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Hill Frustrated by Trump Administration’s Lack of Long-Term Syria Plan
Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker: ‘I wish we were further along’

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, an Armed Services member, said Friday he wishes the Trump administration was closer to having a long-term Syria plan after launching an airstrike there Thursday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senior Trump administration officials did not disclose to lawmakers any long-term plans for dealing with Syrian strongman Bashar Assad or the years-old conflict in his country, further complicating President Donald Trump’s relationship with Congress.

Republican and Democratic senators expressed surprise and frustration, after a classified briefing Friday, that the new president and his team have no strategy for what comes next, following a Trump-ordered Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian air base in response to a reported Assad government chemical attack that killed dozens of the country’s own civilians.

Word on the Hill: Muslim Group Advocacy Day Focuses on Refugees
Senate majority leader has birthday on Presidents Day

Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern will address the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA before its advocacy day on Capitol Hill on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The seventh annual “Day on the Hill” for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA today will highlight its “True Islam” campaign and “#MuslimAlly” hashtag.

The group maintains it is the oldest Muslim organization in America, and 75 chapters from across the country are expected to meet with hundreds of congressional offices. Its focus this year is on discussing threats to homeland security and refugee processing.

Collins Defends Trump Over Flynn While GOP Colleagues Remain Silent
N.Y. congressman: ‘I don’t believe anyone knew what Gen. Flynn was doing’

New York Rep. Chris Collins, seen here speaking at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Buffalo, N.Y., last year, is a lone voice defending Trump after his national security adviser resigned late Monday night 25 days into Trump’s presidency. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Chris Collins of New York, one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters on Capitol Hill, is defending the administration after Michael Flynn resigned his post as national security adviser.

Yet, most of his Republican colleagues are notably silent.

Democrats Want Probe of ‘Unfit’ Flynn’s Russia Ties
Cummings, Conyers want Justice briefing before President’s Day holiday recess

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, at podium, and then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. On Monday night, Flynn resigned as Trump's national security adviser. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Democrats are applauding the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, labeling him “unfit” for the office and calling for the Justice Department to fully disclose his ties to Russia.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an “bipartisan, independent, outside commission” to investigate President Donald Trump’s and his administration’s connections with Russia.

Trump’s National Security Adviser Resigns
Growing concerns over communications with Russian ambassador to U.S.

Michael Flynn, the national security adviser to President Donald Trump, has submitted his resignation amidst controversy over his communications with a Russian ambassador. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s mercurial national security adviser, submitted his resignation late Monday amidst growing controversy over his communications with Russia’s ambassador to the United States.

Flynn wrote in his resignation letter that he provided “incomplete information” about conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Democrats Do What They Can With What They Have
Members demand meeting with Homeland Security secretary

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng plans to introduce a bill on the House floor to prevent a controversial executive order signed by President Donald Trump from taking further effect. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats want to keep pressure on Republicans amid the fallout over the Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and legal travelers from several majority-Muslim countries.

Although Democrats in the chamber have little recourse to force votes on legislation, several high-ranking committee members are demanding answers from the Homeland Security secretary at the same time that others are readying legislation to rescind the executive action and keep the heat on the GOP. Democrats Rally at Supreme Court Against Trump Ban

Pelosi Has Support of Four-Fifths of Members Needed to Beat Tim Ryan
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan has 12 endorsements to Pelosi’s 80

Nancy Pelosi faces Ohio’s Tim Ryan for the House Democratic leadership position on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had garnered public endorsements from at least 80 Democratic members — four-fifths of the total she needs to hold onto her leadership post.

The Californian, who has been the top Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who had only 12 public endorsements as of 8:30 p.m. 

Word on the Hill: Long Live the Dome
It's class picture day for incoming House freshmen

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers gets to show off the newly restored Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a little more than two months to go until Inauguration Day, the Capitol Dome restoration is done and ready to be shown off.

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers will conduct a briefing on the restoration, in which he is expected to officially announce the successful completion. The briefing will take place at the House Elm Tree (on the East Front) at 9 a.m.

John Dingell's 90th is the Party of the Year
Both sides of the aisle celebrate with the former congressman

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., leads the crowd in singing a birthday song to former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., in the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing room, also known as the John D. Dingell Room, on Wednesday. Dingell is celebrating his 90th birthday. In the background are Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas and Gene Green, D-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Everyone knows John Dingell brings the fun. And bipartisanship and ice cream.  

The Michigan State Society, in cahoots with Dingell's wife, Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell, threw the Dean a 90th birthday party on Wednesday in the room named after him in the Rayburn Office Building.  

Another Gun Protest on the House Floor
Democrats use brief session to call for 'no fly, no buy' bill

Steve Israel, D-N.Y., talks with reporters in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting with House Democrats last week. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A handful of Democrats attempted to use a brief housekeeping session of the House on Tuesday to draw more attention to the need for Congress to vote on gun control legislation.  

“Mr. Speaker,” the six Democrats shouted, trying to get recognition for Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., who was serving as the speaker pro tempore during the pro forma session. Typically no business is conducted during such sessions.