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Wicker Pledges GOP Will Adhere to Strict Spending Limits

As the Senate was preparing to finalize the fiscal 2016 budget resolution, both sides seem to want the spending blueprint to be an election issue next year.

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Area Lawmakers: Don't Change Reagan Airport Rules

Members of the Virginia and District of Columbia delegations are urging Congress not to change the rules governing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, citing an increasing imbalance between the region’s two major airports.

Dan Donovan Wins Special Election to Succeed Michael Grimm

Dan Donovan Wins Special Election to Succeed Michael Grimm

Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election in New York’s 11th District Tuesday night, solidifying his role as the successor to disgraced ex-Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

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Senators Vow to Protect Air Force's A-10 Fleet

Senate defense hawks fired warning shots over the Air Force’s nose on Tuesday over plans to retire the A-10 Warthog, vowing to fund the fleet through the National Defense Authorization Act.


Policy Amos Snead Shows Off Alabama Roots

Amos Snead Shows Off Alabama Roots

Amos Snead is showing off his roots.

Robin Kelly’s Version of ‘Cheers’

Rep. Robin Kelly plans to kill two birds with one stone Thursday — celebrating her 59th birthday (again) and raising some coin for her campaign coffers — during a little get-together at Bocce’s Bar and Grill.

Policy New Congress, New Round in Senate Fight Over Obama's Judges

New Congress, New Round in Senate Fight Over Obama's Judges

In the long-running judicial wars between the Senate and the White House, the first skirmish of the year is flaring into the open this week.

Messin' With Texas?

Well, somebody really did it this time. In an apparent violation of an inviolable maxim, someone on the Senate side went ahead and messed with Texas.

Politics Senate Races, Pro Salaries and Perspective on Spending

Senate Races, Pro Salaries and Perspective on Spending

Complaining about campaign spending is a time-honored tradition, along with the Kentucky Derby and Major League Baseball. But a closer look reveals the dollars spent on controlling government pales in comparison to spending in other areas of life.

Chow Down for Charity at Biscuit Bash

Hump day goes humanitarian this week with the help of the real American heroes: biscuit sandwich-crafting toques.

Coffee, ’Cue and M&M's: How to Survive a Markup All-Nighter

It started at 10 a.m. More than 18 hours later, at 4:39 a.m., it ended.

Hill Life

Report: Busy Season for Congressional Ethics Investigators

The first few months of 2015 brought a flurry of activity at the Office of Congressional Ethics, with the quasi-independent agency launching 15 preliminary reviews of allegations of misconduct involving members or staff of the House. The office also lost its chairman, former Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla.

George Mitchell Tells His Favorite Tales in New Memoir

George Mitchell Tells His Favorite Tales in New Memoir

Not long after George J. Mitchell gave up a federal judgeship in Maine for an appointment to the Senate, he found himself sleeping on a cot.

Hill Life

Paul Weighs In on Cruz Effort to Block D.C. Law

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combating workplace discrimination, seemingly supporting Cruz’s effort.

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

Overheard: What Alan Grayson Thinks of the DSCC

“. . . Voters choose our party nominee, not out-of-touch party bosses sipping cognac in a smoke-filled room in Washington, D.C.”

Hill Life

Have a Ball With DC Vote

Disenfranchised District denizens who dare to dream of one day having a say in how Congress handles its business can once again raise their voices in unison during DC Vote’s 3 Star Ball.

Hill Life Congress Is for Hackers

Congress Is for Hackers

In fewer than two days last week, more than 100 hackers — coders, business analysts, former congressional staffers and grass-roots advocacy specialists — developed 11 projects aimed at helping Congress function more effectively and transparently.

Politics

Darin LaHood Raises $500K in Race to Replace Aaron Schock

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood raised more than $500,000 in five weeks since entering the special election to replace Republican Aaron Schock, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Politics Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

Politics

Van Hollen, Edwards Square Off in First Maryland Senate Race Debate

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen faced off for the first time Sunday, showcasing sharply different styles as they vie for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

Immigration Fight Could Return to House This Month

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy opened his Friday memo to House members regarding May’s legislative agenda by quoting Steve Jobs and praising Republicans for the victories they’ve overseen in the first 100 days of the 114th Congress.

Senate Patent Bill Gets White House Plaudits

President Barack Obama wants to see a bipartisan patent overhaul reach his desk before the end of 2015, and the White House is responding favorably to the new Senate bill introduced this week.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of April 27, 2015 (Video)

Members spent last week on Capitol Hill playing with BB guns, recommending sewage-based water fountains and searching for Dr. Pepper.

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Robin Kelly Met With DSCC on Possible Illinois Senate Bid

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible Senate bid, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

It’s been a week since Speaker John A. Boehner warned the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal backed by President Barack Obama needed help from the White House. On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts.

Politics

NRCC Adds 8 More Vulnerable Members to Patriot Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee added eight more members to its Patriot program Friday, according to a list provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Policy Sanders Asks Democrats to Pick Proud Non-Democrat

Sanders Asks Democrats to Pick Proud Non-Democrat

When Bernard Sanders declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, he joined a lengthening roster of gadflies who have run in order to push the party to the left. So will it matter that he is not now, never has been and does not plan to become an actual Democrat?

Hill Life

Graves Brings Conservative Focus to Legislative Branch Funding

For Rep. Tom Graves, his role as chairman of the subcommittee that doles out funds for the legislative branch is an opportunity to put his fiscal conservative principles into practice.

From the Archives: Presidential Candidate Scolds Senators for Playing Hooky

From the Archives: Presidential Candidate Scolds Senators for Playing Hooky

With the Senate attendance record of the three Republicans who recently announced presidential campaigns now gaining some notice in the press, this gem from the archives seemed remarkably applicable.

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Good News for Democrats Courting Millennial Voters

If Democrats can turn out millennial voters for the presidential race in 2016, their down-ballot candidates may just get the boost they’re looking for from the 18-to-29-year-old crowd.

Abe Speech Checks All but 1 Conspicuous Box

Abe Speech Checks All but 1 Conspicuous Box

It was a perfectly acceptable address: reverent, touching, even a little funny. But Shinz┼Ź Abe’s speech to Congress Wednesday will be remembered less for any applause line and more for what was left unsaid.

Hill Life

Senate Aide Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Drug Charges

In a federal courtroom blocks from the Capitol, a Senate aide who spent the past three decades working for Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two serious drug charges related to methamphetamine and date rape drugs.

Policy Members Face Off on Online Sales Tax Bills

Members Face Off on Online Sales Tax Bills

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has assembled a bipartisan rump group around a proposal to empower states to collect sales taxes from online sellers outside their borders. At the same time, a loose coalition of retailers, state officials and allied groups is trying rally support for the plan in both chambers of Congress.

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Pat Roberts: 'Nothing Less Than Full Victory' on Ike Memorial

The senator who made headlines for quoting a Disney movie earlier this month adopted on Wednesday the words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on Wednesday, declaring he would “accept nothing less than full victory” in the long slog to build a memorial to the 34th president.

Politics Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

“Perpetually in motion, Kasich is a whirlwind of restless energy and is sometimes criticized for being cocky,” reads the 1996 Politics in America profile of the then-Ohio congressman.

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