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DCCC Chairman Ponders His Future — With No Clear Seat at Leadership Table

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Steve Israel doesn’t want another tour of duty as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  

“Let me think about it,” the New York Democrat told CQ Roll Call in a recent interview, feigning indecision for just an instant before delivering the punch line. “No! No. No. No."  

Benghazi Committee: Democrats Warn Boehner About Partisan Makeup

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The House's top two Democrats are formally calling on Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, to revisit the framework for setting up a special investigative committee on the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland sent Boehner a letter late Tuesday evening calling the special committee's makeup of seven Republicans and five Democrats "unwise." Democrats sent reporters the letter around 11:30 p.m.  

Can Cantor Deliver on Voting Rights Act?

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After two trips to the Deep South alongside civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat John Lewis, the pressure is on Eric Cantor to deliver on the Voting Rights Act.  

The majority leader has made a major, personal investment in connecting to the civil rights movement — something that ultimately could prove important for a GOP that regularly polls in the single digits among African-Americans and poorly among other minorities.  

Hoyer Cautious on Feinstein's CIA Charges

The House's No. 2 Democrat spoke carefully on Tuesday when addressing Sen. Dianne Feinstein's accusations that the CIA tapped into Senate Intelligence Committee computer files.  

"First of all, it's a serious allegation, and Sen. Feinstein is a serious legislator, so I don't think she made it lightly" said Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., of Feinstein, a California Democrat who serves as chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence panel.  

Pelosi-Hoyer Rivalry Flares Anew With Eshoo-Pallone Fight

The long-running leadership rivalry between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is flaring anew as the two Democrats take different sides in the fight over who will be the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee On Tuesday, Hoyer said he would back New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California as the panel's top Democrat in the 114th Congress.  

"I'm not going to get into this publicly other than to say that I have historically been for the ranking member, the senior member, if that member is capable and able and if that member has contributed significantly to the legislative product, to the party efforts, and I think Frank Pallone has done all of those, but I'm not going to get into it further than that," Hoyer said in his weekly media briefing. Pallone is the No. 3 Democrat on the committee.  

Cantor and Hoyer Reunite to Push Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

Cantor, above, is teaming up with Hoyer on the issue of Iran. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer are together again, jointly urging the Obama administration to take a hard line on preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon while supporting the administration's diplomatic effort.  

The Virginia Republican and Maryland Democrat on Monday afternoon released the text of a letter to President Barack Obama that urges him to "keep all options on the table to prevent this dangerous regime from acquiring nuclear weapons."  

House Democrats Kick Off Retreat in Cambridge

Cambridge, Md. — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted that her House Democrats weren't gathered here for a retreat to discuss politics.  

"What we're here to do this week is to talk policy," she told reporters who asked her predictions for Election Day.  

Hoyer: McMorris Rodgers a 'Transparent' Pick to Deliver SOTU Response

McMorris Rodgers preps for the GOP response to the State of the Union address. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered the official GOP rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address on Tuesday night in a bid to offer voters a new face for the party ahead of the midterm elections.  

On Wednesday morning, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., predicted voters would see through that effort to appeal to minorities and women, and other constituencies traditionally unmoved by the Republican platform.