2017

Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Students
Move affects pending SCOTUS case on transgender bathroom use

Under the previous guidelines by the Obama administration, public schools were told to allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identities. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images file photo)

The Trump administration on Wednesday withdrew Obama-era guidance directing public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, a move that changes a pending Supreme Court case on the contentious social issue.

A letter from the administration to the Supreme Court on Wednesday included a memo from the Education and Justice departments formally withdrawing the guidance.

New Jersey Republican Couldn’t Escape Trump at Town Hall
Lance is the first Republican in a Clinton district to hold a town hall

New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance holds a town hall meeting at the Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, N.J., on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BRANCHBURG, N.J. — The soft-spoken Leonard Lance, a moderate Republican from affluent New Jersey, is an unlikely politician to attract national media to his backyard. 

But as one of just a handful of GOP congressmen — and the only Republican in New Jersey — holding a town hall during the Presidents Day recess, Lance is a rare breed. He’s the first Republican representing a district Hillary Clinton won to hold a town hall since President Donald Trump took office.

Ryan-Aligned Group Drops $2.2 Million on Ads to Oppose Obamacare
Will be featured in multiple swing congressional districts

American Action Network, which supports Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is spending big on anti-Obamacare ads in swing districts across the country. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A conservative outside spending group is dropping $2.2 million in multiple districts that Democrats are targeting in efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The ads from American Action Network, a 501(c)(4) sister organization of the Congressional Leadership Fund, feature a pregnant woman named Elizabeth Jacinto talking about how her health care plan was canceled.

Emmer Promises to Leave Town Hall if it Gets Rowdy
This is why we can’t have nice things

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said he’ll leave his town hall on Wednesday if things get too rowdy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Minn., warned that he will leave a town hall event on Wednesday if it gets too raucous.

According to the Star Tribune, Emmer made the warning in light of a recent outburst of protesters at town hall events for other Republican members of Congress, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

Georgia Democrat Picks Up Progressive Endorsement
End Citizens United backs Jon Ossoff in special election

Democrat Jon Ossoff is one of 18 candidates vying for Georgia’s 6th District seat. (Courtesy Jon Ossoff for Congress Facebook page)

End Citizens United, a liberal political action committee, is throwing its weight behind Democrat Jon Ossoff in the race to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District. 

The endorsement is the latest sign that Democrats want to make a play for the district, which President Donald Trump carried by less than 2 points last fall, and that Ossoff is their top candidate. 

Washington Governor Inslee’s Profile Rises With Trump-Thumping
Ex-congressman downplays inclusion in 2020 presidential conversation

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington has gained national exposure after the state's legal wins in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s national profile is on the rise as an outspoken advocate for the state’s legal battle against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Inslee, along with state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, has done a few victory laps after the state’s wins earlier this month in a lawsuit to block Trump’s order temporarily halting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Ep. 42: Democrats, Finally, Select a Chairman
The Big Story

For four long months, Democrats have debated what to do to get out of the political wilderness. This weekend, the Democratic National Committee votes on who will be its next chairman, putting that person in a position to weigh in on the party's next move.

Show Notes:

Brat Gets an Earful at Virginia Town Hall
Congressman was booed when he defended Trump

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., heard constituents’ concerns about health care and immigration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Judging by the reaction of the crown, Rep. David Brat, R-Va., might not have accomplished his mission in a town hall meeting on Tuesday.

Brat was heckled and booed in a restaurant conference room in Blackstone when he defended President Donald Trump and his stances on health care and immigration, The Associated Press reported.

McClintock Goes Into Overtime in Town Hall Meeting
California Republican congressman needed police escort to leave hall last time out

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., heard some anger on Tuesday, but didn’t need a police escort this time. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

After being escorted by police from a rambunctious town hall meeting a couple weeks ago, California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock stayed late at another on Tuesday.

An estimated 900 people showed up for Tuesday’s meeting in the small town of Mariposa. McClintock’s stops in Mariposa usually see 60 to 80 people, the San Francisco Chronicle noted.

Black History Month: Librarian of Congress on her Trailblazing Role
Roll Call’s series with lawmakers and Capitol Hill figures continues

Carla Hayden speaks during her swearing-in ceremony in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress last September. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of Congress says she is partly in her role thanks to the inspiration of Frederick Douglass. Carla Hayden, who was sworn in last year, discusses with Roll Call the significance of Black History Month, her own place in it and how African-American culture and history is integral to American culture and history. 

Watch more interviews and the video, “Black History and America’s Capitol,” which combines all these talks, at rollcall.com/black-history-month