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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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Earmarks Aren't Coming Back, Boehner Vows in New Video

July 1, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner’s office is out with a new video slamming Senate Democrats and pledging that as long as the Ohio Republican is speaker, “there will be no earmarks.”

House GOP's Secret Vote, Deconstructed

July 1, 2014

It’s been 12 days since House Republicans elected a new majority leader and majority whip behind the closed doors of the House Ways and Means Committee room. And though the ballots and vote totals were a secret, plenty of members and staff think they have an idea. The problem is, they’re probably wrong.

Conservatives Regroup to Force Leadership to Change

June 27, 2014

Labrador worked the phones but came up short. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) They may have lost their fight to change leadership, but they intend to force leadership to change. Conservatives who backed Raúl R. Labrador’s bid for majority leader are saying they are already on to the next battle to force change from within the House Republican Conference. …

Scalise Names McHenry to Chief Deputy Whip Position

June 26, 2014

Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise has named Patrick T. McHenry as the Republican chief deputy whip, the highest appointed position in the GOP conference.

'Cruz Caucus' Talks Leadership Elections in Both Chambers

June 24, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz held another closed-door meeting with House conservatives Tuesday night, sitting down with insurgents over pizza in his office for a free-flowing discussion about immigration, leadership elections, the IRS and recent changes at the Republican Study Committee.

Labrador Says Boehner Now Less Likely to Retire in Fall

June 20, 2014

Updated: 6:35 p.m. | While many lawmakers have said they don’t think Speaker John A. Boehner will stay for another term, the surprise defeat of Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the recent leadership elections now has at least one conservative lawmaker thinking Boehner’s position has been strengthened.

Don Young Broke House Rules, Ethics Committee Says

June 20, 2014

Rep. Don Young, currently the fourth longest-serving House member, violated rules when he used campaign funds for personal purposes and accepted improper gifts, a House Ethics Committee report said in a letter of reproval Friday.

McCarthy, Scalise Win House GOP Leadership Elections

June 19, 2014

Republican members of the House elected Kevin McCarthy to be the next majority leader and Steve Scalise to be the next majority whip following a Thursday afternoon secret ballot vote.

McCarthy, who was the majority whip, toppled conservative challenger Raúl R. Labrador of Idaho in the first vote Thursday, opening his position for a second vote pitting Scalise against Peter Roskam of Illinois and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana.

Kevin McCarthy Elected Majority Leader (Video)

June 19, 2014

Updated 3:32 p.m. | Republican members of the House elected Kevin McCarthy to be the next majority leader, sending a message of stability to their party in a time of unexpected unrest.

2010 Class Plots Comeback Strategy in Late-Night Meeting

June 17, 2014

They said it wasn’t a meeting about leadership races.

Clock Ticks Down for the GOP Leadership Longshots

June 17, 2014

As Rep. Raúl R. Labrador tries to mount a serious challenge to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s increasingly solid bid to become majority leader, and as Reps. Peter Roskam and Marlin Stutzman try to wrest control of the whip race from Rep. Steve Scalise, the challengers are running up against a critical roadblock: time.

McCarthy Works Back Channels, While Labrador Tries Talk Radio in Majority Leader Race

June 16, 2014

Raúl R. Labrador is gunning to make Thursday’s House GOP majority leader contest an electoral upset on par with Eric Cantor’s primary loss last week to Dave Brat. But Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is not just trying to win the race — he wants to make a statement.

Labrador Announces Candidacy for Majority Leader (Updated)

June 13, 2014

Updated 2:09 p.m. | Raúl R. Labrador is a candidate for majority leader.

Tim Ryan Welcomes New Son, Brady Zetts Ryan

June 13, 2014

Rep. Tim Ryan has already had a taste of fatherhood raising two stepchildren with his second wife, Andrea. But he’s about to get a whole new flavor in raising his new son, Brady Zetts Ryan, who was born on Thursday, just a few days shy of Father’s Day.

With Hensarling Out, Labrador or Jordan Could Be the Conservative Pick

June 12, 2014

Updated 11:38 a.m. | With Jeb Hensarling out and rumors that Pete Sessions might not stay in, conservatives are looking for — and plan to shortly announce — a new candidate for House majority leader.

Pete Sessions Drops Out of Majority Leader Race, Clearing Way for Kevin McCarthy (Updated)

June 12, 2014

Updated 9:49 p.m. | Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas has dropped out of the race to replace Eric Cantor as majority leader, helping clear a path for Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California to ascend to the No. 2 post in the House.

Hensarling Won't Run for Leadership, Leaving Sessions to Take on McCarthy

June 12, 2014

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas will not run to be majority leader, disappointing many House members who saw him as the conservative and Southern alternative to the current slate of elected leaders. His fellow Texan, Pete Sessions, is still in the race against Kevin McCarthy of California.

Sessions Ramps Up Campaign for Majority Leader

June 11, 2014

As of Wednesday afternoon, there was only one member officially in the race to be the next majority leader: Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas.

Stunner: Cantor Upset Changes Everything

June 10, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in a Republican primary Tuesday, conceding his Virginia seat to a local activist after a stunning loss with possibly dramatic consequences for leadership, the chances of any immigration overhaul passing Congress and the future of his party.

Huelskamp: Cantor's Defeat Weakens Boehner

June 10, 2014

As conservatives begin to wrap their heads around the shocking primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, at least one member of the coup to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner doesn’t think an open spot in leadership will strengthen Boehner’s hand come the 114th Congress.

What You Missed: House Veterans' Affairs Questions VA Bureaucracy

June 10, 2014

On the same day an internal audit revealed 57,000 veterans had waited more than 90 days for their first medical appointments, a House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the VA signaled that fixing the problems in the sprawling federal bureaucracy will be far more difficult than just upping spending or passing a single piece of legislation.

In a hearing that took a far more conciliatory and fact-finding tone than previous meetings on the subject, Veterans Affairs and Government Accountability Office witnesses spoke at length about the challenges in addressing medical wait times.

Veterans Affairs Problems Run Deep, Witnesses Tell House Panel (Video)

June 9, 2014

On the same day an internal audit revealed 57,000 veterans had waited more than 90 days for their first medical appointments, a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on the VA signaled that fixing the problems in the sprawling federal bureaucracy will be far more difficult than just upping spending or passing a single piece of legislation.

GOP Congressman Helps Uncover Another VA Waiting List Scandal (Video)

June 9, 2014

As the Veterans Affairs scandal expands and unfolds across the country, lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands back home to draw more local attention to problems at VA medical facilities.

June Agenda: Read Cantor's Memo on House GOP Plan

June 6, 2014

Majority Leader Eric Cantor laid out a busy legislative agenda for the remainder of June in a memo to House Republicans sent Friday, scheduling floor time to address issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs, three appropriations bills, three tax extender bills, and legislation to make gas and other energy prices cheaper. Notably absent from the agenda: any mention of immigration, an unemployment extension or the expiring Export-Import Bank.

More Than 30 Members to Attend D-Day Ceremonies in France

June 5, 2014

A group of 25 House lawmakers and nine senators will join President Barack Obama at Friday’s international memorial service in Normandy marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

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