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Boehner Says He Asked Scalia to Run as VP With Dole

Scalia, top, is shown at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 2013 with, from left, justices Thomas, Kennedy, Sotomayor and Chief Justice Roberts. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner tried to persuade Antonin Scalia to be former Sen. Bob Dole’s running mate on the 1996 Republican presidential ticket, he recalled after the Supreme Court justice's death.  

“We’ll never know what might have been, had a Dole-Scalia ticket been forged in the summer of 1996," Boehner wrote in the Independent Journal Opinion on Tuesday . "But we do know our nation was blessed to have Antonin Scalia defending the Constitution on the highest court in the land for a generation. And the legacy he leaves is that of one of America’s greatest justices, of any era.”  

He Made the Gavel Boehner Wielded

Slagle made the gavel that Boehner used as speaker. (Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Former Speaker John A. Boehner mourned the loss of a mentor and friend Tuesday who created the gavel the Ohio Republican used to lead the House.  

Richard "Dick" Slagle, of Middletown, Ohio, died at 90 years old.  

Happy Birthday, Mr. Speaker

   

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., turns 46 years old Friday. What's he doing to celebrate? He's in Florida working to retain the House majority so he can push a bold agenda in 2017 with a Republican president, according to his office.  

Judicial Watch Wants More Info on CODELs

Lawmakers, such as, from right, Sens. John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, who here are discussing a trip to Syria, Afghanistan and Egypt in 2013, travel for a variety of reasons abroad. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Defense Department has a lawsuit on its hands over lawmakers jetting off together.  

The group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records about official congressional delegation travel, also known as a CODELs. Air Force jets and personnel usually are the means of travel for CODELs and Judicial Watch is looking for records concerning travel costs. “Congress, under both Republicans and Democrats, has a long record of abusing taxpayers and the military with wasteful ‘official’ travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a press release.  

Unemployment Extension Fight Pits Portman Against Boehner

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The fight for a bipartisan unemployment benefits extension bill is pitting two powerful, prominent Ohio Republicans — Speaker John A. Boehner and Sen. Rob Portman — against each other, but the two men haven't yet spoken about it.  

"I haven't talked to him," Portman told CQ Roll Call Monday evening. "I did have my folks reach out to the Ohio state agency that handles this issue, and we want to make sure that … it can be done and be done smoothly, and so we're working to be able to address any concerns that he has, but I haven't talked to him directly about it." Boehner ripped the bill as unworkable last week , citing concerns expressed by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies that it would be difficult to implement in its current form and would potentially result in months of delays. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez weighed in late last week, saying that he was confident the bill could be implemented . And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday he wants to pass the bill this week.