congressional-operations

Trump Taps Senate’s Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms for NASA Post
Morhard to be nominated to be deputy administrator of the space agency

Deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms James W. Morhard is interviewed by Roll Call in the Capitol, January 9, 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The deputy sergeant-at-arms of the Senate has been picked by President Donald Trump to be the deputy administrator of NASA.

James W. Morhard, who has been deputy SAA since Republicans took over the Senate majority in 2015, has largely focused on the various administrative functions of the Senate.

Goodlatte’s Threat to Hold Strzok in Contempt Most Likely an Empty One
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia would decide whether to prosecute the charge

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., threatened FBI agent Peter Strzok with contempt of Congress in the opening minutes of Strzok’s first public testimony about his role in 2016 investigations into President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Just minutes into FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok’s first public testimony Thursday about his involvement in two 2016 FBI investigations involving presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte threatened Strzok with a contempt of Congress citation.

But if historical precedent is any indication, Goodlatte’s threat to the embattled witness would lead down a long and winding legal road — that would most likely dead-end at the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia’s desk.

Goodlatte Says Page Will Meet With Judiciary Committee Friday
Former FBI lawyer in Russia investigation controversy refused to meet Wednesday

House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will speak to the committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will meet with the committee for a “private interview” on Friday.

Goodlatte told CNN that he heard from Page’s lawyer Wednesday evening and that she agreed to the meeting. It was not clear if she will be under oath.

Flags Lowered to Honor Murdered Annapolis Journalists
White House gives order after public pressure mounted following initial denial

The American flag over the White House was quickly lowered after President Trump ordered flags lowered to honor the Capital Gazette staffers shot dead last week. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

Amid mounting social pressure, President Donald Trump ordered flags around the Capitol and the country were lowered Tuesday to honor the five journalists murdered last Thursday in a Maryland newsroom.

The GOP president had denied a request made last week by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, a Democrat, via the state’s lawmakers for Trump to order flags across the country to be lowered to honor the Capital Gazette staff members who were shot dead in their Annapolis office.

Schweikert Had More Threats Last Year Than Three Terms Combined
Says left is ‘going to get fringier and fringier, louder and louder, angrier and angrier’

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., said he has received more death threats last year than any previous year combined. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert said he received more death threats in 2017 than in the rest of his time in Congress combined.

The fourth-term Republican made the comments on Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy’s “Plaidcast” podcast, the Daily Caller reported.

Terry Crews Gets Emotional on Why He Couldn’t Stop His Abuser
‘Brooklyn 99’ actor tells his story of sexual abuse before Senate Judiciary Committee

Actor and former football player Terry Crews said he was sharing his story “in solidarity with millions of other survivors in the world.” (C-SPAN)

Actor and former football player Terry Crews struggled on Tuesday to tell a Senate committee his story of sexual abuse.

“A lot of people don’t believe that a person like me could actually be victimized,” Crews said. “What happened to me has happened to many, many other men in Hollywood.”

Man Accused of Threatening Taylor Declared Incompetent
Court documentes state ‘reasonable cause to believe that he may be suffering from a mental disease’

Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., was allegedly targeted by a Virginia Beach man because of his views on marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man arrested for threatening to kill Rep. Scott Taylor has been declared incompetent to stand trial.

Wallace Goodwin of Virginia Beach is 70 years old and allegedly threatened the Republican congressman because of his views on marijuana, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Flashback Friday: Recess Cancellations
Other times when Senate recesses were either scrapped or interrupted

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate is working most of August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate has taken an August recess since the so-called Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 provided for it.

The legislation, which aimed to “improve the operation of the legislative branch of the Federal Government,” overhauled internal procedures for both the House and the Senate.  

Kuster Wants Investigation Into Sexual Harassment in VA
More than a quarter of women employees in agency were harassed, government watchdog agency reports

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H., called for an investigation into the VA for systemic issues with sexual harassment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster wants Congress to confront what she sees as a pervasive sexual harassment problem in the Veterans Affairs Department.

The New Hampshire Democrat called for Chairman Jack Bergman of Michigan to schedule an immediate hearing on the matter in the Veterans Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations, on which she is ranking member.

Senate NDAA Would Mandate Work on Missile Defenses in Space
Though it’s unclear whether the military would even recommend effort

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says his provision “removes the legal hurdle to developing and eventually deploying” space-based interceptors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted behind closed doors on May 23 to require the Pentagon to start developing missile-killing interceptors for deployment in space — whether or not the Pentagon agrees.

The provision, by Texas Republican Ted Cruz, has become part of the defense authorization bill being debated now and into next week on the Senate floor.