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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Foreign Affairs to Examine Iran's Nuclear Compliance

June 4, 2014

In a move that’s likely to strain already tense relations with Iran, the House Foreign Affairs Committee announced Wednesday a series of hearings on the Islamic republic’s nuclear ambitions and the Obama administration’s negotiations with the country.

Anatomy of a Steve King Tweet

June 3, 2014

Rep. Steve King took to the Twittersphere Tuesday to denounce the prisoner exchange of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials detained at Guantánamo Bay, asserting that the Obama administration and Bergdahl were working for al-Qaida.

McKeon: Obama Broke Law in Bergdahl-Guantanamo Prisoner Swap (Updated)

June 2, 2014

Updated 7:45 p.m. | The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday there will be hearings on whether the Obama administration broke the law in trading five Guantánamo Bay detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who’d been held by the Taliban for five years.

Boehner Calls Obama Power Plant Rule 'Nuts'

June 2, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner had a one-word description for President Barack Obama’s new proposal to cut power plant carbon emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years: “Nuts.”

EPA, Army Corps of Engineers Likely No-Shows for Water Hearing

June 1, 2014

Arizona congressmen and property rights advocates looking for more information from federal officials at a June 2 hearing on the Clean Water Act are likely to be disappointed — no one from the Obama administration is expected to participate.

What You Missed: House Veterans' Affairs Hearing on VA Scandal

May 29, 2014

Calls for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki grew louder on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee attacked the VA for not being forthright, and an internal audit revealed that problems at a veterans’ medical facility in Phoenix were more extensive than previously reported.

Pelosi Questions Wisdom of Firing Shinseki

May 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., don't find common ground on a lot of issues, but both lawmakers staked out similar positions Thursday on Eric Shinseki, rebuffing calls for the embattled Veterans Affairs secretary's resignation.

“They kept the information form the secretary and the Congress. So let’s reward them by removing the secretary?” Pelosi asked at her weekly news conference. "Certainly what was done is dishonest, let's just see what else it is."

Boehner, Pelosi Question Wisdom of Firing Shinseki (Video)

May 29, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., don’t find common ground on a lot of issues, but both lawmakers staked out similar positions Thursday on Eric Shinseki, rebuffing calls for the embattled Veterans Affairs secretary’s resignation.

Wednesday Night VA Hearing Showcases Lawmakers' Frustrations (Updated) (Video)

May 28, 2014

Updated 8:10 p.m. | Calls for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki grew louder on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee attacked the VA for not being forthright with information and an internal audit revealed that problems at a veterans’ medical facility in Phoenix were more extensive than previously reported.

Republicans Set Phoenix Hearing on EPA 'Water Grab'

May 27, 2014

The Obama administration’s move to expand regulatory control over the nation’s rivers and streams has some Republicans from the Southwest boiling mad, with a group of conservatives calling the EPA proposal a “water grab.”

Kerry to Testify June 12 Before Oversight Committee — but Not Benghazi Panel (Updated)

May 23, 2014

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Secretary of State John Kerry will testify June 12 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — but, the State Department says he won’t be going before the new special select committee on Benghazi.

Veterans' Affairs Chairman Proposes Private Option for Veterans Stuck on VA Wait Lists

May 23, 2014

Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller wants veterans stuck on VA waiting lists to get health care for more than 30 days to have the option of getting private health care.

House Passes Defense Authorization, Despite Veto Threat

May 22, 2014

A broad and familiar coalition of Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday to pass an annual Pentagon policy bill, with House GOP leadership largely ducking some of the more contentious debates and amendments related to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Boehner: NSA Bill Addresses Privacy Concerns While Maintaining National Security

May 22, 2014

After a year of global criticism of the reach of American phone and data surveillance programs, the House approved new restrictions Thursday that critics dismissed as watered down.

The USA Freedom Act — backed by Republicans and Democrats and supported by President Barack Obama — would shift the collection and storage of phone metadata from the National Security Agency to private phone companies.

The measure passed 303-121, with Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio saying the bill maintains an important national security program while addressing concerns that the NSA had overstepped its authority.

"People are a lot more comfortable that the government is not storing all this metadata that we were," the Ohio Republican told reporters. "And I think we also in this bill make it clear that there's no access to this data without a court decision, and the standards for that decision are higher than what they are."

House Approves Curbs on NSA Snooping (Updated) (Video)

May 22, 2014

Updated May 22, 1:38 p.m. | After a year of global criticism of the reach of American phone and data surveillance programs, the House approved new restrictions Thursday that critics dismissed as watered down.

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