congressional-affairs

House Midterm Outlook: Look for a Democratic Flip
Two weeks out, all signs still point to Democrats taking the House

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears with Nevada Democratic congressional and state candidates in Las Vegas on Saturday for an early vote rally at the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ANALYSIS — Are we still headed for a Democratic wave in the House next month? That all depends on how you define a wave. But one thing is clear: Democrats are still likely to flip the chamber even after all the buzz about a post-Kavanaugh Republican bounce.

A wave occurs when a large number of one party’s seats flip to the other party, invariably because of a national political figure (the president, usually) or a national issue. Many competitive seats change hands, and at least a few entrenched incumbents suddenly find themselves in trouble.

Speaker Pelosi? Maybe. Tea Party Redux? Not if She Can Help It
California Democrat won’t face the same problems Boehner did eight years ago

As speaker, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is likely to lead a Democratic Caucus that is smaller than the Republican majority of 2010 and with fewer ideologues, Murphy writes. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — I’m not sure anyone enjoyed John Boehner’s speakership as much as I did covering him and his new majority in 2011 and 2012. What more can you ask for in a storyline than a merlot-loving congressional institutionalist who wins the speaker’s gavel on the wings of a pack of angry rebels?

Fast forward eight years to the Trump-fueled anger on the progressive left, along with projections that Democrats will more than likely win back the House, and you have to wonder if it’s time for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to switch from chocolate to cigarettes to gird herself for life leading a pack of would-be insurrectionists as Boehner had to do in 2011.

Kevin McCarthy on Social Media Hunt for Rock-Throwing Suspects
Window in House majority leader’s Bakersfield office shattered

A large rock was thrown though the window of House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield, California, on Monday. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A large slab of rock was thrown through the window of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s district office in Bakersfield Monday — and he’s hitting social media to find the culprits.

The California Republican posted security camera photos of two men on social media along with a photo of a rock about the size of a backpack surrounded by shattered glass on the floor of the offices.

Trump, ‘Beautiful Ted’ Cruz Unite in Texas to Save Senate Seat
“Ted is leading the charge in Congress for more tax cuts,” president says

Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at a rally in Washington in September 2015 when the two were competing for the Republican presidential nomination. Three years later, President Trump campaigned for his former rival in Houston on Monday night. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As President Donald Trump and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz shared a stage Monday evening in Houston, the former bitter rivals proved that one should never say never in politics.

“We had our little difficulties,” Trump told rallygoers at the Toyota Center, before calling Cruz now a “good friend.”

GOP Congressman Floats Passing Border Wall Funding Through Budget Reconciliation
Process would allow for simple-majority vote in the Senate, but both chambers would need to pass a budget first

Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., says his legislation aims to prevent Democrats from continuing to “block our efforts to build a wall along our southern border.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne announced Monday that he has introduced legislation to use the budget reconciliation process to provide for up to $25 billion for President Donald Trump to construct his border wall before the end of his first term.

The bill, co-sponsored by 15 House Republicans, would allow the GOP to pass wall funding with a simple-majority vote in the Senate by using the reconciliation process — if the measure can withstand a “Byrd bath,” the scrubbing of the bill for violations of the Senate’s reconciliation rules. 

Scenes From Early Voting in Nevada
Nevada Democrats make a big push for the crucial early vote

Supporters of Rep. Jacky Rosen, the Democratic Senate nominee in Nevada, wave signs Friday outside KLAS-TV in Las Vegas before the debate between Rosen and GOP Sen. Dean Heller. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nevada, where early voting began Saturday, is the scene of one of the most contested Senate races this cycle — the only one where a Republican incumbent is defending a seat in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Democrats in the Silver State are working hard to on the Latino vote — bolstered by an energetic get-out-the-early-vote effort from the powerful Culinary Worker Union Local 226.

Pelosi Suggests 2020 Outcome Will Help Her Decide Whether to Stay in Congress
Democratic leader was prepared to retire if Clinton won in 2016, stayed on because of Trump

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., suggested Monday that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election will factor into her decision on how long to stay in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who hopes to be speaker next year if Democrats win a chamber majority, suggested Monday that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election would factor into her decision on how long to stay in Congress. 

The 78-year-old California Democrat has long signaled that she sees her congressional career coming to an end in the not-so-distant future.

Kushner, Pelosi Discuss MBS, Journalist Khashoggi’s Death Amid Uproar
Administration has ‘eyes wide open’ but seeks to maintain relations, Kushner says

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in the spotlight after the killing of a Saudi journalist. (Leon Neal/Getty Images file photo)

The Trump administration has “its eyes wide open” about what happened to a dead Washington Post columnist who was killed inside a Saudi diplomatic facility in Turkey, White House adviser Jared Kushner said Monday.

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law also said he personally told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to “just to be transparent” about allegations his government ordered Saudi-born and self-exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed inside its Istanbul consulate.

This Former GOP Rep Says Nothing Wrong With Confronting Politicians in Public
‘It is who we are as Americans,’ ex-Florida rep says

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., attends a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing in Rayburn Building, October 1, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly has no problem with Americans confronting their elected officials in public.

In fact, he thinks they should do it more.

Trump Claims Migrant Caravan in Mexico Has ‘Unknown Middle Easterners’
President threatens to end U.S. aid to Central American countries

A boy and father from Honduras are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico Border on June 12 near Mission, Texas. A caravan of other migrants largely from that country is heading for the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Without offering evidence to support the claim, President Donald Trump on Monday contended a large caravan of Central American migrants also includes “unknown Middle Easterners.”

He also threatened to end foreign aid to countries from which most members of the caravan come. That list includes Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Trump has proposed foreign aid cuts before, only to have Republican and Democratic lawmakers reject them and allocate the funds via massive spending bills Trump was forced to sign to avert more government shutdowns on his watch.