Stephen F Lynch

Will 2018 Look Like 2010 for Anti-Repeal Republicans?
Nearly all Democrats who voted against Obamacare are no longer in office

Texas Rep. Will Hurd voted against the House Republican health care bill in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When House Republicans passed their measure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law in May, 20 members of their conference voted against it.

While some of them might be able to defend themselves against criticism by saying they voted against a historically unpopular bill, they could find themselves in the same political peril as Democrats who voted against the original health care bill in 2010.

House Republicans Vote to Strip Away Post-Financial Crisis Safeguards
Bill isn’t expected to be taken up in the Senate

Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling says that “all of the promises of Dodd-Frank were broken.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans voted 233-186 Thursday to repeal large parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, just one month short of the seventh anniversary of the landmark law’s enactment.

The measure would unwind much of the financial structure put in place in the wake of the financial crisis. One of the biggest pieces of legislation enacted during the two terms of President Barack Obama, Dodd-Frank was designed to prevent the type of practices that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the recession it caused. Republicans have long complained that the law stifled the economy because it put too large a regulatory burden on business.

Dodd-Frank Repeal Bill is Target of Contentious Amendments
Republicans likely to support a few of them on the floor

Rep. Jeb Hensarling has long targeted the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill for repeal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s Dodd-Frank repeal bill heads to the House floor this week, it will be the target of controversial amendments, including a couple that some Republicans are likely to support.

By late Monday, 16 amendments had been filed on the bill, which is scheduled for the House Rules Committee Tuesday evening.

House Democrats Who Opposed Obamacare Say Trump Never Approached Them
Collin Peterson: “I’d like to work with them, but they have not reached out“

Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson says he voted against the 2010 health care law because he didn’t think it would work. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

“We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do,” lamented President Donald Trump to reporters about 90 minutes after House Speaker Paul D. Ryan canceled the floor vote on the Republicans’ health care bill on March 24. 

But if Trump wanted Democrats, why didn’t he approach those who’d opposed President Barack Obama’s signature health care law in 2010?

Word on the Hill: What to Do This Weekend
A birthday wish from the floor

Cherry blossoms on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Friday! 

There are a few ways this weekend to celebrate the new month and the beginning of spring, and the end of what felt like a very long winter.

Lynch Says He Can Solve Gay Vets-St. Patrick’s Parade Dispute
OUTVETS was banned from St. Patrick's Day parade

Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., said he can resolve a ban on gay veterans in South Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Stephen F. Lynchsays he has a way to resolve the dispute over a gay veterans group being banned from South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

“I’m going to try to resolve this, that’s my position,” Lynch told Boston Herald Radio. “I think I will be able to.”

Tim Ryan Supporters Move Up After Criticizing Leadership
Members see few, if any, repercussions from speaking out against Pelosi

Tim Ryan, center, and his backers from his failed bid for minority leader cite few ramifications from criticizing Democratic leadership. Appearing from left are Reps. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts, Ryan, and Ruben Gallego of Arizona. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)" data-mce-src="http://author.rollcall.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/dem_elections017_113016.jpg" height="1598" width="2400"> Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, center, and his backers from his failed bid for minority leader cite few ramifications from criticizing Democratic leadership. Appearing from left are Reps. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts, Ryan, and Ruben Gallego of Arizona. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A little more than two months ago, 63 House Democrats voted for a change at the top of their leadership structure. Now, in an unexpected turn of events, some of the most vocal critics of the existing power system are in new leadership positions of their own. 

Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, who challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for her post, is now the ranking member of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, a position that gives him oversight of Congress’ internal spending, including money spent on leadership offices and members’ salaries, as well as Capitol Police.

Capuano Files With FEC, But One District Over
The Massachusetts lawmaker frequently runs unopposed and has made this gaffe before

Capuano (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Rep. Michael E. Capuano filed his notice of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, he indicated that he would be seeking the 8th District seat in Massachusetts. The odd thing is that Capuano represents the 7th District — it's his fellow Democrat Stephen F. Lynch who represents the 8th.  

The Ethics Committee member has never faced meaningful opposition and frequently runs unopposed. Lynch also ran unopposed in 2014, so without new district borders there appears to be no reason for Capuano to file in the 8th.