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'There Has to Be Consequences' for Kevin McCarthy's Ouster

Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn't the only one baffled by fellow Republicans' machinations

(Newser) - Kevin McCarthy has said he won't run again for the coveted House speaker gavel, after being ousted in a historic 216-210 vote Tuesday thanks to a rebellion of far-right Republicans led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who joined with all the House Democrats in booting McCarthy. Now, that unprecedented...

One of McHenry's First Acts: Ordering Pelosi to Vacate Office

He'll apparently be using former speaker's so-called 'hideaway' office

(Newser) - Within hours of becoming the acting House speaker, Rep. Patrick McHenry ordered Nancy Pelosi out of her "hideaway" office at the US Capitol. "Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed," reads an email sent to Pelosi's office Tuesday and seen by Politico . The...

Lawmakers Say Shutdown Now Seems Inevitable

Insiders say House hardliners are plotting to replace McCarthy

(Newser) - Congress has until the clock strikes midnight on Saturday to pass a resolution to continue funding the government, but many lawmakers say a shutdown appears inevitable and it's no longer a question of if, but of how long. Senators say they have been told to expect votes through Sunday...

House Republicans Launch Formal Impeachment Hearing

6-hour hearing expected to be the first of many

(Newser) - House Republicans launched a formal impeachment hearing Thursday against President Joe Biden, promising to "provide accountability" as they probe the family finances and lucrative business dealings of his son Hunter and make their case to the public, colleagues, and a skeptical Senate, the AP reports. The chairmen of the...

House Hardliners Deliver Another Defeat to McCarthy

Defense funding bill is blocked, raising fears of a government shutdown

(Newser) - House Speaker Kevin McCarthy emerged with a spending cut plan to prevent a federal government shutdown by appeasing his hard-right flank, only to see it quickly collapse Thursday in a crushing defeat. His latest attempt to move ahead with a traditionally popular defense funding bill was shattered by a core...

GOP 'Rebellion' as Government Funding Deadline Looms

Vote on stopgap spending measure scrapped as Republicans experience 'chaos'

(Newser) - As a September 30 deadline to keep the government funded looms, House Republicans on Tuesday ditched a plan to take a procedural vote on a stopgap spending bill amid what Fox News describes as "chaos and acrimony" amongst the various GOP factions. Politico describes it as a raging rebellion,...

Nancy Pelosi: I'm Running Again for My House Seat

It's a yes for 2024 for the 83-year-old Democratic congresswoman from California

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi may be well above the median age (58) for members of the House of Representatives, but the 83-year-old Democratic congresswoman has no intentions of leaving anytime soon. Although the former speaker stepped away from any possible leadership post in Congress last fall, Pelosi announced Friday that she plans...

House OKs Defense Bill With Eyebrow- Raising Extras

Add-ons in annual legislation include restrictions on abortion, transgender health care, diversity training

(Newser) - The US House on Friday approved a sweeping annual defense bill that provides an expected 5.2% pay raise for service members but strays from traditional military policy with political add-ons from Republicans to block abortion coverage, diversity initiatives at the Pentagon, and transgender issues that deeply divided the chamber....

Dems Slam GOP Congressman for Using 'Offensive' Term

Arizona Rep. Eli Crane earned House rebuke for calling Black Americans 'colored people' in debate

(Newser) - A freshman Republican congressman received an official rebuke on Thursday for the way he referenced Black Americans during a floor debate. The incident happened Thursday as GOP Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona tried to promote an amendment he'd proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act, one in which the...

House or Senate Run? Top Dem Makes the Call

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin is going for his 5th term in the House of Representatives

(Newser) - Congressman Jamie Raskin has launched his latest election campaign—but it's not for US Senate, as some had speculated. WBFF reports that the Democrat, who represents Maryland's 8th District in the US House of Representatives, announced Friday he'll be running for his fifth term in the House,...

She Could Be US' First Trans Congresswoman

Sarah McBride, a Delaware state senator, is launching campaign for seat as a US rep

(Newser) - Sarah McBride won her race for Delaware state senator in 2020 with 70% of the vote, becoming the nation's first transgender state senator. In her reelection race, no one bothered to oppose her. The 32-year-old is hoping to translate that popularity into yet another first for a trans lawmaker:...

Far Right Takes 'House Floor Hostage'

Conservative members block GOP advancements in protest of debt limit deal

(Newser) - House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is facing "the most serious threat yet to his leadership" as a group of far-right conservatives, including several who sought to thwart his election, have "essentially taken the House floor hostage," per the Hill . Eleven Republicans led by members of the House Freedom...

Greene's Call for 'Decorum' in House Is Met With Laughter

Democrats jeer her after she scolds them while presiding over the chamber

(Newser) - Marjorie Taylor Greene presided over the House on Wednesday as speaker pro tempore, and her critics are relishing one moment in particular. At one point, she banged the gavel and called for decorum, only to be met with laughter and jeers from Democrats, reports the Guardian . See the moment here...

After Santos Expulsion Is Punted, a &#39;Shouting Match&#39;
After Santos
Expulsion Is Punted,
a 'Shouting Match'

After Santos Expulsion Is Punted, a 'Shouting Match'

After vote to refer his case to House Ethics Committee, chaos on the Capitol steps

(Newser) - House Democrats' push to expel from Congress GOP freshman Rep. George Santos, recently indicted on a list of criminal charges, wasn't expected to earn the two-thirds majority needed to do so, and it didn't. The 221-204 vote Wednesday, which followed party lines, instead decided to refer a resolution...

The Picture Being Painted by Key Debt-Ceiling Players

Words 'confident' and 'optimistic' are getting used, but there's a ways to go

(Newser) - As the clock ticks down to June 1, the president and congressional leaders continue to sound off about the likelihood of striking a deal on raising the debt ceiling. President Biden held a second Oval Office meeting with House and Senate leaders Kevin McCarthy, Hakeem Jeffries, Chuck Schumer, and Mitch...

Biden Signs Bill to Release Intelligence on COVID Origins

Bipartisan legislation gives agency 90 days

(Newser) - President Biden on Monday signed a bill directing the government to declassify intelligence about how COVID-19 originated. The law allows redactions to protect sensitive sources and methods, Axios reports. It requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to act within 90 days. "My administration will declassify and...

Santos Has a Challenger Who's 'Just Had Enough'

Law prof William Murphy lives in 3rd District, says freshman rep must go by any means necessary

(Newser) - George Santos is all of two and a half months into his tenure as New York's 3rd Congressional District rep, and he's already got a challenger for the seat—a St. John's University law prof who says he's "just had enough" of Santos' shenanigans. Says...

Star of '90s Teen Sitcom Is Running for Congress

'Boy Meets World' star Ben Savage joins race for Rep. Adam Schiff's seat

(Newser) - Boy Meets World star Ben Savage wants the next chapter of his life to be Man Meets Congress. The 42-year-old is running as a Democrat for a House seat in a Los Angeles-area district, reports Reuters . The heavily Democratic District 30 includes Hollywood. "I am a proud Californian, union...

Democrat Makes History With Special Election Win in Virginia

Democrat Jennifer McClellan will be first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress

(Newser) - Virginia voters on Tuesday elected Democrat Jennifer McClellan, a veteran state legislator from Richmond, to fill an open seat in the US House of Representatives, where she will make history as the first Black woman to represent the state in Congress, the AP reports. “We will make this commonwealth...

House GOP Ousts Democrat Omar From Major Committee

Republicans cite her anti-Israel comments, while Democrats see move as 'political revenge'

(Newser) - House Republicans voted after a raucous debate Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber's major Foreign Affairs Committee, reports the AP . House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was able to solidify Republican support against Omar in the new Congress, although some GOP lawmakers had expressed reservations. Removal of...

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