Carlos Curbelo

House GOP Group Launches Digital Campaign for Health Care Plan
American Action Network will target 28 House districts

American Action Network is running digital ads about the House Republicans’ health care law replacement efforts in Ohio’s 4th District, held by former Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across 28 congressional districts. 

American Action Network, a conservative nonprofit advocacy organization, is launching its first digital campaign of the year Friday, when the House is expected to vote on the budget resolution that would begin the process of repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. 

For 20, a New Year’s Boost in House Legislative Sway
How the winners of top committee assignments made their own luck

Keep an eye peeled for these House members with plum new committee assignments, from left to right, first row: Pete Aguilar, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, Katherine M. Clark, Ryan A. Costello, Carlos Curbelo; second row: Suzan DelBene, Debbie Dingell, Brian Higgins, John Moolenaar, Grace Meng; third row: Dan Newhouse, Scott Peters, Mark Pocan, Raul Ruiz, David Schweikert; fourth row: Terri A. Sewell, Scott Taylor, Tim Walberg, Jackie Walorski and Mimi Walters. (Bill Clark, Meredith Dake-O’Connor and Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos. Scott Taylor courtesy Scott Taylor for U.S. Congress)

Specialization seasoned with seniority is the surest recipe for a meaningful legislative career in the House, which is more than big enough to swallow all the dilettantes and short-timers without a trace. It’s finding a substantive niche, then fitting in over the long haul, that proves perennially frustrating for many members. 

But the goal of becoming a successful and substantive lawmaker just got a whole lot easier for a score of them.

Hard-Liners Are Confident Heading Into Immigration Battle
Sharp rightward turn could lead to increased deportations

Attorney General-designee Jeff Sessions has ties to a number of aides on Donald Trump’s transition team. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By JONATHAN MILLER and DEAN DeCHIARO

Donald Trump’s administration will feature a host of emboldened immigration hard-liners plucked from Congress, chief among them Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the president-elect’s pick for attorney general.

Self-funder Among GOP Members Asking Colleagues for Debt Help
Indiana’s Trey Hollingsworth is worth nearly $60 million

Indiana Rep.-elect Trey Hollingsworth is on a list of GOP members asking their colleagues for help with unpaid campaign expenses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Indiana Rep.-elect Trey Hollingsworth loaned his campaign more than $3 million of his own money to get elected in the 9th District this year. But he’s now asking his new colleagues in the House to help with his unpaid campaign bills. 

Hollingsworth is one of ten members-elect on a list of candidates with campaign debt that the National Republican Congressional Committee distributed to the House GOP caucus. Two returning congressmen were on this year’s list, Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Will Hurd of Texas. Lawmakers can use their own campaign accounts or leadership PACs to help their indebted colleagues.

Word on the Hill: Capitol Christmas Tree Gets Lit
Holiday parties today

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Payette National Forest in Idaho was unloaded on the West Front of the Capitol on Nov. 28. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Christmas Tree will light up at a ceremony this evening with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and the Idaho congressional delegation, because the tree comes from Idaho.

“We extend our gratitude to the countless individuals who made this a reality, particularly the Idaho students who hand-decorated thousands of Christmas ornaments, and the Payette National Forest officials who selected this year’s tree and ensured its safe arrival in Washington,” Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Michael D. Crapo said in a joint statement.

‘A Tyrant is Dead’ — Congress Reacts to the Death of Fidel Castro
Longtime Cuban dictator died Friday night at age 90

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro died Friday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Even in the middle of the night, the reaction to the death of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was swift from South Florida lawmakers and those with Cuban-American ties.

“The day that the people, both inside the island and out, have waited for has arrived: A tyrant is dead and a new beginning can dawn on the last remaining communist bastion of the Western Hemisphere,” Florida GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was born in Havana, said in a statement.

Florida Democrats Prep for Nelson’s 2018 Race
Florida’s senior senator is one of 25 Democrats defending seats in two years

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson faces a potentially tough re-election race as GOP Gov. Rick Scott might run against him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Democrats are trying to pick up the pieces after being decimated by Republicans on all levels in Tuesday’s election as they prepare for a 2018 challenge.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, some Democrats are seeing the same trends in the state that hurt them nationally.

Vulnerable House Republicans Hold On
Democrats have gained a net of at least six seats

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., won re-election, signaling that down-ballot Republicans in competitive districts may be able to overcome Democratic efforts to tie them to Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 10:00 a.m.

With Donald Trump winning the White House, Republicans continue to hold a comfortable House majority. 

Republican Carlos Curbelo Re-Elected in Florida’s 26th District
Democratic former Rep. Joe Garcia loses bid to reclaim seat

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida won re-election against Democratic former Rep. Joe Garcia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo will defeat Democratic former Rep. Joe Garcia in their rematch in Florida’s 26th District, The Associated Press projects.

Curbelo led Garcia 53 percent to 41 percent with 91 percent of precincts reporting.

How the Hill's Endangered Have Been Voting
Some Republicans in Democratic turf have moderated, others have stayed hard right

Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, center, has a lower-than-average party unity score while New Hampshire Rep. Frank C. Guinta, right, who is even more vulnerable, scores close to the party average. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The year’s desultory legislative track record offers this insight into the closing days of the campaign for Congress: The already compacted political middle is threatened with additional shrinkage.

In the Senate, especially, but also in the House, the collection of lawmakers running scared less than a week before Election Day is overstocked with an endangered ideological species — the independent-minded centrist.