Lucille Roybal-Allard

Top Diversity Associations on Capitol Hill Run by Women
All four major diversity congressional staff associations are run by women for first time ever

From left, Victoria Rivas, president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association; Francesca McCrary, president of the Congressional Black Associates; Moh Sharma, president of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association; and Yasmin Rigney, president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For the first time, women now head the four largest congressional staff diversity associations.

And they say that makes perfect sense after all the focus on sexual harassment and gender disparity over the past year.

Senate Democrats Picked for Select Budget, Pension Committees

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer picked his choices for the bipartisan committees looking for solutions to budget and pension issues. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday named eight senators to the select committees tasked with overhauling the budget and appropriations process as well as providing recommendations for restoring the solvency of multiemployer pension plans.

The New York Democrat selected Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Michael Bennet of Colorado, and Brian Schatz and Mazie K. Hirono, both of Hawaii, for the budget panel.

Rank-and-File Lawmakers Not Feeling It on Grand Immigration Deal
Pairing DACA replacement with border security seen as a bad idea

House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez says the so-called DREAM Act must be part of an immigration deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Friday 1:42 p.m. | President Donald Trump and congressional leaders see the most likely legislative path to replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as pairing it with border security. But rank-and-file members of both parties think that’s a bad idea.

“We’re going to get ourselves in a quagmire if we allow there to be a linkage because of such disputes and debates here among the hard-line immigration crew about what should be linked,” Vermont Democratic Rep. Peter Welch said, adding that there were members for whom there could never be “enough security.”

Take Five: Jimmy Gomez
California Democrat reflects on his first week in Congress

California Rep. Jimmy Gomez previously worked on the Hill for Rep. Hilda L. Solis and recalls telling himself he wouldn’t return to Washington until he was a member of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Jimmy Gomez, 42, a California Democrat, talks about the time between his being elected and being sworn in, returning as a former Hill staffer, and his welcome to Washington compared to Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte’s.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: USS Gabrielle Giffords
Your social calendar for the week

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords poses with husband Mark Kelly at the christening of her namesake ship in 2015. (Courtesy Giffords via Facebook)

Former Rep. Gabreille Giffords, D-Ariz., made history this weekend when the U.S. Navy launched a combat ship named after her.

Giffords, who survived a shooting assassination attempt in Tucson, Ariz., in 2011, is the first living woman since first lady Martha Washington to have a Navy warship named after her.

Immigration Players to Watch
Democrats from Trump states in a tight spot

Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, left, and Marco Rubio of Florida, both members of the Gang of Eight, are expected to be key players in the immigration debate in the next Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)


Several important groups of lawmakers will have outsized roles influencing the immigration debate in the 115th Congress. They include:

Tuesday Trivia: Congressional Campaign Edition
This week is all about Wyoming and Alaska

Wyoming House candidate Liz Cheney tapes a segment on Fox News' "Hannity" with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, in New York last year. (Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images file photo)

For this recess edition of trivia, we're going all congressional campaigns.

Should Liz Cheney win Tuesday’s congressional primary in Wyoming, she would be on track to become one of the few female members whose father also served in Congress (Dick Cheney was Wyoming’s at-large representative from 1979-89). Which of the following women did not have a father who served in Congress?

Roybal's Legacy Takes Root on Capitol Grounds
The late congressman honored with a red oak tree.

From left,  Steny Hoyer, Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, Rev. Patrick Conroy, Lucille Roybal-Allard and Nancy Pelosi attend a tree planting ceremony on the south side of the Capitol for the late Rep. Edward Roybal, D-Calif., the father Roybal-Allard, March 16, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The memory of the late Edward R. Roybal will remain in Congress long after most have left. Between the House side of the Capitol and Rayburn, where his office was, a red oak tree was planted to honor him on Wednesday.  

The California Democrat was honored by his daughter, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and his former colleagues Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md.