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House Rules Committee Adopts Closed Rule for GOP Tax Bill
With last hurdle cleared, measure heads to the floor

House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, center, and Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse, seen here with a staffer in March, joined six other Republicans Tuesday night to send the GOP tax bill to the floor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republican tax bill cleared the Rules Committee late Tuesday night with no changes or amendments made in order for floor debate.

The panel adopted a closed rule in an 8-3 party-line vote, the last hurdle for the bill to clear before it reaches the floor.

Republicans Urge Trump to Let Congress Take Lead on DACA
Leaders and rank-and-file members want president to exercise caution

Immigration rights activists chant during their May Day march to the White House to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies on May 1. He is expected to announce his decision on an Obama-era immigration program on Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Even as President Donald Trump readies his announcement on whether he will end Barack Obama’s program that shields from deportation undocumented individuals who came to the United States before their 16th birthday, many Republicans are urging him to let Congress handle it.

Some top White House aides for months have urged Trump to nix deportation relief and work permits for around 800,000 people enrolled in the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. After months of internal West Wing debate, the president is poised to do so.

Word on the Hill: Week Ahead
Your social calendar for the week

A member of Circus Harmony in Florissant, Mo., performs with rings in the big top at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s Monday and Congress is returning after the July Fourth recess.

There’s a lot going on this week and there’s a lot for staffers to do outside their offices, from running around the cemetery to free bananas.

Newhouse Gets Challenger For Washington Seat
Democratic former news anchor to challenge two-term Republican

Christine Brown says her experience as a TV anchor will serve her well in Congress. (Christine Brown for Congress via Facebook)

Democrat Christine Brown formally announced Wednesday that she will run against two-term Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse for Washington's 4th District congressional seat.

Brown is a former reporter and TV news anchor, which she said would be an asset in her run for office. 

Newhouse’s Wife Carol Dies Days Before 35th Anniversary
Republican congressman missed health care vote to be by wife’s side

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., announced that his wife Carol died on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse’s office announced that the congressman’s wife Carol died on Friday.

A statement from Newhouse’s office called Carol “a strong, beautiful, and loving mother, wife, and friend,” The Associated Press reported.

Conservatives Ask to Start Over on GOP Health Plan
Leadership-crafted legislation remains short of majority

From left, Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., looks on as Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, speaks with staff during the House Rules Committee meeting to formulate a rule on the American Health Care Act of 2017 on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By Rema Rahman and Lindsey McPherson, CQ Roll Call

Conservatives are flexing their muscles in Congress as they get closer to securing the “no” votes that would sink the GOP leadership-crafted bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

For 20, a New Year’s Boost in House Legislative Sway
How the winners of top committee assignments made their own luck

Keep an eye peeled for these House members with plum new committee assignments, from left to right, first row: Pete Aguilar, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Katherine M. Clark, Ryan A. Costello, Carlos Curbelo; second row: Suzan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, Brian Higgins, John Moolenaar, Grace Meng; third row: Dan Newhouse, Scott Peters, Mark Pocan, Raul Ruiz, David Schweikert; fourth row: Terri A. Sewell, Scott Taylor, Tim Walberg, Jackie Walorski and Mimi Walters. (Bill Clark, Meredith Dake-O’Connor and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos. Scott Taylor courtesy Scott Taylor for U.S. Congress)

Specialization seasoned with seniority is the surest recipe for a meaningful legislative career in the House, which is more than big enough to swallow all the dilettantes and short-timers without a trace. It’s finding a substantive niche, then fitting in over the long haul, that proves perennially frustrating for many members. 

But the goal of becoming a successful and substantive lawmaker just got a whole lot easier for a score of them.

House Members Seek Rules Changes on Ousting Speaker, Moments of Silence
Rules Committee hears ideas from members as it considers changes for 115th Congress

One House rules change under consideration would target the process the House Freedom Caucus used to pressure former Speaker John Boehner to resign. (Bill Clark/Roll Call/Pool)

House members, frustrated by events such as conservatives' effort to oust former Speaker John A. Boehner and congressional inaction after multiple mass shootings, proposed changes to the Rules Committee Wednesday to prevent such scenarios from occurring in the 115th Congress. 

Wednesday's discussion on House rules that should be amended for the next Congress follows an April hearing on proposed changes to the appropriations process. Rules and Organization of the House Subcommittee Chairman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, said that he may hold another hearing, but that at a minimum he plans to continue discussing ideas with his colleagues.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 6, 2015 (Video)

Members returned from an 11-day recess to reflect on airplanes, reclaim their time and ask rhetorical questions about sheep diets.