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Brady Set to Replace Ryan as Ways and Means Chairman

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:43 p.m. | Kevin Brady was chosen to replace Paul D. Ryan as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  

Republicans quickly congratulated the Texas Republican for his selection by the Republican Steering Committee to head the powerful tax-writing panel. The choice must still be ratified by the full Republican Conference in a vote scheduled for Thursday morning, but that is expected to be a formality. Ryan spoke in Brady's favor, saying “he felt Kevin was the guy,” Rep. Lynn Westmoreland told reporters. “And I’m sure that carried a lot of weight.”  

Chaffetz Threatens Subpoenas Over OPM Hack

Chaffetz, left, wants answers on the government employee data breach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Subpoenas could be headed out to officials at the Office of Personnel Management after a massive data breach gave hackers sensitive information for millions of government workers, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz said during a taping of C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" program .  

Chaffetz's committee is holding a hearing on the data breach Tuesday, and the Utah Republican doesn't seem to have much sympathy for government cyber security workers. "It’s clear we should have seen this coming a long time ago," Chaffetz said, adding that OPM officials have been "very resistant" to coming to testify before the congressional panel. “I’m prepared to issue a subpoena, if need be, to get them there," Chaffetz continued.  

House Democrats Forced to Choose Sides in Iran Debate

The White House wants House members like Israel to get behind the Iran nuclear deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats on the fence about the White House's proposed nuclear deal with Iran will be asked next week to close ranks and get behind the president.  

With the House and Senate getting back to work on April 13 after a two-week recess, most of the legislative action is set to be in the Senate, where the Foreign Relations Committee will begin marking up its bill giving Congress power to override President Barack Obama's emerging deal to disarm Iran.  

McCarthy Outlines Busy, Maybe Tense, April Work Period

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After a two-week respite, April is shaping up to be a month of long nights, nods to the GOP base and divisions on both sides of the aisle.  

That's according to a memo sent to members Thursday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.  First on the docket, just in time for Tax Day on April 15, are a series of Republican-sponsored bills "aimed at getting the government off the backs of taxpayers and reforming the institutions that serve them." Also, several measures "to begin the process of restoring trust in the [Internal Revenue Service]," which came under fire in 2013 for stymieing applications of certain conservative outside groups seeking tax-exempt status. Democrats will slam the bills as symbolic messaging gambits; Republicans will be content to pass them all on party-line votes and hope the new GOP-controlled Senate will move them through its pipeline.  

Text of Stockman Resolution Calling for House to Arrest Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Texas Republican Steve Stockman filed a resolution Thursday directing the House sergeant-at-arms to arrest former IRS official Lois Lerner on charges of contempt of Congress.  

“Asking the Justice Department to prosecute Lois Lerner for admittedly illegal activity is a joke," Stockman said in a statement. "The Obama administration will not prosecute the Obama administration. How much longer will the House allow itself to be mocked? It is up to this House to uphold the rule of law and hold accountable those who illegally targeted American citizens for simply having different ideas than the President."  

Issa, Cummings Clash Anew Over IRS Loss of Emails (Video)

Democrats spent much of Monday's IRS hearing criticizing Issa's handling of the proceedings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee went after IRS Commissioner John Koskinen again Monday, while Democrats on the panel reserved much of their ire for Chairman Darrell Issa.  

Issa, involved in a high-profile clash earlier this year with Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the panel, was criticized repeatedly during Monday's hearing by Democrats who dismissed the proceeding as election-year posturing.  

Monday Night's IRS Hearing Gets a Big GOP Drumroll

Issa has questions for the IRS. (CQ Roll Call File Photo/Bill Clark)

Is C-SPAN suddenly "Must See TV"? Some members of the House seem to think so. Republicans are promoting Monday night's IRS hearing at 7 p.m. like it's a new reality show on Fox, with Speaker John A. Boehner tweeting promos, Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa fielding questions on Facebook and the committee itself unveiling a new "IRS Targeting Investigation" website.