Politics

Biden is 'Mr. President' for an Afternoon in the Senate
Senators spoke about the vice president for more than two hours

Vice President Joe Biden stops to speak with reporters following a vote on the 21st Century Cures Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., spent part of Wednesday afternoon being addressed as “Mr. President,” presiding in his role as president of the Senate during a two and a-half-hour tribute to his years of public service.

He later took pains to show he isn’t overly attached to the salutation, dousing speculation he might make a run for the Oval Office in 2020 by telling reporters he had no intention of running.

Joe Biden Tells Delawareans to Give Trump a Chance
Also said he has no intention of running for president in 2020

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., center, has been all over the Capitol this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. told a room full of Delaware natives that they need to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance to succeed.

“Whether you’re for the Democratic nominee or the Republican nominee, this is an incredible, incredible country. And no matter what your politics, you have an obligation to support the president-elect,” Biden said. “You have an obligation to try and make it work.”

Ep. 32: Repealing Obamacare Could Undermine New Mental Health Initiative
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Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey discusses his fear that a $6.3 billion health package that would also overhaul the mental health system could be undercut by GOP efforts to repeal the health care law. He tells CQ Roll Call’s Health reporter Andrew Siddons and Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim that Medicaid cuts are of particular concern. Congress passed the bipartisan “21st Century Cures” bill, which would, among other things, provide extra money for brain research at the National Institutes of Health, help fight the opioid epidemic, fund Vice President Joe Biden’s ‘Moonshot’ cancer project and better integrate mental health care into standard medical practice.

Democrats Want Panel to Probe Election-Related Hacks
12-member commission would determine foreign influence in presidential outcome

Democratic California Rep. Eric Swalwell is looking to create a panel to investigate foreign meddling in U.S. elections. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan to create a commission to investigate foreign interference in the presidential election while taking care to note the effort was not a protest against Donald Trump's victory.

A bill by Reps. Eric Swalwell of California and Elijah Cummings of Maryland would create a 12-member panel made up of foreign policy, intelligence and election experts to examine attempts by the Russian government to influence the result.  The commission would issue a report and make recommendations within 18 months of its creation.

Emanuel Cautions Trump on Immigration
The Chicago mayor and president-elect discussed immigration, education and White House ops

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Wednesday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with Donald Trump in New York City Wednesday morning, speaking briefly about White House operations and beseeching the president-elect to reconsider his hard-line stance on immigration.

The meeting was the result of a post-election phone call in which Trump extended Emanuel an invitation to meet next time both men were on the East Coast, an Emanuel spokesman said. 

Mandel Announces Rematch Against Sherrod Brown
New ad sounds like it takes pages from Trump playbook

Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel announced his rematch against Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown on Wednesday. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel announced on Wednesday that he'll run again against Sen. Sherrod Brown in what will be a tough year for Democrats.

Mandel lost to Brown by 6 percentage points in 2012, the same year President Barack Obama won the state. But Ohio overwhelmingly voted for Sen. Rob Portman this year and President-elect Donald Trump won the state handily.

Trump Denies Air Force One Threat Is Retaliation for Boeing CEO’s Comments
Budget expert says president-elect's $4-billion estimate right on the money

President-elect Donald Trump is in a feud with Boeing over its replacement program for Air Force One. (Photo via Flickr)

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to keep the existing Air Force One fleet flying into next decade unless Boeing reduces costs on replacement jets, and denied his broadside came after reading critical comments from the company’s CEO.

Trump set off a firestorm Tuesday morning when he — seemingly out of nowhere — tweeted that the cost of the replacement program would hit $4 billion. The social media post ended with two ominous words for Boeing: “Cancel order!”

Sanders Jumps Into Columbia Union Debate
Sends letter to students supporting unionization efforts

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, expressed support for efforts by student research and teaching assistants at Columbia University to unionize. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, expressed his support for undergraduate and graduate student teaching research assistants’ efforts to unionize at Columbia University. 

Sanders sent a letter to students saying he hoped they would vote to join the United Auto Workers and recalled meeting with a few students who were pushing to unionize.

Feds Push 17- to 21-Year Sentence for Fattah
Longtime Pennsylvania congressman convicted of racketeering, bribery, fraud, and obstruction

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn., received $29,000 in contributions after his indictment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Long-time Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah could be sentenced to two decades in prison for a multitude of charges including racketeering, bribery and fraud.

Government lawyers on Monday filed a court memo recommending the “self-serving” Fattah be sentenced to anywhere from 17 to 21 years, according to Philly.com.

Study: Obamacare Repeal Could Leave 30 Million Without Coverage
Urban Institute looked at using reconciliation to repeal health care law

A new study shows partially repealing the 2010 health care law through reconciliation would cause almost 30 million people to lose health insurance.

Ellison Says He’ll Give Up Seat if Elected DNC Chair
The Democratic National Committee will elect new chairman in February

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., reportedly told a private meeting of union leaders that he would give up his seat to run the Democratic National Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison upped his bid for the Democratic National Committee Chairman job last month, promising union leaders he would step down from his congressional seat to focus on the party if elected.

Ellison made the concession during a private meeting with the AFL-CIO, a national federation of labor organizations, according to The Washington Times. 

Charlie Rangel on How America Changed
First elected in 1970, New York Democrat is in his final days in the House

Rep. Charles B. Rangel looks back on his career in his near-empty office on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

This year’s election taught Rep. Charles B. Rangel that America has changed.

“It’s abundantly clear that the standards that Alexander Hamilton expected to find for candidates for president have been lowered,” the New York Democrat said, speaking of President-elect Donald Trump.

Pence Signals Busy First 100 Days, Including More Military Spending
Vice President-elect to fellow Republicans: ‘Buckle up, the vacation’s over’

Vice President-elect Mike Pence walks to a recent meeting on Capitol Hill. On Tuesday evening, he laid out the incoming Trump administration’s plans for its first 100 and 200 days. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Trump administration officials envision a busy first 100 days, when they hope to repeal the 2010 health care law, overhaul Medicaid, and send Congress a bill that would boost military spending, said Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

He laid out the ambitious agenda on Wednesday evening, but in keeping with a main theme of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, he did not provide key details about the size and shape of the incoming administration’s policy proposals. The early Trump agenda Pence described is as bold and conservative as it is vague.

Nearly Half of Votes for Advancing IRS Impeachment Came From Outside the Freedom Caucus
Some leadership allies supported moving forward on impeachment resolution

Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer of Indiana and several allies voted against a motion to refer a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen back to the Judiciary Committee. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Nearly half of the 72 Republicans who voted against a motion that effectively blocked a resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen are a not part of the House Freedom Caucus.

The caucus has led the push to remove Koskinen. 

Obama Sends Messages to Trump on Terrorism, Drone Strategies
POTUS to PEOTUS: Citizens can ‘criticize our president without retribution’

An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle takes off from Creech Air Force Base. On Tuesday, President Obama defended his counterterrorism strategy, which has relied on the drones. (Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his approach to fighting the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in a speech that appeared to feature several tips for his successor, Donald Trump.

Obama used what was likely his final national security address to press for continuing his policy of avoiding resource-draining U.S. ground operations in the Middle East. He argued the use of armed drones, elite warriors and local troops has decimated al-Qaeda and has begun to substantially weaken the Islamic State. Trump has suggested some major changes to Obama’s strategy, including working with Russia, tightening Muslims’ access to the U.S., and teaming with any country that promises to fight “radical Islam.”