Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., (left) speaks next to Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., and Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, during a May 9 news conference on a discharge petition to force votes on immigration legislation.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Boehner says Congress stands ready to work with the president on the threat from Islamic State militants.
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GOP leadership decided against keeping an immigration-related provision in the defense authorization bill. But it allowed one banning the Defense Department from participating in climate change research.
Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland (left), who will be the House minority whip in the new Congress, and Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia, the incoming majority leader, leave after a prayer service Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.
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