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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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Conservative Opposition to Spending Bill Could Give Pelosi Leverage

Dec. 3, 2014

With many conservatives now insisting they wont vote for any government spending bill that doesnt block the presidents executive action on immigration, could House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosis Democrats get a sweeter deal in exchange for votes to pass a bill to fund the government beyond Dec. 11?

Members Offer Rare Display of Emotion With ABLE Act

Dec. 3, 2014

There are many votes members of Congress cast that mean absolutely nothing. Procedural motions. Uncontroversial bills and amendments that are forgotten as soon as they are voted on.

Less than 2 Weeks to Shutdown, Conservatives Cool to 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 2, 2014

As House Republicans sort out how they will fund the government past Dec. 11, leadership is running into a problem: Many conservatives looking to block President Barack Obamas immigration plan contend the House must act now rather than wait until later.

House GOP Floats Multi-Pronged Approach to Avert Government Shutdown

Dec. 2, 2014

House Republican leaders took members temperatures Tuesday morning on a multipart plan to avert a government shutdown and hold President Barack Obama accountable for his recent unilateral changes to immigration law.

Labrador: Shutdown Didn't Hurt GOP, Why Take It Off Table?

Dec. 2, 2014

Rep. Ral R. Labrador has a message for Republican leadership as they decide how to respond to the presidents executive action on immigration and funding the government beyond Dec. 11: Keep a government shutdown as an option.

Congressional Black Caucus Members React to Decision in Ferguson

Nov. 25, 2014

Just as America seems divided on the death of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., members of the Congressional Black Caucus are showing their own divisions over the racially charged incident that has prompted many in Congress to wonder how they should respond.

The Anti-Cantor: Dave Brat on Bringing Rationality to Washington

Nov. 25, 2014

Its 7:49 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 the first day of Congress Thanksgiving recess and Dave Brat is 11 minutes early.

Democrats Praise Obama for Immigration Action, but Wanted More

Nov. 24, 2014

While Republicans in Congress arent holding back on their criticism of President Barack Obamas executive action on immigration, some Democrats are trying to navigate a more difficult position: Supporting the presidents action while also arguing he could have gone further.

Obama Announces Resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Nov. 24, 2014

President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel from the East Room of the White House Monday morning.

Obama thanked Hagel, the first former enlisted man and the first Vietnam veteran to serve as Defense secretary, whom Obama called an "exemplary defense secretary."

"When I nominated you for this position, you said that you'd always give me your honest advice and informed counsel; you have," Obama said, directing his comments at Hagel. "When it's mattered most, behind closed doors in the Oval Office, you've always given it to me straight, and for that I will always be grateful."

The event, which included Obama, Hagel and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., lasted nearly 15 minutes. Obama said Hagel would stay on the job until a new defense secretary was confirmed by the Senate.

New RSC Chairman: Don't Look for Public Fights With Boehner

Nov. 20, 2014

Good news for Speaker John A. Boehner: The next Republican Study Committee chairman wants to work with him and he doesnt want any public fights.

Pelosi to GOP on Immigration Action: 'Look to Ronald Reagan, Your Hero'

Nov. 20, 2014

In presenting her defense of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi laid out the historical argument Thursday, praising a number of actions Republican presidents had taken on immigration and drawing parallels from Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to Obama's immigration order.

"Does the public know that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order?" Pelosi asked during a news conference Thursday. "People have to understand how presidents have made change in our country."

The California Democrat was trying to establish a history of presidents making significant changes without going through Congress, and she brought up the pattern of Republican presidents in the past 50 years exerting their executive authority to act on immigration.

Asked whether Republicans had a case proving what the president was proposing was unconstitutional, Pelosi said Obama's action was "absolutely, positively" not outside his constitutional bounds.

Pelosi Praises Republican Presidents of Yore on Immigration (Video)

Nov. 20, 2014

Nancy Pelosi, defending Barack Obama, praised Republican presidents who historically took unilateral action on immigration with the minority leader even drawing parallels between Obamas proposed executive order and Abraham Lincolns 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

Major Players From Team Cantor to Open Lobbying Shop

Nov. 19, 2014

Months after Cantorland was turned upside down by their boss stunning primary defeat, two key members of the ex-majority leaders team are returning to the workforce, opening a lobbying firm with another prominent former Hill staffer.

Walz Gets VA Committee Spot After Messy Process

Nov. 19, 2014

Sometimes a consolation prize makes all the difference, Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz learned Wednesday.

Next Congress Has a Schedule: McCarthy Releases 2015 House Calendar

Nov. 19, 2014

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the legislative calendar for 2015, and Republicans arent deviating from the familiar formula of giving members plenty of time in their districts.

Messy Fight for Veterans' Affairs Ranking Member Slot (Updated)

Nov. 19, 2014

Updated 9:28 a.m. | Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota thought there would be a vote after Thanksgiving on the Veterans Affairs Committee ranking member race. As it turns out, his face-off against Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida will happen on Wednesday.

Chaffetz Wins Four-Way Showdown for Oversight Gavel

Nov. 18, 2014

There were hardly any surprises among the Republican Steering Committees picks for chairmen in the 114th Congress, but the one major question decided on Tuesday was who would lead the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. And the answer is Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

New RSC Chairman Flores: 'I'm No Shill for Leadership'

Nov. 18, 2014

In a hotly contested battle over the direction of the Republican Study Committee, Texas Republican Bill Flores beat out his more conservative rivals, South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney and Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, to become the new RSC chairman.

House GOP Eyes Rescission Bill in Standoff Over Immigration

Nov. 18, 2014

House Republicans are casting around for some kind of spending compromise that would avoid a government shutdown, while still addressing the White Houses expected executive actions on immigration.

RSC Chairmanship Race Tests Conservatives

Nov. 18, 2014

As the Republican Study Committee decides on its next chairman, Tuesdays contest between Bill Flores of Texas, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Louie Gohmert of Texas will likely set the tone for House conservatives for years to come as RSC membership swells to record numbers.

Boehner: 'We're Going to Fight This President Tooth and Nail'

Nov. 14, 2014

Just minutes after his GOP colleagues renominated him in convincing fashion, Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters that Republicans were leaving all options including a government shutdown on the table to prevent the president from issuing an executive action on immigration.

New House GOP Rules Impact Medals, Gavels and Paul Ryan?

Nov. 14, 2014

House Republicans will operate the 114th Congress under essentially the same rules as the 113th with two exceptions, including one that could have big implications for Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

House Approves Keystone XL Pipeline ... Again

Nov. 14, 2014

In a bid meant to bolster the campaign of bill sponsor Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is in a runoff election for a Louisiana Senate seat, the House voted 252-161 on Friday to once again approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Boehner Will Fight 'Tooth and Nail' Against Obama's Executive Amnesty, Doesn't Rule Out Shutdown (Updated) (Video)

Nov. 13, 2014

Updated 5:58 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner said Republicans will fight tooth and nail against President Barack Obamas plans to act on immigration by himself, and didnt rule out a government shutdown.

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