Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
March 3, 2015

March 2, 2015

Is the Senate Where It’s At for Ambitious House Democrats?

Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., delivers a speech at the Center For American Progress on middle-class wages, January 12, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Van Hollen is one of several House Democrats who will have to decide whether waiting for a caucus leadership post to open is the right move. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement — in the Senate, that is.

With Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski’s retirement announcement Monday, California Sen. Barbara Boxer doing the same in January and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., likely to run for president, ambitious House Democrats could be tempted by open Senate seats in a presidential election year. Full story

Conservatives Push Effort to Block ‘Clean’ DHS Bill

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

King. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing the prospect of Democrats forcing a vote on a “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill, conservatives are calling on House Republicans to adopt a resolution blocking the legislative maneuver.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, released a statement Monday following a Roll Call story laying out how Democrats could use House rules to get a vote on the Senate-passed DHS funding bill  the one that doesn’t block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and funds the agency through Sept. 30. Full story

Democrats Expect ‘Clean’ DHS Bill — One Way or Another

Hoyer, right, outlined expectations for the DHS funding bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer, right, outlined expectations for the DHS funding bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With funding for the Department of Homeland Security set to run out Saturday, it should be no surprise that House Democrats expect a vote on a bill to further fund the agency. It’s just unclear what form that vote will take.

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Monday morning he expects a vote on a “clean” bill — one devoid of provisions blocking President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration — at some point this week.

Full story

By Matt Fuller Posted at 12:13 p.m.
Democrats, Immigration

DHS Funding Battle Reveals a Republican House Divided

Boehner has to figure out a path forward to avoid a DHS shutdown. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress returns this week facing yet another Department of Homeland Security funding deadline — but the appropriations squabble has suddenly become overshadowed by an increasingly bitter internal fight among House Republicans for the soul of the party.

House conservatives sank the GOP leadership’s plan for a three-week continuing resolution for DHS while an appeals court rules on an injunction blocking the administration from implementing the president’s executive action on immigration — but the victory was short-lived. The Senate sent over a one-week CR. The House passed it. And, with just minutes to spare before a lapse in appropriations at DHS, President Barack Obama signed the bill.

Now, with a House and Senate seemingly out of sync, and with a House GOP that’s becoming more splintered by the day, Republican leaders are squaring off this week for a battle that could set the tone for the rest of the 114th Congress.

Full story

The ‘Real Congresswoman From Selma’ Has Her Say

Sewell, likes to kid that her mother is the "real congresswoman" from the district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sewell likes to kid that her mother is the “real congresswoman” from the district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rep. Terri A. Sewell has her constituents in Alabama. Then she has “the” constituent.

“Everyone knows [who] the real congresswoman from the 7th District is,” the Alabama Democrat said. Her staff backs her up, almost in unison: “Nancy Sewell.” Full story

This Is Today’s Selma

Sewell, the congresswoman from Selma. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sewell, the congresswoman from Selma. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SELMA, Ala. — There’s “Selma” the movie, a powerful testament to the Civil Rights Era. And there’s Selma the city, where vacant storefronts abound on Broad Street, the main thoroughfare leading to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

“No one’s going to care about home more than we do. And I have a great sense of community that was nurtured in Selma,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell told CQ Roll Call during an extended interview in her district office recently. Sewell was born on Jan. 1, 1965, about two months before “Bloody Sunday,” “Turnaround Tuesday” and the Selma to Montgomery March, galvanizing events of the Civil Rights Era.

Virtually her entire life, the Democrat’s hometown has been a symbol of the movement, and as the representative of Alabama’s 7th District, she’s fought for Congress and the rest of the country to recognize its accomplishments. Full story

Overflow Crowd Expected for Netanyahu Address, Despite Boycotts

ader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Harry, D-Nev., make their way to a news conference in the Capitol's Senate studio to criticize Republican leaders on the hold up of the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, February 26, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi and Reid are expected to be among the members escorting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into the House chamber on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Thanks to a partial boycott by Democrats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t be speaking to every member of Congress when he addresses Tuesday’s joint session.

But despite the controversy — perhaps in some ways because of it — his speech on Iran is expected, after last week’s draining Department of Homeland Security debate, to refocus Washington’s attention on the Middle East.

Full story

March 1, 2015

Boehner Says House Will ‘Follow Regular Order’

Boehner is in a tough spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner is in a tough spot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House will reconvene Monday with little sense of how the dynamics will play out in the quest to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, but Speaker John A. Boehner said he intends to follow “regular order.”

In an interview on “Face the Nation” Sunday, the Ohio Republican was asked what promise he made Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that secured enough votes from House Democrats Friday night to pass a one-week extension of DHS funding, just hours before the agency was due to shutter.

Boehner chose his words carefully: “The promise I made to Ms. Pelosi is the same promise I made to Republicans, that we would follow regular order.” Full story

February 28, 2015

How an Obscure Rule Could Give Boehner a Way Out of DHS Mess (Updated)

John Boehner DHS funding homeland security House rules

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:57 p.m. | A provision tucked deep in the House rule book could provide a way out of the Homeland Security funding mess for Speaker John A. Boehner — without the Ohio Republican actually having to do anything.

With rumblings about a full-scale revolt from within the ranks should Boehner put a funding bill on the floor that doesn’t explicitly block implementation of President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions, there was talk Friday night from senior House Democratic aides of Republicans having found a face-saving procedural gambit that would ultimately end in full funding for Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Full story

February 27, 2015

House Averts Shutdown of DHS for 1 Week (Video)

Just two hours before the Department of Homeland Security was set to run out of funding, the House delivered a bill to float the agency for one more week.

But last-minute maneuvering almost put a snag in that plan.

Shortly after learning that GOP leaders intended to bring the stopgap measure to the floor after Senate passage earlier in the evening, a band of conservatives huddled in the chamber to plot their next move. Full story

House GOP Fails to Advance 3-Week DHS Funding Bill (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:13 p.m. | House Republicans fell short of votes needed to advance a three-week bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security Friday evening, 203-224.

Just hours before the agency is set to shut down, GOP leaders must now decide whether to risk a revolt in their ranks and put the Senate-passed, six-month spending bill on the floor that does not include language to block President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders.

Full story

With Conservative Opposition, DHS Funding Vote Looks Tight

Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters after his presentations at the Heritage Action for America's Conservative Policy Summit in Washington on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Jordan’s House Freedom Caucus is leaning against the DHS funding bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Amid dissension in the conservative ranks, House GOP leaders are furiously whipping the Department of Homeland Security funding bill in an attempt to get it to the Senate with hardly any help from Democrats.

Conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus emerged Friday afternoon from their second meeting in fewer than 24 hours with a seemingly unified front: They are going to vote no. Full story

Pelosi: Democrats Won’t Help GOP Pass 3-Week DHS Funding Bill (Video)

“Ineptitude,” “staggering failure of leadership” and “amateur hour.”

Those were the words House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used Friday morning to describe the current state of House Republicans. Full story

February 26, 2015

House GOP Faces Another Whip Test on DHS Punt

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When in doubt, punt. That’s the latest plan from House Republicans, but even trying to pass a tried-and-true congressional maneuver might be a tall order for the GOP’s fractured conference.

They met again in the Capitol basement Thursday night and settled on a game plan: a three-week continuing resolution stripped of all provisions blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration action, as well as a separate motion to go to conference with the Senate.

It’s not a plan for victory, per se, but it keeps the game going — and it’s a chance to save face somewhere down the line.

But with House Democratic leaders planning to whip against it, Republican leaders will have to get their team to march in the same direction, and that’s never been an easy feat.

Full story

GOP Leadership Floats 3 More Weeks of DHS Funding (Video)

House Republican leadership plans to move forward with another stopgap spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security, in a move sure to draw additional criticism from Democrats.

Rep. Darrell Issa said he supports a three-week clean continuing resolution for DHS funding, and he suggested that’s the plan leaders will move forward with. Issa said Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, proposed such a plan to the conference during a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...