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March 3, 2015

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March 3, 2015

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party’s Message

Kind, D-Wisc., speaks during the bipartisan news conference outside of the Capitol to unveil "a major proposal aimed at modernizing America's regulatory system to reduce compliance costs, encourage growth and innovation, and improve national competitiveness" on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kind said the centrist group wants a bigger role in helping to shape Democrats’ message. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus.

The 46 self-described “moderate” and “pro-growth” House members in the NDC say they agree with the rest of their caucus on “90 percent of the issues” — it’s the remaining 10 percent that’s harder to summarize. Full story

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

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

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

Some Democrats May Skip It, but Netanyahu Speech Is Still a Hot Ticket

Dozens of House Democrats are planning to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on March 3, and they’re hoping their absence will send a strong signal.

One of those Democrats is Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky. Full story

February 25, 2015

On DHS Funding, House Republicans Agree to Wait on Senate

House Republicans emerged from their closed-door meeting Wednesday morning in agreement they’ll wait and see what the Senate can pass in regards to legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security.

That is, however, where the strategy ends, at least in terms of what’s being articulated publicly. Full story

February 24, 2015

House GOP in Holding Pattern on Funding DHS

Republicans are waiting for leadership to finalize a DHS funding strategy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are waiting for leadership to finalize a DHS funding strategy before Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans on Tuesday evening were still digesting the news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hoped to advance a “clean” bill to float Homeland Security operations before department funding expires at the end of the week.

GOP lawmakers won’t know how leadership will respond until the regularly scheduled Wednesday morning members’ meeting — and even after that, a path forward could remain elusive. Full story

Hoyer on Short-Term DHS Bill: ‘Cross That Bridge When We Come to It’

Hoyer said he'll attend the Netanyahu address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoyer . (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republican leaders still haven’t shared their game plan — if they have one — for funding the Department of Homeland Security past its Friday expiration date.

But House Democrats are playing their hand close to the vest, too. Full story

California’s Outsider-Turned-Insider Tasked With Youth Outreach

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., speaks with Roll Call in his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Swalwell, who has a rack of wines produced in his California district in his Capitol Hill office, tells CQ Roll Call he’s learned a lot from Pelosi. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Eric Swalwell got to Washington three years ago by taking on the establishment: Instead of waiting for Pete Stark, who was 80 at the time, to retire, Swalwell went after the 20-term Democratic incumbent.

It was a bold move for a 31-year-old city councilman from the San Francisco suburbs, and Swalwell conceded in a recent interview with CQ Roll Call that he had concerns about how Stark’s longtime colleagues on Capitol Hill would react to his arrival. Full story

February 19, 2015

Nearly Two Dozen House Democrats Call for Netanyahu Delay

Waters, D-Calif., speaks during the House Democrats' news conference to discuss Republican lawsuit against President Obama and the House Democrats' focus on the economy on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Waters and other progressives in the Democratic Caucus are calling for a Netanyahu postponement.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Twenty-three House Democrats have signed onto a letter calling on Speaker John A. Boehner to postpone Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled March 3 address to a joint session of Congress.

The lawmakers argue that while they are loyal allies of Israel, the timing of the planned visit — two weeks before the Middle East nation’s elections — betrays a political agenda on the part of the GOP. Full story

February 18, 2015

In Richmond’s Defense of Scalise, a History of Camaraderie

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., right, and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., talk in the Capitol's House chamber before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, January 20, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Richmond, left, and Scalise speak in the House chamber before President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Cedric L. Richmond’s defense of Steve Scalise after revelations the Republican majority whip spoke to a white supremacist group in 2002 raised eyebrows in Washington — especially among other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

But the two Louisiana congressmen — one a black progressive, the other a white conservative — have a relationship that goes back 14 years, to their early days as friendly adversaries in the state Legislature. Full story

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