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Matt Fuller


Matt Fuller covers House leadership for Roll Call. He previously covered defense, veterans affairs, energy and agriculture for CQ, as well as the House and Senate floor. He came to CQ Roll Call as a legislative information researcher in August 2010 and was previously an intern for Roll Call's GalleryWatch team.

Hailing from the seacoast area of New Hampshire, Matt graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2010. During his college days, he founded a joke newspaper and served as a member of student government.

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Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

Dec. 16, 2014

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, its this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issas anymore in fact, Issa wont even be on the committee next year.

House Passes Second CR in Near-Empty Chamber

Dec. 12, 2014

The House quietly passed another continuing resolution Friday that would fund the government through Wednesday, providing the Senate more time, if needed, to pass the longer-term cromnibus but also raising questions about the procedure for a bill that was unexpectedly passed in a nearly empty House chamber.

Obama, Hoyer Split With Pelosi on 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Dec. 11, 2014

Just hours from a government shutdown that everyone once insisted would never happen, House Democrats emerged from an emergency caucus meeting Thursday night much the same way they walked in: without a unified strategy.

Breaking Down the 'Cromnibus' Vote (Updated)

Dec. 11, 2014

Updated 1:18 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12: The House passed the cromnibus Thursday night 219-206, with 162 Republicans and 57 Democrats voting for the bill, and 67 Republicans and 139 Democrats voting against. While the vote was close, the breakdown split along familiar lines. But there were some interesting trends and deviations in the vote.

Marlin Stutzman Claims He Was Hoodwinked

Dec. 11, 2014

After the cromnibus passed Thursday night, Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., made the rather shocking claim that GOP leadership convinced him to vote for the rule allowing the bill to get to the floor by telling him they were pulling the bill anyway.

Pelosi: Members 'Blackmailed' on 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 11, 2014

In a scathing floor speech on the House floor, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., defied the White House's call to pass the "cromnibus," saying she was "enormously disappointed" with the administration's call to vote for the bill.

"I was so really heartbroken ... to see the taint that was placed on this valuable appropriations bill from on high," Pelosi said about the spending bill riders related to Wall Street regulation and political donation limits. "So here we are in the House, being blackmailed to vote for an appropriations bill ... this is a ransom, this is blackmail. You don't get a bill unless Wall Street gets its taxpayer coverage."

Lacking Sufficient Support, House GOP Leaders Delay 'Cromnibus' Vote (Video)

Dec. 11, 2014

Updated 3:09 p.m. | Unsure whether they have the votes to pass a trillion-dollar federal spending package, House GOP leaders on Thursday afternoon delayed a final vote on the cromnibus.

'Cromnibus' Strains GOP Principles on Open Process

Dec. 11, 2014

As the House prepares to pass a trillion dollar, 1,603-page cromnibus Thursday, at least one criticism can be applied to both Republicans and Democrats when the bill comes to a vote: few lawmakers if any will have read the entire thing.

Boehner Backs Bill, Condemns 'Cromnibus' Process (Video)

Dec. 11, 2014

The cromnibus came together with a last-minute backroom deal between Republicans and Democrats that forced the House to vote on the 1,603-page measure before anyone could reasonably read it, and plenty of lawmakers are upset including Speaker John A. Boehner.

Boehner: 'We're Going To Be Here Until Christmas' if 'Cromnibus' Doesn't Pass

Dec. 11, 2014

The "cromnibus" came together with a last-minute backroom deal between Republicans and Democrats and plenty of lawmakers are upset including Speaker John A. Boehner.

"This is exactly the way I don't want to do business," Boehner said Thursday, just hours before the House was slated to vote on the funding package. "Ideally, we would have been able to do this work one bill at a time."

Boehner later gave members the hard sell on why they should vote for the cromnibus Thursday.

"If we don't get finished today, we're going to be here until Christmas."

GOP to Bring Up Bill Blocking Obama Immigration Action Next Year

Dec. 10, 2014

While it may be little consolation to conservatives, House Republicans announced their intention Wednesday to vote on an amendment in January, when the new Congress is sworn in that would block the presidents executive action on immigration.

Lawmakers Release Massive 'Cromnibus' 2 Days Ahead of Shutdown

Dec. 9, 2014

With roughly 51 hours left before the government runs out of cash, lawmakers released the text Tuesday night of a massive 289,861-word, $1.013 trillion bill to keep federal agencies running past Dec. 11.

House to Move TRIA Bill Separately

Dec. 9, 2014

In a gambit to jam the Senate, House Republicans are moving ahead with a standalone Terrorism Risk Insurance Act bill they intend to pass in the coming days, taking TRIA out of cromnibus negotiations and risking the programs future.

Cromnibus Stalling Behind Closed Doors (Updated)

Dec. 8, 2014

Updated 7:37 p.m. | With cromnibus negotiations bogging down in the House Monday, lawmakers pressing up against their self-imposed deadline were preparing a one- to two-day temporary spending bill that would fund the government until they resolve their differences.

Boehner Expects Bipartisan Support on Spending Bill Despite Immigration Concerns

Dec. 4, 2014

As conservatives push back against a bill to fund the government past Dec. 11, Speaker John A. Boehner signaled Thursday that he didnt expect to make any sizable changes to the cromnibus in order to placate voices to the right.

I expect that well have bipartisan support to pass the omnibus, Boehner told reporters in response to a question on whether the Ohio Republican anticipated needing some Democratic votes to pass the bill, and whether that would give Democrats leverage on negotiating riders in the appropriations bill.

Conservatives are bashing the cromnibus which would fund all elements of government until October except the Department of Homeland Security, which would be funded until March or February because it does not block President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration.

Boehner Suggests He Won't Cave to Conservatives on 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Dec. 4, 2014

As conservatives push back against a bill to fund the government past Dec. 11, Speaker John A. Boehner signaled Thursday that he didnt expect to make any sizable changes to the so-called cromnibus in order to placate voices to the right.

Members Offer Rare Display of Emotion With ABLE Act

Dec. 3, 2014

There are many votes members of Congress cast that mean absolutely nothing. Procedural motions. Uncontroversial bills and amendments that are forgotten as soon as they are voted on.

Conservative Opposition to Spending Bill Could Give Pelosi Leverage

Dec. 3, 2014

With many conservatives now insisting they wont vote for any government spending bill that doesnt block the presidents executive action on immigration, could House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosis Democrats get a sweeter deal in exchange for votes to pass a bill to fund the government beyond Dec. 11?

Less than 2 Weeks to Shutdown, Conservatives Cool to 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 2, 2014

As House Republicans sort out how they will fund the government past Dec. 11, leadership is running into a problem: Many conservatives looking to block President Barack Obamas immigration plan contend the House must act now rather than wait until later.

Labrador: Shutdown Didn't Hurt GOP, Why Take It Off Table?

Dec. 2, 2014

Rep. Ral R. Labrador has a message for Republican leadership as they decide how to respond to the presidents executive action on immigration and funding the government beyond Dec. 11: Keep a government shutdown as an option.

House GOP Floats Multi-Pronged Approach to Avert Government Shutdown

Dec. 2, 2014

House Republican leaders took members temperatures Tuesday morning on a multipart plan to avert a government shutdown and hold President Barack Obama accountable for his recent unilateral changes to immigration law.

Congressional Black Caucus Members React to Decision in Ferguson

Nov. 25, 2014

Just as America seems divided on the death of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Congressional Black Caucus are showing their own divisions over the racially charged incident that has prompted many in Congress to wonder how they should respond.

The Anti-Cantor: Dave Brat on Bringing Rationality to Washington

Nov. 25, 2014

Its 7:49 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 the first day of Congress Thanksgiving recess and Dave Brat is 11 minutes early.

Democrats Praise Obama for Immigration Action, but Wanted More

Nov. 24, 2014

While Republicans in Congress arent holding back on their criticism of President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration, some Democrats are trying to navigate a more difficult position: Supporting the presidents action while also arguing he could have gone further.

Obama Announces Resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Nov. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel from the East Room of the White House Monday morning.

Obama thanked Hagel, the first former enlisted man and the first Vietnam veteran to serve as Defense secretary, whom Obama called an "exemplary defense secretary."

"When I nominated you for this position, you said that you'd always give me your honest advice and informed counsel; you have," Obama said, directing his comments at Hagel. "When it's mattered most, behind closed doors in the Oval Office, you've always given it to me straight, and for that I will always be grateful."

The event, which included Obama, Hagel and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., lasted nearly 15 minutes. Obama said Hagel would stay on the job until a new defense secretary was confirmed by the Senate.

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