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February 11, 2016

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February 5, 2016

Dan Kildee Gets Spot on Influential Steering Committee


UNITED STATES - JULY 29: Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., arrives at the Capitol for the final votes before the August recess on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Kildee has been at the forefront of the congressional response to the Flint water poisoning crisis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Dan Kildee has secured a plum spot on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the latest move in a string of events that has raised the Michigan Democrat’s national profile.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Friday the appointment of Kildee to the panel that helps sort committee assignments and evaluate and recommend changes to caucus policy. She also announced the appointment of Rep. Eric Swalwell, of California, as vice chairman of the committee. Full story

January 27, 2016

Democrats Return to D.C. for a Hot Minute


UNITED STATES - JANUARY 27: Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., left, takes literature from Rick Hohensee before boarding a bus in the Rayburn Horseshoe bound for the House Democrat's retreat in Baltimore, January 27, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., left, takes literature from Rick Hohensee before boarding a bus in the Rayburn Horseshoe bound for the House Democrat’s retreat in Baltimore. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Being in Congress means never having to wait for the Office of Personnel Management. On Tuesday, the government was closed because of Winter Storm Jonas’ aftermath, but the Senate returned for a few minutes for a pro forma session run entirely by some of its female members.

And as the Washington area lurched back to life Wednesday on a three-hour delay for federal employees, House Democrats returned to Washington — and then promptly departed for Baltimore for an issues retreat that lasts until Friday. Full story

January 13, 2016

The Ryan Speakership Will Be on Time


UNITED STATES - JANUARY 12 - President Barack Obama speaks during his final State of the Union to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Behind him Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Paul Ryan listen. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Obama didn’t mention the 10 sailors captured by Iran. The House missed its chance to register its displeasure on Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans eager to register their displeasure with the Obama administration’s posture toward Iran teed up an easy vote for their members Wednesday: A bill to tighten oversight of the Iran nuclear sanctions program.

There was just one thing they forgot to do: Show up on time. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:18 p.m.
GOP Brand

January 8, 2016

Giffords Marks Fifth Anniversary of Safeway Shooting


UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, center, gets a hug from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., left, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., after Giffords threw out the first pitch before the Congressional Women's Softball game that pits Congresswomen against female journalists at Watkins Recreation Center on Capitol Hill, June 18, 2014. Team Congress prevailed in a 10-5 victory. The game benefits the Young Survival Coalition that helps young women with breast cancer. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Giffords, center, gets a hug from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz left, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after Giffords threw out the first pitch before the Congressional Women’s Softball game in June 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s been five years since former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot at a Safeway in her district, a mass shooting that injured 12 others and killed six at a “Congress on Your Corner” event in Casas Adobes near Tucson.

To mark the anniversary, Giffords was in Washington this week. On Thursday, she attended President Barack Obama’s town hall on guns on CNN, and on Friday was at the D.C. headquarters for Americans for Responsible Solutions, the advocacy group she and husband Mark Kelly founded after the shooting, to meet with some of her former congressional staffers and friends. Full story

January 7, 2016

Reconciliation Hasn’t Always Been a Street Fight


Ryan has promised to vote on an override of Obama's expected veto of the reconciliation bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan has promised a vote on an override of Obama’s expected veto of the reconciliation bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The budget reconciliation process sounds complicated and partisan, but it wasn’t always so.

The legislative tactic, which is popular because it averts the Senate filibuster, aims to align taxes and spending with the annual budget resolution that Congress can, but doesn’t always, pass. It’s a way to change high-profile programs, such as entitlements or the tax code, without having to worry about as many procedural roadblocks.

Basically, in partisan times, partisan legislation is easier to pass using reconciliation. Full story

January 5, 2016

The Seinfeld Vote


UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29 - Congressman arrive for a quorum call in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, October 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Congressmen arrive for a quorum call in the House Chamber last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If only all votes were this light and easy.

The House engaged in one of its quirkiest rituals on Tuesday, the Call of the House. It’s a roll call vote that establishes a quorum — a signal to the president, the Senate and the public that the chamber is open for legislative business at the start of each session. Full story

December 22, 2015

The ‘Concussion’ Effect? Congress to Probe Head Injuries


Roger Clemens, former MLB pitcher, arrives at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on steroid use in baseball.  Brian McNamee, former personal trainer to Clemens, and Charlie Scheeler, member former Sen. George Mitchell's report on performance enhancing drugs in baseball,  also testified.

Clemens testified about steroid use in Major League Baseball in 2008, and spent years waging a legal battle over that testimony. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“Concussion,” the eagerly awaited feature film about a doctor who takes on the NFL to warn about the neurological dangers of America’s most popular sport, will be released on Christmas Day.

The Oscar-bait movie, starring Will Smith as Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is being released just three days after the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced it would initiate a wide-ranging investigation into concussions when Congress returns in January. Full story

November 20, 2015

In the House, Personal Debates on Refugees


UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 29: Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., speaks with a reporter outside of the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Amash has family ties to the Middle East. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House debate on refugees and national security this week took a turn for the personal and for good reason: Several members are refugees or the children of refugees, have family ties to the Middle East or were imprisoned in U.S. internment camps on the basis of their ethnicity.

After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, House Republicans drafted legislation requiring the FBI to certify background checks for U.S.-bound Syrian and Iraqi refugees and U.S. national security agencies to vouch that they are not security threats. The final vote in the House on Thursday was 289-137, a veto-proof margin. Full story

November 1, 2015

Gutiérrez: Immigration Letter Buries GOP’s Chances for 2016


Gutierrez thinks Republicans are about to step in it thanks to Brooks' letter. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Gutiérrez thinks Republicans are about to step in it thanks to Brooks’ letter. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s a little more than a year out from Election Day, but Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez has already made plans, and he’s thanking his Republican colleagues for helping set the schedule.

“I’ve got arrangements for early the Wednesday after the election to really have a great celebration in 2016, and I know I can buy those airline tickets and make those hotel reservations and that I’m going to be very, very happy, because I’m going to be well rested, because it’s going to be a very early night,” the Illinois Democrat said as members were heading out of town on Oct. 29. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 9 a.m.
Immigration

October 8, 2015

With No Plan, Republicans Sputter Over What’s Next (Video)


McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks beside House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., center, and outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. McCarthy is reinforcing to Republicans that he can keep them united, despite conservatives trying to move their party to the right after Boehner's sudden resignation. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The futures for McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, center, and Boehner are suddenly in flux. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It was that rarest of spectacles: politicians at a loss for words.

As Republicans left their conference meeting shortly after noon Thursday, with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy bowing out of the race for the speakership, his party colleagues had no talking points, no direction on what was next. Full story

September 18, 2015

Catholic Congressman Explains Boycott of Pope’s Address


Gosar  has some ideas about what the Pope should talk about. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Gosar has some ideas about what the pope should talk about. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., a self-described “proud Catholic,” is skipping the pope’s address to Congress next week, begging off because he hears Francis is going to discuss issues he doesn’t agree with.

In an op-ed on Townhall.com titled, “Why I am Boycotting the Pope Francis’ Address to Congress,” Gosar says if the pontiff were going to discuss a long list of Gosar’s priorities, including religious freedom, terrorism and abortion, “I would be the first in line.” But, the congressman says because media reports indicate Francis will be discussing what he calls the “fool’s errand of climate change” at length, that’s not going to fly. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:18 p.m.
Republicans

July 1, 2015

When Nancy Invoked Tip … Fair Comparison?


When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was questioned about any retirement plans by CNBC’s John Harwood, she was having none of it, and invoked Democratic royalty, former Speaker Thomas J. “Tip” O’Neill, as a point of comparison. So is it a fair point to compare the two?

“Did any of you ever ask Tip O’Neill, ‘Don’t you think you’re a little old for the job?’ I don’t think so,” the California Democrat replied to Harwood’s recent question about whether she was feeling pressure to step aside so other Democrats could lead the caucus.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While we can’t speak to what the press corps was asking the Massachusetts Democrat back in the 1980s, we can look at the numbers. Full story

June 30, 2015

Fight Over Edmund Pettus Bridge Simmers


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

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

Alabama: It’s complicated.

How else to explain a state where the white Republican governor takes down the Confederacy’s many flags and declares it time to raise taxes while a black Democratic congresswoman argues against changing the name of a bridge named after a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan grand dragon.  Full story

June 25, 2015

Mario Biaggi, Bronx Democrat Who Resigned in Scandal, Dies at 97


(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Mario Biaggi, a 10-term New York Democrat who resigned in scandal in 1988 and went to prison for a range of corruption crimes, died Wednesday. He was 97 years old.

The popular Bronx lawmaker, first elected in 1968, was a legendary New York City police officer and hands-on member of Congress who, when he resigned on Aug. 5, 1988, had been endorsed by both the local Democratic and Republican parties. He had been convicted on “a host of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion charges,” Roll Call reported that year, stemming from separate cases. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 6:02 p.m.
Democrats

June 4, 2015

Selma Congresswoman Opposed to Renaming Edmund Pettus Bridge


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

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

Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., who represents Selma and grew up there, has come out strong against renaming the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the Bloody Sunday clash between civil rights marchers and Alabama law enforcement.

On June 3, the Alabama Senate voted to rename the bridge, named after a Confederate general and grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, to the Journey to Freedom Bridge. Sewell, who is African-American, said it is important to recognize the history, all of it, behind the bridge. Full story

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