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Pope Francis Hails Immigrants at White House

Pope Francis needed less than a minute into his first public remarks on U.S. soil Wednesday to invoke the contributions of immigrants to building America, setting the stage for more to come when he addresses Congress.

With the Pope's Visit, Congress Has Opportunity to Think Big Again | Commentary

As our economy continues to recover and more Americans are getting back on their feet, many families are still struggling and worried about the future. Income inequality, poverty and hunger continue to be among the greatest challenges we face today and for too many families, these are holding them back from achieving their dreams.

Poll: Pope Francis Unlikely to Spur Climate Legislation

Americans largely regard Pope Francis as influential in world affairs, but few respondents in a new poll believe his speech to Congress this week will inspire lawmakers to move bills on climate change and immigration.

White House Appeals House Suit Over Health Spending

The Obama administration moved Monday to appeal a court decision this month that allows the House to pursue a lawsuit over the 2010 health care overhaul and the appropriations process.

Huelskamp Expects Abortion, 'Sanctity of Unborn' in Papal Address

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, an outspoken Kansas Republican who spent two years in a Catholic seminary, expects Pope Francis to address abortion and the “sanctity of the unborn” when he speaks to Congress on Thursday.

Upton Unsure of Reconciliation for Planned Parenthood Defunding

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton expressed uncertainty Thursday about whether budget reconciliation can be used to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the options that Republicans are considering to starve the family planning group of federal funds, appease unhappy conservatives and still avoid a government shutdown.

Exclusive: Pentagon No. 2 Warns of CR's 'Disastrous' Impact

The Pentagon is counting on Congress averting a painful government shutdown when the calendar turns to the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, but the Defense Department’s No. 2 civilian is not ruling out the possibility of a "disastrous" year-long continuing resolution to fund the military.

Vatican Eschews K Street But Has Ear of Congress

Pope Francis' arrival in the nation’s capital next week will spark plenty of lobbying, but the Holy See itself hasn’t converted to the rituals of K Street.

Roll Call: 60 Years as an Institution | Commentary

For 60 years, Roll Call has brought all the news of Capitol Hill — from the monumental, national stories to the in-depth campus tidbits — right to our office doors, Republican and Democrat alike.

Jesuit Ties to Pope Francis Provide Rep. Vargas With Insight

When Rep. Juan C. Vargas attends Pope Francis’ address to Congress next week, it won’t be his first time in the pontiff’s presence.

Cruz and Paul Rally Against Planned Parenthood Funding

With all eyes on the House of Representatives right now as the likely arena for a battle over Planned Parenthood, a small group of Senate Republicans who want to slash the organization’s funding aren’t bowing out of the fight.

Boehner Says Obamacare Ruling Shows Administration's Overreach

The House can pursue some constitutional claims in a lawsuit against the Obama administration over appropriations and implementing the health care overhaul law, a federal district judge ruled Wednesday.

Holy Lobbying: Climate, Abortion in Spotlight for Pope's Visit

K Street advocates will seek divine policy intervention when Pope Francis arrives on Capitol Hill.

Improving 2016 Office Performance | Commentary

As congressional offices approach the final quarter of 2015, the dreaded topic of “performance reviews” raises its ugly head. The topic is dreaded in Congress for a few reasons that could include: employees perceive it as unfair, a grading of their work akin to a first-grade report card; managers view it as an annoying requirement with no connection to office goals, or; offices avoid them completely, leaving staff frustrated without any clear and meaningful feedback on their work.

11 Senators to Watch in Iran Debate

CQ Roll Call took a look at how each of the 11 undecided senators may come out on the Iran nuclear deal and whether the agreement should be filibustered. The assessment is based on the senators' legislative histories, statements, re-election prospects and constituent concerns.

Iran Filibuster Vote Too Close to Call

The White House looks certain to be able to sustain a veto of any resolution of disapproval that Congress sends President Barack Obama. But it's quite possible no such legislation reaches his desk. 

Pope Francis to Urge Unity During D.C. Visit

Pope Francis will acknowledge the importance of Hispanics by celebrating Mass in his native language of Spanish during his visit later this month to Washington, D.C. But he’ll be speaking English during his much-anticipated address to Congress.

Metro: Track Defect Deleted From Inspection Report

A technician “erroneously” deleted information from a July inspection report about a serious track defect that caused a train to derail Aug. 6, Metro said in an investigation report released to the public on Friday.

Appeals Court Allows NSA Telephone Record Collection

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned an injunction that would have halted the National Security Administration’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, but the judges also allowed a lawsuit against the program to move forward.

Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis

Many advocates for revamping immigration laws have tried to coax Congress into action over the years, but a particularly powerful one will be arriving next month: Pope Francis.




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