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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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Polis, Yoder to Drop Bill Keeping Emails Private

Feb. 4, 2015

It may come as a surprise to those familiar with the Fourth Amendment — and those who, much to the chagrin of the IT department, never delete their emails — that the government can, without a warrant, read your emails after they’re dormant for 180 days.

Irked by Hastings' Remark, Sessions Offers 'Defense of Texas'

Feb. 3, 2015

In politics, the cliche is correct: Don’t mess with Texas.

Republican Defends 'Honor' of Texas After Hearing Spat

Feb. 3, 2015

One day after Rep. Alcee L. Hastings messed with Texas calling it a "crazy" state, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, offered a “defense of the state of Texas" on the House floor.

“There’s been a lot of talk about Texas lately — not just last night, but lately,” Sessions said. “I stand in defense of Texas, although Texas — I don’t think — really needs much defense."

Biden to House Democrats: ‘Double Down’

Feb. 2, 2015

As a House Democratic retreat obsessed with messaging on the middle class came to a close Friday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. implored his congressional colleagues to not run from the White House’s economic record.

“Let’s resolve to double down,” Biden told House Democrats assembled in the Sheraton ballroom. “Let’s resolve to double down right now.”

He told Democrats they shouldn’t apologize for actions like the stimulus, the automotive industry bailout or the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which he called “probably the least popular vote we’ve had to take.”

Biden suggested that, while these programs might be unpopular, they were wildly successful.

Biden to House Democrats: 'Double Down'

Jan. 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — As a House Democratic retreat obsessed with messaging on the middle class came to a close Friday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. implored his congressional colleagues to not run from the White House’s economic record.

Obama Fires Up House Democrats (Updated)

Jan. 29, 2015

Updated 10:55 p.m. | PHILADELPHIA — A fiery President Barack Obama addressed House Democrats Thursday night, saying while there’s more work to do in restoring the economy, Democrats can’t be shy about what they’ve already accomplished.

Key Democrat Criticizes Obama on Trade Negotiations

Jan. 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — As Congress and the White House work on a trade agreement with Pacific countries, a key Democrat in the negotiations is criticizing the Obama administration for a lack of transparency — and more specifically, a lack of access to the actual text.

Memo Plants Seeds for GOP's New Immigration Strategy

Jan. 29, 2015

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent House Republicans a legislative memo Thursday, laying out a February agenda of repealing Obamacare, taking on unfunded mandates, and permanently providing a tax deduction for charitable giving.

Pelosi Says Netanyahu Address 'Not Appropriate'

Jan. 28, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — As the controversy builds over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to a joint session of Congress this spring, Nancy Pelosi weighed in again Wednesday with a more forceful rebuke of what she and the White House have called a breach in protocol.

Republican Champion of Dodd-Frank Changes Goes After Elizabeth Warren

Jan. 28, 2015

When your greatest legislative achievement is passing one of the most contentious provisions in the 113th Congress — a Dodd-Frank rollback that lobbyists literally helped write — taking credit for the legislation is a delicate art.

Conservatives Take Credit for Derailing Border Security Bill

Jan. 27, 2015

With inclement weather grounding planes across the country Monday, GOP leaders pulled a border security bill from the floor schedule this week, citing the weather and an already condensed schedule.

Conservatives Announce New Group That Could Rival RSC — Or Not (Updated)

Jan. 26, 2015

Updated, 10:23 a.m. | Conservatives announced Monday morning the formation of a new group, the House Freedom Caucus. But with only nine members to start, it’s unclear what such a caucus will mean for another conservative group: the Republican Study Committee.

House, Senate Republicans Meet in Secret to Discuss Border Security Bill

Jan. 22, 2015

Two days after Sen. Jeff Sessions bashed a House border security bill, Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul crossed the Dome Thursday to clear the air and try to secure the support of one of Congress’ most ardent immigration critics.

Pelosi Accuses Boehner of 'Hubris'

Jan. 22, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dinged Speaker John A. Boehner Thursday for not consulting with Democrats or the White House on the decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

Pelosi Accuses Boehner of 'Hubris'

Jan. 22, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dinged Speaker John A. Boehner Thursday for not consulting with Democrats or the White House on the decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

"It's out of order in terms of the protocol," Pelosi said of the invite. Boehner apparently did not consult with the White House on the joint session, nor did he make Democratic leadership aware of the Netanyahu invite.

Pelosi said her understanding was that the joint session — which was originally slated for Feb. 11 but has since been moved to March 3 — would take place within two weeks of the Israeli elections on March 17. "I don't think that's appropriate for any country," the California Democrat said.

Obama, GOP Clash Ahead of SOTU

Jan. 19, 2015

A revitalized President Barack Obama and newly empowered Republican leaders are heading into Tuesday’s State of the Union address on a collision course.

Boehner, McConnell Attempt to Define the Relationship

Jan. 15, 2015

HERSHEY, Pa. — In their first joint public appearance since Mitch McConnell became Senate majority leader, Speaker John A. Boehner and the Senate’s top Republican came before a Washington press corps — assembled at Lebbie Lebkicher’s Restaurant in the Hershey Lodge Hotel — and described the new relationship between the House and Senate: separate, but together.

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.

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