Rema Rahman

Nunes Dismissive of Trump-Russia Connections
But House Intelligence chairman says investigation will continue

The top lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday he had no evidence of President Donald Trump’s advisers communicating with Russian officials during the transition period but his panel would continue to investigate the matter.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said he didn’t rule out the possibility of it surfacing in the future.

Congress Split on How to Proceed on Flynn
House, Senate lawmakers differ on probe of former national security adviser

Lawmakers who oversee intelligence are struggling with how to investigate reports that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and later misled the White House about it.

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Select Intelligence Committee offered dueling perspectives on a path forward on their panel’s probe; Senate Democrats coalesced around a plan with the Intelligence Committee taking the lead, something their GOP colleagues support; Senate Democrats also said the Judiciary Committee could play an investigatory role, and some lawmakers are still sending signals they want an independent commission in on the action.

Ethics Office Asks White House to Probe Kellyanne Conway
Request comes after House Oversight leaders point out possible violation

The Office of Government Ethics is recommending the White House investigate and take disciplinary action against Kellyanne Conway, the president’s special counselor who touted his daughter’s clothing line during a TV appearance from the White House.

In a letter to President Donald Trump’s deputy counsel, OGE Director Walter Shaub Jr. said “there is strong reason to believe” Conway violated standards of conduct that prevent employees from misusing their official positions.

House Democrats’ ‘All of the Above’ Approach
A party seeking unity pursues multiple paths to success

BALTIMORE — House Democratic leaders say their caucus is united, but even a minimal survey of lawmakers indicates skepticism of the messaging, an unclear path on strategy, and merely the beginning of grappling with what went wrong in an election that left them in the minority six years running.

“The mood of the members is very positive, open, confident, humble enough to listen to other ideas,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at the Democrats’ issues retreat here. “There’s a real, deep commitment to working families in our country and that’s what unifies us.”

The Loneliness of the DCCC Recruiter
Four open seats this year don’t provide much opportunity

BALTIMORE — The head recruiter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has four open seats he needs candidates for. But in an illustration of the challenges Democrats face in clawing their way back to the majority, all four vacancies are in heavily Republican districts.

At a panel here Thursday during the minority party’s issues retreat, Rep. Denny Heck of Washington, who chairs the DCCC’s Recruitment committee, said he would remain realistic, but optimistic, about the potential for Democrats to fill the positions long held by the opposing party. The four seats are the ones held by Republicans picked to serve in the administration of President Donald Trump.

Democrats Ride Trump-Opposition Wave
Caucus spoils for a fight, presses on Russia probe

BALTIMORE – House Democrats arrived here for their annual issues retreat vowing to unite in their opposition of President Donald Trump -- with “fight” being the operative word in their strategy.

Democratic leaders focused their first public appearance on slamming just about every decision Trump has made since taking office Jan. 20. It included criticisms of a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, matters of foreign policy and promises to gut the  Affordable Care Act.

House Democrats: It’s Leverage, Leverage, Leverage
Minority party huddles, again, to plot way back to power

There’s little House Democrats can do to stop bills they don’t like or to slow down the legislative process during chamber proceedings. 

So the tactics they plan to explore at the minority party’s issues conference starting Wednesday in Baltimore — aside from their intense opposition to President Donald Trump — will be on how they can amplify concerns from constituents in Republican districts.

House Democrats Go to the Mat for Dodd-Frank
Minority party questions whether Trump would benefit from gutting law

With their Senate colleagues on the front lines of opposing President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominations, House Democrats are digging in for an extended fight over the president’s executive actions, in particular his targeting of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law.

Starting over the weekend and continuing into Monday, House Democrats are defending a statute they say is key to protecting Main Street from Wall Street excesses.

GOP Doesn’t Cry Foul on Trump’s Executive Orders
Republicans who criticized Obama don’t see a problem — yet

The day after former President Barack Obamadelivered his 2016 State of the Union address, Rep. Jason Chaffetz penned a letter chastising the commander in chief’s use of executive orders without working with Congress.

“It is unilateral, overreaching and unconstitutional,” the Utah Republican wrote. “Left unchecked, it is behavior that undermines, and will ultimately erode, the foundation of our democracy and our freedom.”

Ryan Dodges Trump’s ‘Tweet of the Hour’ — Again
Speaker says he does more than hang out on Twitter all day

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is continuing to to brush off addressing near-daily controversial tweets from President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, Ryan dismissed questions asking him to respond to a tweet by Trump, which called an agreement by the Obama administration to take refugees from Australia a “dumb deal.”

Goodlatte Grilled on Staff Nondisclosure Question
Judiciary chairman refuses to say if staff worked on immigration order

House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte refused to answer questions on Wednesday about whether his staff signed nondisclosure agreements from the Trump transition team when they worked on a contentious immigration order that was signed and delivered with practically no notice.

The Virginia Republican managed to escape in silence from a crew of reporters grilling him on the matter as he left an appearance at the National Press Club.

Leader Descriptions of Trump Travel Ban Range From 'Dangerous' to 'Regrettable'
Both sides of the aisle find something to fault in president's immigration order

House Republicans on Tuesday spent the day beating back questions about the implementation of a contentious immigration order signed by President Donald Trump while Democrats forcefully bashed the administration as “dangerous.”

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, while defending its proposed intent, even admitted the roll out of the executive order, which at first banned travel for those with valid green cards coming from Muslim-majority countries, could have been better handled.

Capitol’s Top Cops Prepare for Joint Session
Sergeants-at-arms pivot quickly from inauguration

The Capitol’s top law enforcement officers are applying what they learned from this month’s presidential inauguration to prepare for Capitol Hill’s next big event — President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress — in a city that has been wracked by protests ever since Trump was sworn in. 

“We’re readjusting our vector to that,” Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin told Roll Call. “Each of these events builds on each other.”

Democrats Do What They Can With What They Have
Members demand meeting with Homeland Security secretary

House Democrats want to keep pressure on Republicans amid the fallout over the Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and legal travelers from several majority-Muslim countries.

Although Democrats in the chamber have little recourse to force votes on legislation, several high-ranking committee members are demanding answers from the Homeland Security secretary at the same time that others are readying legislation to rescind the executive action and keep the heat on the GOP. Democrats Rally at Supreme Court Against Trump Ban

House and Senate Preview: Efforts Swirl on Border Wall, Obamacare and Trump’s Cabinet

The House and Senate are back in session Monday following last week’s GOP retreat in Philadelphia. Roll Call’s Rema Rahman and Bridget Bowman lay out what’s ahead in the coming days, including procedural votes on some of President Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments and efforts toward repealing the Affordable Care Act....
Democrats To Rally Against Trump Order at Supreme Court
Pelosi 'Dear Colleague' letter decries travel ban as 'immoral'

Congressional Democrats are taking their protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from Muslim countries to the Supreme Court — at least for a rally.

While several federal judges temporarily halted the president’s executive order, House and Senate Democrats on Monday plan to gather in front of the high court to call on Trump to rescind his order that is preventing refugees and other travelers from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Gabbard Trip to Syria Attracts Criticism, Puzzlement
Kinzinger slams fellow Iraq War vet; Pelosi unaware of details

PHILADELPHIA — Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s secret trip to Syria this month continues to attract criticism from fellow members of Congress, as well as a washing of the hands from her own caucus leader.

Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who, like Gabbard, is a veteran of the Iraq War, slammed his colleague for meeting with President Bashar Assad and called on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul D. Ryan to condemn the trip.

Pelosi: Trump Voter Fraud Claims ‘Strange’ and ‘Startling’
House leader joins chorus of critics over unsubstantiated claims

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined the attack on President Donald’s Trump unsubstantiated claim that he lost the popular vote because millions of people voted illegally, calling it “startling.”

“To suggest and to undermine the integrity of our voting system is really strange,” Pelosi said.

Becerra, Pompeo Prepare to Leave House
Appointments bring the number of the House down by two

Rep. Xavier Becerra is expected to be sworn-in as the next attorney general of California Tuesday after he formally resigns from Congress.

The California Democrat had been handpicked for the position by Gov. Jerry Brown shortly after the November election. The state Senate voted to approve his nomination Monday.

Protesters Greet Inauguration Guests, Clash With Police in Streets
People swarm Metro stations, event entrances and damage property in protest against Trump

Pockets of protests erupted throughout Washington, DC, Friday, at times threatening to overshadow the pomp of Donald Trump's inauguration and presenting a reminder of the stark divisions facing the 45th president.

Demonstrators arrived early, touting concern for issues including immigration, border control, labor and racism. Some attempted -- unsuccessfully -- to block the crowds that filed into the Capitol grounds before Trump was sworn in. In what appeared to be isolated outbursts of violence, other groups set small fires throughout the city, broke windows and clashed with police in the Franklin Square area.