Rema Rahman

House Passes Sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea
After procedural delays, bill sent to Senate

A bill aimed at imposing sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea passed the House 419-3 Tuesday after being held up by technical delays for weeks. But its fate in the Senate remains unclear.

The bill was largely lauded by leadership as a bipartisan effort.

House Tees up Sanctions Bill, but Senate Path Uncertain
House to consider imposing sanctions on Iran, Russia, North Korea

A bill that aims to impose sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea is up for a vote on the House floor Tuesday and leadership involved in negotiating terms of the legislation expect it to pass with little fanfare. But the measure would still need to clear the Senate, and it is unclear what the timetable is there for consideration.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that among the bipartisan compromises that were reached is a provision that would allow all members of the House to bring forth resolutions of disapproval should the president decide to withdraw sanctions on the three countries.

Barbara Lee to Take AUMF Repeal to Foreign Affairs
GOP leadership drop language from spending bill

Rep. Barbara Lee on Wednesday vowed to take her long-time efforts to repeal the current Authorization for Use of Military Force, which dates to 2001 but is used for a wide range of conflicts now, to the House Foreign Affairs Committee after Republican leaders removed it from a spending bill the California Democrat successfully attached the repeal to.

Ryan Teases August Recess Delay
If Senate delivers health care bill, “we’re going to stay”

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that if the Senate delivers a health care bill before the summer is over, he’d be open to joining Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in keeping his chamber in during at least part of the August recess.

The Wisconsin Republican said that if the Senate produced the legislation at the same time members prepare to fly home for a month, “we’re going to stay and finish health care.”

Conaway, Schiff Don’t Accept Trump Tweets as Official Word
Intel members threaten to subpoena White House over Comey tapes, memos

Top lawmakers overseeing the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation are threatening to subpoena the White House if the administration does not fully comply with the panel’s request to hand over tapes or memos that might exist of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James B. Comey.

The White House sent a letter last week to Intelligence ranking Democrat Adam B. Schiff and Republican Rep. K. Michael Conaway, who is leading the probe, that said a series of tweets by Trump indicating he had “no idea” if there were tapes of Comey was the official White House statement on the matter.

Ethics Committee Investigating Luján, Conyers and House Staffer
House panel reveals it took up matter from OCE in May

The House Ethics Committee acknowledged Monday it is investigating Reps. Ben Ray Luján, John Conyers and House staffer Michael Collins.

The panel did not disclose details of its inquiry. Since the probe was referred to the House committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, details of the OCE’s reports are expected to be made public August 9.

Without Clinton or Obama, Pelosi Becomes GOP’s Top Target
Democrats divided after continued election losses

When Nancy Pelosi boasted last week she was “worth the trouble,” even when congressional candidates were negatively tied to her, the National Republican Congressional Committee ironically sang its own praises for the House minority leader.

“We couldn’t agree more!” was all an email blast read that included a clip of Pelosi’s point of view.

Schiff Wonders, is a Tweet an Official Response?
Top Intel House Dem concerned that Devin Nunes still involved in Russia probe

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wants to clarify with White House counsel whether President Donald Trump’s tweets about not having tapes of conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey constitutes an official statement from the White House.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the committee, said Thursday he believes a request that the panel receive any evidence of tapes by Friday prompted Trump to respond the day before in an effort to avoid the administration from being subpoenaed. 

Pelosi Blows Off Calls to Step Down
‘It's not up to them,’ she says of Democrats calling for new leadership

Describing herself as “worth the trouble,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday blew off calls from some chamber Democrats for her to step down from leadership in the wake of special election losses this year and a failure to win a House majority in four straight national elections. 

“It’s not up to them,” the California Democrat said of members calling for her to let someone else give it a try, before calling herself a “master legislator.”

DNC Said No Thanks to Help After Hack
Former Homeland chief says feds could have done more

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday the Democratic National Committee turned down help from the FBI after its system was hacked — and that he had not known about it for months.

“What are we doing? Are we in there?” Johnson said he asked when he became aware of the intrusion. He said the response he received was that the FBI had spoken to the committee but “they don’t want our help.”

For Members, a Personal Connection to Capitol Police

When Rep. Roger Williams returned to the Capitol on Wednesday, visibly shaken and on crutches following the shooting at the Republicans' congressional baseball practice that morning, the first thing he addressed was the response of Capitol Police officers on site.

“My family and I will be forever grateful,” Williams said.

Pelosi Argues Capitol Police Need Bigger Budget
In wake of shooting, members evaluate security of lawmakers

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Capitol Police should get more resources to protect members and the public in the wake of the previous day’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition.

The California Democrat said she’s received incessant threats throughout her life in public service and won’t let her grandchildren answer her phone at home due to ugly calls she receives. She also indicated she had been hacked last fall.

House Assembles in Show of Unity
Ryan: ‘An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us’

The House reconvened shortly after noon on Wednesday, coming together in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at the Republicans’ congressional baseball practice, with an impassioned Speaker Paul D. Ryan stating, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

House members on both sides of the aisle stood and cheered at the words, still reeling from the attack at a practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, that injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey, Zack Barth, a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, a former Hill staffer and current director of government relations for Tyson Foods. 

Gowdy Officially Becomes House Oversight Chairman
South Carolina Republican replaces Jason Chaffetz who leaves Congress this month

Rep. Trey Gowdy officially took hold of the gavel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday.

The South Carolina Republican replaced previous Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who announced in April he would end his congressional term on June 30 after deciding not to run for re-election.

Gowdy Picked by Steering Committee to Chair Oversight Panel
Full House Republican Conference will vote on Tuesday

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was selected by the Republican Steering Committee on Thursday to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, in announcing the decision, lauded Gowdy’s “deep commitment to transparency and accountability.” The selection will be ratified by the full GOP conference on Tuesday.

Paul Ryan Defends Donald Trump as Comey Testifies
Speaker says president is ‘learning as he goes’

BY REMA RAHMAN and LINDSEY MCPHERSON

As former FBI Director James B. Comey delivered testimony across the Capitol on Thursday about his discomfort with his interactions with President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended the president, saying he’s new to the job.

Gowdy or Russell? Steering Committee Set to Pick
House Republican Conference gets its say next week

Republican Reps. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Steve Russell of Oklahoma will make their pitch to the Republican Steering Committee Thursday to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Steering Committee will then vote and relay its recommendation to the full House Republican Conference, which is expected to ratify the choice on Tuesday.

Republican Moderates Jeer Paris Accord Withdrawal
In rare statement, Obama joins Democrats in criticizing U.S. removal from pact

Some moderate Republicans in Congress have come out against President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, saying it would lessen the country’s leadership role internationally.

They were joined by the former Democratic president who helped seal the deal: Barack Obama.

Trey Gowdy’s Path to Oversight Gavel Gets Smoother
Steering Committee will pick next Oversight chairman after break

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s bid to be the next chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee keeps getting easier as a key potential rival says he won’t run and predicted the South Carolina Republican is likely to wield the gavel, even as the deadline to make a bid draws near.

Any serious bid to challenge Gowdy will need to get under way soon, as Speaker Paul D. Ryan is giving members interested in the post until June 1 to let the House Republican Steering Committee know, according to a Ryan spokeswoman. The Steering Committee is on track to vote on the next chairman the week following the Memorial Day recess.

Lawmakers React to Latest Trump-Russia Bombshell: ‘What Now?!’
Report: President asked two top intel officials to deny collusion with Moscow

BY JOHN T. BENNETT, LINDSEY McPHERSON AND REMA RAHMAN

Lawmakers on Monday evening seemed resigned to yet another bombshell report suggesting President Donald Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation aimed at, in part, determining whether there was collusion between his campaign and the Russia government.