Jeff Flake

Photos of the Week: A Health Care Bill Stalemate Hits D.C. Amid Heat Wave
The week of July 17 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

On Monday, U.S. Capitol Police officers prepare to arrest several demonstrators protesting the GOP health care legislation in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. Dozens of protesters chanted during the demonstration before police cleared the atrium. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)


The week of July 17 began with health care negotiations in the Senate, amid protests in the hallways of the Senate office buildings, and is coming to an end with an essentially stalled process on a new health care bill in the chamber. The Republican effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature law continued to be the focus of Congress watchers on the Hill this week.

Baseball Coaches’ Bill Would Provide for Injured Capitol Police Officers
Barton and Doyle see ‘silver lining’ from GOP baseball shooting incident

Congressional baseball coaches, Reps. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, left, and Joe L. Barton of Texas have teamed up on a bill to help Capitol Police officers injured in the line of duty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The congressional baseball coaches aren’t done talking about the positive outcomes of this year’s game: bipartisanship and support for the Capitol Police.

Reps. Joe L. Barton of Texas and Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, the respective Republican and Democratic coaches, introduced a bill Wednesday that would expand the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to allow donations to go to officers injured in the line of duty.

Flake Defends Democratic Opponent From Anti-Muslim Slurs
‘Lots of wonderful people across Arizona,’ GOP senator says

Democratic challenger Deedra Abboud thanked Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake for his “leadership in rejecting behavior that doesn’t reflect our American values.” (Courtesy Deedra 2018)

Sen. Jeff Flake flew quickly to the defense of one of his 2018 Democratic challengers on Twitter late Tuesday in response to anti-Muslim comments posted on her Facebook page.

“Hang in there @deedra2018,” the Arizona Republican encouraged Deedra Abboud, a 45-year-old Phoenix immigration and estate planning lawyer, after seeing an Arizona Republic story pointing out some of the hateful comments. Abboud, a Muslim, launched her campaign to unseat Flake in April.

Tiptoes on the Hill Back Into War Debate
A bipartisan push for Trump to seek fresh authority to combat terrorism

Soldiers with the New York Army National Guard patrol in New York City’s Penn Station in June following a terrorist attack in London. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sixteen years on, Congress seems to be getting genuinely close to forcing itself into a fresh debate on how to prescribe the use of military force against terrorism.

Writing a new war authorization will not happen before the end of the year, meaning those deliberations would be influenced by the dynamics of the midterm election campaign. But proposals to force the issue onto the agenda have the potential to blossom into sleeper hits on this summer’s remarkably blockbuster-deprived roster of consequential legislation.

McConnell Delays Obamacare Rollback While McCain Recovers From Surgery
McCain had surgery Friday to address a blood clot

Sen. John McCain is in good condition after surgery, but will remain in Arizona for now. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 10:40 p.m. | Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain is staying in Arizona next week, recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot, which will delay action on rolling back the 2010 health care law.

“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family,” McCain’s office said in a statement. “On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”

Ryan Teases August Recess Delay
If Senate delivers health care bill, “we’re going to stay”

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said his chamber may stay after the start of the scheduled August recess to work on health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that if the Senate delivers a health care bill before the summer is over, he’d be open to joining Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in keeping his chamber in during at least part of the August recess.

The Wisconsin Republican said that if the Senate produced the legislation at the same time members prepare to fly home for a month, “we’re going to stay and finish health care.”

Inside Elections: 2018 May Be Tough for Senate Republicans

Mapping Out 2018 in the Senate
Democrats are still on the defensive but can’t be dismissed

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange faces a competitive Republican special election primary next month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Eight months into the 2018 election cycle and with 16 months to go, the fundamentals of the Senate map haven’t changed.

One state has been added to the map: Alabama.

Human Rights Campaign Announces $26 Million Midterm Push
Plans to go ‘beyond resistance’ against Trump and Republicans

President of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin said his group plans to focus on “pro-equality candidates and initiatives.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators Skeptical of Leadership Health Care Timeline
Major sticking points remain as members await more information.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., must still navigate diverging positions in his conference over health care. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With several sticking points remaining, rank-and-file Republican senators and aides are skeptical of Senate GOP leaders’ latest goal of holding a vote on legislation to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system as early as next week.

Adding to the headache for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is an amendment pushed by a pair of conservatives that they say is necessary for their support. While it has some appeal in the conference, others have lingering questions over what impact the provision would have on sicker individuals.