John Conyers Jr

Polls Show Fewer Americans Want Health Care Repeal
Growing number feels government should guarantee health care for all Americans

Protesters chant against the GOP health care legislation in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Monday before police cleared the atrium, arresting several people who refused to leave. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New polls show Americans are less favorable of the Republican effort to repeal and replacement the 2010 health care act, and more favorable of universal health care. 

In an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Tuesday, 62 percent of those polled said it’s the federal government’s responsibility to ensure health care coverage for all Americans, compared with 37 percent saying it isn’t. That’s up 10 percent from the AP/NORC poll in March. Other polls have shown similarly high levels of popularity for universal care.

When Congressional Spouses (Allegedly) Misbehave
Jane Sanders not the first to get into legal trouble amid a re-election

A federal investigation is looking into a real estate deal and bank loan during the tenure of Jane Sanders, wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as president of the now-defunct Burlington College. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With congressional job approval hovering around 17 percent, members of Congress are carrying their own baggage into their re-election races, even without the weight of a spouse in legal trouble.

Jane Sanders isn’t a stranger to the spotlight, as her husband, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, ascended the political ladder and nearly claimed last year’s Democratic Party presidential nomination. But now she’s in the news because of a federal investigation into a real estate deal and a corresponding bank loan during her tenure as president of the now-defunct Burlington College in Vermont.

Ethics Committee Investigating Luján, Conyers and House Staffer
House panel reveals it took up matter from OCE in May

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee along with Ben Ray Luján and a House staffer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee acknowledged Monday it is investigating Reps. Ben Ray Luján, John Conyers and House staffer Michael Collins.

The panel did not disclose details of its inquiry. Since the probe was referred to the House committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, details of the OCE’s reports are expected to be made public August 9.

House Cancels Votes in Wake of Shooting
Hearings, events across Capitol also postponed

The shooting at the GOP practice in Alexandria prompted House leaders to cancel votes. (CQ Roll Call)

The House canceled floor votes on Wednesday in the wake of the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. 

Several hearings across the Capitol, including an Appropriations subcommittee that was due to examine the budget of the Capitol Police, were canceled or postponed. 

196 Democratic Lawmakers, Including Pelosi, Sue President Trump
Lawsuit claims claim violation of constitution’s ‘emoluments clause’

Almost 200 Democratic lawmakers are planning to file a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump has violated the Constitution’s “foreign emoluments clause.” (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Nearly 200 Democratic lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump has violated the Constitution’s “foreign emoluments clause” by retaining interest in his business empire.

Thirty members of the Senate Democratic caucus are among the signatories to the legal effort, along with 166 House members. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and House Judiciary Ranking Democrat John Conyers Jr., are the leaders of the effort.

Opinion: Pelosi’s ‘Medicare for All’ Problem
Democrats want it, but at what cost?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to squash her own party’s desire to fight for a health care system in which the government is the single payer for necessary medical expenses, Allen writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Last month, Democratic House members were given polling data and a set of talking points on health care.

The thrust: Hammer Republicans on their Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan, but do it with precision. More implicit, but just as clear, Democrats were advised to stay away from promoting the “Medicare for All” plan that has energized the party’s grass-roots activists and its rank and file in Congress.

Opinion: Trump Policies on Voting and Criminal Justice Quietly Move Country Backward
Plans proceed despite chaos in the White House

President Donald Trump’s policies threaten voting rights and criminal justice reforms, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While the Trump administration is in a state of perpetual turmoil, some of its promised policies are proceeding as planned. Support from a Republican Congress is softening with each cringe-worthy headline about slips, leaks and feuds; still, its members, mindful of the president’s loyal base, are proceeding with caution.

And when you step back from the chaos, don’t expect to see any progress on other issues — such as voting rights and criminal justice reform — that once promised a bit of bipartisan cooperation. 

Word on the Hill: Laura Bush Gets Women Making History Award
D.C. is no longer the most fit city

Former first lady Laura Bush will be honored in a video sent by former first lady Hillary Clinton.(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual Women Making History Honors gala will honor former first lady Laura Bush for her contribution to inspiring women.

Former first lady, New York senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided a video tribute for Bush. Other honorees this year include former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, former NPR host Diane Rehm, and former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios.

White House Won't Deny Trump is Taping Oval Office Conversations
President has ‘nothing to add’ to tweet threatening Comey with ‘tapes’

President Donald Trump is seen through a window speaking on the phone with King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud, in the Oval Office on Jan. 29. His top spokesman on Friday did not deny that Trump might be recording his Oval Office conversations. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The White House on Friday declined to deny that President Donald Trump is recording conversations he is having in the Oval Office.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer began his back-and-forth with reporters Friday by saying Trump told him he has “nothing to add” to a morning tweet in which he suggested he has “tapes” of private conversations with James Comey, the former FBI director whom he fired on Tuesday. The president threatened to release them should Comey talk to the media.

Democrats Question Sessions’ Recusal Claims
Conyers, Cummings request more info on Comey firing

By REMA RAHMAN And JOHN T. BENNETT, CQ ROLL CALL

The top House Democrats on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are expressing “grave concerns” over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.