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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

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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."  

House's Muslim Members Brace for Charged Terror Debate

Ellison, in 2011, arrives to testify at a Homeland Security Committee hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response" (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Updated 5:30 p.m. | The two Muslim members of the House share the sentiments of their fellow Democrats: Under no circumstances should the United States block Syrian refugees from this country in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris..  

But for Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and André Carson of Indiana, there's a greater sense of urgency in how Congress responds to the violence at the hands of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS, that has a stranglehold in Syria. Ellison and Carson live and work in a political environment where “Islam” is often paired with the phrase “radical,” and many Republicans argue the only way to prevent “Muslim extremists” from coming to the United States is to bar entry of all asylum seekers from Syria.  

House Democrats Brace for Round Two of Trade Fight

Kind helped the president whip House votes on TPA. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats who fought unsuccessfully earlier this year to withhold Trade Promotion Authority from the White House are gearing up for round two: an effort to undo the sweeping 12-nation Pacific trade deal announced Monday that TPA authorized the administration to negotiate.  

"The deal ... is the result of negotiations between corporate interests and trade representatives, which ignored the voices of working families in all twelve countries," Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota declared in a statement. "These negotiations have been conducted in secret by foreign governments and multi-national corporations for the sole benefit of wealthy executives and special interests — to the detriment of American workers, our environment, our food safety and our ability to innovate and advance human development," Rep. Rick Nolan, another Minnesota Democrat, said.  

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

(Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

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.  

Attendance Sparse at Planned Parenthood Video Screening

Sen. Rand Paul speaks at a rally in favor of de-funding Planned Parenthood (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

Two thousand is the number of Democratic House and Senate staffers invited to a screening of the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissues and organs.  

Sixteen is the number of congressional aides who responded to the invitation, sent out by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. Seven is the number of staffers who actually checked in at the event's registration desk on Capitol Hill Thursday morning.  

Why Eric Swalwell Endorsed Martin O'Malley

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., endorsed former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When it comes to 2016 endorsements, House Democrats were, until just a couple of days ago, divided into two camps : Those who had publicly endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president and those who hadn't.  

Enter Rep. Eric Swalwell. Over the weekend, the second-term California Democrat pledged support for former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, becoming the first member of the House Democratic Caucus to back a 2016 presidential candidate other than Clinton, who came to Capitol Hill last week to court lawmakers.  

Clinton to Meet With 'Tri-Caucus' Members on Capitol Hill

Clinton, center, will visit Capitol Hill next week to court Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to her old stomping grounds on Capitol Hill next week for the first time since declaring her candidacy for president.  

The former secretary of State, New York senator and first lady has scheduled meetings for July 14 with members of the Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific American caucuses, a Clinton campaign official confirmed with CQ Roll Call. Clinton, the official said, would be sitting down separately with each of the three congressional caucuses “for policy meetings on pressing foreign and domestic issues that impact the African-American, Hispanic and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.”  

How One House Democrat Helped Save Trade for Obama

Kind, D-Wis., helped get 28 Democrats to vote for TPA (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At midday Thursday, there was a gathering in Majority Whip Steve Scalise's members' lounge off Statuary Hall to toast House passage of Trade Adjustment Assistance, the last piece of a legislative package giving Trade Promotion Authority to President Barack Obama.  

But among the select group of lawmakers and aides from both parties, there was one notable absence: The House Democrat who helped win for Obama the ability to negotiate a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. Rep. Ron Kind, chairman of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, was already en route to catch a flight home to Wisconsin. A 10-term member with a no-fuss Midwestern sensibility, Kind didn't need a party to validate his accomplishment.