William Lacy Clay

House Republicans block passage of anti-shutdown resolution despite removal of language blaming Trump
Meanwhile, House Democrats pass bill to increase federal employees’ pay for 2019

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., dismissed a Democrat-authored resolution expressing disapproval of government shutdowns as a negotiating tactic as a "glorified press release." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illustrating the deep partisan divisions that remain following the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended last week, the House on Wednesday rejected a symbolic resolution expressing disapproval of shutdowns as a negotiating tactic.

The resolution fell short, 249-163, because most Republicans opposed it, despite Democrats amending it Tuesday to drop language the GOP found objectionable

Clay wants Congressional Black Caucus to snub George H.W. Bush statue
Rep. William Lacy Clay and his father oppose the new sculpture on historically black Hampton University’s campus

From left, Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., Cedric Richmond, D-La., Alma Adams, D-N.C., William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and John Conyers, D-Mich., speak in front of the painting by Missouri high school student David Pulphus after it was rehung, January 10, 2017. The painting was removed from the Congressional Art Competition display in Cannon tunnel by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. and his father, a former congressman, are asking the Congressional Black Caucus to follow their lead and oppose a sculpture of George H.W. Bush on the campus of historically black Hampton University.

Last weekend, the Hampton, Virginia university unveiled its new Legacy Park, which commemorates the 41st president along with a host of black leaders including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Barack Obama.

McCaskill, Hawley Race to Cover Their Bases in Missouri
Vulnerable Democrat walks trickier tightrope than Republican challenger

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill addresses campaign volunteers on Aug. 25 in Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Lisa Ballenger didn’t volunteer for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She didn’t think she needed her help. 

But on a hot and sunny Saturday here late last month, Ballenger made sure to go to a packed campaign office in a plaza, where Sen. Claire McCaskill rallied volunteers about to go knocking on doors for her. 

Clay Fends Off Democratic Primary Challenge in Missouri
Nurse and activist Cori Bush gained late attention from progressives

Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay fended off a primary challenge on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay beat back a Democratic primary challenge from his left Tuesday night, defeating nurse and activist Cori Bush in a race that highlighted the divisions within the Democratic Party.

With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Clay led Bush 58 percent to 35 percent when The Associated Press called the race.

The Fight for the Democratic Party Heads to Missouri’s 1st District
Rep. William Lacy Clay is facing a spirited primary challenge from Cori Bush

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., here at a news conference last year with fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus, has fended off primary challengers before. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shocking primary victory in New York over House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley raised the question: Who could be the next incumbent Democrat to go down? Ocasio-Cortez and her allies are hoping it will be Missouri Rep. William Lacy Clay

Four Democrats, including Clay, will be on the primary ballot Tuesday for the St. Louis-based 1st District, but the nine-term congressman’s biggest threat comes from nurse and activist Cori Bush. Ocasio-Cortez traveled to St. Louis to campaign with Bush, who casts herself as part of a new generation of bold progressive leaders. 

The Power of Little Money Will Be Tested This Fall
Upstart groups look to oust incumbent Democrats they say are too tied to big donors

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset Rep. Joseph Crowley in a New York primary last month, had the support of anti-big money groups. (Scott Heins/Getty Images file photo)

Democratic incumbents in Congress may face a future with a political money problem.

No, it’s not that they won’t have enough campaign cash — quite the opposite.

Steny Hoyer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Democratic Unity
'I think she has an understanding that not everybody has the district she has,' Hoyer says

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the candidate who bested Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley in New York’s District 14 primary last month, about the importance of Democrats being unified and focused on winning the majority. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer spoke with Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently about the importance of Democrats being unified in their effort to win the majority.

The phone call last Thursday came four weeks after Ocasio-Cortez upset Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley in New York’s District 14 primary.

Atypical Lobbying Shop Targets Lawmakers From Poorest Districts
Their idea is to push together the fringes by aligning members from the Freedom Caucus, CBC

Sam Geduldig and Michael Williams are among the lobbyists prodding along an infrastructure bill through a new bipartisan firm. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

An unlikely cast of lobbyists, odd bedfellows even by K Street’s typically bipartisan approach, has spent the past year nurturing a fledgling firm aimed at building coalitions between dyed-in-the-wool conservatives and lefty progressives on Capitol Hill.

The firm, recently christened United By Interest, is so far a commercial flop, if judged solely by the number of clients it has attracted: zero. But in an unusual twist, the lobbyists behind the effort, all of whom have their own separate K Street businesses, have managed to prod along a unique infrastructure bill with support of lawmakers from the conservative Freedom Caucus and the liberal Congressional Black Caucus.

Take Five: Tom Garrett
Virginia Republican on missing a vote because of the wrong glasses

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., says all bills should get a hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett, 46, boasts about his peanut sauce, his college ties and a budding hip-hop battle with Sen. Marco Rubio. 

Q: What has surprised you so far about being in Congress?

New House Art Contest Controversy Swirls
Finalist’s painting depicts Statue of Liberty as a Muslim woman

Members of the group We The People Rising posted a video of their meeting with Rep. Lou Correa’s staff asking that a controversial painting in the annual House student art competition be removed from his district office. (We the People Rising via YouTube)

A new congressional art competition controversy is swirling around California Rep. Lou Correa after his office selected a painting of the Statue of Liberty depicted as a Muslim woman.

We the People Rising, a group that advocates stricter enforcement of immigration, is arguing that the picture hanging in Correa’s district office in Santa Ana as a finalist for the annual competition is a violation of separation of church and state, the Orange County Register reported.