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Word on the Hill: Inauguration Day
Last-minute planning for today and Saturday

President-elect Donald Trump shirts being sold outside the Capitol. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

It’s here — the day Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

Stay informed with our tips for taking in the day, list of balls and galas and list of counter-parties going on around D.C. And watch for our coverage all day.

Freshmen Backed by Freedom Caucus Aren’t Committing to Joining
Caucus leaders expect some non-freshmen to help replenish their ranks

The political arm of the House Freedom Caucus backed Indiana Republican Jim Banks, but he has not yet decided to join the caucus if invited. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus is currently down seven members from the 114th Congress — and possibly two more.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney is awaiting confirmation as President-elect Donald Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Retiring Members Make Room for Their Replacements
Rayburn basement just got more crowded

Painters repaint the office of outgoing North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers in the Longworth building last week in preparation for a new tenant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Departing House members are having their last hurrah together in the Rayburn House Office Building basement until their final day in Congress.

They were moved to the Members Service Center, where each member has a cubicles with a computer, two chairs and a phone to share with their decreased staffs.

House Freedom Caucus Elects Board Members, Meadows to Run for Chairman
Brat, Hice and Perry replace Garrett, Fleming and Salmon on board

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, left, is running for House Freedom Caucus chairman since Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan has decided not to seek another term atop the conservative caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Freedom Caucus elected three new board members Tuesday night, as North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows announced he plans to run for caucus chairman. 

Current caucus head, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who has led the conservative group since it’s inception in early 2015, told Roll Call he does not plan to seek another term as chairman. 

New Member: Republican Andy Biggs Elected in Arizona's 5th District
Biggs replaces retiring GOP Rep. Matt Salmon

Republican Andy Biggs is elected in Arizona’s 5th District to replace retiring GOP Rep. Matt Salmon. (Photo courtesy of Biggs campaign)

Republican Andy Biggs will defeat Democrat Talia Fuentes in Arizona’s 5th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Biggs will replace retiring Rep. Matt Salmon, both as the district’s representative and likely as a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Field Set in Arizona's Tossup House District
Republican-turned-Democrat to face off against scandal-plagued Republican

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, seen here at a Capitol news conference in 2010 with Sen. John McCain, won the Republican primary for the state's 1st District Tuesday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated Sept. 4 | In Arizona's tossup 1st District, Democrat Tom O'Halleran, a former Republican state senator, will face off against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in November.

Babeu easily beat five other Republicans in the primary in this eastern Arizona district, but he brings years of baggage to the race.

Congress Struggling to Finish To-Do List Before Summer Break
Action on gun control, Zika, opioids, appropriations remains uncertain

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent believes there are a number of House members who would like to go on record against terrorists being allowed to buy guns. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With only seven working days left before a seven-week break, the House and Senate may adjourn without taking any meaningful action on gun control, Zika funding, opioid abuse and several outstanding appropriations bills.  

The Senate already held a series of failed votes on gun control and the House has yet to vote on the issue. A Republican counterterrorism bill that includes a provision to halt a gun sale to someone on the terrorist watch list for three days unless the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list does not have the support to pass the House. It remains unclear whether it can be tweaked to garner enough support before the summer recess.   

Ryan Vows to Push for Terrorism Bill Despite Fraying Support
Conservatives vote to reject the bill, Democrats Reject Gun Provisions

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday the House will proceed with a vote on a counter-terrorism and gun control package but declined to say when, given defections from the conservative wing of his party and outright opposition from Democrats.  

“We’re going to do it when we’re ready and we’re going to do it in a good amount of time,” Ryan said at a news conference Wednesday.  

Kimberly Yee Goes Against the Grain in Arizona
Conservative lawmaker blazes a trail for Asian-Americans in the GOP

Kimberly Yee has made her mark on a host of issues including abortion, education and government mismanagement. (Courtesy Kimberly Yee for Arizona 2016)

When Kimberly Yee ran for a full term in the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010, political consultants had a few suggestions on how to address her Chinese heritage.  

One said she should use her husband’s last name — Mar — which somehow seemed less Asian, even though he is also of Chinese descent. Another suggested she drop her last name altogether from campaign signs, which would simply read: “KIMBERLY.” Yee was taken aback.  

McCarthy: 'A House Divided Cannot Stand'
House leaders to ask Trump to meet with full GOP conference

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, is supporting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, but Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he is not yet ready to make a similar endorsement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Wednesday that he is supporting Donald Trump , and he hopes the speaker and other Republicans can back him too.   

"I'd like the party unified," the California Republican said. "A House divided cannot stand. I've watched the last eight years, and we don't need another four of that."