Thom Tillis

Vote-A-Rama: Democrats State Their Case, But Resolution Passes
Feinstein missing from votes; Sessions arrives at last minute

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at top, rises to explain why he was voting against the budget resolution early Thursday morning. (C-SPAN)

At 1:05 a.m., Republicans began the final vote of a seven-hour Vote-A-Rama — the budget resolution that would begin the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, then departed the chamber as Democrats remained silently in their chairs.

But Senate Democrats didn't go quietly into the night. At 1:11 a.m., Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer stood up and stated his opposition to adopting the resolution. Other Democrats followed in what appeared to be an unprecedented move of rising to explain their opposition before casting their votes. 

Thom Tillis Appoints New Legislative Director
Courtney Temple is one of the Senate’s few African-American senior staffers

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis announced the promotion Sunday of one of the few senior African-American staffers in the Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has appointed a new legislative director, who will be one of the few African-American senior staffers in the Senate.

Courtney Temple will lead Tillis’ legislative team after she was promoted from legislative assistant to director on Monday. She replaces Katy Talento, who will join President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council, focusing on healthcare policy. 

Year-End Drama a Preview of Democratic Strategy Under Trump?
Democrats attempted to goad president-elect into taking sides in the congressional standoff

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.,  is the next Democratic leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats hope to drive a wedge between President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans on the Hill. And they think they may have figured out a way to do it.

The Democrats want to highlight areas where Trump is more aligned with their policies, particularly on populist economic issues. They’re hoping that Trump will weigh in and distance himself from Republican members of Congress. If Trump doesn’t, they’re prepared to call him out.

Word on the Hill: Harry Reid Gets His Portrait
Home-brewed beer and fond farewells

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, right, shown here with his successor Sen. Charles E. Schumer, will forever be a part of the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will be a part of the Capitol even after retirement.

Reid’s portrait will be unveiled at a ceremony at 3 p.m. today in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer are expected to attend. 

Tillis Might Not be Back After 2020 if Things Don’t Get Done
North Carolina senator wants progress on criminal justice reform, other issues

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis says he worked on criminal justice overhaul legislation when he was speaker of the North Carolina House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday that if Congress cannot tackle a criminal justice overhaul and other big-ticket issues with bipartisan solutions in the next few years, he might not run for re-election.

“I don’t run again until 2020, and if we’re not able to get things like this done, I don’t have any intention of coming back,” the North Carolina Republican said at The Washington Post Juvenile Justice Summit.

Trump Cabinet Picks Incite Liberal Backlash
Democrats, civil liberties groups sound alarm on choices of top advisers

Demonstrators from People for the American Way hold a protest in Washington on Friday against the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for three key Cabinet positions incited a chorus of denunciations from Democrats and liberal groups Friday.

After announcing former Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon would be a top adviser earlier this week, Friday’s selections further confounded conjectures that Trump would return to his moderate roots as he assembled his Cabinet.

Cory Gardner Takes Helm of NRSC
Colorado freshman is lone new member of Senate GOP leadership team

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner will lead the NRSC for the 2018 campaign cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Republicans will have at least one fresh face on their leadership team next year.

Thom Tillis’ Get Out the Vote Strategy
North Carolina senator has ‘conversation’ with his dog about voting

“Are you gonna vote? You gotta vote. You have to vote,” North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis said over a dinner conversation.

The senator filmed the “conversation” in his kitchen with his dog Ike. Tillis talks about issues important to him in the election while his dog moans and whines back.

Pennsylvania Senate Race Breaks Spending Record
Outside spending in the tossup race still flooding in

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey's race for re-election against Democrat Katie McGinty could determine control of the Senate, but it's now also the most expensive Senate race ever. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo).

With a little less than two weeks before Election Day, the Pennsylvania Senate race has set a new spending record of $113 million by candidate committees and independent groups. 

Incumbent Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey is in a tight race against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty that could determine which party controls the Senate in the next Congress.

Do Attacks for Missing Hearings Still Work?
Both parties accuse opposing incumbents of poor committee attendance

Former Sen. Evan Bayh is running for Indiana's open Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s the not-so-secret secret about serving in Congress: No members attend all the hearings for the committees on which they serve.

But every two years, Republicans and Democrats suspend that common knowledge and attack incumbents for poor committee attendance.