Stories by Jonathan Strong:
Oct. 31, 2012
The upcoming Democratic leadership elections pose risks for the Congressional Black Caucus, as questions surround Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn’s future and how the group would fare in a leadership shake-up.
Oct. 29, 2012
With Hurricane Sandy making waves, proposed cuts to discretionary spending in the House GOP’s budget are getting a closer look for their effect on disaster preparedness.
Oct. 28, 2012
A nonprofit group founded to push Rep. Ron Paul’s agenda on Capitol Hill has put its weight behind a bill inspired by a reimbursement snafu of Paul’s.
Oct. 27, 2012
In May, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), along with scores of other lawmakers engaged in similar activity, submitted 12 bills to suspend importation duties on chemicals such as Isoviolanthrone Crude Dry Presscake and 4-Sulfo-1,8-naphthalic anhydride potassium salt. The proposals would reduce taxes companies pay when they import chemicals from overseas to produce products here in the United States.
Oct. 24, 2012
As speculation continues about the House Democratic leadership structure in the next Congress, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been particularly busy.
Oct. 24, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on a conference call with Members today that Democratic leadership elections will take place Nov. 29.
Oct. 24, 2012
Embattled Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is back at the Mayo Clinic for a “follow-up evaluation,” and a lawmaker friend said bluntly that it is unclear if the Illinois Democrat will return to Congress, according to press reports.
Oct. 23, 2012
Democrats are now talking openly about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future in the House.
Oct. 22, 2012
An attempt by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to delay Democratic leadership elections has provoked concern among some supporters of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) that she may be maneuvering to block his ascent to the top Democratic slot.
Oct. 15, 2012
The mud is starting to fly in Louisiana in a fierce Republican Member-vs.-Member race that pits a close ally of Speaker John Boehner’s against a fiery tea-party-backed rookie.
Oct. 13, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is keeping her foot on the gas pedal as Election Day approaches.
Oct. 12, 2012
Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the Republican Study Committee and a leading House conservative, is drawing a firm line over looming automatic spending cuts, saying that while slashing the defense budget is undesirable, it is better than nothing.
Oct. 12, 2012
In the midst of a scandal over pressuring his mistress to get an abortion in 2000, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) served as Speaker Pro Tem today, gaveling in a minutes-long pro forma session at the behest of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Oct. 11, 2012
A spokesman for House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he is not planning a hearing on recently issued unemployment numbers that showed improvement to the economy.
Oct. 11, 2012
Democratic Members of Congress were missing from President Barack Obama’s post-debate spin team last week, but they will be in on the action after tonight’s debate between Vice President Joseph Biden and the GOP vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.).
Oct. 9, 2012
House Democrats are hanging tough and hewing closely to their talking points as new polls show a significant bounce for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney following his performance at Wednesday’s debate with President Barack Obama.
Oct. 5, 2012
As questions swirl about the security measures in place at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, critics are questioning why the State Department does not have a Senate-confirmed inspector general.
Oct. 4, 2012
In the minutes and hours after a debate in which GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was broadly seen as winning against President Barack Obama, Republicans relied on a chorus of Congressional voices to herald Romney's performance.
Oct. 3, 2012
House Democrats are taking to the floor during the current recess's pro forma sessions to protest Congressional inaction on a host of pressing issues - tax rates set to increase at year's end, looming spending cuts and expired farm policies.
Oct. 1, 2012
Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.) has been quietly assembling an A-list team in his unannounced bid for vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus.
Sept. 29, 2012
In the front seat of his chief of staff's Volvo station wagon, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) is "focused on winning back the House," part of a sentence that ends abruptly when he answers his cellphone.
Sept. 27, 2012
Grover Norquist: president of Americans for Tax Reform, anti-communism operative, Republican activist, film buff.
Sept. 26, 2012
The Senate is abuzz with meetings, planning and trial balloons on how Congress will address the fiscal cliff, a phenomenon that threatens a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts in the new year that most economists believe could tip the United States back into recession.
Sept. 25, 2012
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) this morning issued a brief plea for the House to return from recess as Republicans gaveled in a pro forma session.
Sept. 24, 2012
Amid talks about taxes slated to rise on "middle-income folks" and looming spending cuts on the defense sector, a group of liberal Democrats is urging Congressional leaders to focus on "the most vulnerable Americans."