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Matt Fuller

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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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Stories by Matt Fuller:

Lobbyists to Meet With Members at GOP Retreat (Updated)

Jan. 15, 2015

Updated 2:44 p.m. | HERSHEY, Pa. — Republican lawmakers from the House and Senate came to Hershey for a joint retreat, to get on the same page and get away from Washington for a few days. But they won’t be getting away from lobbyists.

Abortion Bill Co-Sponsoring Debacle 'Vexing' for Democrat

Jan. 14, 2015

Co-sponsoring a bill in Congress doesn’t really mean all that much. But — maybe — it ought to at least mean a member has agreed to sign on, and will actually sign.

Democrat Laments Abortion Bill Co-Sponsoring Debacle

Jan. 14, 2015

Co-sponsoring a bill in Congress doesn't really mean all that much. But — maybe — it ought to mean a member has agreed to sign on, and will actually sign.

At least, that's the argument Washington Democrat Adam Smith made on the House floor Wednesday.

Smith took to the House podium to lambaste co-sponsorship practices after he was accidentally listed as a co-signer of GOP legislation, authored by Tennessee Republican Diane Black, that would prohibit certain funds to abortion clinics. Smith says he never consented to being listed as a co-sponsor — and first found out about the mishap after a pro-life group started praising him.

"I just rise about a particular issue that happened to me, and I'm sure has happened to other members that you might not be aware of," Smith said on the floor Wednesday. "Other members can sign you on to a piece of legislation without your consent."

Boehner Refuses to Rule Out 'Clean' DHS Funding Bill

Jan. 13, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner wouldn’t rule out Tuesday the possibility the House may have to pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that does not block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

New Republicans Take Aim at Familiar Target: Establishment GOP

Jan. 12, 2015

In a clear indication of the divisions facing Republicans in the new Congress, four House GOP freshmen made the pilgrimage to the Massachusetts Avenue headquarters of The Heritage Foundation Monday and offered sharp criticism of a party they don’t seem quite comfortable belonging to.

House Conservatives Expect 'Solid Votes' for New Immigration Strategy (Updated)

Jan. 9, 2015

Updated 4:20 p.m. | House Republicans emerged from a special conference meeting Friday with a new plan and a new tone pleasing to conservatives who have long been intent on defunding President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Boehner Fires Back, Says He's Not 'Spineless'

Jan. 8, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner took to the press conference podium Thursday to set the record straight on a line of attack he seems to be hearing from conservatives: That he has no spine.

"It does pain me to be described as 'spineless' or a 'squish,'" a somewhat-jocular Boehner said.

"I tell you what pains me the most is when they describe me as 'the establishment,'" Boehner said.

The Ohio Republican described himself as "the most anti-establishment speaker we've ever had," and he enumerated some of his credentials for the title.

Schiff Named Top Democrat on Intelligence Panel

Jan. 8, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that California Democrat Adam B. Schiff will be the next ranking member on the Intelligence Committee.

The Real Reason Some Members Voted Against Boehner

Jan. 8, 2015

For many of the 25 House Republicans who broke ranks in the speaker election Tuesday, voting against John A. Boehner was a reflection of a long-simmering dissatisfaction with the Ohio Republican.

Boehner Fires Back, Says He's No 'Squish' (Video)

Jan. 8, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner took to the press conference podium Thursday to set the record straight on a line of attack he seems to be hearing from conservatives: That he has no spine.

Pelosi Reacts to Boxer Retirement Announcement

Jan. 8, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer's announcement Thursday that she will not run for re-election in 2016 took fellow California Democrat and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by surprise.

Upon learning the news at her weekly news conference, Pelosi stood in silence, collected herself and praised Boxer as “one of the most unselfish politicians I have ever known.”

”She called me and said she wanted to talk to me personally,” Pelosi said. “I just thought she wanted to have dinner tonight.”

Boehner Weighs Punishments for Speaker Election Dissidents

Jan. 7, 2015

The morning after Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent were kicked off the Rules Committee, freshly re-elected Speaker John A. Boehner left the door open to possibly reinstating the two Florida Republicans.

GOP Leaders Boot Webster, Nugent Off Rules Committee (Updated)

Jan. 6, 2015

Updated 7:00 p.m. | After Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent bucked leadership and voted for a speaker whose last name was not “Boehner,” House leaders stripped the two Florida congressmen of their positions on the Rules Committee.

Boehner and House GOP Regroup After Tumultuous Speaker Election

Jan. 6, 2015

After the election of John A. Boehner to a third term as speaker Tuesday, House Republicans start the 114th Congress in a similar fashion to the 113th: Conservatives are unhappy with leadership and leadership’s not too pleased with some conservatives.

Boehner Elected Speaker Despite 25 Republican Dissidents (Video)

Jan. 6, 2015

In a dramatic vote in which Republican dissidents staged yet another unsuccessful coup attempt, Speaker John A. Boehner was elected to a third term as speaker of the House Tuesday.

Weber, Backing Gohmert Over Boehner, Says 'Retaliation' Has Begun (Updated)

Jan. 6, 2015

Updated 3:18 p.m. | The 114th Congress is barely underway, but Randy Weber, R-Texas, says he’s already paying a price for making known his intentions to vote against another term in leadership for Speaker John A. Boehner.

Boehner Elected to Third Term as Speaker

Jan. 6, 2015

In a dramatic vote in which Republican dissidents staged yet another unsuccessful coup attempt, John A. Boehner was elected to a third term as speaker of the House Tuesday.

Boehner won re-election with 216 of the 408 votes cast, as 25 Republicans voted for someone else or voted present in an act of protest. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received 164 Democratic votes, with four members of her party voting for someone other than the California Democrat.

In his remarks to the full House after retaking the gavel, Boehner expressed hope for a new era of cooperation and productivity.

“They say nothing is going to be accomplished here, divisions are greater than ever. … Skepticism of our government is healthy and in our time quite understandable. But one problem with saying, ‘it can’t be done,’ is that it already has been done, or at least started.”

GOP Insurgents Scramble for Anti-Boehner Votes

Jan. 5, 2015

John A. Boehner is expected to be re-elected as speaker Tuesday — but that doesn’t mean some conservatives in his party aren’t grasping for a miracle.

The Year According to Rep. Tom Cole

Dec. 31, 2014

Rep. Tom Cole, the unofficial spokesman of the GOP rank and file in the House, has never been shy about telling the truth — at least the truth as the Oklahoma Republican sees it — with anyone who’ll listen.

'Probable' That Scalise Addressed White Supremacist Group

Dec. 29, 2014

Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office acknowledged Monday that the Louisiana Republican did, most likely, speak at a white supremacist conference in 2002.

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

Dec. 16, 2014

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, it’s this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issa’s anymore — in fact, Issa won’t 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.

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