos signaled a minor vote-counting crisis had escalated into another full-scale meltdown between GOP leaders and fiscal conservatives.  

Longtime Leadership Staffer Announces Next Move(s)

The way they were: This 2009 photo captures, from left, Cantor staffers Matt Bravo, Jeff Burton, Bradley, John Stipicevic and Chris Vieson. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the most respected policy minds in House GOP circles may have left Capitol Hill, but he isn't going far.  

Neil Bradley, the former deputy chief of staff for Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — and for Eric Cantor before him — will help run the Young Guns Network as it undergoes an identity transformation from a 501(c)4 dedicated to conservative principles to a similar Republican group with a different name. The YG Network, as it's more commonly known, will become the Conservative Reform Network and Bradley, who spent 20 years on Capitol Hill, will play the "chief strategic role," according to YG Network Communications Director Chris Bond.  

Boehner Survives, Conservatives Cope: Ongoing Saga of the 114th (Updated)

Updated 11:19 a.m. |  It was an unconditional, unmitigated cave. In the battle to defund President Barack Obama's immigration action , Democrats won. Republicans lost. So why does Speaker John A. Boehner's job look as secure now as it did a month ago? And why aren't conservatives more outraged?  

"To be honest with you," Rep. Paul Gosar told CQ Roll Call, "not all of it is his fault."

Lawmakers Push Longshot Bid to Rewrite Voting Rights Act

Sensenbrenner seeks more Republican support for a revived Voting Rights Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner fell short in his 2014 efforts to convince GOP leadership to take up his Voting Rights Amendment Act, but the Wisconsin Republican is ready to take another stab at passing a rewrite of the historic law.  

But there's little indication this year will be any different.