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Cummings on migrant child detention: ‘None of us would have our children in that position.’

Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., talks with an aide during the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building where members of Congress testified about their trip to the border of the U.S. and Mexico on Friday, July 12, 2019. The hearing was titled "The Trump Administration's Child Separation Policy: Substantiated Allegations of Mistreatment." Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform convened Thursday to question acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan about children held in migrant detention facilities and border security.

House holds Barr, Ross in contempt over census subpoenas
Vote of 230-198 on a contempt resolution came after weeks of conflict between the administration and House Oversight

House Oversight Chairman Elijah E. Cummings says it was necessary to hold the attorney general and Commerce secretary in contempt because they had stymied a legitimate investigation of the census by the panel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over the chamber’s probe into the administration’s now-abandoned attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The 230-198 vote on a contempt resolution came after weeks of conflict between the administration and the House Oversight and Reform Committee over subpoenas related to the addition of the question. President Donald Trump dropped it from the census last week after the Supreme Court blocked the plan, calling the administration’s rationale for it “contrived.”

Road ahead: Pressure rising for debt limit deal
Lawmakers face deadline on debt even as other priorities come to floor

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other congressional leaders and the administration only have a few legislative days to strike a deal  on raising the debt limit. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is set to consider several high-profile measures this week, including holding two Cabinet officials in contempt, raising the minimum wage and ratifying tax treaties, but lawmakers will be unable to avoid the contentious issue of raising the federal debt ceiling. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have been speaking by phone, trying to reach agreement on avoiding a potentially calamitous debt default.

House Oversight Dems call on Trump to pay D.C. for Independence Day, inauguration
Cummings, Norton lead charge seeking to replenish D.C. security fund

Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., holds the gavel during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are calling on President Donald Trump to commit to paying the District of Columbia back for providing public safety support for federal events in the city after Mayor Muriel Bowser said that Trump’s “Salute to America” drained it.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland, and D.C. Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote to the White House Friday asking Trump to reimburse the district’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund for his inauguration and Fourth of July celebration. Bowser has said the account is expected to not only be empty before the end of the year, but will incur overages of $6 million.

DHS watchdog details dangerous conditions for migrants at border centers
Report finds most detainees being held for longer than allowed limit

Overcrowding of families at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 10, as observed by the Office of the Inspector General. (Courtesy Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General)

Migrants “banged on cell windows, shouted, pressed notes to the window,” desperately trying to signal to inspectors how long they’d been detained at Customs and Border Protection facilities. At one processing center, a senior manager called the situation a “ticking time bomb.”

Full of shocking photographs, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General report published Tuesday details dangerously overcrowded and unhygienic conditions at five processing centers in Texas where CBP detained migrants, including thousands of young children, for long periods of time.

Citizenship question dropped from the 2020 census
Administration’s retreat follows Supreme Court decision that blocked question on procedural grounds

Protesters hold signs at a rally in front of the Supreme Court on June 27 after its ruling on the census question. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The 2020 census will not include a citizenship question, the Justice Department said Tuesday, just days after the Supreme Court blocked a plan by the Commerce Department to add it to the census questionnaire.

Federal attorneys on Tuesday told litigants in the New York challenge to the case that it would not pursue the question. Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco confirmed that the government will move ahead with printing census forms without it.

House brief on Trump’s ‘disdain’ kicks off what could be messy two weeks
Cases in D.C., New Orleans showcase tussle between branches of government

House Oversight and Reform chairman Elijah Cummings is leading a House effort to subpoena President Donald Trump’s financial records. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House told a federal appeals court Monday that President Donald Trump has “disdain” for congressional oversight ahead of action next week on the House’s efforts to subpoena his financial records from accounting firm Mazars USA. The brief sets the stage for what could be a messy couple of weeks legally on fights between Congress and the administration. 

“Mr. Trump’s disdain for the constitutionally based role of Congress in carrying out oversight of the Executive Branch, and for the specific investigations of the Oversight Committee at issue here, is not a basis for this Court to reverse the district court’s holding that the subpoena is valid and enforceable,” the brief stated.

House Democrats to continue census probe
Panel will resume query into why a citizenship query was added to next year’s census.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., plans to continue to explore the origins of a census citizenship question. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House Oversight and Reform Committee will continue to investigate the addition of a citizenship query to next year’s census, Chairman Elijah E. Cummings said Thursday in the wake of the Supreme Court decision to block the question.

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Oversight Democrats investigate whether CDC and HIV prevention drugmaker made a deal
Trump touted Gilead’s donation of Truvada for PrEP as a step towards ending the HIV epidemic for good

House Oversight Committee members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left,  and Ayanna S. Pressley  are among those questioning Gilead’s donation of its HIV prevention drug Truvada for PrEP. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

For uninsured people at risk of HIV, the announcement last month that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had secured an annual donation of more than 2 million bottles of the HIV prevention drug Truvada for PrEP likely came as welcome news.

For many, paying out-of-pocket for the $2,000 per month drug is unaffordable.

Watch: Meadows, Cummings get in fiery exchange over Kellyanne Conway Hatch Act subpoena

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings conducts a House Oversight and Reform Committee markup on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)