As Funding Government Stalled, Fundraising for Congress Soared
Perpetual brinksmanship, perpetual campaigning the new normal

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte arrives at Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant for a fundraising event, one of dozens held by members of Congress in recent weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As members of Congress postured and blamed each other for a budget impasse that threatened to shut down the government, the Charlie Palmer Steak restaurant was a happening place for backroom fundraising.

In separate dining rooms that were just steps from each other, three members of Congress — two House Democrats from safe districts and a Republican senator in a competitive race — entertained contributors who’d paid as much as $2,500 for lunch.

The Speedy End to the Flint, Government Funding Stalemate
Tuesday's impasse quickly turned to a deal and Wednesday votes

From left, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the First Nail ceremony on Sept. 21. Once again, leaders brokered a last-minute deal as a government shutdown deadline loomed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After weeks of partisan bickering and snail-paced negotiations on a spending package to keep the government funded, it took a failed Senate procedural vote on Tuesday and the prospect of yet more gridlock for the winds to abruptly shift.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's unsuccessful bid to advance a Republican continuing resolution helped winnow down a list of unresolved issues to Democrats' insistence that Congress direct aid to Flint, Michigan, which is still grappling with the aftereffects of a water-contamination crisis.

House Easily Passes 10-Week Stopgap Spending Bill
Measure extends government funding through Dec. 9

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reached a deal on aid for Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday, which helped facilitate the passage of the continuing resolution in the House on Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House on a 342-85 vote easily passed a 10-week stopgap spending bill late Wednesday, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama’s signature with two days to spare before a government shutdown.

The Obama administration voiced support for passage of the continuing resolution in a statement of administration policy. The House was expected to adjourn later Wednesday and not return until after the November elections.

McCain: 'The President Bears Responsibility' for ISIS
With more troops deploying to Iraq, McCain says Obama should have taken earlier advice

Arizona Sen. John McCain said President Barack Obama's rejection of advice from White House officials on the Middle East led to the rise of ISIS. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama bears responsibility for everything that happened during his presidency, including the rise if ISIS, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday.

Responding to news of Obama's authorization to send an additional 600 troops to Iraq, the Arizona Republican said, "This is the same country we had to remove our troops, by the way, in the words of Barack Obama: 'the most democratic, free, prosperous Iraq in history.'"

Democrats and Republicans Optimistic About Hot Arizona House Races
Internal polls show Democrats holding 1st and GOP holding 2nd District

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally holds a 19-point lead over Democratic challenger Matt Heinz according to a new campaign internal poll. She won her seat by just 167 votes two years ago. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New internal polls of Arizona's competitive House races suggest the state could be on track to maintain the delegation's current 5-4 partisan split. 

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll released Wednesday gave Democrat Tom O'Halleran a 45 percent to 38 percent lead over Republican Paul Babeu in the tossup 1st District. Current Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is running for Senate. 

Ethics Committee Rebukes Rep. David McKinley
House panel finds West Virginia Republican ignored advice to take his name off engineering firm

West Virginia Rep. David B. McKinley violated House rules by not removing his name from the engineering firm he founded before he ran for Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee rebuked Rep. David B. McKinley on Wednesday for ignoring the panel’s advice to remove his name from an engineering firm he founded decades before he was first elected to Congress.

The committee found the West Virginia Republican had ignored guidance to change the firm’s name, McKinley & Associates, which he founded in the 1981.

Rubio Wants Investigation Into Marlins Pitcher's Boating Death
Safety of the jetty Jose Fernandez's boat ran into questioned

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida paid tribute to Jose Fernandez on Tuesday. Florida leads the nation in boating related fatalities. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida requested the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers in assessing the safety of the jetty Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez collided with on Sunday.

Fernandez and two of his friends were killed when his boat hit the unlit structure, raising questions about its visibility, the Miami Herald reported.

Democratic Super PAC Cancels Minnesota 3rd District Reservations
House Majority PAC cuts TV time for 2nd District for opposite reason

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen can point to recent GOP polling which shows him comfortably ahead of his Democratic challenger Terri Bonoff in the state's 3rd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democrats to the House, has cancelled its TV reservations in Minnesota's 3rd District. 

Democrats had touted the suburban district, held by four-term Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen, as one that Donald Trump's candidacy could help put in play. A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll from Sept. 12 gave Democratic state Sen. Terri Bonoff a 40-38 percent edge over Paulsen.

Super PAC Hits Feingold on Partial-Birth Abortion
Says he voted for it eight times while he was in the Senate

Former Sen. Russ Feingold's campaign said opponent Sen. Ron Johnson is "hiding behind super PACs and dark money groups to do his dirty work for him." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC is attacking former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold for his past votes on partial birth abortion.

The TV ad, which the Reform Wisconsin Fund spent $365,000 to make, shows a newborn child and describes in graphic detail how partial birth abortion works before saying Feingold voted in support of the practice eight times.

Reid Endorses Flint Deal, Says CR Issues Can Be Worked Out
Michigan senators still plan to vote against CR over Flint

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., flanked by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to the press about the continuing resolution in the Ohio Clock Corridor following the Senate Democrats' weekly policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said he is confident Congress will be able to to resolve outstanding issues with the continuing resolution.

The Nevada Democrat said he has discussed an agreement on assistance for the Michigan city of Flint with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and he has received assurances from leadership that money for Flint's water contamination crisis will be provided in a lame-duck session of Congress after the elections.

Congress Reacts to Shimon Peres' Death
Former Israeli president celebrated for commitment to peace

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Shimon Peres, a founding father and former president of Israel, died at the age of 93 Wednesday after suffering a massive stroke two weeks ago.

Members of Congress shared their condolences to his family and expressed their gratitude for his leadership, highlighting the legacy he left behind.

Poll: Virginia Democrats Prefer Rep. Bobby Scott to Replace Kaine
Hillary Clinton maintains a large lead in the state

Virginia Rep. Robert C. Scott has held his 3rd District House seat since 1993. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Virginia Democrats prefer Rep. Robert C. Scott to take over the Senate seat of Tim Kaine if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the White House and takes her running mate Kaine with her. 

The Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy/Christopher Newport University poll released Tuesday found that 27 percent of Old Dominion Democrats want to see Gov. Terry McAuliffe appoint Scott to the seat until a special election in 2017. 

Faso and Teachout in Close House Race in New York
Trump also leads Clinton by 5 points in Empire State's 19th District

New York Rep. Chris Gibson's decision to retire opened up his 19th District seat. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout are about even in New York's 19th Congressional District, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll released Tuesday shows.

The poll, which surveyed 678 likely voters in the district, found 43 percent supporting Faso, a former state Assembly minority leader, and 42 percent behind Teachout, a onetime gubernatorial candidate. Fifteen percent said they were unsure or had no opinion.

Ryan on Running for President: 'Never Say Never'
Speaker says he's never had presidential ambitions

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, center right, reiterated Wednesday that running for president has never been a dream of his. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Wednesday continued to rule out the possibility that he may run for president one day.

"You never say never to these things," the Wisconsin Republican said during a wide-ranging discussion at The Economic Club of Washington.

Pelosi: Millennials threaten Clinton's Success
Democrats' chances of taking House majority rest with Clinton outcome

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Hillary Clinton must win over millennials in the last stretch of the presidential race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Millennials' interest in Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson is keeping the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump close, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, and it's up to Clinton to win them over.

The California congresswoman said Democrats will make gains in the House in November, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. But most experts believe it would take a Clinton landslide for the party to win the 30 seats necessary to take control.