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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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New RSC Chairman: Don't Look for Public Fights With Boehner

Nov. 20, 2014

Good news for Speaker John A. Boehner: The next Republican Study Committee chairman wants to work with him and he doesnt want any public fights.

Pelosi Praises Republican Presidents of Yore on Immigration (Video)

Nov. 20, 2014

Nancy Pelosi, defending Barack Obama, praised Republican presidents who historically took unilateral action on immigration with the minority leader even drawing parallels between Obamas proposed executive order and Abraham Lincolns 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

Pelosi to GOP on Immigration Action: 'Look to Ronald Reagan, Your Hero'

Nov. 20, 2014

In presenting her defense of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi laid out the historical argument Thursday, praising a number of actions Republican presidents had taken on immigration and drawing parallels from Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to Obama's immigration order.

"Does the public know that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" Pelosi asked during a news conference Thursday. "People have to understand how presidents have made change in our country."

The California Democrat was trying to establish a history of presidents making significant changes without going through Congress, and she brought up the pattern of Republican presidents in the past 50 years exerting their executive authority to act on immigration.

Asked whether Republicans had a case proving what the president was proposing was unconstitutional, Pelosi said Obama's action was "absolutely, positively" not outside his constitutional bounds.

Major Players From Team Cantor to Open Lobbying Shop

Nov. 19, 2014

Months after Cantorland was turned upside down by their boss stunning primary defeat, two key members of the ex-majority leaders team are returning to the workforce, opening a lobbying firm with another prominent former Hill staffer.

Walz Gets VA Committee Spot After Messy Process

Nov. 19, 2014

Sometimes a consolation prize makes all the difference, Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz learned Wednesday.

Messy Fight for Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Slot (Updated)

Nov. 19, 2014

Updated 9:28 a.m. | Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota thought there would be a vote after Thanksgiving on the Veterans Affairs Committee ranking member race. As it turns out, his face-off against Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida will happen on Wednesday.

Next Congress Has a Schedule: McCarthy Releases 2015 House Calendar

Nov. 19, 2014

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the legislative calendar for 2015, and Republicans arent deviating from the familiar formula of giving members plenty of time in their districts.

Chaffetz Wins Four-Way Showdown for Oversight Gavel

Nov. 18, 2014

There were hardly any surprises among the Republican Steering Committees picks for chairmen in the 114th Congress, but the one major question decided on Tuesday was who would lead the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. And the answer is Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

New RSC Chairman Flores: 'I'm No Shill for Leadership'

Nov. 18, 2014

In a hotly contested battle over the direction of the Republican Study Committee, Texas Republican Bill Flores beat out his more conservative rivals, South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney and Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, to become the new RSC chairman.

House GOP Eyes Rescission Bill in Standoff Over Immigration

Nov. 18, 2014

House Republicans are casting around for some kind of spending compromise that would avoid a government shutdown, while still addressing the White Houses expected executive actions on immigration.

RSC Chairmanship Race Tests Conservatives

Nov. 18, 2014

As the Republican Study Committee decides on its next chairman, Tuesdays contest between Bill Flores of Texas, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Louie Gohmert of Texas will likely set the tone for House conservatives for years to come as RSC membership swells to record numbers.

Boehner: 'We're Going to Fight This President Tooth and Nail'

Nov. 14, 2014

Just minutes after his GOP colleagues renominated him in convincing fashion, Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters that Republicans were leaving all options including a government shutdown on the table to prevent the president from issuing an executive action on immigration.

New House GOP Rules Impact Medals, Gavels and Paul Ryan?

Nov. 14, 2014

House Republicans will operate the 114th Congress under essentially the same rules as the 113th with two exceptions, including one that could have big implications for Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline ... Again

Nov. 14, 2014

In a bid meant to bolster the campaign of bill sponsor Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is in a runoff election for a Louisiana Senate seat, the House voted 252-161 on Friday to once again approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Pelosi: Obama Has Legal Authority, Precedents to Act on Immigration

Nov. 13, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reasserted President Barack Obama's legal authority to change existing immigration laws Thursday, while saying Republicans should not attach a spending bill rider blocking funding for Obama's expected executive action.

"[Republicans] are saying to the president, 'Don't use your executive authority.' Suppose he turned to us and said, 'Don't use your legislative authority,'" Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. "That's what presidents do: they have executive authority. ... Why are we going down this path when Congress can prevent it all from happening by passing the Senate bill?

Boehner Will Fight 'Tooth and Nail' Against Obama's Executive Amnesty, Doesn't Rule Out Shutdown (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 5:58 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight tooth and nail against President Barack Obamas plans to act on immigration by himself, and didnt rule out a government shutdown.

Boehner: GOP Will Fight Obama 'Tooth and Nail' on Immigration

Nov. 13, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight "tooth and nail" against President Barack Obama's plans to act on immigration by himself, and didn't rule out a government shutdown.

"We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path," the Ohio Republican said at a press conference introducing the new GOP leadership team. "This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on Election Day they didn't want. And so, all the options are on the table."

Boehner is facing pressure from conservatives to pre-emptively defund any amnesty, but that could lead to a shutdown fight.

"We're going to have conversations with our members and when we have a decision, we'll let you know. ... Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his oath of office and violating the Constitution. It's not to shut down the government."

Scalise Wins Full Term As GOP Whip in 114th Congress

Nov. 13, 2014

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise won a full term Thursday as the GOPs No. 3-ranked leader.

Midterm GOP Wave Quells Talk of Anti-Boehner Vote

Nov. 13, 2014

House Republican leaders who have faced opposition from the most conservative wing of their own caucus in recent years may have stumbled across the best way to quash an intraparty revolt: Win.

GOP Caucus Picks McCarthy for Full Term as Majority Leader

Nov. 13, 2014

The House Republican Conference Thursday gave Kevin McCarthy a full term as majority leader for the 114th Congress.

As Obama Weighs Executive Action on Immigration, Is Government Shutdown Possible? (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

While House Republicans consider how to fund the government beyond December and how to stop President Barack Obamas expected executive action on immigration, there are two words that have suddenly, unexpectedly re-entered the GOP lexicon: government shutdown.

Boehner Wins GOP Nod for Third Term as Speaker

Nov. 13, 2014

House Republicans renominated John A. Boehner as speaker Thursday, putting the Ohio Republican in line for a third term in January, when the entire House will vote on leadership positions.

GOP Policy Chairman Race Divides Conference

Nov. 12, 2014

House Republicans hold their leadership elections Thursday, and while the top spots will almost certainly stay the same, there is one race thats actually a real contest: GOP Policy Committee chairman.

House Expediting Vote on Cassidy's Keystone Pipeline Bill (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 12, 2014

Updated 3:27 p.m. | In a bid to help their Republican colleague Bill Cassidy of Louisiana bolster his Senate chances, Republicans in the House are moving forward with a bill that would once again approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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