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House Agrees to Fund Homeland Security Department (Updated)

Updated 4:10 p.m. | Three days before Homeland Security department funding was due to expire, the House successfully voted Tuesday to fund the agency through the end of September.

Wicker Dubious of Obama's Commitment to Promoting Trade

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker pushed back Tuesday against the suggestion the Obama administration is sending mixed messages about its commitment to a deal on Trade Promotion Authority.

Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans.

Jocks Blanket Congress

Current and retired athletes — along with one of the winningest National Football League owners in recent history — Tuesday claimed home-field advantage on Capitol Hill, fanning out across the campus to dazzle feds and fans alike.

Netanyahu Address Lives Up to Controversial Expectations (Video)

In January, when Speaker John A. Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, it caused the type of controversy and media attention normally reserved for a declaration of war, not a speech that’s little more than a glorified press release.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 23, 2015 (Video)

With a Homeland Security shutdown looming, lawmakers resolved to invent holidays, toss snowballs and take naps on the House floor.

Team Bibi Bucks Chamber Rules

Staff for visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday apparently made themselves right at home while the boss addressed congressional leaders — so much so, in fact, that the decorum-flouting PR operatives ruffled some feathers among the reporting corps.

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Budget Panels Attempt to Please Caucus Factions

Republicans on the House and Senate Budget committees are striving to craft fiscal 2016 budget resolutions tailored to win the support of their divergent GOP caucuses, but still similar enough to allow for compromise.

Democrat Back for Rematch With Freshman Republican

Former state Sen. Emily Cain is back for a second round against Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, the Republican who defeated her for an open seat last year.

From One Kind of Sausage-Making to Another

For Aaron Kline Kushner, working on Capitol Hill was a perfect entree into doing what he loves now: sausage-making.

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap, according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Boehner to Allow Clean Homeland Security Vote (Updated)

Updated 11:04 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told his restive flock Tuesday he would allow a vote on a clean Homeland Security spending bill later in the day, citing concerns about terrorism and pinning blame on the Senate for failing to pass limits on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus.

Mikulski Legacy Is Beyond Longevity

The most obvious distinction Barbara A. Mikulski will take into retirement is that she’s spent more time in Congress than any other woman, and that’s a record worthy of significant recognition. But, especially at a Capitol so deeply mired in dysfunction and partisanship, the meaning of her service is deeper than mere longevity.

Pat Toomey Is a Strong Candidate. Will That Be Enough in 2016?

Yes, I know Pennsylvania Democrats don’t have a 2016 Senate candidate who excites the entire party yet. I also know the election is 20 months away — plenty of time for them to rally around a nominee.

Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

‘Walking Dead’ Wanders Into Steve Stivers Territory

After five seasons of fighting off fearsome, reanimated corpses that have relentlessly thinned their ranks and gruesomely robbed them of loved ones, the ragtag band of apocalyptic survivors on AMC’s engrossing drama “The Walking Dead” have finally stumbled upon a new threat: a survivalist federal lawmaker.

Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement — in the Senate, that is.

Conservatives Push Effort to Block 'Clean' DHS Bill

Facing the prospect of Democrats forcing a vote on a “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill, conservatives are calling on House Republicans to adopt a resolution blocking the legislative maneuver.

Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome

Administration officials have made it very clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not get to press the flesh with President Barack Obama before or after Tuesday’s politically charged appearance on Capitol Hill. But, thanks to congressional spouse Elizabeth Roskam, Bibi won’t be going home completely empty-handed.

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