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Bill Shuster Wants 'Like Father, Like Son' Moment

When negotiators on the highway and mass transit bill formally convened Wednesday, it took only a few minutes for them to cut their first deal: Rep. Bill Shuster was named chairman of the conference committee.

Shuster and Ryan: Exercise Buddies, Highway Bill Champions

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who’d been waiting three years for the House to take up long-term highway legislation, was wary when he saw nearly 300 amendments had been filed on the bill he’d helped draft. An added challenge: The bill was scheduled to hit the floor during Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s first week on the job.

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.

House Republicans Invested in Keystone's Canadian Parent

House Republicans Curt Clawson of Florida and David Joyce of Ohio have invested in the stock of TransCanada Corp., which has been trying to gain U.S. government permission to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada. The lawmakers recently reported the investments in their financial disclosure forms for calendar year 2014.

Ryan's First Test: The Highway Bill

Paul D. Ryan pledged in his bid for speaker to change the way the House does legislative business by pursuing conservative principles, more actively empowering committee chairmen and facilitating fuller debate on bills on the chamber floor. The Wisconsin Republican will get his first test in delivering on that pledge in his first full week on the job.

House Takes Steps to Revive Ex-Im Bank

The House took steps Monday night to reopen the Export-Import Bank, making history by successfully employing a quirky procedural gambit for the first time in decades.

Investigators Unsure Federal Takover Will Help Metro

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s move earlier this month to place Washington’s troubled Metro under the direct oversight of the Federal Transit Administration wasn’t exactly what investigators had in mind when they called for federal intervention.

Senate Panel Moves to Alter D.C. Metro Board

One Senate committee took action Wednesday to wield congressional power over the District of Columbia’s Metro system amid criticism over safety and service.

Railroad Shutoff Threats Complicate Train Technology Deadline

Railroads have amped up pressure on Congress to extend a year-end deadline to install upgraded train safety technology by threatening to cut off service — and the nation’s rail regulator isn’t giving lawmakers an easy out by recommending a way to do so.

Schumer Casts More Doubt on Big Highway and Tax Deal

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is “not optimistic” about getting a big deal on international taxes to fund a robust highway bill.

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Is a Noxious Problem for Congress, Industry and Regulators

An examination into whether Volkswagen misled consumers when it dodged emissions standards could provide Republicans and Democrats in Congress another chance to unite in criticism of automakers evading regulations.

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.

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. 

Boehner Quits; McCarthy Seen as Successor

Speaker John A. Boehner told fellow Republicans Friday morning he will resign from Congress and give up his House seat at the end of October, according to members.

Path Toward 'Clean' Spending Stopgap Bill Emerges

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday began laying the groundwork for the chamber to advance a “clean” continuing resolution in the coming days after Democrats and some Republicans banded together to block consideration of a stopgap with Planned Parenthood defunding language.

Metro: Track Defect Deleted From Inspection Report

A technician “erroneously” deleted information from a July inspection report about a serious track defect that caused a train to derail Aug. 6, Metro said in an investigation report released to the public on Friday.

Shortcut for Budget Reconciliation Mulled by GOP Leaders

GOP leaders are considering an abbreviated form of the powerful budget reconciliation process this year, giving them the leeway to focus on other pressing matters while still issuing a prod to the president on the health care law.

House Sends Three-Month Highway Bill to Senate

The House Wednesday sent a three-month extension of highway and transit programs to the Senate by a 385-34 vote, just days before current authorization expires.

Exclusive: U.S. Spends Scores of Millions Annually on Unused Afghan Buildings

The U.S. government is spending $110 million a year operating several hundred unused buildings for Afghanistan’s government, CQ has learned.




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