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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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Boehner Sounds Doubtful on Immigration Overhaul (Updated)

Feb. 6, 2014

Updated 1:30 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner suggested Thursday it’s unlikely the House will move forward with an immigration overhaul this year, saying it will be “difficult” to move any legislation thanks to President Barack Obama.

Cantor Places Onus of Immigration Rewrite on White House

Feb. 6, 2014

The GOP talking point on why House Republicans will not move forward with an immigration overhaul this year has emerged: Republicans don’t trust President Barack Obama to implement a policy rewrite as intended.

The line was first delivered Thursday morning by Speaker John A. Boehner during his weekly press conference with reporters. “The American people, including many of my members, don’t trust that the reform that we’re talking about will be implemented as intended to be,” Boehner said.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor expanded upon that point Thursday afternoon with Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer during their weekly colloquy.

Republicans Mostly Shrug Off Bill Maher Threat

Feb. 5, 2014

If Bill Maher’s announcement that he would be trying to oust a member from Congress was meant to scare Republicans, it doesn’t seem to be working.

Is Boehner’s Gavel on the Line?

Feb. 4, 2014

Updated 8:15 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner should lose his gavel if he pursues immigration this year, a prominent tea party Republican said in an interview with CQ Roll Call on Tuesday.

Boehner Wants to Go Big, but Will His Rank and File Follow?

Jan. 31, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and his lieutenants came to the GOP retreat looking to convince the conference to go big and back an immigration overhaul, a real health care alternative and more. They left with mixed results.

GOP Retreat Offers Limited Access (Updated)

Jan. 30, 2014

Updated 2:04 p.m. Jan. 31 | When Republicans decided to take their annual retreat to Cambridge, Md., they weren’t just retreating from Washington, D.C. — they were retreating from the Washington press corps as well.

Boehner Promises 'Alternatives' to Obama's Policies, Says Defaulting on Debt Is 'Wrong'

Jan. 30, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that Republicans want to avoid a default on the debt — while coming up with alternatives to President Barack Obama’s policies on a variety of issues including immigration and the economy.

Florida Republican: Minimum Wage Hike Means Fewer Jobs

Jan. 29, 2014

The former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., criticized President Barack Obama's proposal for a minimum wage increase and said his 2014 State of the Union address "just didn't set the right tone" in an interview with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni.

After State of the Union, Members Mixed: Roll Call Gets Reaction from Statuary Hall (Video)

Jan. 29, 2014

Members of the House who flooded Statuary Hall Tuesday night after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address kept on message, an illustration of an unshifting partisan divide.

Newest Member: Obama's Address 'Poked' Republicans With Threat to Act

Jan. 29, 2014

In an interview with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni, Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., said President Barack Obama's messaging on Tuesday suggested he may "go around" the Constitution in order to move his agenda forward.

Representative Says Obama Gave Democrats a 'Lot to Work With'

Jan. 29, 2014

Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni that the president gave Democrats "an entire menu" of policies to work with in the House of Representatives.

Pelosi Expects GOP Immigration Principles Will Be 'Good'

Jan. 29, 2014

In advance of the House GOP retreat where Republicans will tackle the issue of immigration — with Speaker John A. Boehner expected to hand down a one-page sheet of immigration overhaul principles on Thursday — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Wednesday morning that Boehner expects Democrats will be able to accept those GOP proposals.

Congresswoman Says Democrats, Republicans Can Find Common Ground on Economy

Jan. 29, 2014

Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., talks with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni following President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address.

Hoyer Says America 'Absolutely' Better Off Than 5 Years Ago

Jan. 29, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., praised the work of President Barack Obama in an interview Tuesday with Roll Call Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni.

DNC Chairwoman Calls Obama Clear, Resolute in SOTU Address

Jan. 29, 2014

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., praised President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address Wednesday, calling on Republicans to act on his proposals.

Cruz: Iran Might Nuke New York or Los Angeles

Jan. 28, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz said after the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama’s Iran policy could lead to a nuclear weapon being detonated over a major U.S. city.

The Conservative Response to the State of the Union? Sue the President

Jan. 28, 2014

While the official GOP response to the State of the Union might have struck a warmer tone, President Barack Obama’s call for action isn’t going over so well with some other Republicans, who want to sue the president.

Minimum Wage Hike Appears DOA in House

Jan. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama will push for a hike in the minimum wage tonight during his State of the Union address, but that proposal isn’t going anywhere if Speaker John A. Boehner has anything to say about it — and he’s not a fan of the president’s newly announced decision to hike the wage for federal contractors, either.

Boehner Defers to Conference on Immigration

Jan. 28, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner sounds as non-committal as ever on an immigration overhaul.

Pot Politics on the Rise in Congress, Administration

Jan. 27, 2014

While Congress appears to be a way off from legalizing marijuana, surging public opinion and recent favorable comments from top Democratic lawmakers could inch the federal government in that direction.

Flying High With Former N.H. Sen. Bob Smith

Jan. 24, 2014

Ex-Sen. Scott P. Brown may not have officially announced his candidacy for New Hampshire’s Senate seat, but former Sen. Bob Smith has — sort of.

Polis Extends Colorado Cannabis Invite to Obama, Reid

Jan. 22, 2014

Rep. Jared Polis wants President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to come see how Colorado is implementing its new marijuana legalization laws.

The One House Appropriator Who Didn't Vote for the Omnibus

Jan. 17, 2014

The omnibus passed the House this week in an overwhelming fashion, 359-67. But only one of the 67 lawmakers who voted against it is a member of the Appropriations Committee: Jack Kingston, an old-school appropriator who has become increasingly more conservative.

Boehner Takes Softer Tone on Debt Limit

Jan. 16, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner appears resigned to raising the debt limit, even though Republicans are unlikely to extract new spending cuts from the White House in return.

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