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Photos of the Week: Jones Wins in Alabama, Tax Conference Gavels In
The week of Dec. 11 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrive for a news conference in the Capitol on Wednesday. They spoke out against the Republican tax plan ahead of the Senate-House conference committee meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Analysis: McConnell Enters Year-End Sprint With Options Limited
Promises made to GOP senators could come back to haunt him

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made many deals to get the Senate GOP tax bill through the chamber, and that might limit his options in the homestretch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to close out 2018 with a bang and silence the skeptics who just a few short months ago were ramping up calls for his ouster following a brutal defeat on the Republican effort to overturn the 2010 health care law.

But after creating an intricate web of promises to get the GOP tax legislation past the Senate, the Kentucky Republican must now juggle the difficult task of keeping those commitments.

Report: Conyers Won’t Seek Re-Election
But Conyers’ attorney disputes reports that longtime Michigan congressman will announce retirement

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., will make an announcement today on a Detroit-area radio show, his attorney said. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John Conyers reportedly will not seek re-election amid accusations of sexual harassment, the New York Times reported, quoting a relative.

The Michigan Democrat will make the announcement by calling in to a local radio show on Tuesday, according to Ian Conyers, the grandson of Conyers’ brother.

Barton Wants to Keep Managing GOP Baseball Team
Texas congressman announced last week he would retire from Congress after string of sexual controversies

Rep. Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, in Texas uniform, watches as Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., shakes hands with Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, during player introductions during this year’s Congressional Baseball Game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After everything that’s happened over the last two weeks, Texas Rep. Joe L. Barton hopes to remain the manager of the Republican team in the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

“That is my intention,” Barton said. “Obviously, it’s my last year.”

House Likely to Vote on Stopgap Funding Through Dec. 22
Bill would buy more time for negotiations as shutdown deadline approaches

Speaker Paul D. Ryan holds his weekly on-camera news conference in the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans are preparing a stopgap spending bill that could fund the government through Dec. 22, according to two House GOP sources.

The House Republican Conference is expected to discuss the stopgap spending bill, or continuing resolution, during a meeting Friday morning, according to a senior House GOP aide.

Lujan Grisham: Expect to See Republicans Demand DACA Fix
Hispanic Caucus leader says she is not interested in temporary solution

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., told reporters to expect Republicans to come forward demanding a DACA fix. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said Thursday she expects Republicans to come forward to demand a fix to protect undocumented immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. when they were children.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a New Mexico Democrat, said she expects to see a letter released later Thursday with about 25 to 50 Republicans calling on Speaker Paul D. Ryan to give them a chance to support a fix to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which offered deportation relief and work permits to some 800,000 childhood immigrants.

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Democrats Hold Cards on Year-End Talks With Trump, GOP
President, ‘Big Four’ will talk about pre-holiday to-do list

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will need help from Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to pass some sort of end-of-year spending bill next month. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After a mid-day visit to the Capitol — his second in as many weeks — President Donald Trump will host congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday, as Democrats look to cash in on a deal they struck with him in September to push debt and spending questions to Dec. 8.

Republicans need support from both parties to extend government funding to Dec. 9 and beyond. But Democratic leaders and rank-and-file members have complained for months about both the substance of GOP-crafted bills and the processes used to write them, which complicates any effort to corral their votes.

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Trump Mentions Twitter Account With Pro-Roy Moore Posts
User has retweeted criticisms of GOP candidate’s accusers

President Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a conference in Asia on Saturday. Trump said he has not learned about allegations against Roy Moore because he was busy with Xi and other leaders. (White House photo via Flickr)

One of the Twitter accounts President Donald Trump shared with his 42.7 million followers on Wednesday has posted regularly defending embattled Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Back from his Asia trip for just a few hours, Trump rose early Wednesday morning and resumed his morning Twitter habit before 6 a.m. EST. He touted what he called in two tweets his “successful trip,” labeled CNN a “Loser!,” and thanked several followers who had praised him.