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Senators advance effort to curb congressional pensions
Measure that would allow lawmakers to opt out clears committee

A bill by Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., that would allow lawmakers to opt out of their congressional pensions made it through committee Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Any member of Congress who has served for at least five years is eligible for a pension, but a proposal to allow lawmakers to opt out of their congressional pension while keeping other benefits made it through committee Wednesday. 

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the bill by voice vote for floor consideration, but it’s not clear if it will get there. Heading into the committee markup, the measure — sponsored by Indiana Republican Mike Braun — didn’t have any co-sponsors.

New York Rep. José Serrano has Parkinson’s, won’t seek re-election
Democrat says disease has not affected his work in Congress, and he will serve the remainder of his term

Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., announced that he has Parkison’s disease and will not seek re-election in 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Democratic Rep. José E. Serrano announced Monday that he has Parkinson’s disease and will not seek re-election in 2020.

The 75-year-old said he plans to finish his current term, which is his 15th full one in Congress, as the disease has not yet affected his ability to work.

How Joe Barton Struck Out
Retiring Texas Republican was thwarted by his own political instincts

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, faces retirement after a sex scandal. His career in Washington had already reached its peak. (CQ Roll Call)

Leadership be damned, Rep. Joe L. Barton thought. He knew he was right, and as soon as he was convinced of that, hardly anything in the world could move him.

Just a few months into his first term, the Texas Republican was angling for something between protest and revolution. House Democrats had voted to declare themselves the winner of a contested Indiana House race — in Republicans’ eyes, a theft. While his own party’s leadership urged restraint, Barton fumed.

Paul Ryan Intends to Serve Out Term as Speaker, Hints at Endorsing Potential Successor
'I have more thoughts on this ... and I'll share those thoughts later,' Ryan said on who should be next speaker

The House GOP leadership team, from left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., arrive for the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol as Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced he would not run for re-election, but would stay on as speaker until the end of the term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul D. Ryan said he plans to remain speaker of the House through the end of the year when he plans to retire and indicated he will eventually endorse someone to succeed him.

“I have great confidence in this leadership team. That’s one thing that I’m really proud of,” Ryan said when asked who he thought should be the next speaker.

McCain: ‘I Have Seen Jeff Flake Stand Up For What He Believes In’

Sen. John McCain paid tribute to his fellow Arizona Republican and “dear friend” Sen. Jeff Flake on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Flake announced he would not be running for re-election.

“I have seen Jeff Flake stand up for what he believes in, knowing full well that there would be a political price to pay,” McCain said.

South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem to Run for Governor in 2018
Republican congresswoman will not seek re-election to the House

South Dakota GOP Rep. Kristi Noem is not seeking re-election to the House in 2018 and will instead will run for governor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem announced Monday that she will run for governor in 2018 instead of seeking re-election to the House, according to the Argus Leader

Noem’s decision opens up the state’s at-large congressional seat, which she has held since 2011. She was elected to a fourth term last week by an overwhelming 28-point margin. 

Taxpayers Foot Bill for Boehner's Post-Speaker Office

Boehner gets a standing ovation before his farewell address. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 6:10 p.m. | Looking for John A. Boehner? Try the Longworth House Office Building.  

The former House speaker, whose resignation from Congress became effective over the weekend, is taking advantage of little-known perks and privileges taxpayers provide by law to those vacating the chamber's highest office. Boehner is setting up a government-funded office that may have as many as three aides with salaries of more than $100,000 each.