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Pelosi Supports Omnibus, but Other Democrats Not Sold

Pelosi will support the omnibus, but some of her Democratic colleagues are still on the fence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will vote for the $1.1 trillion spending bill, but it's unclear how many of her more liberal colleagues will follow her lead, a situation fluid enough that members and aides are concerned there might not be enough Democratic votes to offset Republican no votes.  

Members of the Congressional Progressive, Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific American caucuses are inclined to vote against the omnibus, citing a variety of flaws in the bill they can't ignore.

Linda Sánchez Announces Democratic Leadership Bid

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Elections for leadership positions are still a year away, but Rep. Linda T. Sánchez is laying the groundwork for her campaign.  

The California Democrat and chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus circulated a letter to each of her colleagues Wednesday asking for their support in her bid to be the Democratic Caucus vice chairwoman for the 115th Congress. "Over the next several months I will work to earn your support to be the next Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus,"Sánchez wrote in her letter, obtained by Roll Call. "I look forward to continuing our discussions about your priorities and share with you my vision of how we can lead our caucus, and our country, forward."  

Black Caucus Chairman Seeks Partnership With Paul Ryan

Butterfield, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is interviewed by Roll Call in his office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield wants the House to address poverty in America, and feels he may have an unlikely partner in new Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.  

“We got into the weeds with him,'' Butterfield said of a past meeting between Ryan and the CBC, which took place before Butterfield was made CBC chairman. "He convinced me he understood pervasive poverty in America.”  That meeting was in the spring of 2014, after Ryan made a controversial comment about poverty being caused by the “tailspin of culture” in “inner cities” where men don’t work or “value the culture of work.”  

House Democrats React to Boehner Resignation

Boehner and Pelosi run into each other in the green room between their weekly news conferences on July 10, 2014. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While House Republicans were still digesting the news Speaker John A. Boehner would be stepping down at the end of October, House Democrats were quickly getting in on the action.  

In official statements, news conferences and hallway interviews, members of the minority party could barely contain their schadenfreude. "The speaker announcing his resignation  that resignation of the speaker is a stark indication of the disarray of the House Republicans," Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at her weekly news conference.  

The Congressional Wish List for the Pope's Speech

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Every lawmaker on Capitol Hill has a cause that could use a boost from a powerful person's endorsement — and next week there won't be a more influential seal of approval than one from Pope Francis.  

Since taking on the papacy in March 2013, the leader of the world's largest church has shown a willingness to wade into some of the thorniest political debates around the globe, from economic equality to climate change to immigration.  

Louis Stokes, First Black Appropriator, Dies at 90

Stokes died Tuesday night after battling cancer. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Cleveland-area congressman who was chairman of the House select committee that investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., passed away late Tuesday at the age of 90.  

Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, served in the House for three full decades, retiring in 1999. He was notable on Capitol Hill for serving as chairman of the Ethics Committee, as well as chairman and ranking Democrat on the old Veterans' Affairs-Housing and Urban Development appropriations subcommittee, which drafted one of the two largest domestic discretionary spending bills.  

Ethics Committee to Investigate Chaka Fattah (Updated)

Fattah faces an Ethics Committee probe following his indictment last week. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 8:55 p.m. |  The House Ethics Committee did its due diligence Monday evening.  

Per its rules, the panel has formally convened an "investigative subcommittee" to probe possible misconduct by Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who was slapped last week with a 29-count federal indictment for alleged conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud. For political observers unfamiliar with the congressional ethics process, an investigative subcommittee would seem like a significant development in the House's response to the 11-term lawmaker who has said he's innocent and running for re-election .  

CBC Chairman: Charges Against Chaka Fattah 'Very Serious'

CBC Chairman Butterfield called Fattah's indictment "serious"  (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Within 24 hours of being slapped with a 29-count indictment , Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., voluntarily relinquished his ranking member position on an appropriations subcommittee and resigned as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board of Directors.  

Both actions were appropriate, said Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield — and, he suggested, necessary. "He's a good friend, a good colleague, a very talented man who has done a lot for his constituents," the North Carolina Democrat told CQ Roll Call on Thursday. "But he's facing a crisis in his life, and nothing right now should compete with his crisis. So my advice to him would be to face these charges and listen to his lawyer and get ready to defend himself."  

Fattah Steps Aside at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Fattah, D-Pa., steps down from leadership role at CBC Foundation after indictment. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Rep. Chaka Fattah has stepped aside from his chairmanship of the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.  

The Pennsylvania Democrat's exit from the prominent spot with the education and policy nonprofit closely linked to the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill comes less than 24 hours after Fattah was charged in a 29-count indictment. Prosecutors alleged Wednesday that Fattah was involved in schemes involving racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud.  

Chaka Fattah Case Could Get Awkward Fast for Democrats (Video)

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Rep. Chaka Fattah has been under federal investigation for years, so for many of his colleagues the question was not whether an indictment would come, but when. But it could get awkward for Democrats in a hurry, as Fattah holds prominent positions within the party's establishment and next year's presidential nomination convention is being held in his native Philadelphia.