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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Marking Sandy Hook anniversary, staffer shuffle, and a passing of the coffeemaker

Senate Flexes Congress’ War Powers Authority, For First Time Ever
Resolution would end military assistance to Saudi Arabia over war in Yemen

The Senate on Thursday ordered the Pentagon to cease its military involvement on behalf of Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni civil war. It marked the first time since the 1973 passage of the War Powers Act that the Senate has ordered the executive branch to end an unauthorized military campaign.

The Senate passed, 56-41, the joint resolution, as amended, that would direct the president to remove U.S. armed forces from hostilities in or affecting the Republic of Yemen, except forces engaged in operations directed at Al Qaeda or associated forces, within 30 days of the joint resolution’s adoption of the joint resolution, unless and until a declaration of war or specific authorization of such use of force has been enacted.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Meeks on Pence ‘laying low,’ the millennial caucus, and Reichert says leave investigations to the pros

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House, Senate Democrats Identify Slate of Committee Leaders for New Congress
House Dem Caucus must still ratify, Senate is ready to go

Congressional Democrats have identified their incoming committee leadership for the 116th Congress, although the full caucus must still weigh in and a few key chairs will have to wait until the House speakership contest is settled. In the Senate meanwhile, the roster is finished, with some notable movement in the smaller Democratic minority. 

The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee made its recommendations for most committee chairmanships in the new Congress on Tuesday evening, with a few others designated Monday. The full caucus must still approve the choices.

Trump Hedges on $5 Billion for Border Wall on Day of Meeting With Schumer, Pelosi
President hints at military construction of barrier, which could be problematic legally

Just before a scheduled meeting with Democratic leaders on border security funding, President Donald Trump appeared to soften his demand for $5 billion in construction funds for his southern border wall proposal.

in a series of tweets, the president sought to build a case that portions of fencing and levee wall already built or in the works on his watch have successfully increased border security to a degree, even without the money he wants. And in a subsequent tweet, Trump foreshadows “some important announcements” in his administration’s trade talks with China; if true, any positive headlines of those talks could be drowned out by an ugly partial government shutdown that Trump likely would be blamed for.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Fudge on Trump’s hush money, Love on women in the GOP, and staffer shuffle

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill
Rokita sends off successor, Loebsack is lonely no more, and Pearce gets a new post

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill
Scalise has a new floor director, Mink is honored in Hawaii, and Corker sends off grads

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill
Here’s what’s happening on Thursday, Dec. 6

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These 10 Lines Had Dignitaries Laughing at Bush’s Funeral
Longtime friend Alan Simpson delivered a moving eulogy peppered with knee-slappers

“He placed great value on a good joke,” George W. Bush said Wednesday at his father’s funeral. “That’s why he asked [Alan] Simpson to speak.”

The elder Bush’s longtime friend, a Wyoming Republican, is known for his blunt speech and humorous style, whether during his time as a senator or in a series of high-profile public roles.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill
Reid name change tabled, Faso says no, and members pay their respects to Bush

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill
Speier opens up, Maloney looks back, and Rubio has dibs on Dolphins job

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Davis’ hometown takes a hit, Ryan takes on science, and Kilmer is an art project

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George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, Dies at 94
Last World War II veteran to serve as POTUS dies seven months after wife Barbara Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president and self-effacing patriarch of one of America’s premier political families, which has included two occupants of the White House, a senator and a governor, died Friday, at age 94.

As president, Bush led an international coalition to victory in the first Persian Gulf war in 1990-91, only to lose his bid for re-election the following year to Democrat Bill Clinton primarily because of a prolonged recession and Bush’s perceived inability to cure it.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Tsongas enjoys the view one last time, Love still scratching her head over Trump, and Burr’s birthday ‘Thing’

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill
Trent Reznor calls out Cruz, D.C. group thumbs nose at Saudis, and staffer shuffles

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Beto as a Beatle, Sen. Larry Fitzgerald, and LeBron James or Nancy Pelosi?

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Congressman Reports Active Shooter Situation From Walter Reed Medical Center
It was a drill, Navy says

Updated 5:51 p.m. | Naval personnel delivered the all clear Tuesday afternoon following reports of an active shooter situation at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Navy later confirmed the incident was a drill.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
What’s with Ted Cruz’s beard, new member gets lost in Capitol Hill tunnels, and a puzzler for Larsen

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Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Cisneros stands up to the Dark Side, Cummings marries ‘Morning Joe’ hosts, and mocking the president

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