John B Larson

Are Trump, GOP on Same Page on Bipartisan Outreach?
Tax overhaul, debt ceiling could test overtures

President Donald Trump met with Republican and Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee in the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is reaching out to Democrats as his party struggles to deliver on key legislation, but rather than embrace that strategy, congressional Republicans keep returning to the same playbook that has failed to give their team a win.

Fresh off another Senate failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, Republicans are moving from one partisan plan to the next. On Wednesday, Trump and GOP congressional leaders will unveil a framework for overhauling the tax code, a measure they plan to advance using the budget reconciliation process.

Word on the Hill: Franken’s ‘SNL’ Friends on Franken vs. Trump
Stabenow makes rounds, Cruz award, Johnson shows flexibility, Biden’s book and Scalia event

Dana Carvey, left, Kevin Nealon, second from left, and Sen. Al Franken, right, mock the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings (with Phil Hartman, center, and Chris Farley) on “Saturday Night Live” in 1991. (NBC Universal)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., could give President Donald Trump a run for his money. Or at least fellow “Saturday Night Live” alums Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey think so.

“Will Al Franken run for president?” Nealon asks Carvey on his Twitter video series “Hiking With Kevin.”

Word on the Hill: Capitol Hill Reality Show Casting Call
Congressional tennis roster update and brunch plans

A reality show is seeking staffers from both parties. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There’s a casting call next week for Capitol Hill staffers for a new reality show about working in Congress.

The posting on Brad Traverse Jobs reads: 

JFK Smithsonian Exhibit Now Open: McCain, Crowley and More Share Memories

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a new photo gallery chronicling the life of John F. Kennedy, a few weeks before his 100th birthday on May 29. Several members of Congress attended a Tuesday night event to kick off the new exhibition — including Sen. John McCain, who recounted his experience with the former president as a young man.

Word on the Hill: Love Is in the Air
Puppies and friends of national service

On Valentine’s Day 2005, California Sen. Barbara Boxer received about 4,000 roses in her Hart building office from supporters. Boxer donated the flowers to injured military members at Walter Reed Naval Hospital in Bethesda Maryland. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Snap a photograph and tweet @HeardontheHill or email if you see anyone around Capitol Hill receiving a Valentine’s Day gift.

House Democrats: It’s Leverage, Leverage, Leverage
Minority party huddles, again, to plot way back to power

Crowley wants his Democratic Caucus to capitalize on the public’s engagement on political issues that benefit his party. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s little House Democrats can do to stop bills they don’t like or to slow down the legislative process during chamber proceedings. 

So the tactics they plan to explore at the minority party’s issues conference starting Wednesday in Baltimore — aside from their intense opposition to President Donald Trump — will be on how they can amplify concerns from constituents in Republican districts.

Word on the Hill: How Would D.C. Fare in Trade War With Mexico?
A great place to take a nap

D.C. has the least amount of imports from Mexico as a percentage of total imports. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Except for Alaska, the District of Columbia would be least affected by the economic fallout of a trade war with Mexico, a new study shows.

The most affected states would be Texas, Arizona, and Michigan, according to the WalletHub study. D.C. ranked 50th, just ahead of Alaska.

House Democrats Unsettled About Leadership Next Year
Elections once considered dull now rocked by uncertainty

Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have served in leadership roles for more than a decade. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democratic leaders, who until recently anticipated continuing on in those roles next year, are being circumspect about their futures amid signs rank-and-file members, stunned by the election, are agitating for change.

Tax Code Should Encourage Companies to Take On Philanthropic Roles
Consumers expect corporations to do more than just provide goods and services.

The excessively complicated and burdensome tax code has created barriers for companies that want to give back, writes Rep. Dave Reichert. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Michael Pirron spent the first several decades of his career traveling to different countries and continents as a senior consultant. The work was interesting, and allowed him to see the world and learn new languages. But something was missing.

Like many entrepreneurs, Pirron not only wanted to do well for himself but to do well for his community and the causes he cared about. It was this drive that eventually led him to found a socially conscious management and technology consulting company that helps private companies and public sector organizations manage transformation across IT, security, digital and people.

Democrats Expect Sit-In Ban on House Floor
Larson says punishment could come in form of rules change

Connecticut Rep. John B. Larson expects a rule change to prevent future sit-ins on the House floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats returned to Congress this month frustrated that Republicans have not brought gun-related bills to the floor following a nearly 26-hour demonstration in June in the well of the chamber.

But one thing the minority party may expect before the end of September is a rule change to prevent members from orchestrating another sit-in on the floor — and a vote on such a change could be the last thing on the House’s agenda before it dashes off for recess in a few short weeks, Rep. John B. Larson told Roll Call on Tuesday.