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Hoyer Rolls Out ‘Whip Watch 2.0’ to Provide Transparency
House Democratic whip told members about the app’s updates last week

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer thinks the Republicans could copy his app. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic whip operation is focused on government transparency, one piece of technology at a time.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer rolled out major updates to the “Whip Watch” application at his members meeting on Thursday.

Hispanic Caucus Members Turned Away From ICE Meeting
Numbers limited for bipartisan meeting, so lawmakers barred at door

Grisham was stunned that fellow members were turned away from the meeting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats left a bipartisan meeting Thursday with the head of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement baffled — not just by what they heard but by the fact that some of their colleagues were not allowed to attend the meeting.

ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan met with a bipartisan group of House lawmakers for about an hour Thursday to discuss the agency’s recent raids that have led to the apprehension of at least 683 undocumented immigrants. That was the number ICE provided during the meeting, but Democrats contend the number is actually higher.

Congress Split on How to Proceed on Flynn
House, Senate lawmakers differ on probe of former national security adviser

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., center, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., conduct a news conference Wednesday in the Capitol on investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers who oversee intelligence are struggling with how to investigate reports that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had inappropriate contact with Russian officials and later misled the White House about it.

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Select Intelligence Committee offered dueling perspectives on a path forward on their panel’s probe; Senate Democrats coalesced around a plan with the Intelligence Committee taking the lead, something their GOP colleagues support; Senate Democrats also said the Judiciary Committee could play an investigatory role, and some lawmakers are still sending signals they want an independent commission in on the action.

Democrats Take to House Floor to Protest Immigration Ban
Members sought to block funding

Democrats are protesting President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats took to the House floor Tuesday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven majority Muslim countries.

Members lined up to offer separate unanimous consent requests to bring up a bill (H.R. 724) that would prohibit federal funds from being used to carry out Trump’s executive order. The requests were denied because Republicans would not yield debate time on the environmental bill they were considering to address the UC requests.

Democrats Take Protests to High Court
Rally against Trump travel ban picks up where weekend left off

From left, Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Terri A. Sewell of Alabama, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin and Val Demings of Florida join other members of the House and Senate in front of the Supreme Court on Monday to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees, and nationals from certain countries from entering the U.S. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats continued their protests of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration on Monday evening, marching down the East Front Capitol steps holding candles and singing “This Land Is Your Land,” heading to the Supreme Court to rally against the executive action.

“This cannot be the America that we know,” said California Rep. Judy Chu, one of several lawmakers who spoke during the demonstration.

Democrats Do What They Can With What They Have
Members demand meeting with Homeland Security secretary

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng plans to introduce a bill on the House floor to prevent a controversial executive order signed by President Donald Trump from taking further effect. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats want to keep pressure on Republicans amid the fallout over the Trump administration’s executive order banning refugees and legal travelers from several majority-Muslim countries.

Although Democrats in the chamber have little recourse to force votes on legislation, several high-ranking committee members are demanding answers from the Homeland Security secretary at the same time that others are readying legislation to rescind the executive action and keep the heat on the GOP. Democrats Rally at Supreme Court Against Trump Ban

How One Victim's Fight Got Sexual Assault Bill to Obama
Amanda Nguyen's push culminates in historic survivors' Bill of Rights

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (left) listens as Amanda Nguyen discusses legislation to help sexual assault victims. (Courtesy Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office)

Amanda Nguyen remembers watching the reactions of lawmakers as they listened to women from their states and districts who'd been sexually assaulted — and family members of victims who'd been killed.

That’s when she realized change was still possible, even in Washington’s era of dysfunction.

Word on the Hill: 'See Ya'
Singing senators serenade birthday boy and a hip playlist

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., (center) helped save the day on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two congressional heroes emerged this week.

Republican Reps. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Michael C. Burgess of Texas helped resuscitate a man in the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday.

Exit Interview: Rep. Lois Capps
California Democrat says partisanship largely took off with the tea party

Rep. Lois Capps is looking forward to long walks on the California beach. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In January, 26 House members will not be returning to Congress. Some of them will return to their home districts for good while some will stay on in Washington for other jobs or to pursue another office. HOH asked several of them to reflect on their political careers and offer some advice and insight for the future.

California Democrat Lois Capps, 78, was first elected in 1998. She announced in April 2015 that she would retire at the end of this term, her ninth full one in Congress.

74 Ways to Deflect Questions on the Clintons
GOP says Lynch gave a “hear no evil, see no evil performance”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans were left deeply unsatisfied Tuesday after a five-hour committee hearing in which Attorney General Loretta Lynch deflected questions at least 74 times about her decision to not bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified emails.  

Lynch also faced harsh criticism from the GOP and some Democrats over a private meeting she had on an Arizona airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton days before the results of an investigation of the former first lady were made public.