Bill Flores

Word on the Hill: Recess Wrap Up
Former vice presidential candidate’s birthday this weekend

Artist Kelsea Ballerini takes a selfie with Rep. Joseph Crowley in Los Angeles on Feb. 11. (Photo courtesy of the Recording Academy)

Recess is coming to an end. Members did everything from hosting town halls to traveling overseas and attending CPAC.

One bipartisan group of music lovers kicked off recess a little early with a congressional briefing hosted by The Recording Academy on Feb. 11, during Grammy weekend in Los Angeles.

Health Coverage Questions Persist for Republicans
Chances of House GOP blueprint passing the Senate remain unclear

Speaker Paul D. Ryan told reporters the House GOP health care measure will be introduced after the Presidents Day recess but it might face opposition from Republicans in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Republican lawmakers face questions from constituents and colleagues about their plans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, there are few answers available, starting with what kind of legislation can pass the Senate. 

Republicans do not need Democratic support to undo much of the law, since they will move the legislation through the budget reconciliation process that only requires majority support in the Senate. But with only 52 Republican senators, the GOP plan will have to get support from both their conservatives and moderates, and it’s not clear what can get everyone onboard.

Appropriators Watch Trump’s Next Move on Obamacare Lawsuit

Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, arrives on the West Front of the Capitol before President Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, January 20, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY TODD RUGER AND KELLIE MEJDRICH, CQ ROLL CALL

The Trump administration faces a key legal deadline Tuesday in the push to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law — and it could prompt Republican lawmakers to appropriate funds for a part of the statute they once sued to stop.

It’s not ‘Astroturf’ if the Anger is real
Politicians should pay attention to protesters

Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he “absolutely” believes that disruptions at a recent town hall meeting in his district were orchestrated by paid protesters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

To town hall or not to town hall? That is the question Republicans are struggling with this week as they’re putting their recess schedules together. 

If they hold town hall meetings, they could risk a “Chaffetz,” like the moment last week when an angry crowd shouted Rep. Jason Chaffetz down in his Utah district with news cameras on hand. But refusing to hold town hall meetings could make a member look out of touch or scared to meet with their own voters. A “tele-town hall” feels like a happy medium, right? Members can say they’ve met with constituents, without actually having to meet with constituents.

Conservatives: Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Republicans look to avoid earmark reinstatement once and for all

Texas Rep. John Culberson, seen here with presidential adviser Kellyanne Conaway at the inauguration last month, made an ill-fated effort to bring back earmarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservative lawmakers banded together Tuesday to send a message to their Republican colleagues: Don’t bring back earmarks.

“If you start going down this road, you will lose the House of Representatives,” Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis said at an anti-earmark event hosted by the Republican Study Committee.

Ryan Says Obamacare Repeal, Replacement Will Happen ‘Concurrently’
Uncertainty over timeline for a replace plan bedevils House GOP

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says pieces of a health care law replacement plan could be included in the current budget reconciliation measure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday that Republicans will offer a replacement plan for the 2010 health care law at the same time they repeal it, amid signs the legislative process for a repeal was encountering obstacles. 

“It is our goal to bring it all together concurrently,” the Wisconsin Republican said. 

Texas Rep. Defends ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars
Republican Bill Flores tweets support for reality TV couple

Chip and Johanna Gaines star in the hit home improvement show “Fixer Upper.” (HGTV)

Texas Rep. Bill Flores is defending the hosts of a home improvement show who have come under fire because of their church.

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the hit home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” were the subjects of a controversial BuzzFeed News report detailing their connection to an nondenominational, evangelical “megachurch.”

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. 

Doug Collins Enters Race for GOP Conference Vice Chairman
Current vice chairwoman Lynn Jenkins will not seek re-election

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins is running for vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins has entered the race for the House Republican Conference vice chairmanship, creating a contest for the No. 5 spot in GOP leadership.

“As a leader who initiates crucial conversations and commits to hard votes, I am equipped to increase the unity within our party and across our nation,” Collins said in a pitch to colleagues.