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Hashtag #TrumpThis: Lawmakers Mix It Up on Social Media

Aug. 26, 2015

In an age of sanitized social media, Donald Trump has proved to be a politician doing his own messaging can be an asset. In that spirit, here’s a look at some of our favorite pols doing their own thing. (Seriously, we hope it’s not a staffer doing this stuff.)

Congress' Squishy Financial Disclosure Deadline

Aug. 20, 2015

A week after Congress’ Aug. 13 deadline for members filing financial disclosures — a deadline already extended 90 days from May 15 — there are still almost a dozen members who have not turned in their forms.

Lawmakers Ask DOJ for Statistics on Sale of Fetal Tissue

Aug. 17, 2015

Following the controversial release of a string of undercover Planned Parenthood videos, House Republican leaders want to know if the Department of Justice is enforcing bans on the sale of fetal tissue.

Yep, Congress' Poll Numbers Still Unfathomably Bad

Aug. 13, 2015

If you’re Donald Trump, you talk about poll numbers. It’s what you do. If you’re in Congress, well, you’re probably better off changing the subject.

Democrats' August Messaging Plan: 'Call a Fork a Fork'

July 30, 2015

As House Democrats head back to their districts for the August break, the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee’s 12-page “August Playbook” gives a key messaging strategy: Communicate more like Republicans.

Anti-Boehner Motion Muddies GOP's Recess Messaging (Video)

July 29, 2015

Updated 6:53 p.m. | House Republicans may have left Washington for the next five weeks, but the divided conference’s problems will be tagging along with them.

Meadows Explains Effort to Overthrow Boehner

July 28, 2015

So why exactly did Rep. Mark Meadows offer a resolution to strip Speaker John A. Boehner of his gavel?

House Preps 3-Month Highway Bill, Sans Ex-Im Bank

July 28, 2015

With House Republicans — for now — unwilling to take up the Senate’s six-year highway bill, and with the Senate unwilling to act on the House’s five-month bill, House GOP leadership has a legislative offer it’s hoping can get them to the August recess a day early.

McCarthy: House Won't Take Up Senate Highway Bill Before Recess

July 27, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had a message for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday: The House is not taking up the Senate highway bill before the August recess.

Pelosi: Investigate the Makers of the Planned Parenthood Videos (Video)

July 23, 2015

Following the release of a controversial hidden-camera video, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi doesn’t buy the need to look into Planned Parenthood and the alleged sale of fetal tissue. In fact, with revelations the video was somewhat misleadingly edited, Pelosi thinks it’s time there’s an investigation into the makers of the clip.

Boehner Admits CR Is Fate of Appropriations (Video)

July 23, 2015

With only 16 scheduled legislative days before government funding runs out, Speaker John A. Boehner finally acknowledged Thursday that the House and Senate were headed toward funding the government through a continuing resolution.

Highway Bill Game of Chicken Imperils August Recess (Video)

July 23, 2015

With the Senate still working through a six-year highway bill, and with just four scheduled legislative days before the Highway Trust Fund runs dry — and the August recess begins — House leaders, Republican and Democratic, are sending a unified message to the Senate: Take our highway bill. Please.

House GOP Leaders Frosty on Senate Highway Bill

July 22, 2015

As the Senate continues to work through a long-term highway bill, House Republicans and Democrats seem increasingly united on one thing: They’re not exactly enthusiastic about the legislation.

Freedom Caucus Forms 'Fight Club' in House

July 22, 2015

Six months after the House Freedom Caucus was founded, it’s still unclear what exactly it is — or will be — beyond two key characteristics: its commitment to secrecy and to being a thorn in the side of House Speaker John A. Boehner.

In Advance of August Recess, Behind-the-Scenes Battles in the House

July 20, 2015

Absent an agreement on the Confederate flag, the House may not tackle any appropriations bills before August, but that — much to the chagrin of many lawmakers — doesn’t mean the House is headed for an early recess.

Breast Cancer Coin Bill Back on Floor Schedule

July 15, 2015

House Republicans are slated to vote on a revised version of the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act Wednesday afternoon, after leaders temporarily pulled the bill from the floor amid concerns about money going to Planned Parenthood.

Breast Cancer Bill Pulled Amid Abortion-Funding Concerns (Updated)

July 14, 2015

Updated July 15, 2:34 p.m. | Republican leaders pulled yet another bill from the House floor Tuesday after conservatives expressed concern that a seemingly harmless piece of legislation supporting breast cancer research might actually fund Planned Parenthood.

Quieter RSC Still Conservative, Still Effective, Chairman Says

July 14, 2015

When Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores wants to discuss accomplishments, he brings handwritten notecards — with achievements and metrics broken down into sections and subsections.

All Appropriations on Hold Until Confederate Flap Fixed (Updated)

July 14, 2015

Updated 1 p.m. | Don’t expect any more appropriations bills to make it through the House chamber any time soon. Not until Republicans and Democrats work out issues on the Confederate flag.

Boehner Hates Iran Nuclear Deal, but Does It Matter? (Video)

July 14, 2015

The time it took for Speaker John A. Boehner to surmise that he wasn’t going to like the Iranian nuclear deal may best be measured in seconds. But absent a revolt from Democrats, there doesn’t seem to be much the Ohio Republican and the rest of the GOP can do.

Scott Perry Sets New Standard for Answering Questions (Audio)

July 13, 2015

Lots of members of the House Freedom Caucus, which has no official roster, can be coy about their involvement in the conservative group. Then there’s Scott Perry.

Pelosi's Charge: How Democrats Cornered the GOP (Video)

July 9, 2015

It was a day of extraordinary emotion and theater on the House floor, as Republican leadership pulled a bill Thursday to avoid votes on a Confederate flag amendment and Democrats successfully took procedural maneuvers to force the votes anyway.

House Pulls Spending Bill Amid Confederate Flag Debate (Video)

July 9, 2015

House Republicans are pulling the Interior-Environment appropriations bill amid a growing public relations storm over votes on the Confederate battle flag and concerns the bill won’t pass.

GOP Rewrite of 'No Child' Passes on Second Try

July 8, 2015

The House passed an education overhaul bill on Wednesday night — barely.

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