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With Votes to Advance, Inhofe Makes Highway Bill Sales Pitch to House

With a series of obstacles being cleared late Monday, the Senate’s on the road to passing a long-term highway bill, and one of the chamber’s most conservative members is trying to make the case that his product will be more conservative than the House’s stopgap approach.

Hill Blotter

D.C. Drawn Into Sanctuary Cities Debate

The House has voted to limit funding for so-called sanctuary cities, but one lawmaker is pushing to take further action in the District of Columbia, dictating specific policies for law enforcement.

Policy

House, Senate Seek Careful Bipartisan Balance as Energy Bills Advance

The House and Senate are taking slightly different approaches to moving energy bills through their chambers, but both have the same goal — to get President Barack Obama to sign bipartisan legislation reflecting the United States’ newfound position as a major energy producer.


Menendez, Rubio Critical of 'Political' Human Trafficking Report

Two senators say politics are at play in the State Department’s announcement that the human trafficking situations in Malaysia and Cuba are improving.

Politics
Conservative Groups Not Sold on John McCain Challenger

Conservative Groups Not Sold on John McCain Challenger

Conservative outside groups have made it crystal clear they want John McCain out of the Senate, but a fog remains over whether any will back the Arizona Republican’s most prominent opponent so far.

Hill Life

Boehner and Pelosi Agree: Overtime for Their Aides

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agree on one aspect of the new overtime provisions: More of their own aides will be eligible for extra pay when the new criteria issued by the Department of Labor are finalized, likely in early 2016.

For Planned Parenthood, Videos Take a Toll on Hill

For Planned Parenthood, Videos Take a Toll on Hill

Democrats have rallied to defend Planned Parenthood in the wake of the recent releases of two graphic undercover videos by an anti-abortion group, but the women’s health group is already feeling plenty of heat on Capitol Hill.

Hill Life

Convicted Republicans Plead for Mandatory Minimums Changes

An ex-colleague of Jack Abramoff shared an anecdote from his stint in prison with a room full of conservatives Thursday. After the one-time Hill climber explained to a fellow inmate that a dog was going to get neutered, the inmate asked the longtime Republican aide, “How long does it take for them to grow back?”

Despite White House's Iran Blitz, Democrats Struggle With Backing Deal

Despite White House's Iran Blitz, Democrats Struggle With Backing Deal

House Democrats were briefed on the Iran nuclear deal Thursday afternoon by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Earnest J. Moniz, but many sounded as undecided when they came out as when they went in.

Coveting a New Roll Call Cup

Democratic lawmakers hope to put an end to their losing streak and retake the coveted Roll Call Cup from their Republican counterparts at this year’s 14th annual First Tee Congressional Challenge.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 20, 2015 (Video)

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 20, 2015 (Video)

Members spent the week recalling their college days, drafting grocery lists and touting their love for San Francisco.

Boehner Admits CR Is Fate of Appropriations (Video)

With only 16 scheduled legislative days before government funding runs out, Speaker John A. Boehner finally acknowledged Thursday that the House and Senate were headed toward funding the government through a continuing resolution.

Policy House Leaning Toward VA 'Choice' Vote, but With Strings

House Leaning Toward VA 'Choice' Vote, but With Strings

Lawmakers appear ready to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has access to the money it needs to prevent a shutdown of its hospitals in August, but there will probably be strings attached.

Hill Life

Ike Memorial Panel Adds Ex-NRA Leader

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission is bringing out the big guns.

Hill Life Senate Panel OKs 10-Year Credit-Monitoring for Hacked Workers

Senate Panel OKs 10-Year Credit-Monitoring for Hacked Workers

A Senate panel approved enhanced protections for the more than 22 million federal workers and retirees affected by data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management Thursday, but opted not to provide additional funds for the embattled agency.

Politics

Pennsylvania Democrats Get a Senate Candidate and a Primary

Pennsylvania Democrats say they’re unsure how divisive the forthcoming Senate primary will get or how impactful it will prove in achieving the party’s ultimate goal of defeating Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey and winning back the Senate.

Cuba Travel, Trade Would Be Allowed Under Senate Bill

Cuba Travel, Trade Would Be Allowed Under Senate Bill

Senate appropriators approved landmark language Thursday that would accelerate the Obama administration's initiative to thaw relations with Cuba.

Politics

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.

Hill Life Capitol Food Workers Bring Income Inequality to Congress' Front Step

Capitol Food Workers Bring Income Inequality to Congress' Front Step

For the third time in the past eight months, food-service workers at the Capitol have gone on strike to push for higher wages and union representation, a rare example of a national issue — income inequality — hitting close to home for Congress.

Policy

High-Risk, Delayed-Reward Strategy for Fighting Menendez Indictment

Sen. Robert Menendez has raised the legal stakes for all of Congress, and bought some crucial time for his own imperiled career, with the aggressive strategy he’s unveiled for fighting corruption charges.

Lawyer Disputes Data Cotton Used to Block Judges

Lawyer Disputes Data Cotton Used to Block Judges

Lewis Wiener, a lawyer with long experience with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, disputed Wednesday Sen. Tom Cotton's data justifying his opposition to five judges awaiting confirmation to the court.

Policy

Why Are Restrictive Rules Ratcheting Up? | Procedural Politics

One of the recurring, puzzling paradoxes in the House of Representatives is why new majorities, coming to power on pledges to restore openness and regular order, quickly revert to the ways of their predecessors and become even more restrictive in closing down the floor amendment process on important bills.

Politics President-Elect Donald Trump Announces First Cabinet Picks

President-Elect Donald Trump Announces First Cabinet Picks

Nov. 9, 2016, ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — President-elect Donald Trump announced his first cabinet selections last night, minutes after the major networks projected him as the winner in Tuesday’s election.

Politics

Alums of Canceled CNN Show Taking Center Stage

Once upon a time, nearly a decade and a half ago, CNN executives cast a vision for a political talk show featuring the next generation of political journalists. “Take Five” was the younger, hipper version of the legendary “Capital Gang.”

Hill Life National Security or First Amendment? Gyrocopter Case Proceeds

National Security or First Amendment? Gyrocopter Case Proceeds

The airspace security concerns Congress has harped on since the April 15 gyrocopter stunt on the West Front continue to delay Douglas Hughes from a federal trial, but the Florida mailman has dreamed up his own defense strategy.

Freedom Caucus Forms 'Fight Club' in House

Freedom Caucus Forms 'Fight Club' in House

Six months after the House Freedom Caucus was founded, it’s still unclear what exactly it is — or will be — beyond two key characteristics: its commitment to secrecy and to being a thorn in the side of House Speaker John A. Boehner.

GOP Leader Cracks Door, Slightly, on Voting Rights Act

Last year, House Democrats saw ex-Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a possible (if ultimately disappointing) ally in the fight to rewrite the Voting Rights Act for the 21st century.

Hill Life Lawmaker Threatens to Strip WMATA of Management

Lawmaker Threatens to Strip WMATA of Management

Amid concerns about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s management of the second busiest transit system in the country, one member of Congress is threatening to strip WMATA of its current management and structure.

Politics

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th District is only starting to warm up.

Hill Life View From a Decade Ago: Reporter Reflects on Covering Pelosi-Hoyer Feud

View From a Decade Ago: Reporter Reflects on Covering Pelosi-Hoyer Feud

As part of a series of reflections from alumni journalists for our ongoing coverage of Roll Call’s 60th Anniversary, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki looks back at the decades-in-the-making rivalry of Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer.

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