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Abortion Opponents Deny Partisan Tilt of New Subcommittee

Marsha Blackburn is quick to point out that a new investigative panel she chairs is not called the “Planned Parenthood Committee.”

Court Decision Could Profoundly Affect State Rules on Abortion

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case challenging strict measures in Texas’ anti-abortion law.

FDA Plan for Generic Drug Names Gets Panned by FTC

With an estimated $60 billion worth of biotech drugs due to lose patent protection in 2016, the Food and Drug Administration is grappling with how it will review copycat versions of the products.

Brady Vows 'Relentless' Tax Overhaul Drive

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady acknowledged in a wide-ranging interview with CQ Roll Call Friday that the highway bill is unlikely to include an international tax overhaul. But the newly elected chairman vowed to continue pursuing the issue and to lay the groundwork for a longer-range tax code restructuring with sweeping rate reductions for business.

Budget Deal's Goodwill Evaporates With Defense Spending Spat

A partisan skirmish erupted over a Pentagon spending bill Wednesday, bringing to an abrupt halt the wave of cross-party goodwill that helped congressional leaders shepherd a bipartisan budget agreement to passage last week.

Obama Signs Budget Deal and Debt Limit Suspension

President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement and debt limit increase into law Monday, preventing any chance of a default on the government’s debt and lessening the chances of a government shutdown later in the year.

Eliminating Health Agency May Take Financial Toll

House GOP appropriators’ attempt to shut down a little-known federal medical agency in fiscal 2016 likely will fail, but their consistent criticism of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality may still have repercussions.

Democrats Urge Obama to Address Needs of Rape Survivors in War Zones

Democrats are increasingly clamoring for President Barack Obama to use his authority to reinterpret a foreign aid law to allow for U.S. funds to be used to provide abortions to women who have been raped in conflict zones.

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In Ryan, Budget Talks Gain a New Player Who's an Old Hand

Paul D. Ryan's years spent honing his fiscal expertise and cultivating relationships will assure his ascent to the speakership this week — and immediately plant a numbers pro in the middle of high-stakes budget talks.

Brady Seen As a Likely Successor to Ryan on Tax Panel

Rep. Kevin Brady has emerged as the front-runner to replace House Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan if the top tax writer opts to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.

Early Childhood Experiences Support a Healthier Bottom Line for Nation's Employers | Commentary

As the president of a foundation and a former CEO, we offer yet another reason why members of Congress and policymakers nationwide should recognize the wisdom of expanding preschool programs: Based on clear research, we know that quality early learning today could lead to lower health care costs in the years to come.

Ryan's Fundraising Adds to Speaker Pressure

Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s stature as a GOP rainmaker is one reason so many of his colleagues want him to run for House speaker, now that California’s Kevin McCarthy has dropped out.

Let's Block Too-Big-to-Fail Health Insurance Companies | Commentary

If you thought too-big-to-fail banks were dangerous, watch out for too-big-to-fail health insurance companies.

Government Payments for End-of-Life Counseling Draw More Support Than Criticism

Medicare officials received more support than criticism for a plan to pay health care providers for time spent counseling people about their medical options in case of terminal illness or failing health, an approach that was derided in the past as a path toward so-called death panels.

Veterans Need and Deserve Quicker Access to Hearing-Aid Services | Letter to the Editor

This letter is in response to the commentary piece, “Don’t Cut Corners on Veterans’ Hearing Care” (Roll Call, Sept. 16), by Neil DiSarno.

Outside Influences Seek to Sway House GOP Leadership Races

Conservative activists are mobilizing to sway the House GOP leadership contests, as K Street lobbyists say they are quietly offering their own counsel and behind-the-scenes help to favored contenders.

House GOP Civil War Takes to the Airwaves

Just two days after House Speaker John A. Boehner stunned Washington by announcing he will leave Congress next month, two top members of his House Republican conference traded barbs in a remarkably public display of internal dissent on a Sunday network news show.

McCarthy Profile: Genial Party Loyalist Rose Quickly

Speaker John A. Boehner's resignation at the end of October makes his top deputy, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, the likeliest candidate to inherit the gavel. Boehner even offered his unqualified endorsement, saying the five-term lawmaker would be an "excellent" speaker.

Rubio, Cruz Call for New Leadership Direction As Boehner Quits

Sen. Marco Rubio received boisterous applause and a standing ovation Friday when he informed a crowd at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will resign later this year. 

Boehner Profile: Achievements and Pitfalls Mark Recent Years

Speaker John A. Boehner's stunning announcement Friday that he will resign from his House seat next month caps a 25-year career marked by legislative victories and intra-party conflicts. 




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