Adam Kinzinger

Senators unveil new plan to counter Vladimir Putin’s energy influence in Eastern Europe
Chris Murphy and Ron Johnson leading bipartisan effort to improve energy infrastructure

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy is introducing a new effort to counter Vladimir Putin’s influence in Eastern Europe. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Bipartisan lawmakers are unveiling Thursday the latest Capitol Hill effort to counter Vladimir Putin’s energy activities in Eastern Europe.

This time, a contingent of senators led by Democratic Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is introducing a bill that would authorize as much as $1 billion in financing for the next few years for energy sector projects in Europe.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s criticism of Wisconsin governor spurs Guard ‘review’
Illinois Republican criticized Wisconsin governor for withdrawing National Guard troops from southern border

The Wisconsin National Guard is reviewing comments made by one of its airmen, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger is facing a review from the Wisconsin National Guard after he publicly criticized Gov. Tony Evers over previously undisclosed troop withdrawals from the southern U.S. border with Mexico.

Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is part of a Madison, Wisconsin, unit, criticized Evers in tweets and a Fox News appearance earlier this week. The Wisconsin National Guard is looking into whether those comments may have violated the law.

House disapproves of Trump’s emergency declaration on border
But the vote was far from a veto-proof supermajority

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro introduced the resolution of disapproval and helped shepherd its passage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House passed legislation Tuesday disapproving of President Donald Trump’s border security emergency declaration but came up well short of the two-thirds margin that would be needed to overcome a Trump veto.

The 245-182 vote sends the joint resolution to the Senate, where it should get expedited consideration.

Republicans bullish that veto of disapproval resolution would be upheld
Minority Whip Steve Scalise still hopes a disapproval measure gets stopped in the Senate

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, speaks during the House Democrats' news conference on a disapproval resolution on President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration. The House vote is on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are increasingly bullish they can block Congress from formally disapproving of President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency on the southern border in order to redirect spending as he sees fit — although they still might have to go through the process of a veto by Trump and the fallout from that. 

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said Tuesday that while he hoped the Senate would block disapproval of Trump’s declaration, it would in any case have no chance of a veto override in the House. The House will vote Tuesday on the resolution of disapproval, and it is expected to pass easily, although the margin is unclear at this point. 

Rep. Adam Kinzinger says border deployment made up his mind on national emergency
Illinois Republican flew aerial surveillance missions with his Air National Guard unit

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, flew aerial surveillance missions over the Arizona border with the National Guard for two weeks. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, returned from a two-week Air National Guard deployment conducting aerial surveillance over the Arizona border and said the experience solidified his support for the president’s national emergency declaration.

Kinzinger supports President Donald Trump’s push for a wall at the southern border, and was deployed there two weeks ago with his Guard unit, his office reported.

GOP congressman who supports border wall deployed to the border
Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a reconnaissance pilot in the Air National Guard

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is a reconnaissance pilot and was deployed to the U.S. southern border this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who supports President Donald Trump’s push for a wall at the southern border, was deployed there this week with his Air National Guard unit, his office reported.

In addition to representing Illinois’ 16th District, Kinzinger is a lieutenant colonel in the Guard who flies reconnaissance aircraft, conducting aerial surveillance.

Cracks in GOP support for Trump emerge, but White House claims ‘we’re all good’
‘What was boiling under the surface … has now come to the surface,’ Republican insider says

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as Republican senators look on following a lunch meeting in the Capitol on Jan. 9. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican lawmakers are increasingly breaking with Donald Trump — through critical words and high-profile votes — but White House officials contend the president still has a grip on his party mates on Capitol Hill.

The Senate floor in recent weeks has become ground zero for GOP members jumping out of line. With a series of national security and government spending speeches and vote results, the president’s party has issued a string of stinging blows after nearly two years of mostly sticking with and defending him.

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

Ocasio-Cortez joins most Republicans in voting against House Democratic bills to reopen government
House bills headed nowhere in Senate as upper chamber prepares to hold test votes Thursday that are expected to fail

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., center, voted against two Democratic bills to reopen the government Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats passed two more bills Wednesday to reopen the government that most Republicans continued to oppose, but there was one surprise in the otherwise predictable floor proceedings — freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voted “no.”

The New York Democrat, a rising star in the progressive wing of the party with a massive social media following, explained her vote on Instagram. 

10 House Republicans cross aisle to support ending shutdown of Interior-Environment programs

Members of the Association of Flight Attendants participate in the National Air Traffic Controllers Association rally to “Stop the Shutdown” in front of the Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House voted 240-179 on Friday to pass a fiscal 2019 Interior-Environment spending bill, the latest in a series of standalone appropriations measures the chamber has sent this week to a Senate that has no plans to hold a vote. Ten House Republicans crossed the aisle to support the Democratic-drafted bill. 

Those Republicans mirrored the same ones who voted on Thursday for both an Agriculture funding bill and a Transportation-HUD measure: Rodney Davis of Illinois and Christopher H. Smith of New Jersey, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, John Katko of New York, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Will Hurd of Texas, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Elise Stefanik of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan and Greg Walden of Oregon.