Politics

Ros-Lehtinen Not Seeking Re-election
District that went to Hillary Clinton by 20 points last year presents Democrats with prime pickup opportunity

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., announced she would not be running for re-election in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced Sunday that she will retire from Congress, giving Democrats a pickup opportunity.

Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American woman and Hispanic woman elected to Congress, told  the Miami Herald that there was no one thing that caused her decision.

Eye Doctor Tied to Robert Menendez Convicted of Fraud
The two men face separate corruption charges in New Jersey

Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a federal trial on corruption charges. With his prominent donor Salomon Melgen convicted in a separate case on Friday, Melgen might face pressure to testify against Menendez. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a federal trial on corruption charges. With his prominent donor Salomon Melgen convicted in a separate case on Friday, Melgen might face pressure to testify against Menendez.

Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, a prominent donor to Sen. Robert Menendez, was found guilty Friday by a South Florida jury on 67 counts of fraud. 

Rob Bishop Discounts Prospect of Senate Run
Utah Republican chairs House Natural Resources Committee

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, is not interested in running for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Sen. Orrin G. Hatch decides not to run for an eighth term, at least one Utah congressman is not likely to run for his Senate seat.

Rep. Rob Bishop said in an interview with C-SPAN’s Newsmakers airing Sunday that he would rather stay in the House. The Utah Republican was first elected to the House in 2002 and chairs the House Natural Resources Committee.

Report: DeMint On His Way Out at Heritage Foundation
Former senator moved the organization into a more combative role

Former Sen. Jim DeMint stepped down in 2012. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Jim DeMint is expected to be ousted from his role as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, according to multiple reports.

DeMint had been criticized for moving the think tank toward a more combative approach, Politico reported. He had also moved to align the organization closer toward President Donald Trump. 

Trump Signs CR Into Law, Avoiding Government Shutdown
Measure had easily cleared Senate and House

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the stopgap spending measure, which gives Congress an additional week to complete work on the fiscal 2017 omnibus spending bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 8:45 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Friday evening signed into law a one-week continuing resolution that gives Congress more time to work through disagreements in a massive fiscal 2017 wrapup.

The Senate earlier in the day had cleared the CR that will keep the government from a shutdown for another week.

Democrats Come Around on Stopgap Spending Bill
Minority party coalesces to support government funding

House Democrats coalesced at the last minute to vote with Republicans on a one-week stop gap spending measure that will keep the government open one more week. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats backed off threats to oppose a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded, allowing the chamber to overwhelmingly pass the measure as Congress faces a midnight deadline to keep money flowing to the government.

The continuing resolution that would fund the government until May 5 passed the chamber 382-30. Lawmakers expect to introduce and pass a spending measure next week that would keep the government running until the end of the fiscal year September 30.

Kasich Not Ruling out Presidential Run
Gives Trump an ‘incomplete’ on three-month report card

Ohio Gov. John Kasich did not rule out another presidential run (Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday refused to rule out running for president on Friday but said it’s “unlikely.”

“In terms of politics, I don’t know what the future brings, but I know it’s in front of me,” Kasich told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington.

Auto Bailout Chief of Staff to Run Against Trott
Haley Stevens calls incumbent ‘out of touch,’ wants to ‘bring people together’ in Washington

A spokesman for Rep. Dave Trott, R-Mich., called challenger Haley Stevens a “carpetbagger.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Haley Stevens, who was chief of staff for the Obama administration’s auto bailout, announced Thursday that she’ll challenge Michigan Republican Rep. Dave Trott next year.

Trott appears “out of touch,” Stevens told the Detroit News, and there is a general “dysfunction” in Congress.

Chaffetz Recovering from Surgery
Says he’ll ‘absolutely’ be back

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, had surgery to remove screws and a metal plate from his foot that he broke 12 years ago. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz underwent successful foot surgery at the University of Utah and is now recovering.

Chaffetz had previously said he was having surgery to remove screws and a metal plate doctors installed 12 years ago after he broke his foot in a fall while working in his garage.

Trump’s First 100 Days Mostly Lags Predecessors
A look at the 45th president’s report card, compared to the five before him

The White House planned a flurry of activities for the week leading up to President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. One event he attended was on the Hill — a Days of Remembrance ceremony to commemorate the Holocaust. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The first 100 days benchmark that President Donald Trump will pass on Saturday, in so many ways, sums up his presidency to date: he has both dismissed it as “ridiculous” while also endorsing its value through planned events, policy announcements and even a statement regarding his accomplishments.

In the week leading up to his 100th day, the 45th president signed executive actions aimed at rolling back Obama-era federal monument designations, and ones that aim to crack down on other countries' steel and aluminum “dumping” into U.S. markets. He ratcheted up his tough talk on Canada’s trade practices, threatened to withdraw from NATO and rolled out a tax plan.

Photos of the Week: Science and Pot Protests, a Senate Bus Ride and Kids on the Hill
The week of April 24 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Archer Somodevilla, son of Getty Images photojournalist Chip Somodevilla, takes photos during Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan's weekly news conference in the Capitol on Thursday. Thursday was "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Analysis: Democrats Try to Force Republicans’ Hands — but Can They?
Republicans still have the edge in political maneuvering

Democrats are hoping to force the Republicans’ hand through legislation from Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns — but it remains to be see how effective posturing can be for the minority party.

Democrats in the chamber plan to have Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark introduce legislation requiring Trump to release his tax returns from 2007 to 2016, according to The Washington Post. 

With Spending Deal Close, Trump Lambasts Democrats
Pelosi: Trump ‘projecting his own bad intentions’ in his Twitter rants

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to blast Democrats just as the negotiations on a government funding bill are entering the most serious phase. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With less than 48 hours to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced his opposition to including in a government funding bill two items that are vitally important for Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated Thursday morning that Democrats want a still-emerging spending measure for the rest of fiscal 2017 to include funds for financially struggling Puerto Rico. Democrats also say they have secured an agreement from the Trump administration to continue paying subsidies to health insurers — though Trump officials say those payments will not necessarily continue permanently.

Collin Peterson Running for Re-Election Next Year
In neighboring Minnesota 8th District, Rick Nolan is still unsure

Rep. Collin C. Peterson, right, says he’s running for re-election in 2018 while fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan is still contemplating a gubernatorial run. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democrat whose potential retirement gives his party the most heartburn every year, Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, is running for re-election next year.

“Yeah, I'm running. I’ve got 700 grand in the bank,” Peterson said outside the House chamber Wednesday afternoon.

GOP Health Care Vote Could Complicate Funding Talks
Minority Whip advises caucus to go against spending bill if health care vote comes to floor

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is telling his fellow Democrats to vote against a stopgap spending measure if Republicans bring a health care bill for a vote this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If House Republicans press for a vote this week on a revised health care legislative proposal, it could unravel delicate negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. 

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer on Thursday morning advised his Democratic caucus to vote against a one-week continuing resolution if Republicans bring their health care bill to the floor this week.