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Stutzman Staffs Up for Senate Bid

GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman, who is vacating his House seat to run in Indiana’s open Senate contest, has hired an experienced senior campaign team to help his bid, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

NRSC Raised $4.2 Million in April

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will report raising more than $4.2 million in April and ending the month with $5 million in cash on hand, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

Heck Close to Senate Bid

Updated 9:38 a.m. | Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later.

DCCC Outpaces NRCC in April Fundraising (Updated)

Updated 8 a.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee slightly outpaced its Republican counterpart in April fundraising, and is now debt-free as the party gears up for the 2016 cycle.

Why This Vulnerable Freshman Is Surprising People

He may be new to the halls of Congress, but when the Energizer Bunny pauses, it’s not for long.

Member Pay Freeze Likely to Last Close to a Decade

As one of their final acts before the Memorial Day break, members of Congress have begun their annual ritual combining financial self-flagellation with electoral self-preservation.

McConnell Sets Trade Promotion Authority Endgame in Motion (Video)

After a series of dueling objections, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved Tuesday evening to limit debate on the Trade Promotion Authority bill that’s a top priority for himself and President Barack Obama, but the endgame was far from clear.

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Senator Obama vs. President Obama on Trade

Not long after the administration went public with a veto threat against his currency manipulation trade amendment, Sen. Rob Portman took to the floor to highlight President Barack Obama’s flip-flop on the issue.

Plenty to Navigate to Get 'Fast Track' Through Senate (Updated) (Video)

Updated 6:21 p.m. | The pathway to Senate passage of legislation to restore “fast-track” authority for trade authority is full of obstacles, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to avoid any more.

Fall of Ramadi Prompts New Questions About Obama's ISIL Strategy

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called for action from the White House after the Islamic State terror group’s victory in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Al Anbar province.

House Freedom Caucus Lines Up Opposition to Export-Import Bank

The room where the House Freedom Caucus frequently convenes is really too small for a group of 30-some-odd congressmen. It’s certainly too small for a meeting with more than a dozen speakers and 20 reporters. But, on Tuesday, the oddly shaped room on the fourth floor of the Cannon House Office Building was the site of the conservative group’s first news conference — and the HFC might have finally found an issue they can make a name for themselves on: the Export-Import Bank.

Despite Ramadi, White House Says ISIL Strategy a Success

Despite the takeover of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by the Islamic State terror group, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest contended Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s strategy to defeat the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has been a success.

Enter the Dragon ... Boat Festival That Is

Politics may stop at the water’s edge, but competition among Capitol Hill staffers and alumni only intensified at the recent DC Dragon Boat Festival, with teams looking for bragging rights among their colleagues. As long as it wasn’t too early.

Next Yucca Mountain Debate Will Wait for the Floor

The Senate’s next big battle over funding for nuclear waste storage in Nevada will wait for the floor.

Steve Israel Assembling Writer’s Caucus

Lawmaker/novelist Steve Israel wants to bring other pols into the publishing fold. And he’s already got around a dozen takers who have signed on to attend Wednesday’s inaugural meeting of the Congressional Writers Caucus.

Suzan DelBene Helps Aide Get Hitched

Rep. Suzan DelBene’s professional family expanded by one this past weekend, after her chief of staff, Aaron Schmidt, went ahead and tied the knot with Justin Zielke.

Boehner: Obama Should Start Over on War Authority Request (Video)

Speaker John A. Boehner, escalating his criticism of the administration’s handling of the war against the Islamic State terror group, said Tuesday the president should scrap his Authorization for Use of Military Force proposal and submit something different to Congress.

Mark Begich Keeps Busy, and Keeps His Options Open

Mark Begich is not in the Senate anymore, but he is keeping busy working on policy issues close to his, and his home state of Alaska’s, heart.

Opponents of Highway Trust Fund Patch Look to Next Fight (Updated)

Updated 12:29 p.m. | Plenty of House Democrats — and even a few moderate Republicans — fed up with Congress’ inability to reach agreement on a multi-year Highway Trust Fund deal are likely to vote “no” Tuesday on a bill that would extend spending authority through July 31

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