Johnny Isakson

Word on the Hill: Virginia Is Most Patriotic State
Try some West Virginia cuisine today

Both states surrounding D.C. are among the top 20 most patriotic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call  file photo)

Virginia has been ranked the most patriotic state in America, according to a study conducted by Wallet Hub. Maryland ranks No. 17. D.C. was not included in the analysis.

The study looked at 13 indicators of patriotism in each state, including the average number of military enlistees, the share of adults who voted in the 2016 presidential election, and AmeriCorps volunteers per capita.

Staff Departures Undermine GOP Legislative Agenda
A number of key health and tax aides have left Capitol Hill

Eric Ueland, staff director for the Senate Budget Committee, is one of many high-profile staffers leaving Capitol Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Key Republican staffers are departing Capitol Hill with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, raising questions about how the party will advance its ambitious agenda to overhaul the U.S. tax code and health care system.

Senior personnel for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee have departed and lobbyists say others are preparing to depart the Senate Finance Committee. A handful of health policy staffers for members on those panels have also left for jobs off Capitol Hill and a key individual on the Senate Budget Committee was recently nominated for a senior post at the State Department.

Word on the Hill: Father’s Day
After a chaotic week, celebrate Dad

A famous father-son duo: California Rep. Jimmy Panetta and former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, also an ex-California congressman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Friday morning. Last night’s Congressional Baseball Game was emotional and eventful.

Check out all our coverage from the game and the atmosphere at the stadium. Look out for more to come throughout the day.

Isakson’s Senate Barbecue Serves as Congressional Baseball Appetizer
Ninth annual bipartisan Georgia feast

Senators, including, from left, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Tim Kaine of Virginia, feasted on barbecue at the annual event sponsored by Georgia’s Johnny Isakson. (Courtesy Isakson’s office)

What goes better with baseball than barbecue?

By luck of the calendar — and the timing of a Nationals road trip — Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game coincides with the Senate’s tradition of a bipartisan summer barbecue.

It’s Seersucker Time
National Seersucker Day kicks off summer Thursday tradition in the Capitol

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., celebrates National Seersucker Day during a group photograph in the U.S. Capitol in 2015. Along with McConnell are from left, Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Thad Cochran, R-Miss., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Summer in Washington means Seersucker Thursdays in the Capitol.

The longstanding tradition started as a way to keep cool in the D.C. swamp in the summer but has turned into a time for bipartisanship and camaraderie.

Meet the Dogs of the Senate
Canine friends in Fischer, Isakson, Rubio and Daines’ offices

Jabber has been Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office dog since May 2015. (Courtesy Isakson’s office)

President Harry Truman once said, “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.” There are a few Senate offices that are full of friends.

A few dogs hang out regularly either as official “office dogs,” or because they belong to staffers who enjoy bringing in their pooches.

Rob Portman's Plan to End Government Shutdown Showdowns
Revives bill to provide automatic continuing resolutions

Sen. Rob Portman wants to end the threat of federal funding lapsing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the risk of a government shutdown at week's end, Sen. Rob Portman is making another attempt at ending such threats once and for all.

The Ohio Republican, who led the Office of Management and Budget in the last GOP White House, will be reintroducing legislation that he has spearheaded since arriving in the Senate in 2011 that would provide for automatic continuing resolutions when Congress fails to advance appropriations bills before fiscal year funding deadlines.

Tense Senate Confirms Gorsuch to Supreme Court
Colorado jurist will restore conservative tilt as Scalia replacement

Neil Gorsuch is the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 1:41 p.m. | The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next Supreme Court justice on Friday on a mostly party-line vote, 54-45. Democrats Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined all Republicans present in voting to confirm. Republican Johnny Isakson of Georgia did not vote.

Gorsuch was supported by the fewest number of senators since Justice Clarence Thomas was confirmed in 1991 on a 52-48 vote. 

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff Raises $8.3M
95 percent of first quarter donations came from out of state

Democrat Jon Ossoff is one 18 candidates seeking the vacant seat in Georgia’s 18th District. (Photo courtesy Dustin Chambers/Jon Ossoff for Congress)

Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff raised $8.3 million during the first quarter of the year, his campaign announced Wednesday night.

It’s a stunning haul, especially for a 30-year-old first-time candidate who’s running as a Democrat in a traditionally Republican House district. 

Pence, Isakson Key to Measure Allowing States to Restrict Family Planning Funds
Votes on resolution overturning Obama-era rule need VP’s help

Vice President Mike Pence cast two tiebreaking Senate votes Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Republican majority is razor-thin enough on social policy that Vice President Mike Pence needed to break two ties Thursday to let states block family planning money from health care providers, most prominently Planned Parenthood.

Sen. Johnny Isakson didn’t expect to return to the Capitol after back surgery to be casting such consequential votes.