David Schweikert

TV Ads Tell Conservatives to Vote With Trump on Health Care
American Action Network targets Freedom Caucus members in their districts

From left, Republican Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Mark Meadows of North Carolina are among the targets of the new GOP ad campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican issue advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is running half a million dollars in TV ads to pressure Freedom Caucus members to vote with President Donald Trump on the Republicans’ health care plan. 

American Action Network is running spots in 30 districts on Fox News beginning Thursday for two weeks. It’s the first time an outside group is invoking the president’s support for the health care plan in its paid advertising for the bill. 

Word on the Hill: Week Wraps Up
Animals, actors, and singers

California Rep. Ed Royce shows off George the kangaroo at a World Wildlife Day event hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Society on Capitol Hill this week. (Chip Weiskotten/WCS)

Happy Friday of a very busy week in Washington! And, a belated Happy Women’s History Month!

Here are a few things that happened this week worth checking out.

Nevada’s Hill Sway Sinks While Other Small States Surge
New Roll Call Clout Index reveals big disconnects between population and Capitol influence

With the retirement of former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada congressional delegation has lost much of its legislative leverage, Hawkings writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harry Reid may have masterminded one of 2016’s biggest statewide Democratic sweeps as he headed toward retirement, but the Nevada congressional delegation he left behind has lost much of its legislative leverage as a result. 

In fact, only two delegations have less collective influence at the Capitol this year than the six lawmakers from the Silver State, the newest Roll Call Clout Index reveals.

NRCC Names First Female Head of Recruitment
New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will help find 2018 candidates

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik will be the NRCC’s vice chairwoman for recruitment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers has named New York Rep. Elise Stefanik the committee’s vice chairwoman for recruitment for the 2018 election cycle. 

Stefanik is the first woman to lead recruitment efforts for the party, a significant appointment given that the GOP trails Democrats in the number of women in Congress. Democrats have 62 female members in the House, while Republicans have just 21.

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.

Debt Ceiling Deadline Falls in Trump’s First 100 Days but Fix May Not
Conservatives prepping deficit reduction plans to pair with any increase

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert is working on deficit reduction proposals that members say could be paired with an increase in the debt ceiling. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Republicans about to have unified control of the government ready their 100-day agenda, one thing is notably missing: a plan for addressing the government’s borrowing authority when the current debt limit suspension expires on March 15.

Congress suspended the debt ceiling as part of a budget deal former Speaker John A. Boehner negotiated before leaving office in the fall of 2015. When the suspension lifts, the cap will need to be raised or suspended again for the United States to avoid default.

Who Trump Could Expect to Support His Term Limits Proposal
A few dozen members of Congress support legislation calling for term limits

Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr introduced legislation last year, calling for term limits on senators and House members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposal to impose congressional term limits is unlikely to attract many allies in a Congress where he already has few. But there are still a few dozen Republicans he could likely count on to back the idea.

Congressional term limits can only be imposed through the adoption of a constitutional amendment. Nine Republican members of Congress have introduced several resolutions calling for such an amendment, collectively garnering a few dozen GOP co-sponsors.

Photos of the Week: Trump, Pence Roll Through Town, Library of Congress Gets Historic Leader
The week of Sept. 12 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Donald Trump, center, at a campaign event with veterans at the Trump International Hotel in Washington on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, where the Republican presidential nominee stated that he believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The week in Washington was capped off Friday with a visit by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Roll Call was in New Hampshire last weekend covering lawmakers on the campaign trail. This week, Trump's vice presidential candidate Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill and met with congressional Republicans. Members of the media got a sneak peek at the National Museum of African American History and Culture — opening to the public on Saturday, Sept. 24. And the Library of Congress got a new, and historic, leader. Carla Hayden will be the first female and first African American to helm the library.

Victim Returns to Hill as Human Trafficking Bill Announced
Legislation would close reporting gaps for trafficking data

From left, Shandra Woworuntu, Rep. Lois Frankel and Sen. Richard Blumenthal prepare for a news conference to announce "The Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act" on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Shandra Woworuntu, who traveled to the U.S. from Indonesia and was forced into sex slavery, returned to the Capitol on Wednesday for the announcement of bipartisan legislation to further combat human trafficking, an issue she has pressed Congress to address more aggressively.  

“We need to expand the visa data transparency,” said Woworuntu, who was trafficked in Connecticut and New York. “When this information is hidden from policymakers and advocacy groups, people like me are vulnerable.”  

Congressman Adopts Baby Girl

Schweikert brought his newly adopted daughter to a fundraiser before Christmas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., received a very special present this year: a baby girl.  

Schweikert’s daughter, Olivia, arrived three months ago, according to the Arizona Republic , but he and his wife chose not to announce it right away. Schweikert brought her to a holiday fundraiser in Scottsdale on Dec. 21.