The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved, along party lines, 22-11, a bill to reauthorize and expand programs designed to help victims of sexual and domestic violence.
The protections and programs authorized by the 1994 law lapsed during the partial government shutdown last year, but were reinstated in the January short-term fiscal 2019 spending deal. An extension was not included in last month’s deal that provided for spending through the end of fiscal 2019.
Former Rep. Ralph M. Hall, who left Congress in 2015 as the oldest member at age 91 after losing a primary runoff after decades in office, died Thursday. Hall was 95.
A Democrat-turned-Republican, Hall was born on May 3, 1923, in Fate, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University and the University of Texas, eventually earning a law degree at Southern Methodist University.
President Donald Trump is nominating Republican fundraiser Kelly Knight Craft to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Kentucky native currently serves as the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
The president tweeted his announcement Friday evening.
Roll Call staff photographer Tom Williams has won the distinguished Political Photo of the Year award in the White House News Photographers Association’s 2019 Eyes of History contest.
The same photo, featuring Vice President Mike Pence in the Capitol, won first prize in the On Capitol Hill category of the visual awards.
Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, died Thursday at 92. He served over 59 years in Congress, and his legacy lives on in the historical and sentimental objects he collected over the years.
President Donald Trump looms large on almost every important issue, but it won’t be all about him for some individuals on Roll Call’s list of People to Watch in 2019.
The financial sector will be learning to survive a less business-friendly environment in the House, and a longtime Democratic lobbyist is well-positioned to lend a hand.
By DAVID HAWKINGS and NIELS LESNIEWSKI
John D. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and easily the most overpoweringly influential House committee chairman in the final decades of the last century, died Thursday. He was 92 years old.
Updated 5:18 p.m. | William P. Barr is on track to be confirmed as the next attorney general next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to limit debate and cut off any filibuster threats against the Barr nomination Thursday, setting up votes as soon as the Senate finishes work on a bipartisan package of public lands bills.
Drinking games are a proud (or not-so-proud) State of the Union tradition. One congressman is going the wholesome route with a classic game of bingo.
Mark Takano, a California Democrat, tweeted out his version of good old-fashioned fun.
Lawmakers from both parties and U.S. military officials are expressing support — with some caveats — for President Donald Trump’s Friday decision to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty with Moscow.
Trump announced on Friday the U.S. would withdraw — but he left the door open to salvaging the pact.
A bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers is beginning its efforts to hash out a border security agreement on Wednesday as the clock ticks toward another government funding lapse on Feb. 15. The panel is taking the form of a conference committee, regularly used on the Hill to find agreement on legislation passed with different language by each of the chambers.
Any animosity over the delayed State of the Union appeared to be rapidly heading into the rear-view mirror, as the House passed a concurrent resolution providing the chamber host a joint session so Congress can hear from President Donald Trump on Feb. 5.
Around 3:20 Tuesday afternoon, the House agreed, by unanimous consent, to the concurrent resolution calling for the joint session. Things have happened pretty quickly since the end of the shutdown on Friday.
Updated 9:27 p.m. | The longest partial government shutdown in history is over.
The White House announced Friday evening that President Donald Trump had signed a short-term spending measure that will re-open the government for three weeks.
Democratic House members marched from their chamber to the Senate Thursday afternoon, walking onto the floor just as the upper chamber took votes on two competing proposals that would have reopened government.
Their message is to urge senators to vote “to end the Trump-McConnell shutdown,” Rep. Barbara Lee said.
The Senate defeated 52-44 through a procedural vote a measure offered by Sen. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y, that would have reopened government temporarily through Feb. 8.
Schumer's measure, which was an amendment to an overall spending bill, fell short of the 60 votes required to advance. The spending bill passed the House last week.
The Senate defeated President Donald Trump's border security plan 50-47 on a procedural vote designed to re-open the government. The measure required 60 votes to pass.
The procedural vote came on an amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to a spending measure that combined seven appropriations bills that would have ended the shutdown and provided money for border security, disaster aid and several immigration policy changes.
Things can always change in a hurry, but the House is leaving Washington Thursday to return on Monday — unless, of course members are needed to vote on something to end the partial government shutdown, say, over the weekend.
During their weekly colloquy to lay out the schedule for the coming week, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer and Minority Whip Steve Scalise bantered back and forth about the shutdown, assigning blame to one another before getting down to the brass tacks of when the chamber will need to be back next week.
Harris Wofford, a former Pennsylvania senator who also served in the administrations of Democratic presidents from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton, died Monday night. He was 92.
The Democrat’s life was defined, in many ways, by his commitment to public service. Wofford helped form the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Trump administration to implement its ban on transgender troops, over the objections of the four liberal justices.
Nationwide injunctions from lower courts had stopped the ban for nearly a year. But the court Tuesday allowed a ban of transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military to go into effect while lawsuits move through the courts.
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