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February 8, 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

February 4, 2016

Pelosi Defends Clinton, Does Not Yet Endorse

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 17 - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., updates reporters on Democratic reaction to the bipartisan $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, December 16, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Prlosi defended Clinton from GOP attacks Thursday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from attacks on her record from Republicans, but stopped short of an endorsement.

“Not right here now in this room, no,” said the California Democrat when asked if she was endorsing the former secretary of State for the White House.

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 21, 2016

Rahm Emanuel, in Panel on Policing, Doesn’t Mention Laquan McDonald

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in a panel discussion at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Winter Meeting being held at the Capitol Hilton, January 20, 2016. Also appearing are St. Louis Police Chief Col. D. Samuel Dotson III, left, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, second from right, and Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Chicago Mayor Emanuel spoke on a policing panel, and didn’t mention the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Only a few blocks away from the White House where he once served as chief of staff, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke on a panel about community policing, but did not so much as mention Laquan McDonald.

Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting, Emanuel weighed in on reducing violence and improving relationships between police and communities, but without referencing McDonald, the black 17-year-old shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer in 2014. The footage of the fatal shooting, which appeared to show McDonald holding a small knife and walking away from police, was not released until late last year; it has led to calls by some for the mayor to resign.

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January 12, 2016

Pelosi on Whether Hillary Clinton Would Work Better With Congress


In her Power Brokers interview, Pelosi dishes on what it was like to work with Steny Hoyer in her first job. (SideXSide Studios)

Wait, was that an endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi?

In this first clip from an exclusive interview with Roll Call to kick off our new Power Brokers series of weekly newsmaker interviews, Pelosi discussed why and how a President Hillary Clinton might have a better chance of working with House Republicans than President Barack Obama has.

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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

December 31, 2015

Best Non-Boehner Leadership News of 2015

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29 - Outgoing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wipes his nose while waiting for a vote on the new Speaker in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, October 29, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

We won’t have Boehner to kick around anymore. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House leadership news in 2015 was dominated by Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision to resign and  Paul D. Ryan’s path to be his successor. but the year brought several other moments of leadership intrigue: Full story

December 29, 2015

Grijalva Wants to Diversify Environmental Movement


Grijalva focuses on environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s not easy being a ranking member on a congressional committee, where any major legislative and policy decision is made primarily at the discretion of the chairman.

That struggle is particularly potent for Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee. Full story

By Emma Dumain Posted at 5 a.m.

December 18, 2015

Congress Sends Omnibus to Obama

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Morning fog covers the U.S. Capitol, December 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate passed a year-end omnibus package that combined a $1.1 trillion spending bill with a tax extenders measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature and wrapping up Congress’ 2015 legislative session.

The Senate voted 65-33 to pass the package, after a series of procedural votes Friday morning. Twenty six Republicans, including GOP presidential hopefuls Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, voted against the package, along with seven members across the aisle, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.

The year-end package passed with little drama in the Senate, after Senate leaders locked up votes on Thursday, heading off any effort to slow down the process. GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had threatened Thursday that he might used procedural methods to slow it down. But on Friday, Rubio was not present for the final vote. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was also not present for the vote.

At a press conference after the vote, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., touted the omnibus spending bill and tax extender package as a victory for his party. They argued the Senate has been able to function again because they are a more cooperative minority than Republicans were before them.

Earlier in the day, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, leaving the Senate to clear the omnibus for the president’s signature. Full story

December 17, 2015

Some Democrats Not as Opposed to Tax Deal as Pelosi


Pelosi called the tax extender bill “practically an immorality.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Yes, the majority of House Democrats voted against the tax deal on Thursday, but 77 of them voted yes the day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill “practically an immorality.”

But for many Democrats, it appears voting against a bill that permanently locks in expanded tax benefits for working families would have been immoral.

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Pelosi Supports Omnibus, but Other Democrats Not Sold

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, October 1, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi will support the omnibus, but some of her Democratic colleagues are still on the fence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, but it’s unclear how many of her more liberal colleagues will follow her lead, a situation fluid enough that members and aides are concerned there might not be enough Democratic votes to offset Republican no votes.

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December 16, 2015

It’s A Deal: Republicans Settle for Notable Omnibus Wins

UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10 - House Speaker Paul Ryan takes a question during his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, December 10, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans said Ryan deserved high praise for creating a more inclusive, collaborative environment in the lead-up to the omnibus negotiations. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has been offering members the same refrain since taking the gavel from John A. Boehner two months ago.

He’d been dealt a bad hand by the old regime, according to the Wisconsin Republican, and the best thing for everyone was to make it through the end of the year so the Republican House can return to “regular order” and run the government as it should.

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December 11, 2015

Why Democrats Are Lining Up Against the Tax Deal

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., prepares to hand the gavel to Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., before he was sworn in on the House floor as the 54th Speaker of the House, October 29, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi is outlining why Democrats won’t be supporting the tax extenders deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans should not attach a package of permanent and temporary tax breaks to the a government funding bill unless they can pass it without Democratic support, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warned Friday.

“I wouldn’t vote for it, and I wouldn’t recommend that anyone else vote for it,” the California Democrat said of a potential combined measure. “So that’s not a way to keep government open, unless they have all the Republican votes to do it.”

The cost of the package, reportedly about $750 billion, has been a major concern among House Democrats who have argued permanent extensions of the tax breaks should be offset. Full story

December 9, 2015

Linda Sánchez Announces Democratic Leadership Bid

UNITED STATES - MARCH 24: Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., speaks as members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus hold a news conference to speak out against the House Republican budget and its impact on the Latino community on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Elections for leadership positions are still a year away, but Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is laying the groundwork for her campaign.

The California Democrat and chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus circulated a letter to each of her colleagues Wednesday asking for their support in her bid to be the Democratic Caucus vice chairwoman for the 115th Congress. Full story

December 8, 2015

Democrats Tie Up House Floor to Force Vote on Guns Bill


Israel said Democrats wanted to “shame Republicans into giving us a vote on stopping terrorists for buying guns in America.” (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats want Republicans to give them a vote on legislation to ban individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns.

On Tuesday, they got to debate the issue — sort of. Full story

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