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Kaptur Exploring Legislative Reprieve for Ousted House Chaplain
Ohio Democrat said any legislation she proposes would be bipartisan

House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy performs a marriage ceremony in 2015 for Alaska Rep. Don Young and Anne Garland Walton in the chapel of the U.S. Capitol. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur does not believe Speaker Paul D. Ryan has authority to remove House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy without a vote of the House. And she’s exploring legislation to prevent his ouster. 

Conroy submitted a letter of resignation April 15 at the speaker’s request that was read on the House floor the following day. Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong confirmed that Ryan sought the Jesuit priest’s resignation but did not provide a reason why. 

House Resolution Misspells Name of Architect Who Dreamed Up Central Park
Frederick Law Olmsted designed the Summerhouse on NE side of Capitol

Construction on Frederick Law Olmsted’s Summerhouse on the Northeast side of the U.S. Capitol concluded in the early 1880s, according to the Architect of the Capitol. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Administration committee introduced Thursday a measure, “Authorizing the printing of ‘United States Capitol Grounds: Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmstead’s Design for Democracy” as a House document.

It’s Olmsted. No ‘A’. He’s a famous architect.

Rosendale Releases His First TV Ad in Montana Senate Primary
GOP candidate takes a page from Tester, showcases flattop haircut

Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale is launching his first ad in the GOP Senate primary Friday. (Screenshot)

Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s first TV ad in the GOP Senate primary is airing Friday.

The ad features Rosendale’s wife giving him a haircut in their kitchen. The message? He’s cheap.

Bipartisan Letter to Ryan Seeks More Information on Chaplain Resignation
Speaker’s office to receive letter Friday

House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, is expected to resign in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan letter requesting additional information circulated for signatures Thursday after reports surfaced that Speaker Paul D. Ryan pushed for House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy to resign.

“The sensitive nature of this situation requires a description of the process followed to arrive at the decision and a justification for that decision,” wrote the letter’s author, Virginia Democratic Rep. Gerald E. Connolly.

Senate Panel Sends Message By Advancing Mueller Bill
A warning to Trump even if special counsel protections don’t become law

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to provide job protection for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, but it faces major obstacles. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday to give protections to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which senators said sent a message to President Donald Trump even if it has major hurdles to ever becoming law.

Although the 14-7 vote on the measure split Republicans, the message from the committee to Trump was clear.

Menendez ‘Severely Admonished’ Over Gifts From Dr. Melgen
Should close the book on Senate action related to ethics scandal

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., was admonished by the Senate’s Ethics Committee on Thursday . (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Ethics Committee has “severely admonished” Sen. Robert Menendez for improperly accepting gifts from South Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen.

In a letter, the Ethics panel directed the Democrat from New Jersey to pay for all improper gifts that have not already been reimbursed. The panel of three Democrats and three Republicans noted that some reimbursement had already been made.

Name-Brand Food, Security and Voting Machine Funding Sought in House
Top officials testify before Legislative Branch Subcommittee

Paul Irving, left, House Sergeant at Arms, is pictured in the Capitol Visitor Center. Irving gave testimony at the House budget hearing Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

This year’s budget request for the U.S. House of Representatives showed a few changes in the works for Capitol Hill, including heightened security, more brand-name food options, and new voting machines.

The House Appropriations Legislative Branch subcommittee hosted a hearing Tuesday where top officials testified about funding requests stemming from their departments.

Ryan Pushed House Chaplain Father Conroy to Resign
Some members questioning speaker’s decision

Father Patrick J. Conroy, left, consoles Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., center, as Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., looks on at the conclusion of a vigil and moment of silence on U.S. Capitol Steps on Monday, June 13, 2016, in remembrance of victims of the Orlando shooting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Last week Speaker Paul D. Ryan sent out a press release announcing Father Patrick J. Conroy would step down as House Chaplain in May with a statement of kind words for the priest.

Now it’s come to light that Ryan pushed Conroy to resign, and some members are questioning why.