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Texas Congresswoman to Trump: Have You No Decency?

Granger, R-Texas, ripped into Donald Trump for disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Kay Granger has a reputation for telling it like she thinks it is , from colleagues who have "no business being in Congress" to fellow Texas Republicans who are "misbehaving" — but she usually does it quietly, preferring behind-the-scenes nudges to soundbite-ready shoves.  

But when it comes to Donald Trump, she's not pulling punches. The 2016 GOP presidential contender's remarks questioning whether Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is a war hero prompted Granger to issue what is — for her — a rare public takedown.  

Farr, Rohrabacher Tell Holder: Cool It on Pot Prosecutions

Two California lawmakers want Holder's Justice Department to back off federal prosecutions in medical marijuana cases. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has one foot out the door, but it's not stopping House lawmakers from making demands on the head of the Justice Department.  

In a letter Wednesday, California Reps. Sam Farr, a Democrat, and Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican, called on Holder to halt federal prosecution of medical marijuana patients and providers in states where use of the drug has been at least partially legalized. Farr and Rohrabacher contend those actions contradict current law: A provision they introduced and later saw included in the fiscal 2015 omnibus appropriations bill specifically bars government money from being used for such a purpose.  

Scalise Asks Marijuana Legalization Question in Email Survey

Scalise posed a question about marijuana legalization in a recent email survey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As more states consider measures to legalize marijuana, one prominent congressional Republican wants to know what his constituents think about the issue.  

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., posed the question, “Do you support the legalization of marijuana at the federal level?” to constituents Wednesday. The survey was first reported by Marijuana Majority Chairman Tom Angell, who found the poll embedded on the congressman’s website as part of a Google alert that notifies him when a “.gov” page contains the word “marijuana.” But a spokesman for the Louisiana Republican stressed that the survey question did not indicate Scalise was leaning toward supporting marijuana legalization.  

Democrats Unite Around Middle-Class Message, Israel Says

Israel says Democrats are behind the new "middle class" focus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

PHILADELPHIA — House Democrats are united around a new messaging strategy for the 2016 cycle, according to Rep. Steve Israel of New York.  

"Middle class, middle class and middle class," the chairman of a newly created Democratic Policy and Communication Committee told reporters on Thursday morning. Israel cited the results of a lengthy survey distributed to Democrats last week as evidence of a new intraparty consensus. The results were revealed to the caucus on the first full day of its three-day issues retreat here in the City of Brotherly Love.  

Pelosi Warns GOP: Tread Carefully With 'Cromnibus' (Video)

Pelosi warns GOP on spending bill riders. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is still keeping her powder dry when it comes to staking out a position on the House GOP's fiscal 2015 spending bill, due to be revealed on Monday.  

The California Democrat said no policy riders currently on the negotiating table were "deal breakers" on their own.  

What's Next for Pot in Congress?

This photo from the Roll Call archives showcases the many decades that legalized pot advocates have been fighting for medical marijuana. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Activists Target House Members Who Oppose Medical Marijuana

Pro-marijuana forces are now targeting House members who vote against medical use. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Advocates for expanding access to medical marijuana plan to turn up the pressure on members of Congress who aren't supporting their cause.  

They're starting with two House members who voted last week against an amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that would bar federal government interference on state-approved pot and hemp laws.  

House Marijuana Votes Earn Backing of Rare Bipartisan Coalition (Video)

Rohrabacher helped steer the medical marijuana amendment through the House. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a series of late-night votes that marijuana-rights advocates say reflect a nation's changing attitudes, the Republican-controlled House moved early Friday  to block the federal government from interfering with state laws on pot and hemp.  

The most far-reaching of the votes — a measure to cut funds for Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana operations —  passed 219-189 on the strength of an unusual coalition that cut across traditional partisan lines. The medical marijuana measure was offered by conservative Republican Dana Rohrabacher of California as an amendment to the fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill. 

Hoyer Clarifies: No, I Have Not Smoked Pot

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that he has not smoked marijuana, clarifying his remarks from earlier in the day when he indicated he had.  

“At today’s press conference, I was unclear when discussing the Maryland General Assembly’s actions on marijuana. To be clear, I have not used marijuana. The point I tried to make was that I wasn’t going to ask for a show of hands of people who haven’t tried marijuana — because if I did, I would probably be one of very few who could raise my hand," the second highest-ranking House Democrat said in a statement emailed to CQ Roll Call.