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Utah Congressman Chaffetz Jumps Into Republican Speaker Race — Chaffetz, 48, made the announcement in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." "I am running for Speaker of the House of Representatives because I want to lead the way on tackling the toughest issues facing the United States of America," Chaffetz said in a statement.

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz Joins Republican Speaker Race — Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Sunday he'll challenge the current majority leader next week when his chamber holds leadership elections to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

Ex-Im Renewal May Have Enough Support to Force U.S. House Vote — A Republican House member pushing to renew the U.S. Export-Import bank may have enough support to force a vote later this month over a party leader's opposition. Fincher began the push Wednesday to reauthorize the bank, whose charter expired June 30, saying in an interview he was "very confident" he would get enough backing.

Bloomberg Politics — Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner rejected calls from top Democrats to shut down a panel investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi after his top lieutenant, the leading contender to replace him, credited the panel's work with eroding support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The House and Senate's top Democrats called for abolishing the committee.

Bloomberg Politics — An hour after concluding a fractious effort to pass a stop-gap budget and avoid a government shutdown, Congressional Republicans found a rare moment of comity Wednesday during an appearance by presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina on Capitol Hill.

Senate Passes U.S. Spending Bill Hours Before Shutdown Deadline — McConnell and Boehner repeatedly have said that although they too want to cancel federal funds for Planned Parenthood, they wouldn't go along with conservative Republicans' willingness to shut down the government over the issue. The dispute between Boehner and members of his Republican caucus led in part to his decision last week to resign from Congress at the end of October.
Sep 30, 2015

RT @business: JUST IN: Senate passes spending bill, dodges shutdown

Sep 30, 2015

Senate passes govt spending plan hours before shutdown, sending bill to House where Speaker Boehner promised a vote…

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Bloomberg Politics — "We've got a lot on our plate," Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said Tuesday after a closed-door meeting of party members. He said he'll decide in a day or two when to schedule an internal party election for his successor and possibly for other party leadership posts in the House.
Sep 29, 2015

RT @bpolitics: Mitch McConnell says the Senate plans to pass a spending bill by Weds. morning to keep the government running

Bloomberg Politics — The Senate advanced a stopgap spending bill Monday that would avert a U.S. government shutdown this week while dropping demands by conservative Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure, which moved forward on a 77-19 vote, would finance the government through Dec. 11. Current federal funding expires at the end of the day Wednesday.

Bloomberg Politics — Senate Republicans are proposing a new stopgap spending bill that would avoid a U.S. government shutdown while dropping conservative members' bid to defund Planned Parenthood. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, offered the measure after some Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in blocking a short-term spending plan that would strip Planned Parenthood funds.
Sep 24, 2015

RT @business: Senate Republicans propose spending bill, dropping bid to defund Planned Parenthood to avoid shutdown

Bloomberg Politics — Senate Democrats blocked a U.S. government spending measure Thursday that would strip Planned Parenthood funding, a step that may push lawmakers toward a plan to avoid a shutdown when financing ends Sept. 30. The 47-52 Senate vote, with 60 required, failed to advance the measure, which would fund the government until Dec.
Sep 24, 2015

Shutdown or no shutdown? Senate Blocks Spending Bill in Step Toward Avoiding Shutdown via @business @tdopp @elwasson

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Oct 01, 2015

Chris Christie and John Kasich Battle to Exceed Low Expectations in Iowa via @bpolitics

Sep 25, 2015

Awaiting a scheduled 1 pm news conference by @johnboehner -- who announced today he's stepping down at the end of October.

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