Johnny Isakson

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.

Senate Needs All Hands, Including Vice President, on Measure to Restrict Health Funds
Johnny Isakson, Mike Pence allow Senate to consider joint resolution

Vice President Mike Pence was needed to break a tie just so the Senate could consider a joint resolution that could slow funding to Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate needed a senator just returning from back surgery and the vice president to break a tie just to proceed to a measure that would allow states to restrict funding to health care providers that provide abortion.

With Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voting against proceeding to the joint resolution, the chamber had to wait for Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson to return to the floor with the aid of a walker just to get to 50-50.

Unanimous Vote for Obama-Era Official as VA Secretary
David Shulkin provides rare bipartisan confirmation moment

David Shulkin has earned a promotion at the VA. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In a break from the partisan rancor over Donald Trump’s nominees, senators came together to back the president’s choice to helm the Department of Veterans Affairs, who so happened to be a senior-level holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama.

David Shulkin received overwhelming bipartisan support to head the VA, which has been plagued by health care scandals in recent years. Senators quickly backed Shulkin in a unanimous vote.

States Could Keep Obamacare Under Cassidy-Collins Replacement

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) speaks with a reporters as she leaves the Senate Republicans' policy luncheon on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two key Senate Republicans introduced a proposal Monday that would let states choose whether to keep their existing health insurance marketplaces or forge ahead with a new, more conservative plan.

The proposal, from Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine, is the first Senate replacement plan proposed this year and takes a more moderate approach to repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law.

Take Five: Roger Wicker
Mississippi Republican disappointed in members boycotting inauguration

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, left, seen here with Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, says he’s living his American dream. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, 65, talks inauguration advice for the new president, members’ boycott of Friday’s event, and what’s on his reading list.

Q: What’s your take on the political climate and boycotting surrounding the inauguration?

Word on the Hill: Happy Holidays
See you in 2017!

Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, right, gives a tour of the Capitol Rotunda to friends on Tuesday. Let us know what other members are up to over the holidays. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Whether you’re staying in D.C. or traveling, I hope you enjoy the holidays and have a Happy New Year!

Word on the Hill will be on a break until Jan. 3, 2017.