Why It Looks Like the Senate's Debating the Defense Bill Again
Democrats anticipate effort to stop CFPB rule

Sen. Elizabeth Warren expects the real floor business to be about overturning a financial services rule. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Reading the Senate schedule Tuesday would give a serious sense of déjà vu. But there is a reason for that. 

Officially, senators are getting set to debate proceeding to the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill. But wait, one might ask: Wasn’t Armed Services Chairman John McCain just on the floor for days overseeing that bill? Yes.

Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 Americans Support a Program for Dreamers to Stay
Lawmakers working to find a solution by Trump’s deadline

Immigration rights demonstrators hold signs in front of the Trump International Hotel in Washington to oppose President Donald Trump's decision to end the DACA program for "dreamers" earlier this month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Nearly nine in 10 Americans support a program that allows undocumented immigrants who qualify for the DREAM Act to remain in the United States, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found.

Eighty-six percent of respondents said they supported some kind of program for “undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States if they arrived here as a child, completed high school or military service and have not been convicted of a serious crime.”

Former Rep. Joe McDade Dies at 85
Was cleared of bribery charges in 1996

Former Rep. Joe McDade listens as colleagues pay tribute to him on the House floor upon his retirement from Congress in 1998. (

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joseph M. McDade, who served 18 terms in the House of Representatives, died on Sunday at his home in Fairfax, Virginia, at the age of 85.

McDade had previously been the top-ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee and was known for bringing federal money to Pennsylvania.

Trump Hits Cowboys, Keeping Alive Feud With NFL Players
President claims boos in Arizona were ‘loudest I have ever heard’ as team knelt

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, third from right, and head coach Jason Garrett, far right, kneel with their team in a show of solidarity before the national anthem during Monday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. (

On a busy day for Donald Trump that includes meetings with congressional tax writers and the president of Spain before a Republican Party fundraiser at a glitzy New York restaurant while a key GOP Senate primary race is settled, the president started his day again attacking professional football players.

Trump went after the Dallas Cowboys — the NFL’s most popular franchise — in tweets posted before 7 a.m. Tuesday, ensuring his brouhaha with some of the league’s players would enter its fourth day in the news cycle. The self-created feud with America’s top sports league gives Trump a way to cast players who kneel during the national anthem to protest perceived social ills as unpatriotic citizens who should lose their high-paying jobs.

GOP Civil War Heads South for Alabama Senate Race
Sen. Luther Strange and former Judge Roy Moore face off Tuesday

Sen. Luther Strange is running in the GOP runoff in Alabama’s Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All eyes are on Alabama as voters head to the polls in a race that has thrown Republican Party divisions into the spotlight.

Sen. Luther Strange faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special election primary runoff. Strange was appointed to the seat by disgraced Gov. Robert Bentley after former Sen. Jeff Sessions resigned to become attorney general. 

Full GOP Tax Proposal Will Wait Until Later
Outline to be released this week, but full treatment awaits budget resolution

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady says more details on the GOP tax plan are coming, but not the full package. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

If the tax overhaul framework congressional leaders and White House officials are releasing Wednesday fails to appease rank-and-file member calls for more details, House Republican leaders may find themselves still short of the votes needed to pass a budget. That’s especially problematic given that tax writers are not planning to unveil a full tax plan until after the House and Senate pass a reconciled budget.

“After the unified Republican plan is announced on Wednesday, the House and Senate will turn toward passing a budget that includes reconciliation instructions that will ensure that we can deliver tax reform to the president’s desk by the end of the year,” House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters Monday during a break from a retreat the GOP committee members held to discuss the tax plan.

Opinion: Amid the Alabama Mess, a Reason for Optimism
Gov. Kay Ivey provides an example of politics done right

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, center right, seen here with presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, is a bright spot in the state’ political buffoonery, Murphy writes. (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images File Photo)

It’s no secret Alabama politicians have been giving Chicago pols a run for their money when it comes to corruption lately.

The state’s most recent governor, Republican Robert Bentley, resigned in April as he faced possible impeachment related to campaign spending and a sex scandal.

Word on the Hill: Spelling vs. Basketball
O’Rourke’s birthday surprise, Moulton’s wedding, and Jackson Lee’s partnership

Reps. Derek Kilmer of Washington, left, and Ted Deutch of Florida talk to the co-champions of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Jairam Hathwar, second from left, and Nihar Janga, before last year’s National Press Club Spelling Bee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two longtime congressional competitions are taking place this evening: the National Press Club Spelling Bee, and the Member of Congress Charity Basketball Game. Which one will you attend?

The spelling bee, which pits members of the media against lawmakers, is at 7:15 p.m. at the National Press Club (529 14th St. NW). Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., is a late addition to the members’ team. Meanwhile, lawmakers take on lobbyists in the basketball game, starting at 7:30 p.m. at George Washington University’s Smith Center (600 22nd St. NW). The game follows a matchup between congressional staffers and lobbyists.

Roe Gets the Band Back Together in D.C.
Tennessee Republican plays guitar for a fundraising event and reunion of his bluegrass band

Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., brought together his band from the 1970s, The Pony Express, for a concert in D.C. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Phil Roe’s band that he formed in medical school more than 40 years ago got back together on Monday.

The Tennessee Republican and three of his friends — Jim Arthur, Steve Barnes, and Tom Eades — formed the bluegrass band The Pony Express when Roe was in medical school at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s.

Amid Health Care Chaos, Graham and Cassidy Still Lacking Votes
Finance hearing rocked by protests, S&P prediction dire

A protester is taken out of a Senate Finance Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on the proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy to change the U.S. health insurance system. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate on Monday was consumed by a now-familiar sense of chaos as Republicans continued their quest to pass in an accelerated fashion a major overhaul of the U.S. health care system, even as protests erupted in the hallways of the Capitol and independent forecasters predicted dire consequences in the form of lost jobs and diminished economic activity. 

Sponsors of the bill, which would essentially turn all federal funding included in the 2010 health law into massive block grants to states, tried mightily to gather support, but the effort continued to hit fierce head winds.