Graham MacGillivray

Kim Kardashian has an East and West faction? Congressional Hits and Misses 
Week of Sept. 16, 2019

"When you write your book be sure and say the correct things about me," Rep. Maxine Waters told departing Rep. Sean Duffy this week. Meanwhile, a mistress invaded the House floor and Rep. Jamie Raskin forgets who Kim Kardashian West is. All that and more in this week's Congressional Hits and Misses.

Throwback: Clyburn remembers meeting wife

House Majority Whip James Clyburn’s wife passed away Thursday morning at the age of 80. Over the years, the congressman has occasionally talked about their first time meeting … in jail during the civil rights movement. In a 2011 interview with South Carolina Education Television (SCETV), he remembered meeting Emily Clyburn when she brought him half a hamburger to his jail cell after he was arrested for his part in a 1960 student protest in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  He added to the story seven years later in an interview broadcast on C-SPAN, sharing his wife’s perspective on the events that lead up to their first meet.

Emotional Duffy send-off from Financial Services Committee

Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., spoke for what will likely be his last time as a member of the House Financial Services Committee Thursday. He took a moment at the end of remarks on border security to thank colleagues for “the friendships and camaraderie.”  Duffy thanked the Democratic committee chairwoman, Rep. Maxine Waters specifically for “always” treating him with respect. His comments spurred a collegial and impromptu tribute with Waters thanking him for the “good times and the bad times” and Rep. Ann Wagner choking up during her well wishes.

Gun debate turns personal
Gillibrand highlights attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was one of 24 Democrats who spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday night in a series of speeches calling for legislative action to prevent gun violence in the U.S. The New York senator’s speech focused on the personal stories of people she has met who have been impacted by gun violence across the country — at least until the last two minutes, when she directed her remarks at Republican Sen. Martha McSally of Arizona, who was taking her turn presiding over the chamber.

Grassley talks tailgating Iowa-Iowa State game

Sen. Charles E. Grassley joined tens of thousands of his fellow Iowans in Ames over the weekend at the state’s biggest rivalry football game between the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins compares committee’s work to an Instagram filter

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved by vote of 24-17 a resolution that outlines a process for hearings relating to investigations of President Donald Trump. Ranking member Doug Collins compared the committee’s work to Instagram, stating that filters on the social media app ...
Former ICE director to Congress: Ditch the ‘theater’

Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Director Thomas Homan testified before a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday afternoon on the administration's immigration policy toward people with significant medical issues. He used more than half of his allotted five minutes for an opening statement to deliver a message on the political theater of hearings to members of the House Oversight Committee.

Hasan Minhaj testifies at student loans hearing

Comedian and host of the Netflix show “Patriot Act” Hasan Minhaj testified at a House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday. He was part of a five-person panel to brief lawmakers on issues with the federal student loan program. In February, Minhaj dedicated a 27-minute episode of the show to the issue.

Opening Statement: