Politics

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to Meet with Trump
Trump has in the past cited conflict of interest on D.C. statehood

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, shown here with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, right, is in her first term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser will go to New York on Tuesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. 

Bowser did not attend the opening of Trump's new hotel, but, according to Fox5 Reporter Matt Acklund, Bowser will meet with the incoming president to discuss infrastructure and statehood.

Kennedy Likely Bet in Louisiana Senate Runoff
But cash flows for Democrat Campbell as Saturday vote nears

Louisiana Republican Senate candidate John Kennedy greets a guest at his election night party in Baton Rouge on Nov. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Though increased national attention and a late cash influx has buoyed Foster Campbell’s bid for Louisiana's open Senate seat, experts say Republican rival John Kennedy has the race all but locked up.

Campbell, a longtime Public Service Commissioner and self-proclaimed "pro-gun, pro-life" Democrat," will face off against State Treasurer John Kennedy in a Saturday runoff election.

Senators Line up on Either Side of Pipline Standoff
Standing Rock protesters celebrate decision to explore alternative route

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, thanked Obama for listening to the Dakota Access pipeline protesters. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators on both sides of the aisle responded quickly to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.

This newest development in the months-long Standing Rock saga has left protesters optimistic about pushing for an alternative pipeline route, but they remain wary of a policy reversal once Donald Trump takes office in January, according to The Associated Press.

Manchin Among Trump’s Expanded Secretary of State List
Rohrabacher also in the running

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, at podium, is reportedly being considered for secretary of State in a Trump administration despite being a Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump’s pool of potential picks for secretary of State doubled since the last reports of how short was his short list.

Trump aides last week said he had whittled down the selection process to four, but ABC News reports Trump is now considering five more people including a retired admiral who Hillary Clinton considered for her running mate, another former presidential candidate, and a senator from the other side of the aisle.

Trump Says He’ll Nominate Carson for HUD
Was a major supporter of president-elect after running against him

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who President-elect Donald Trump says he’ll nominate for secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has argued against the Obama administration’s fair housing plan, calling for less government involvement in social institutions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo).

President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday he would nominate former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Bloomberg later confirmed Carson accepted.

Orrin Hatch, Unlikely Trump Ally
Bonds forged during the campaign likely to strengthen in early months of new administration

Utah’s Orrin G. Hatch, the most senior Republican in the Senate, could prove a valuable ally to the incoming Trump administration on health care and taxes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The most senior Republican in the Senate might seem like an odd ally for a president-elect who wants congressional term limits and advocates “draining the swamp.”

But such is the curious case of Orrin G. Hatch, the seven-term Utahn, who serves as Senate president pro tempore and the chairman of the Finance Committee.

How Pat Toomey Won
Pennsylvania senator’s road to re-election started long before 2016

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, seen here campaigning in State College, Pa., in August, was aided in his successful re-election effort by a shift in his image over the past six years. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Patrick J. Toomey’s re-election campaign started a day after he took office in 2011, almost six years before he would actually face voters. The freshly elected Republican senator met at noon in the bowels of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Washington, across the street from Union Station, with two of his top political lieutenants.

The trio needed figure out as soon as possible how the Republican could possibly win another statewide election in Pennsylvania.

Ryan Says He and Trump Have Not Discussed Cutting Medicare
Speaker talks about how he and Trump decided to ’let bygones be bygones’

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, says overhauling Medicare is not Congress’ top priority after President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office and that they haven’t even discussed it. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since the election, Democrats have rung constant alarms about Republican designs on cutting Medicare. But Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Sunday that’s an option he hasn’t even discussed with President-elect Donald J. Trump.

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Ryan said he wants to overhaul Medicare so that benefits will remain for future generations. But overhauling the big entitlement program is not at the top of the legislative agenda, Ryan said.

Declaring U.S. 'Open for Business,' Trump Warns Tax Penalty for Offshoring
President-elect says firms should be ‘forewarned’ before making ‘expensive mistake’

Donald Trump early Sunday tweeted more threats to U.S. firms that want to move their operations abroad. (Getty Images file photo)

Donald Trump on Sunday morning tweeted that he intends to slash business taxes and regulations, but the early rising president-elect again warned companies that move all or parts of their operations offshore will face “retribution or consequence.”

In a series of tweets that kicked off at 6:41 a.m., Trump said he will impose “a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies.” He followed that advising companies to be “forewarned” before moving operations offshore, saying such a move would amount to an “expensive mistake!”

Freedom Caucus on Retreat to Discuss 2017 Policy Priorities
Meadows compiling list of harmful regulations he wants Trump to repeal

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows is discussing “harmful” regulations with the Freedom Caucus on a retreat this weekend that he wants President-elect Donald Trump to repeal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Freedom Caucus is on retreat this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, to discuss policy priorities and ways it can work with the incoming Trump administration, a spokeswoman said. 

Among the topics the group of roughly 40 conservatives are discussing is a repeal of the 2010 health care law and immigration issues, including enhanced border security, implementing E-Verify and defunding sanctuary cities, the spokeswoman said. 

DCCC Challenge Not Expected As Members Line Up For Leadership Posts
Maloney to lead review of campaign arm instead of challenge Lujan for chair

Instead of mounting a challenge for chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is going to lead a review of the campaign arm and present findings to House Democrats in February. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats will square off Monday in a series of elections for lower-rung leadership positions. But one critical post likely to be uncontested is the chairmanship of the caucus’ campaign arm. 

Lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen who will serve in the 115th Congress, will chose co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, as well as a member who has served five terms or less for an as-yet-unnamed leadership post. 

Stivers Promotes Polling Guru to Executive Director of NRCC
John Rogers helped committee develop new polling methodology

NRCC chairman-elect Steve Stivers has named the committee’s political director as executive director for the 2018 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republican Congressional Committee Political Director John Rogers will serve as executive director of the House Republicans’ campaign arm for the 2018 cycle.

“We are building a world-class team, which will be laser focused on maintaining the House Majority, and gaining seats where we can. John is the first part of that team,” NRCC chairman-elect Steve Stivers said in a statement Friday announcing Rogers’ promotion.

Photos of the Week: The Holidays Kick Off on the Hill, Pelosi Survives Leadership Challenge and Pence Visits Paul Ryan
The week of Nov. 28 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, at podium, speaks with the media in Longworth Building after losing the race for Democratic leader to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress returned from Thanksgiving and began decorating for the holidays (inside and outside the Capitol Building), prepping for office moves for the 115th Congress and deciding where freshman House members’ will have their offices.

In addition to housekeeping items, the House Democratic Caucus re-elected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, as its leader following a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Texas Rep. Defends ‘Fixer Upper’ Stars
Republican Bill Flores tweets support for reality TV couple

Chip and Johanna Gaines star in the hit home improvement show “Fixer Upper.” (HGTV)

Texas Rep. Bill Flores is defending the hosts of a home improvement show who have come under fire because of their church.

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the hit home improvement show “Fixer Upper,” were the subjects of a controversial BuzzFeed News report detailing their connection to an nondenominational, evangelical “megachurch.”

Booker on DeVos: ‘I'm Not Saying Anything’
New Jersey senator sat on school choice board with Trump’s choice for Education secretary

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, sat on a board of a (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, wasn't saying whether he would support the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, despite having worked with her on education issues in the past.

At an event to discuss criminal justice reform at Google's Washington office on Thursday, Booker voiced his concerns about President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.