Energy & Environment

DCCC Ties Vulnerable Republicans to Health Care
Criticizes provisions in GOP health care bill on pre-existing conditions

Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., is among Republicans being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trying to tie Republicans they see as vulnerable in 2018 to new provisions in the proposed Republican replacement to the 2010 health care law.

The committee is hitting Republicans in 30 districts for what they say will weaken protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

One Month Until Republicans’ Latest Round of Excuses
Special election for Montana seat moves from Solid Republican to Likely Republican

If Republicans struggle to hold Montana’s at-large district, where Republican Greg Gianforte, left, takes on Democrat Rob Quist in a May special election, it would be yet another indication of the effect President Donald Trump is having on Democratic enthusiasm, Gonzales writes. (Photos courtesy Greg for Montana, Rob Quist for Montana)

When it comes to special election results, Republicans always have an excuse, and their stumbles are never a national trend.

In Kansas, Republicans turned a 27-point victory for Donald Trump in 2016 into a recent 7-point special election victory for state Treasurer Ron Estes even though Democratic lawyer James Thompson had virtually no support from local or national Democrats.

Ossoff Campaign Steps Up Field Efforts for June Runoff
Georgia Democrat’s campaign spent $2 million in field for primary

A volunteer for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff arrives at a campaign office to canvass the district the day before the April 18 open primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of the June runoff in Georgia’s 6th District, Democrat Jon Ossoff’s big-spending campaign is ramping up its “field-first” strategy for the next two months.  

Ossoff’s team spent nearly $2 million on its field efforts for last week’s primary, including paying for a Lyft code in the district so that voters without a ride could get to the polls on Election Day.

White House Plans Week of Activities as Trump’s 100th Day Approaches
President still lacks a big legislative victory amid record low approval ratings

President Donald Trump prepares to sign an executive order last week in Wisconsin aimed at bringing jobs back to American. His 100th day in office is fast approaching without a legislative win. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Updated at 8:41 a.m. | The White House has prepared an action-packed week for President Donald Trump ahead of his 100th day in office, including the unveiling of the “principles” behind his tax overhaul plan and more executive orders.

Trump and his senior staff are gearing up to make the case it will be the most productive 100 days for any president in 84 years. Democrats, meanwhile, will be pushing their position — that the 45th president has spent his first few months in office breaking his campaign promises.

GOP Lawmakers Pushing for Nuclear Waste Facility in Nevada
Yucca Mountain repository project halted by Obama administration.

A “no trespassing” sign warns people to stay away from a proposed nuclear waste dump site at  Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (David McNew/Getty Images file photo)

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have released a discussion draft for a bill that would create incentives to put the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository on track to become the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal site.

The draft text to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act is the first of many steps lawmakers must take to bring the project online again after the Trump administration expressed a willingness to re-engage on the issue following the project’s halt by the Obama administration in 2010.

Photos From the Science March, on Earth Day
Protesters came to D.C. on Saturday in support of science

Marchers — including Bill Nye the Science Guy, at center — lead the March for Science down Constitution Avenue in Washington on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thousands of pro-science and environmental activists rallied on the National Mall before marching toward the Capitol on Saturday, the 47th observation of Earth Day. The march in Washington was accompanied by other science marches across the U.S. and world. It was organized to show support for the scientific community at a time when its members, and supporters, say they feel threatened by the policies and potential policies of President Donald Trump.

7 Major Battles Ahead on the Environment
The environmental state of play on Trump's first Earth Day
Word on the Hill: Earth Day Celebrations
Smoothies and staffer shuffles

Tomorrow is the annual day to celebrate nature. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Friday and last day of recess.

Tomorrow is the 47th annual Earth Day and here are ways you can celebrate Mother Nature.

Rising Stars 2017: Advocates
On the front lines in a new era

Seven advocates made the CQ Roll Call’s list of Rising Stars of 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

All this week, CQ Roll Call has been looking at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Republicans Have No Deal on Obamacare Repeal But Talks Continue
Trump: “We are doing very well on health care.”

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., arrives for a hastily called House Republican caucus meeting after Speaker Ryan canceled the vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 on Friday, March 24, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House lawmakers are preparing to return to Capitol Hill next week with no deal so far on legislation to repeal the 2010 health care law, but negotiations are continuing as Republicans seek to fulfill their seven-year campaign promise, according to several congressional aides and lobbyists. Lawmakers are expected to discuss the issue in a conference call Saturday.

The White House is pushing for work to continue on efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care achievement. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, discussed over the recess a potential amendment that was designed to build support from hesitant lawmakers on both sides of the GOP political spectrum.

Georgia Runoff Will Test Both Parties’ Political Alliances
Parties gearing up for expensive fight in Georgia's 6th District

Karen Handel, seen her in 2014, is uniting the GOP behind her after finishing second in Tuesday’s 18-candidate primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — For a brief moment, Georgia’s 6th District was quiet.

Out-of-state journalists who flooded this suburban battleground headed for the airport Wednesday morning. After a very late Tuesday night, Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel held no public events in the district the next day. Instead, they gave interviews on cable TV — a reflection of how nationalized this race has become. 

Former NFL Player Colin Allred to Challenge Pete Sessions
Hillary Clinton won the district in 2016 while Democrats didn’t put up a serious challenger for House

Colin Allred played for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL before serving as a special assistant at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration under Secretary Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio. (colinallred.com)

Former NFL linebacker Colin Allred announced Wednesday he would challenge Texas Rep. Pete Sessions in 2018.

Allred, now a civil rights attorney, told the Dallas Morning News that he was inspired by the grassroots energy he saw after the election of President Donald Trump last year.

Word on the Hill: 4/20
Professional development opportunities today

Pro-marijuana advocates rally near the White House in April 2016, with some carrying a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

Podcast: Troubled Climate for Trump’s First Earth Day
The Big Story, Episode 50

President Donald Trump is moving on several fronts to deregulate environmental protection, prompting some states to intervene. But deep EPA budget cuts will get tamed by Congress, and the U.S. might stay with the Paris climate accord; even business leaders and conservative voters worry the anti-green push has gone too far, CQ Roll Call’s Mike Magner and Jeremy Dillon explain.

Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel Advance to Runoff in Georgia Special Election
Democrat Ossoff falls short in bid to win race outright Tuesday

Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will meet in the June runoff. (Photos by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ATLANTA — With Tuesday turning into Wednesday, Democrat Jon Ossoff has fallen short of the majority needed to win outright in the Georgia special election primary and is headed for a June runoff against Republican Karen Handel.

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Ossoff had 48 percent to Handel’s 20 percent in the 18-candidate field in the 6th District, The Associated Press reported.