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Democrats Skipping State of the Union for Separate Women’s Event
Pair of Democrats attending ‘State of OUR Union’ with women’s rights activists instead

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., is slated to speak at an event of women activists Tuesday night instead of attending President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At least 11 Democratic lawmakers will skip President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday.

Instead, at least two of those absentees plan to take part in a separate event in Washington, the “State of OUR Union,” put on by leading women activists to “offer an alternative view and vision for the country” from Trump’s.

A Dozen Democrats Will Skip Trump’s State of the Union Address
Cohen says president is ‘unworthy of the podium, the position and the power’

Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., left, and Danny Davis, D-Ill., right, will not attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Jan. 30 2:10 p.m. | Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen on Tuesday was the 12th Democratic member of Congress to announce that he would boycott President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

“I’ve spent 38 years in elected public office, helping make government work and speaking out against corruption because I believe, as President John F. Kennedy believed, that politics is an honorable profession,” Cohen said in a statement. “The current President is the antithesis of that sensibility: a man who appears determined to tear government down, harm the most vulnerable, benefit the rich and destroy foundational institutions such as the Department of Justice and the FBI.”

Word on the Hill: Busy Week
Your social calendar for the week

Events all over D.C. to explore this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Monday and welcome back.

This week is packed with things to do around the D.C. area.

Congressmen Might Join Protesters Outside Turkish Embassy
And they might need some bail money

Reps. Ted Poe, R-Texas, left, and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., right, shown here talking to then-Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., proposed recessing from the House Foreign Affairs markup to protest at the Turkish Embassy.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressmen encouraged protesters who were attacked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security detail in Washington last week to keep on protesting, and said they might join them.

“Do it again, keep protesting and stay out there because no foreign tyrant has the right or the ability to drive them away,” Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, said at a House Foreign Affairs markup on Thursday. “You might find Mr. Meeks out there with them and myself as well.”

New Democrats Want a Piece of the Policy Pie
Coalition arranges task forces around top issues

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer hopes the task forces gives the New Democrats a chance to help hone policy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are in control of Congress, but the House’s New Democrat Coalition does not plan to sit by and let the GOP generate all the policy ideas on issues like taxes, infrastructure and cybersecurity. 

In continuing with their effort to be leaders on policy issues and find potential areas of bipartisan compromise, the New Democrats are launching new task forces designed to generate policy solutions for issues on the GOP’s congressional agenda, as well as policy areas that may not get as much traction in a Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Derek Kilmer, the coalition’s vice chairman of policy, told Roll Call.

Rep. Meeks Undecided on Trump Inauguration Attendance
‘If I go, it’s not there to celebrate’

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, conducts a news conference at the DNC where members of the CBC PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, February 11, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

More than 40 Democratic lawmakers plan to boycott the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. But Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., hasn’t made a decision.

“I am not decided yet.” Meeks said Tuesday morning in an interview on CNN’s “New Day”.

Black Caucus Members Slam Trump's Debate Performance
Rep. Barbara Lee calls presidential race a 'referendum on bigotry'

New York Rep. Gregory W. Meeks called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's birther remarks "racist." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump for his debate performance Monday night, particularly his views on criminal justice and for continuing to promote untruths about President Barack Obama's place of birth.

Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, the chairman of the CBC's political action committee, criticized the Republican presidential nominee's remarks about Obama's birth certificate as "racist."

Word on the Hill: Staffers Share Resumes
Paul plays with babies and where to watch Monday's debate

Prepare for staffer movements this election season with the resume bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Democrats’ official online resume bank has been relaunched, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., announced. Staffers can not only submit their resumes but they can also browse new job openings on the announcements board as the transition to the 115th Congress approaches.

First launched in 2012, the site has received 7,000 resume submissions in the years since, and has helped increase diversity in hiring with more than 2,600 queries performed on the demographics data field when House staff browse resumes, according to Hoyer's press release. 

Minority Democrats Dismiss Trump's Appeal to Blacks, Hispanics
Trump won't help their communities, lawmakers say

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge predicted that Donald Trump would only get 1 percent of the black vote in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic minority members of Congress had an answer for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday not long after he pitched his candidacy to black and Hispanic voters, asking, "What the hell do you have to lose?"

The short answer: A lot. And the longer answer?

Clinton Promises to Help Democrats Win Back the House
Explains her 50-state strategy during caucus meeting on Capitol Hill

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, center, arrives with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, at the Capitol for a meeting with House Democrats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hillary Clinton in a private meeting with House Democrats Wednesday promised to help the party win down-ballot races in November by running a 50-state campaign.   

Washington Rep. Jim McDermott said Clinton told the Democratic caucus that she understands the significance of having control of the House and that she wants to help them win it back. According to McDermott, Clinton said, "I want the House so I’m going to do everything I can to help you."