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Boehner: ‘Thank God I’m Not in the Middle of This’
Former speaker compares president-elect to Teddy Roosevelt

Asked if he missed being involved more closely in this year’s election cycle, former House Speaker John A. Boehner replied, “Oh my God, no.” (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner weighed in on the incoming Trump administration Wednesday, calling the president-elect a “good guy” who wants to do “big things,” and advocating for bipartisanship in the new Congress.

Boehner told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO that he and Trump have known each other for a long time. 

Judge Allows Hastert Abuse Victim to Sue
Individual seeks remaining $1.8 million as part of hush money scheme

A federal investigation into a hush-money scheme uncovered the dark past of former Speaker Dennis Hastert.  (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An Illinois judge is allowing one of Dennis Hastert’s sexual abuse victims to sue the former House speaker for the remaining $1.8 million — plus interest — he says he’s owed as part of a hush-money scheme.

The lawsuit was filed days before Hastert was sentenced in April to 15 months in prison during an emotional court hearing in which he admitted to abusing underage boys during his years as a high school teacher and wrestling coach.

Capitol Ink|Ryan Shrugged
The Weight of the GOP Rests On Speaker Ryan's Shoulders

The Weight of the GOP Rests On Speaker Ryan's Shoulders

Happy Birthday, Mr. Speaker

   

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., turns 46 years old Friday. What's he doing to celebrate? He's in Florida working to retain the House majority so he can push a bold agenda in 2017 with a Republican president, according to his office.  

Take Five: Speaker Paul D. Ryan

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

Who better to start off the second session of the 114th Congress than Speaker Paul D. Ryan? This week, the freshly shaved Wisconsin Republican talks about ringing in the New Year, what he misses when he's away from home and bow hunting. Q: What did you do for New Years?  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2015

Congressional leaders attend a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From throwing snowballs to threatening constituents to quoting Taylor Swift, Roll Call presents the year's best moments from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2015 Thanksgiving Edition

In honor of Thanksgiving, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times this year when food was the only thing on lawmakers’ minds.

New Title, but No New Digs for Ryan

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:53 a.m. | Newly elected Speaker Paul D. Ryan won't be getting a new home in the District of Columbia, but he is looking into some new carpet for the speaker's office.  

The Wisconsin Republican made the rounds to all five of the Sunday morning political talk shows and informed both CNN's "State of the Union" and NBC's "Meet the Press" that he plans to continue sleeping in his office. "Look, I just work here," Ryan told NBC's Chuck Todd about his sleeping arrangements.  

John Boehner Shouldn’t Pack His Bags Just Yet

There's a real possibility that Boehner's self-imposed deadline could pass without a successor. (Photo by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:28 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner plans to leave Congress at the end of October, but Republican infighting threatens to keep him around longer, particularly if Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan declines a run to replace him.  

According to a source with knowledge of his remarks, Boehner told the House Republican conference on Oct. 9, the final day before the week-long recess, that “stepping down before we elect a new speaker would hurt the institution.” “So, as I’ve said before, I will continue to serve as speaker until we elect a new one,” Boehner said.