Lindsey McPherson

Trump Touts New York GOP Senate Candidate at Fundraiser for Vulnerable House Republican
President endorses Rep. Claudia Tenney but shows more excitement for Chele Chiavacci Farley’s long-shot Senate bid

President Donald Trump’s visit to upstate New York on Monday was ostensibly to fundraise for Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney. But he appeared to spend more time in his opening remarks touting the long-shot GOP candidate for Senate than the vulnerable congresswoman.

In his remarks, which were opened to the press less than an hour before the start of the fundraiser in Utica, Trump did endorse Tenney, noting that she invited him to visit New York’s 22nd District and he was happy to oblige, given his many friends there. 

‘Wacky Omarosa’ Once a Trump Favorite — But No More
President attacks Omarosa Manigault Newman after she releases tapes

Omarosa Manigault Newman is the latest person to earn one of President Donald Trump’s infamous nicknames, as the president attacked his former adviser on Twitter Monday.

“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will,” Trump tweeted. “She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.”

Trump to Democrats: Give Pelosi Another Chance
Critics of the California Democrat within her own party have grown

As more Democratic candidates say they will not support keeping Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader next year, President Donald Trump is urging them to reconsider. 

“Democrats, please do not distance yourselves from Nancy Pelosi,” Trump tweeted Friday evening. “She is a wonderful person whose ideas & policies may be bad, but who should definitely be given a 4th chance. She is trying very hard & has every right to take down the Democrat Party if she has veered too far left!”

Bipartisan Duo Proposes Prohibiting House Members From Serving on Public Company Boards
Resolution to amend House rules comes in wake of Chris Collins insider trading

A bipartisan New York duo is proposing a change in House rules that would prohibit members from serving on serving on the boards of publicly held companies, the latest fallout from the indictment of Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., for insider trading. 

Collins served on the board of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology company, and allegedly shared inside knowledge about Innate’s drug trial results with his son, who then made timely stock trades. 

Amid Chris Collins Scandal, Pelosi Vows Ethics Overhaul Under Democratic Majority
Democrats also want to rewrite campaign finance laws

Pointing to New York Rep. Chris Collins’s indictment as an example of corruption in the Republican-controlled Congress, House Minority Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday that if Democrats retake the House they will overhaul ethics and campaign finance laws. 

Collins was indicated on charges of securities fraud, which Pelosi said “shows that Republicans have turned the already swampy GOP Congress into a cesspool of self-enrichment, secret money and special interests.”

House Republicans Considering Leadership Bids — So Far
Much will depend on whether Republicans hold the majority and if so how speaker’s race unfolds

House Republicans will have a new leader next Congress since Speaker Paul D. Ryan is retiring, but will there be additional changes in their top ranks?

The answer to that question will depend in large part on whether Republicans can hold onto their majority in the November midterms, and if they do, how the speaker’s race unfolds.

Jeff Denham Claims He’ll Be Transportation Chair — But What About Sam Graves?
Both GOP lawmakers want to lead panel; Steering Committee will decide

California Rep. Jeff Denham told a local GOP women’s group Friday that he will be the next House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman, ignoring the fact that he is not the only member running for the position, the Republicans are far from a lock to hold their majority and Denham himself faces a potentially competitive race. 

The panel’s current chair, Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, is retiring. Missouri Rep. Sam Graves and Denham are both running to replace him. The Republican Steering Committee, a panel of 30-some members primarily comprised of GOP leadership and regional representatives, selects committee leaders.

Speaker Ryan Strips Chris Collins of Committee Membership
Leadership move is not uncommon against scandal-plagued members

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has removed Rep. Chris Collins from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, following Collins indictment Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to authorities.

“Insider trading is a clear violation of the public trust. Until this matter is settled, Rep. Collins will no longer be serving on the House Energy and Commerce Committee,” Ryan said in a statement.

Rep. Chris Collins Arrested for Insider Trading
Charges to three defendants also include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins was arrested and indicted on charges related to securities fraud Wednesday.

The indictment is tied to securities of an Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics where Collins has served on the board of directors.

Speaker Race Could Hinge on Who Agrees to Change the Rules
House members have an ultimatum for those who covet the top spot: No changes, no gavel

Whichever party controls the House in 2019, the next speaker won’t secure the job easily and will likely have to promise major changes to how the institution operates, with members demanding that as a condition for support.

Frustration has grown among rank-and-file members for years as leadership usurped decision-making power from committees. Lawmakers have pushed to change House and caucus rules to return influence to individuals and committees, but with limited success.

Katherine Clark on Leadership Bid: ‘I Want Us to Be Ready’
Massachusetts Democrat seeking to harness party ‘energy and enthusiasm’ as caucus vice chair

House Democrats feel they need to be ready to immediately begin acting on their agenda if they retake the majority this fall, and one way some members are preparing for that scenario is by launching leadership campaigns. 

Rep. Katherine M. Clark on Thursday became the latest member to announce a leadership bid and the first to declare a candidacy for Democratic Caucus vice chair. 

Rosenstein Impeachment Resolution Was Always Leading to Contempt
House Republicans willing to initiate contempt proceedings in September absent DOJ compliance

The House could vote to hold Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress if by September the Department of Justice has still not turned over outstanding documents Republican lawmakers requested. 

“I think the very first order of business would probably be moving the House to a contempt vote,” House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows said of what would happen if the DOJ has still not turned over remaining documents by September. 

Speaker Says Trump Willing to Be ‘Patient’ for Wall Funding
‘It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,’ Paul Ryan says

Speaker Paul D. Ryan suggested Thursday that President Donald Trump is willing to wait until after September to secure more funding for his border wall.

“We think we have a unified strategy to make sure we can get as many appropriations bills done as possible,” the Wisconsin Republican said following a meeting he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had with Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

Jim Jordan Announces Bid for Speaker
Ohio Republican has amped up conservative messaging

Rep. Jim Jordan, the founding chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, officially announced Thursday his intentions to run for speaker in a “Dear Colleague” letter to House Republicans, a development sure to hearten conservatives as the midterms get into high gear. 

Jordan is the first person to launch an official campaign for speaker, but others are interested in the job. Incumbent Speaker Paul D. Ryan is retiring after this term. 

Crowley Talks Primary Loss, Democratic Leadership Elections
'I will see this term through to the end of the year,' the New York Democrat said.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley held his first press conference Wednesday with reporters since his primary loss, reflecting on that experience and making clear he doesn’t intend to depart Congress early. 

“I will see this term through to the end of the year,” the New York Democrat said. 

Ryan Downplays Broken Immigration Promise As a Delay
Promised July vote on agriculture guest worker program would've failed

Downplaying his failure to deliver on a promised July vote on a bill to expand an agriculture guest worker program, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday it would’ve failed. 

House Republicans plan to spend their August recess working on getting the votes to pass the bill, the Wisconsin Republican said on “Fox & Friends.“ 

Ryan on White House Meeting: Getting Military Funded on Time Primary Concern
Speaker declines to commit to Trump ultimately getting $5 billion for border wall

Speaker Paul D. Ryan appeared on President Donald Trump’s favorite cable TV news show Wednesday morning to talk about their scheduled meeting at the White House later that day.

“We’re going to talk to him about a whole slew of issues, but mainly about how to get this appropriations process back on track so at the end of the year we don’t have one giant omnibus appropriations bill. No one wants that,” Ryan said on “Fox & Friends.”

Republicans Go For Broke on Tax Cut Message With 2.0 Effort
Making individual tax cuts permanent is centerpiece of developing 3-bill package

House Republicans have made clear that the tax overhaul bill their party passed last year is their primary selling point to voters on why they should keep them in the majority come November. 

Now they’re doubling down on the tax cut message as they prepare a three-bill package they’re calling “Tax Reform 2.0.”

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 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.