Charles Boustany Jr

Lawmakers, businesses warn of long-term damage of tariffs
“Tit-for-tat tariffs as a negotiating tactic are very, very dangerous”

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey has a bill that would limit the ability of the president to impose levies for national security reasons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Trump administration may have pushed trading partners to come to the negotiating table with tariffs, but a Delaware soybean farmer and a Virginia distillery owner say business people like them are paying a price for the tactic.

At a Wednesday press conference by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, Senate Republicans Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin joined Democrats Thomas R. Carper of Delaware and Mark Warner of Virginia in decrying the tariffs, which they said are squeezing businesses and could eventually take a bite out of the U.S. economy. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland represents 150 organizations from several industries.

George H.W. Bush Never Forgot the People’s House
From handball to coalition-building, his bipartisanship is sorely missed along Pennsylvania Avenue today

Members of the military salute as the casket of the late George H.W. Bush is carried into the Capitol to lie in state in the Rotunda on Dec. 3. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — As the tributes to President George H.W. Bush pour in, certain key words keep reappearing: Bipartisan. Gracious. Gentleman. We saw him build that legacy, one small or large act at a time.

Now we’re the president and vice-president of the Former Members of Congress (FMC). But three decades ago, Martin was a House member from Texas the entire time president Bush served first as vice president and then as president. Charles was elected to Congress from Louisiana after Bush’s political career ended; however, he has followed him closely over the years.

Scalise to be Honorary Coach for College World Series
Louisiana State University announces it will honor him with the role

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, right, and then-Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., talk before last year’s Louisiana State University-University of Alabama football game in Baton Rouge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, who was one of five people shot Wednesday while practicing for Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game, will be an honorary coach for his alma mater in the College World Series.

“He really is in our thoughts and prayers. We’re hoping that he’s going to have a full recovery and a speedy recovery, but my understanding is he’s having to deal with some real issues here,” Louisiana State University coach Paul Mainieri told shortly after the team arrived for the tournament in Omaha, Neb.

Word on the Hill: Cortez Masto and Latina Staffers
Tea party rally and award for Biden

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, center, front row, and the staffers. (Courtesy Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's office)

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., met with Latina Senate staffers on Monday for a roundtable discussion on the importance of women and students of color getting access to internships and employment opportunities on Capitol Hill.

They also discussed obstacles women face in a Senate office and brainstormed other ways to address issues pertaining to a lack of diversity.

NRCC Staffs Up for 2018
Press and political shops mix fresh faces with NRCC veterans

John Rogers, executive director for the NRCC, is announcing hires for the committee’s press and political shop Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Rogers, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, will announce hires for the committee’s political and communications shops on Friday.

The hires, shared first with Roll Call, are a mix of NRCC veterans and former Hill staffers with a range of experiences working on House, Senate and presidential campaigns.

Louisiana Runoffs Increase Republican Majorities in Senate and House
State Treasurer John Kennedy easily outpaces Democratic challenger

Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy won Louisiana’s Senate runoff on Saturday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans increased their Senate majority to 52 seats in the 115th Congress and also retained two House seats after Saturday’s Louisiana runoffs, the final elections of 2016. 

GOP state Treasurer John Kennedy easily outdistanced his Democratic opponent, Public Services Commissioner Foster Campbell, 61 percent to 39 percent, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. He replaces Republican Sen. David Vitter, who is retiring after two terms.

‘Cajun John Wayne’ Tells Ex Congressional Pay Will Help With Child Support
House hopeful Clay Higgins taped discussing the more than $100,000 he owes

Clay Higgins, who made his name with a series of viral Crime Stoppers videos, is in a runoff for Louisiana's open 3rd District seat. (Screengrab)

Clay Higgins, better known by his Internet moniker Cajun John Wayne, was taped telling his ex-wife getting elected to Congress would help pay back thousands of dollars in child support.

Higgins is one of two Republicans in the runoff race to fill retiring Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.'s congressional seat.

Kennedy Likely Bet in Louisiana Senate Runoff
But cash flows for Democrat Campbell as Saturday vote nears

Louisiana Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy greets a guest at his election night party in Baton Rouge on Nov. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Though increased national attention and a late cash influx has buoyed Foster Campbell’s bid for Louisiana's open Senate seat, experts say Republican rival John Kennedy has the race all but locked up.

Campbell, a longtime Public Service Commissioner and self-proclaimed "pro-gun, pro-life" Democrat," will face off against State Treasurer John Kennedy in a Saturday runoff election.

GOP's Kennedy, Democrat Campbell Emerge from the Louisiana Senate Jungle
Jungle primary determines matchup for December Senate runoff

Foster Campbell, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, greets a guest after announcing he advanced to a runoff election during an election night party at the Capital Hilton in Baton Rouge, La., Nov. 8, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Guns N’ Roses might say, “Welcome to the jungle.”

A pair of Senate candidates have emerged from the Louisiana jungle primary, The Associated Press projects, with Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy being joined in a Dec. 10 runoff by Democratic Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell.

Republicans Angelle, Higgins Set for Runoff in Louisiana's 3rd District
Incumbent Rep. Charles Boustany left to run for the Senate

Republican Scott Angelle is heading for a December runoff in Louisiana's 3rd District. (Courtesy Scott Angelle Facebook page)

The top two candidates in Louisiana's 3rd District will head to a runoff election on Dec. 10, as no candidate crossed the 50 percent threshold in the election results.

Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins, both Republicans, will finish 1-2 in Tuesday's primary. Angelle led Higgins 29 percent to 26 percent with 74 percent of precincts reporting.