Andy Harris

RSC Chairman: Conservatives May Clash With Trump on Infrastructure, Debt Ceiling
Walker advocates for Obamacare replacement in 2017, no earmarks

Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker says Congress will work with Trump but conservatives may disagree with him on issues such as infrastructure and the debt ceiling. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The new chairman of the Republican Study Committee said Thursday that conservatives could clash with President-elect Donald Trump early in his administration on infrastructure spending and on the debt ceiling.

In an interview for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” scheduled to air Sunday, North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker said it is incumbent upon Congress to work with the incoming administration but that there will likely be some differences of opinion. 

Walker Defeats Harris for Republican Study Committee Chairmanship
Harris says he'll remain a part of both the RSC and Freedom Caucus

North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker is the incoming chairman of the Republican Study Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Mark Walker defeated three-term Rep. Andy Harris in the Thursday contest for the Republican Study Committee chairmanship.

House GOP Elects Reps. Stivers, Collins, Smith to Leadership Team
Ryan, McCarthy, Scalise and McMorris Rodgers also win conference support

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, was elected by his House Republican colleagues to serve as chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee for the 2018 midterm cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republican Conference on Tuesday moved to keep Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his top leadership team in place for the 115th Congress, while electing three new faces to lower-rung leadership posts. 

The conference elected Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee over Texas’ Roger Williams. The vote, conducted by secret ballot, was 143 to 96. 

Ryan's Speakership Appears Safe After GOP Election Sweep
Several House Republicans say they expect Ryan will win another term

Speaker Paul D. Ryan should not face problems getting re-elected to leadership, members say. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A chorus of House Republicans on Wednesday came out in support of Speaker Paul D. Ryan remaining in leadership, signaling that a movement to oust him is not on the horizon. 

The House Republican Conference will hold its closed-door leadership elections Nov. 15. The top four leaders — Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers — have all announced their intention to run for re-election. 

Conservatives Push for Short-Term CR To Avoid Lame Duck Deal
Republicans want to negotiate with President-elect Donald Trump, not President Obama

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., supports a continuing resolution to extend government funding into the new year after Republican Donald Trump will be sworn in as president.

Coming off a Republican election sweep, conservatives are pushing for a continuing resolution to extend government funding into the next year so that congressional Republicans can negotiate a spending package with GOP President-elect Donald Trump rather than Democratic President Obama.

The Republican election victories puts the GOP “in position just to do a very short-term measure to get us into the new Congress with a unified majority in the House and Senate,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores told Roll Call. Government funding is scheduled to expire Dec. 9.

A Guide to House Leadership, Committee, Caucus Elections
Races will place at least 17 members in new positions of power

The race for chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee will be between Texas Rep. Roger Williams and Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers. (File photos by Bill Clark/Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

While much speculation over House leadership changes in the 115th Congress is focused on a contentious speaker’s election that may never materialize, a long series of intraparty leadership, committee and caucus races guarantee significant turnover in top House posts next year.   

Retirements, term limits and lawmakers departing for other jobs mean that at least 17 prominent roles, and likely more, will change hands. Elections to determine those new influencers are set to begin during the lame-duck session that opens the week after Election Day.

Who Trump Could Expect to Support His Term Limits Proposal
A few dozen members of Congress support legislation calling for term limits

Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr introduced legislation last year, calling for term limits on senators and House members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposal to impose congressional term limits is unlikely to attract many allies in a Congress where he already has few. But there are still a few dozen Republicans he could likely count on to back the idea.

Congressional term limits can only be imposed through the adoption of a constitutional amendment. Nine Republican members of Congress have introduced several resolutions calling for such an amendment, collectively garnering a few dozen GOP co-sponsors.

RSC Founders Endorse Andy Harris Over Mark Walker in Chairman Race
With election on Nov. 17, Rep. Walker still has time to make his case

Republican Study Committee founders cited Maryland Rep. Andy Harris's three terms of experience as a conservative leader in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Six Republican Study Committee founders and current Chairman Bill Flores on Thursday effectively endorsed three-term Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland to be the next chairman of the conservative caucus.

Harris, who is a member of both the RSC and the more conservative House Freedom Caucus, is running against freshman North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker.

Walker, Harris Running for Republican Study Committee Chairmanship
Race pits freshman congressman against Freedom Caucus member

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris launched a bid to head the Republican Study Committee in 2014 but withdrew after his wife died. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

GOP Reps. Mark Walker of North Carolina and Andy Harris of Maryland have both officially launched bids to become the next chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus of the House.

Founded in 1973, the RSC has evolved into the GOP's largest faction. Its membership includes more than 170 of the 246 Republican members of the House, including some members that are also part of the moderate Tuesday Group and the anti-establishment House Freedom Caucus. 

Congress Turning a New Leaf on Marijuana
Burgeoning business in states with legal sales sparks momentum for reform

Stephanie Kahn, right, owner of the Takoma Wellness Center in Washington, D.C., hugs customer Meredith Bower at the medical marijuana dispensary. Bower suffers from phantom limb pain due to the amputation of a leg below the knee after a car accident. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just two years ago, pot lobbyist Michael Collins was a pariah on Capitol Hill.

Marijuana reform was too much of a risk.