Thomas McKinless

Watch Speaker Ryan’s Press Conference After Canceling Health Care Vote
 

After a tumultuous week of negotiations, the House canceled a scheduled vote on the Republican bill to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law Friday afternoon. Speaker Paul D. Ryan held a press conference shortly afterward, discussing the bill’s inability to garner enough votes and the GOP’s “growing pains” of going from opposition pa...
Democrats Repeatedly Remind GOP Members of Their Constituents Who Could Lose Health Care
 

Following almost every speech by a Republican on the House floor during Friday’s debate on the 2010 health care repeal bill, Democrats read estimates of how many people in that member’s district would lose coverage under the GOP bill. Some Republican congressmen contested those assertions and jabbed back....
Health Care Negotiations Trump Congressional Basketball Game

Due to a hectic week of health care negotiations on the Hill, none of the lawmakers who were supposed to play the 30th annual Home Court charity basketball game Wednesday night actually showed up. They were replaced by Georgetown University law students and a couple of Hill staffers. A few current and former congressmen (as well as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee) did stop by to show their support for the game and its charity, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. R...
Leahy Presses Gorsuch on ‘Muslim Ban’
 

Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy pressed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the United States. See the video for how the federal appeals court judge from Colorado responded....
Gorsuch on Judicial Independence: ‘That’s a Softball’
 

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch fielded questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of his confirmation hearings Tuesday. When asked by Chairman Charles E. Grassley if he would have any trouble ruling against President Donald Trump, Gorsuch called it a “softball question.”

What You Missed at the Russian Interference Committee Hearing
 

FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Intelligence Committee regarding Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. Comey confirmed that the bureau is investigating potential ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. See the video for highlights from Monday’s hearing....
Manchin’s Health Care Town Hall Draws Friendly Crowd in Trump State

At a meeting in Martinsburg, W.Va., vulnerable Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III addressed constituents’ concerns about the GOP bill to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. Find out the attendees’ positions on health care in their own words....
Will and Beto’s Excellent Adventure

After an East Coast snowstorm led to mass flight cancellations, Texas Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O’Rourke decided instead to take a road trip from San Antonio to D.C. — a two-day long, bipartisan adventure to get them to the Capitol in time for Wednesday evening votes....
What You Likely Won’t Hear from Gorsuch in Senate Hearings — and Why

The three-day confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will begin Monday, March 20. Senior editor David Hawkings says the process may offer very little in the way of insight into Gorsuch’s legal philosophy because of an unsuccessful confirmation in the 80s. Watch the video for more analysis....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Al Franken’s Hotdish and the Tallest Senator in Modern History

This week Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano checked out a Minnesota cooking competition hosted by Sen. Al Franken. In addition to sampling some North Star State “hotdishes,” Alex sat down with new Sen. Luther Strange, the tallest senator in modern history.

White House Watch: Three Things to Watch as Trump Navigates Health Care Bill Debate

With a Republican bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law in deliberations on Capitol Hill, Roll Call’s White House correspondent John T. Bennett walks through three things to look for as President Donald Trump works with Congress on passage....
Al Franken Explains the Minnesota Hotdish During Annual Cook-Off

The Minnesota Congressional Delegation Hotdish Competition was held Wednesday on Capitol Hill and Roll Call was there. Watch for who won (hint: it featured bear meat), who cheated (spoiler alert: someone didn’t just submit a hotdish to the hotdish cook-off) and lots and lots of warm food.

Democratic Strategist Explains Party’s Redistricting Plans

Roll Call Elections Analyst and Inside Elections Publisher Nathan L. Gonzales sits down with National Democratic Redistricting Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward who discusses the committee’s efforts at getting Democrats “back at the table.”...
How is Obamacare Repeal Bill Being Received on the Hill?
 

On Monday night House Republicans unveiled a bill that would repeal and replace parts of the 2010 health care law. Since then, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have been speaking up to voice criticism or cast their support for the long-awaited bill.

Former DCCC Exec Says “Signs” Were There for Trump

Roll Call Elections Analyst and Inside Elections Publisher Nathan Gonzales sits down with former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward who reflects on the 2016 House races and Democrats' "failure of imagination" when it came to dealing with Donald Trump....
How Congress is Reacting to Trump’s Wiretapping Accusation
 

After a Saturday morning tweetstorm from President Donald Trump that accused the Obama administration of surveilling Trump Tower during the 2016 election, here’s what some Republicans and Democrats in Congress have said publicly about the allegations....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Steve Daines’ Joint Session Snap Story, Tim Scott’s Press Dinner Jokes
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano had a busy week in the district, from President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress to the annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner. Check out the video for Sen. Steve Daines’ Snapchat story prior to the president’s address, Sen. Tim Scott’s keynote remarks at the congressional dinner and Olympian Michael Phelps’ testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Watch Jeff Sessions’ Testimony Saying He Had No Contact With Russia During the Campaign

After news broke Wednesday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had twice met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the campaign season, Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election....
Trump’s Address to Congress in Three Minutes

President Donald Trump made his first primetime address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Roll Call recaps the hour-long speech in three minutes....
Sasse Continues Senate Tradition, Delivers Washington’s Farewell Address

One of the Senate’s longest and most bipartisan traditions is the annual reading of George Washington’s farewell address on the Senate floor. Occurring shortly after the President’s Day recess, the reading typically falls close to Washington’s birthday and dates back to the Civil War. Roll Call takes a look back at this yearly floor speech, read this time around by Sen. Ben Sasse....