Human Services

9 New Members Who Previously Served at the Pleasure of a President
Newcomers to 116th Congress bring bevy of executive branch experience

There’s a group of new members of the 116th Congress who have served former presidents, including Reps.-elect Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Colin Allred, D-Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A group of newcomers to Capitol Hill is bringing experience from the executive branch to the 116th Congress. 

They draw from a cast of former White House or Cabinet staffers and high-ranking officials from the administrations of the past two Democratic presidents. These new members, who once had to defend their administration’s policies, now find themselves on the other side of the table, promising oversight of the executive branch. 

Nearly 150 Separated Migrant Children Remain in U.S. Custody
Parents of most of the children are no longer in the country

A young girl participates in a CASA in Action rally on June 27 in downtown Washington to protest the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that separated children from their families at the southern border. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

One-hundred and forty-seven undocumented migrant children separated from their parents because of President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border security policy remained in government custody as of Nov. 6, a new government report said.

Thirty of the children are currently ineligible for reuniting because their parents were deemed unfit for posing a threat to the child or having a criminal record, said the report to Congress by the Health and Human Services Department.

Meet the History-Makers of the 116th Congress
In a banner year for candidate diversity, election night witnesses a few firsts

Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American elected to the House from Massachusetts. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images file photo)

Updated Sunday, 3:18 p.m. | Diversity has been a hallmark of the 2018 midterm elections, which have seen a record number of women, minorities and first-time candidates running for office. 

Here are some of the history-makers from election night. 

How Do Democrats Spell ‘Victory’ in Shalala Race? R-E-L-I-E-F
Despite stumbles, former HHS secretary under Clinton prevails

Donna Shalala, prevailed in Florida's 27th Congressional District Tuesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrat Donna Shalala’s victory in Florida’s 27th District is a relief for Democrats, who’d welcomed this seat as a prime pick-up opportunity when GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced she wasn't seeking re-election.

But Shalala had some stumbles during the general election campaign. For starters, she didn’t speak Spanish, a fact that was noticeable against GOP nominee Maria Elvira Salazar, a former TV anchor.

Election Day 2018 in Photos
Roll Call's photographers are in Virginia and Florida to cover the midterms in America

GOP Florida Gov. Rick Scott holds the hand of his grandson, Auguste, during his election night party in Naples, Fla., after he declared victory over Sen. Bill Nelson in the state's Senate race. His daughter, Allison, and son-in-law, Pierre Guimard, also appear. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated at 12:36 a.m. on Nov. 7 | The midterms are winding down as Democrats claim control of the House and Republicans maintain control of the Senate. Roll Call's photographers have been covering the day from Florida to Virginia.

The Florida Senate race appears to be an upset of incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson. The seat will go to Republican Gov. Rick Scott who spoke from his election night party in Naples, Fla. 

South Florida Democratic Women Seeking to Lead the ‘Blue Wave’
Four are trying to pick up seats now held by Republicans

Florida Democratic House candidates, from right, Mary Barzee Flores (25th District), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (26th District) and her 10-year-old daughter, Siena, and Donna Shalala (27th District) attend a rally Saturday at Community Bible Baptist Church in Miami. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Fla. — If 2018 proves to be a “Year of the Woman,” it will be in part because of the voters of South Florida.

Four Democratic women are running for House seats in this part of the Sunshine State that the party wants to win if they are to take back the chamber majority (and perhaps a more sizable one).

White House Black Leadership Event Turns Into Mini-Trump Rally
‘The Democrats are very nervous. They do nothing for you,’ president tells attendees

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at a campaign rally in Rochester, Minn., on Oct. 4. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A large group of young African-American leaders gathered Friday in the East Room of the White House to hear from President Donald Trump, and they were treated to a campaign rally in miniature.

If White House observers closed their eyes around midday, the president could have been speaking to supporters inside an airport hangar in Wisconsin or a basketball arena in Texas or a 63-year-old minor league hockey arena in North Carolina.

Just How Average Are the Average Voters in Campaign Ads?
There are no rules about disclosing who appears in campaign commercials

Air Force veteran Andrew Marschall, second from right, appears in an ad for North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer’s bid for Senate. What the ad doesn’t mention is that Marschall is a Republican state legislator. (Screenshot Kevin Cramer for Senate/YouTube)

Turn on any TV across America over the next two weeks, and there’s likely to be people talking into the camera about how wonderful or how awful a particular candidate is.

The face-to-camera testimonial from so-called regular people is a staple of campaign advertising.

HHS At Odds With Its Workers, Including Doctors
Employees plan to picket at HHS headquarters

A labor spat at the Department of Health and Human Services is drawing attention from lawmakers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Health and Human Services Department is in a dispute with a union representing 14,000 employees, which risks exacerbating staff shortages among doctors and scientists involved in prescription drug reviews, food safety and other public health responses.

The labor spat is drawing attention from lawmakers as some employees plan to picket at HHS headquarters briefly Thursday afternoon.

Ex-HHS Secretary Price Spreads Cash Around in Georgia Races
Former congressman donates maximum to gubernatorial candidate Kemp from leftover campaign funds

Former secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tom Price’s tenure in Washington may have ended, but he’s still spending campaign cash.

Price’s congressional campaign committee has disbursed $55,000 to campaigns in recent weeks, with the bulk going to candidates in his native Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.