Margaret Spencer

Border Babbling Continues Back at Capitol 
 

Senate GOP and Democratic leaders headed to the microphones Tuesday after their weekly caucus lunches — hours after Democrats argued on camera in the Oval Office with the president over end-of-year funding. The talking points for both parties held strong, with Republicans strongly advocating for increased funds for a border wall and Democrats discussing their willingness to prevent a government shutdown, but without a wall....
Watch: Border Wall Meeting Gets Hectic Between Trump, Schumer, Pelosi
 

Top congressional leaders met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning for what turned out to be an extremely tense meeting in the Oval Office. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer went back and forth with the president on proposed border security, looking for a way to avoid a partial government shut down at the end of the year. ...
Who is Heather Nauert? Trump’s UN Pick Could Go From ‘Fox & Friends’ to Cabinet
 

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced his plans to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as United Nations ambassador. Nauert’s nomination breaks from past UN ambassadors, who usually bring extensive foreign policy experience to the position....
Pelosi on What Remains: Federal Funding, NC’s 9th District, and a Question of Democratic Panel Chair Term Limits
 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talked Thursday about the remaining work to be done in the 115th Congress. She discussed her thoughts on federal funding, which dictates the schedule, as well as the contentious election fraud case unfolding in North Carolina’s 9th District....
Watch: Jon Meacham Remembers George H.W. Bush
 

Presidential historian and George H.W. Bush biographer Jon Meacham was the first to eulogize the 41st president at Bush’s state funeral on Wednesday. Meacham detailed the history of Bush’s military service, politics, and personal life....
Watch: President George W. Bush’s Full Eulogy to His Father 
 

The 43rd president, George W. Bush, gave a tear-filled eulogy Wednesday remembering his father, the 41st president — George H.W. Bush. The state funeral took place at the Washington National Cathedral. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump sat in the front pew alongside the three living former presidents and first ladies as Bush detailed his father' life — both as president and parent....
GOP Senators Remain Convinced of Saudi Prince’s Involvement in Khashoggi Murder
 

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R–S.C., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left a closed-door briefing with the CIA with harsh words for the administration. Corker called for the Trump administration to publicly condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for his involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October in Turkey. The details of the CIA briefing will not be made public, but Graham pointed to a ‘smoking saw’ as evidence enough to cement the prince...
Watch: Paul Ryan's Farewell Address on House Floor: From Mailroom Intern to Speaker
 

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gave a farewell address to the 115th Congress on the House floor Thursday, discussing his intern days, the first time he walked down the aisle of the chamber, his election to the speakership and everything in between. He announced in April that he would not seek re-election, ending his career in the House and as speaker. Ryan was elected in 1998 and has served as speaker since 2015....
Sweet Surprise: Gingerbread Masterpiece Kicks Off Holiday Season at the Capitol
 

A year-end spending bill isn’t the only thing that the House of Representatives is cooking up this holiday season. A six-foot-long gingerbread model of the Capitol Building is currently on display just outside the members-only dining room. Sodexo Executive Chef Fred M. Johnson III told Roll Call that sampling the masterpiece is suspended until January 3....
GOP Puts Border Security First in Lame Duck Agenda
 

House GOP leadership outlined a plan for the remaining weeks of the 115th Congress at a press conference on Wednesday. Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., emphasized the need for President Donald Trump’s full $5 billion request for the border wall to be included in a year-end spending bill. Ryan also called for the entire Senate and Trump to "come together" in order to achieve this goal....
Hamming it Up in Don Bacon’s Nebraska Nook 
Office Space — Go inside members' offices to get a closer look at who they are

Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., invited Roll Call to root around his Longworth office. The former Air Force commander showed off his military memorabilia and plenty of pig puns....
Watch: Mia Love Concedes Utah House Race, Ripping Trump
 

Utah GOP Rep. Mia Love conceded the 4th District race to Ben McAdams on Monday after a lengthy vote counting process following the Nov. 6 midterm. Love then criticized President Donald Trump for his post-Election Day remarks saying that she lost because she didn't support him. Love also called out the GOP’s failure to make genuine connections with minority voters and politicians — saying this was a reason Republicans lost so many seats this year. Love is the first black woman ...
Watch: A Year with Roll Call ‘At the Table’
 

As everyone prepares to gather around the Thanksgiving table, Roll Call looks back at this year’s memorable moments with lawmakers At the Table (our occasional series where we sit down at a local restaurant with members to talk food, policy and everything in between). Whether you’re on the Hill or at home, Roll Call wishes you a happy holiday.

Check out this year's episodes of ‘At the Table’

Watch: Trump’s 2018 Turkey Pardon with Peas and Carrots
 

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participated in the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon on Tuesday ahead of the holiday. The president took the opportunity to take a few political jabs at the recent midterm election recounts and the special counsel Robert Mueller investigation. The turkeys, named Peas and Carrots, will be spared from the Thursday dinner table and instead live out their lives at Virginia Tech University....
Watch: Pelosi Talks Midterm ‘Wave,’ Says She Has Votes for Speakership
 

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she believes she will win the speaker vote on the floor in January with a majority of Democrats voting for her. The party has appeared divided on the issue of voting for her, with several new members and several current members saying they wouldn't vote for her. No other Democratic member has stated that they will challenge the former speaker, who is the only woman to have ever held the job....
Senate Republicans Talk Leadership Team and Special Counsel Protections
 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the new Senate leadership team for the 116th Congress on Tuesday. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst will be serving as the first woman in Senate Republican leadership in almost a decade. McConnell also reiterated his stance that there is no need for additional protections for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in the wake of the firing of Jeff Sessions as attorney general last week....
Watch: Democrats Divided on Pelosi as Speaker After First Post-Election Caucus Meeting
 

House Democrats expressed differing levels of support for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s speaker bid following a Tuesday caucus meeting — the first since the party seized control of the House in the midterm elections. No other candidate has formally submitted their candidacy for speaker. The Democratic leadership elections are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28. ...
FiscalNote CEO, DC Mayor Announce Wendy Martinez Legacy Project
 

FiscalNote CEO Tim Hwang announced the launch of the Wendy Martinez Legacy Project at the company's ReInvent Summit on Tuesday. The Legacy Project honors FiscalNote's former chief of staff, who was killed in a random attack earlier this fall. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke about how the project’s focus will further the city’s mission of empowering women and other under-represented groups in the tech and business worlds....
Now That That’s Over (Mostly) Roll Call Looks Ahead to 2020
 

It’s only been a few hours since the 2018 midterm election polls closed. Roll Call is already looking at Senate races to watch in 2020. With 22 Republican seats on the ballot and a presidential election, it’s shaping up to be a big year for the GOP, win or lose. Roll Call’s 2020 election coverage starts now....
Wexton Win Was One of Tuesday’s First Flips
 

Democrat Jennifer Wexton will represent the 10th District of Virginia in the next Congress after a contentious race against GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock. Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appeared at the Wexton watch party to celebrate Virginia’s newest congresswoman-elect....