Thom Tillis

Former Sen. Kay Hagan Being Treated for Encephalitis Caused by Tick
North Carolina Democrat hospitalized in D.C. in December now getting treatment at Atlanta center

Former Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., suffered encephalitis that is caused by a virus spread by ticks to humans. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's encephalitis was caused by a virus spread by ticks to humans, doctors and her family said.

Hagan’s family said it knows the recovery process is long, but they are optimistic about the progress she has made, the News & Observer in Raleigh reported.

Mike Pence Is the Oath-Administrant in Chief
Trump delegates swearing-in of Cabinet members mostly to VP

Vice President Mike Pence, far right, delivers a ceremonious oath of office to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week in the Oval Office as Tillerson’s wife Renda St. Clair and President Donald Trump look on. (John T. Bennett/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump stood just to his vice president’s right as Mike Pence delivered a ceremonial oath of office to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The same scene played out eight days later as Pence officially swore in Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday.

One of Pence’s most regular duties, three weeks into the Trump administration’s tenure, is introducing his boss before public remarks. Almost as often, though, Pence is the oath-administrant in chief.

Word on the Hill: D.C. Rated Fourth Best in Highway Safety Laws
Restaurant opening in the DMV

Despite how you feel about your morning commute, D.C. has good highway safety laws. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy February! Here’s some good news — your commute around Washington, D.C., isn't as bad as you think.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety named their best and worst states when it comes to 15 basic highway safety laws. South Dakota was the worst, followed by Wyoming and Arizona.

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.