Robert Menendez

Senate Democrats Question ICE Arrests of Spouses of U.S. Citizens
Cite examples of separations at USCIS offices

Sen. Robert Menendez has led a letter questioning immigration enforcement practices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Some Senate Democrats are alarmed by what may be a pattern of ICE making arrests when immigrants are conducting routine business at citizenship and immigration services offices.

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Ronald Vitiello, a group of 10 Senate Democrats cited examples of married couples being separated at USCIS facilities when one partner may not have legal status but the other member of the couple is an American citizen.

State Department Nominees Could Be In For Procedural Headache
Robert Menendez warns of making life difficult if questions go unanswered

Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, and ranking member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., attend a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Dirksen Building on the nominations of Brian J. Bulatao and Denise Natali for State Department positions on July 18, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey has made a thinly veiled threat against pending State nominations if the Trump administration is not more responsive to questions about their interactions and agreements with foreign leaders.

“If the administration is unwilling to consult with this committee in a meaningful fashion on vital national security issues, then we must consider all appropriate responses with regards to nominees before this committee,” the Foreign Relations ranking member said at a Wednesday hearing.

Latino Staffers Who Call the Shots on Capitol Hill
Seven aides discuss challenges they had to confront because of their backgrounds

Olivia Perez-Cubas is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s communications director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Latino staffers are leading offices on Capitol Hill, running communications operations and advising some of the highest-ranking members of Congress.

Many started out their careers as interns. Some got their big break through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, or through someone looking out for them.

Trump Walks Back Threat to Blow Up U.S.-British Trade Talks
British government ‘is keen’ to trade with its former colonies, May says

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, front left, and her husband Philip May, back right, greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Blenheim Palace on Thursday in Woodstock, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

President Trump walked back his comments to The Sun newspaper in which he voiced opposition to UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s angling for a so-called "soft Brexit."

“I don’t know what they’re going to do, but whatever you do is fine with me,” he told May. “Just make sure that we can trade together. That’s all that matters.”

Senators Want More Art in Trump’s North Korea Dealings
Measure seeks more congressional oversight of process

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., wants more congressional oversight of any deal President Donald Trump makes with North Korea. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Barely six months ago, the bills introduced in Congress on North Korea were generally of two kinds — those that wanted tougher economic sanctions on Pyongyang, or those that sought to curb President Donald Trump from launching an attack on the North without congressional input.

But with the Trump-Kim Jong Un summit more than two weeks old, and few details emerging on the exact nature of the deal reached in Singapore, the mood has shifted in Congress.

For Some in Congress, the Opioid Crisis Is Personal
Lawmakers share the stories behind their efforts to combat the epidemic

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson lost his grandson to an opioid overdose. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As drug overdoses climb — rising 12 percent between October 2016 and October 2017 — Congress has floated dozens of proposals to combat opioid abuse.

Some lawmakers have deeply personal connections to the epidemic of addiction in America. These are their stories.

Trump on Kim Summit: I Don’t Have to ‘Prepare That Much’
President is willing to normalize relations with North Korea

President Donald Trump, here at a White House celebration on Tuesday, says he does not need to prepare very much for his planned upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:27 p.m.President Donald Trump on Thursday said he has not been cramming for his nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and signaled he might cancel it again. He also expressed a willingness to normalize relations with the North.

“We would like to see normalization, yes,” Trump said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

DCCC Picks Easily Win Democratic Nods in New Jersey
Sen. Menendez underwhelms in primary win over little-known challenger

New Jersey Democrat Mikie Sherrill, seen here marching in a March for our Lives event in Morristown in March, won the party nomination for the open 11th District seat. (Simone Pathé/Roll Call file photo)

Former Navy pilot and prosecutor Mikie Sherrill easily secured the Democratic nod for New Jersey’s open 11th District seat Tuesday night.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, she had 77 percent of the vote over four other Democrats, according to The Associated Press. Family advocate Tamara Harris, who had financial backing from the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and California Sen. Kamala Harris, came in second with 15 percent.

Trump Lowers Expectations for Revived North Korea Summit
President: ‘We’re not going to go in and sign something on June 12’

South Koreans watch a television broadcast about meetings between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping in March. Kim sent President Trump a letter that was delivered to him in the Oval Office on Friday. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

In a stunning eight-day reversal, Donald Trump on Friday announced his denuclearization summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will occur on June 12. But the U.S. commander in chief immediately tried to lower expectations for its outcome.

“You people are going to have to travel because you’re going to be in Singapore on June 12,” he told reporters during an impromptu South Lawn gaggle following a historic meeting with one of Kim’s top lieutenants. “I think it’ll be a process. … But the relationships are building, and that’s a positive thing.”

Democrats Excoriate Trump After Death Toll Revelations in Puerto Rico
White House and GOP lawmakers mum on Harvard study of Hurricane Maria’s toll

Democrats renewed their criticism Tuesday of President Donald Trump’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats expressed outrage at President Donald Trump on Tuesday and Wednesday as they reacted to a new Harvard study that estimates at least 4,645 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria.

That figure is 73 times greater than the government’s most recently reported death toll: 64.