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GOP Scouting Report Ahead of the Congressional Baseball Game
Team manager Joe Barton is hopeful for a second win in a row

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton celebrates with his son Jack, 10, during the Republicans’ 8-7 victory in the 55th Congressional Baseball Game last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s the last week of practices for the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game and Republican team manager Joe L. Barton is eager for a repeat of last year’s game and notch another W for the GOP.

The Texas congressman played in the game from 1988 to 1993 and began managing and coaching once he stopped. He knows full well how an election wave can affect a roster. This year, the team has lost a few players and gained some.

Word on the Hill: Golf Day on Capitol Hill
Free pretzels and shuffling staffers

It's National Golf Day. Here is Florida Rep. Tom Rooney teeing off as Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper, California Rep. Duncan Hunter and Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle watch during the First Tee Congressional Challenge golf tournament in 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s National Golf Day, which means golf industry leaders and PGA Tour winner Billy Hurley III will be on Capitol Hill.

A coalition of golf’s leading organizations, known as WE ARE GOLF, is scheduled to meet with members of Congress to discuss the sports economy and impact.

Nunes Steps Aside From Russia Investigation
House Intelligence chief has faced criticism for his handling of the probe

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is stepping aside from leading the Russia investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes announced Thursday that he is temporarily stepping aside from the panel’s probe into Russian interference in last fall’s election and ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials. The House Ethics Committee is investigating Nunes’ conduct.

The California Republican, a Trump supporter, has faced Democratic calls to relinquish his chairmanship over criticism that he could not lead an impartial investigation. His announcement said he would remain as chairman, but would allow GOP Reps. K. Michael Conaway of Texas, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, and Tom Rooney of Florida to temporarily take control of the investigation.

Mast’s Independence May Be Best Path to Holding Florida Swing Seat
Democrats say it’ll take certain kind of candidate to defeat freshman Republican

Freshman Rep. Brian Mast salutes as he arrives for a town hall meeting in Fort Pierce, Florida, on Feb. 24. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Florida Rep. Brian Mast would have moved the fish tank into his Rayburn office differently.

“I would have gotten these guys a wheelie cart and sloshed it down the hallway, with whatever fish were still in there,” he said, nodding to a nearby aide.

Word on the Hill: Time to Be Thankful
White House events happening this week

Signs of the season will soon begin appearing around Washington. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After a hectic week of new member orientation, presidential Cabinet picks and leadership elections, Thanksgiving is coming at a great time.

Congress is in recess all week.

House GOP Postpones Decision on Whether to Restore Limited Earmarks
Ryan pledges to have a vote on the matter by the end of March

Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., wants an exemption to a House GOP earmark ban for water projects. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans began a discussion Wednesday on whether to restore limited earmarks in spending bills after banning the practice in 2010. But Speaker Paul D. Ryan requested members delay a vote on the matter until early next year. 

The House Republican Conference met for more than three hours Wednesday to discuss party rules for the 115th Congress. Among the amendments the conference debated to its rules package were two proposals to restore some form of earmarking — the once common practice of designating discretionary funds for a specific project or purpose. 

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.

GOP Shows Off Congressional Baseball Trophy on House Floor
Managers Joe Barton and Mike Doyle trade jokes about the game's result

Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton with the coveted Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Trophy. (C-SPAN screenshot)

Longtime Republican manager Rep. Joe L. Barton of Texas took bragging liberties on Tuesday when the coveted Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game trophy made an appearance on the House floor.  

"As you can tell by the piece of hardware to my right, for the first time in eight years, the Republicans won," Barton said.  

Foreign Aid Bill Omits UN Family Planning, Climate Change Funds
Democrats also criticize cap on funding for resettling refugees

An amendment offered by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan requiring funding for the U.N. to provide contraceptives to people living in Zika-affected countries was rejected. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House appropriators on Tuesday advanced the $52 billion fiscal 2017 foreign aid spending bill, as amended, which includes Republican policy riders that would block funding for a U.N. climate change fund and limit financial assistance for family planning programs.  

The appropriations measure was advanced by a voice vote after Republicans defeated a number of Democratic amendments to provide funding for the U.N. Green Climate Fund and slightly increase levels of funding for bilateral and multilateral assistance for family planning activities.  

Congressional Baseball Players Were Running on Empty
Republicans and Democrats got minimal sleep before the game after House floor drama over guns

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., center, surrounded by Democratic teammates on the pitcher's mound. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After casting a vote on the House floor at 2:30 in the morning, lawmakers had to suit up and play ball.  

Democrats staged a daylong sit-in on the House floor to push for congressional action to combat gun violence on Wednesday, which led to the late-night votes. Several hours after Democrats left the floor Thursday afternoon, they suffered a disappointing 8-7 loss to Republicans in the 55th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game .