Aug. 27, 2014

Daniel Newhauser

Bio:

Daniel Newhauser covers House leadership for Roll Call, where he has broken stories involving high-stakes negotiations on the budget and a payroll tax cut extension.

Dan joined Roll Call as an intern in January 2010 and has also been an editorial assistant and campus beat reporter for the newspaper. Prior to that, he interned at the National Law Journal and wrote for several journalism outlets in Arizona, covering such topics as drug and illegal immigrant smuggling on the Mexican border, Native American populations’ struggle to keep their cultures alive and statewide politics. His reporting can be found in publications such as the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Star, the East Valley Tribune and the Yuma Sun. Dan is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He hails from San Antonio, Texas.

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Stories by Daniel Newhauser:

McCarthy Takes Over Visible Leader Duties as Staff Transitions

July 21, 2014

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy does not officially step into his new job as majority leader until August, but for all intents and purposes, the California Republican has already assumed the visible duties of his next leadership role.

House GOP Scores Short Highway Trust Fund Extension

July 15, 2014

A short-term extension of highway funding easily passed the House in a 367-55 vote Tuesday, setting up a rare bipartisan cross-Dome deal that will likely avert a shutdown of construction projects around the country.

Hoyer Predicts Easy Passage of 'Gimmicky' Highway Bill

July 15, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland predicted Democrats will overwhelmingly support a short-term highway trust fund bill on Tuesday, even though they would prefer a long-term fix with more solid pay-fors.

Staffers Purged at Homeland Security Committee

July 15, 2014

A spate of sudden firings at the House Homeland Security Committee last month adds to a pattern of extensive turnover that has left members and staffers questioning the panel’s leadership and its commitment to border security and counterterrorism policy.

Woodall Wins Unopposed Election to Interim RSC Chairman

July 9, 2014

Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia was unanimously selected to be the chairman of the Republican Study Committee for the remainder of the 113th Congress.

Boehner Moving Toward Late-July Obama Lawsuit Vote

July 7, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is moving cautiously toward a late-July vote to authorize a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, juggling legal and political considerations as he tries to check executive power and stoke the Republican base.

Fundraising: Boehner Says GOP Needs More From Chairmen

July 1, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has said he intends to hang on to the reins, and now he is cracking the whip.

Boehner Confirms He'll Sue Obama Over Executive Actions

June 25, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio confirmed Wednesday that he will initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House against President Barack Obama over the administration's use of executive actions.

Boehner, saying he believes the president is ignoring laws passed by Congress, cast the move toward a lawsuit, first reported by Roll Call, as a continuation of the age-old struggle over the balance of powers among the three branches of government.

"This is about defending the institution in which we serve," Boehner told reporters. "What we've seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch. I believe the president is not faithfully executing the laws of our country, and behalf of the institution and our constitution, standing up and fighting for this is in the best long-term interest of the Congress."

Boehner Confirms He'll Sue Obama Over Executive Actions (Video) (Updated)

June 25, 2014

Updated, 2:57 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio confirmed Wednesday that he will initiate a lawsuit on behalf of the House against President Barack Obama over the administration’s use of executive actions.

Boehner Planning House Lawsuit Against Obama Executive Actions

June 24, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told Republicans Tuesday he could have an announcement within days on whether the House will file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, challenging the executive actions that have become the keystone of the administration.

Boehner Defers to Hensarling on Export-Import Bank (Updated)

June 24, 2014

Updated 1:36 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio declined to commit to reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, saying instead Tuesday morning that he is trying find common ground between his members who want to end the bank and those who want to continue funding it.

McCarthy Will Have to Prove Himself on Policy, Fundraising

June 23, 2014

Rep. Kevin McCarthy took the stage on June 20 at his first public address since being elected majority leader looking to reintroduce himself to the public.

Pelosi: IRS Needs to 'Upgrade Their Technology'

June 19, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn't appear to think that there was foul play in the Internal Revenue Service's misplacement of key emails from Lois Lerner, the ex-agency official at the center of the ongoing IRS scandal.

At her weekly press conference Thursday morning, the California Democrat said her takeaway from reports that Lerner's emails have been lost forever was simply that the IRS needs to upgrade its technology infrastructure.

"What it convinces me of is they need a new technology system at the IRS," Pelosi said, adding that Lerner's emails were not the only ones missing after an alleged computer meltdown. "Reports all show that those responsible did not know about the years of the crashes of their systems until a couple of years later, so I think they need to upgrade their technology, get it right so there's no suspicion about what agenda anyone might have."

Boehner: 'Who Could Possibly Believe' IRS Lost Lerner's Emails

June 19, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner implied the Internal Revenue Service's misplacement of key emails from Lois Lerner could have been destroyed on purpose at his weekly press conference Thursday morning.

"The president called this a phony scandal. But who could possibly believe that they lost two critical years of emails of the central figure in this investigation?" he asked.

Boehner: 'Spread of Terrorism has Increased Exponentially' Under Obama

June 19, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said he is looking to the White House to craft an overall strategy to quell the spread of terrorism in Iraq and the Middle East, which he said has been "exponentially" on the rise during President Barack Obama's presidency.

His comments come a day after he met with the president at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., along with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and the top two Senate leaders, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

As Iraq Unravels, Boehner Calls for Obama's Middle East Strategy (Video)

June 19, 2014

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said he is looking to the White House to craft an overall strategy to quell the spread of terrorism in Iraq and the Middle East, which he said has been “exponentially” on the rise during President Barack Obama’s presidency.

Pelosi Downplays Missing IRS Emails While Boehner Calls for Answers (Video)

June 19, 2014

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn’t appear to think that there was foul play in the Internal Revenue Service’s misplacement of key emails from Lois Lerner, the ex-agency official at the center of the ongoing IRS scandal.

McCarthy Cruises; Whip Race Still a Tossup

June 18, 2014

Candidates for House Republican leadership made their final pitches Wednesday morning, pressing for unity while leading their factions into what will be a divisive Thursday vote to decide the future of the conference.

Would-Be Whips Woo Conservatives, Reassure Moderates

June 17, 2014

Candidates for House majority whip are pushing their cases hard in the last hours of the race, each promising to heal a party scarred by infighting and at the same time, wrangle the conference into a united voting bloc.

Clock Ticks Down for the GOP Leadership Longshots

June 17, 2014

As Rep. Raúl R. Labrador tries to mount a serious challenge to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s increasingly solid bid to become majority leader, and as Reps. Peter Roskam and Marlin Stutzman try to wrest control of the whip race from Rep. Steve Scalise, the challengers are running up against a critical roadblock: time.

McCarthy Likely to Cruise to Leadership Victory; Other Slots Up for Grabs

June 13, 2014

Nice guys don’t always finish last.

Stutzman Enters Whip Race, Complicating Scalise Chances

June 12, 2014

Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana will run for majority whip, complicating a race that had so far been a heated head-to-head battle between Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam of Illinois and Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

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.

Cantor Quake Sets Off GOP Leadership Fights

June 11, 2014

House Republicans quickly sloughed off the shock of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat and were immediately thrust into a weeklong, all-out sprint for power.

With Cantor Expected to Step Down as Majority Leader, Scramble Begins (Updated)

June 11, 2014

Updated 3:38 p.m. | The leadership shuffle to succeed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has begun, after the Virginia Republican suffered a shocking upset in a primary race Tuesday night. At least two representatives are already in the race to become the second-highest ranking member in the House.

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