Ben Sasse

Word on the Hill: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Messages in pill bottles and Cory Booker’s birthday

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan poses with children of members of the media on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In both the Capitol and the White House, staffers and the press corps have a chance today to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

House leadership has invited the media to bring their reporters-in-training to Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s weekly news conferences at 10:45 a.m.

Word on the Hill: Gorsuch on Snapchat
Albright, spottings, and grad school

Monday's snapchat filter from the NRSC. (Photo courtesy of the NRSC)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to have some fun with Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination hearings.

The NRSC launched a Snapchat filter series in support of Gorsuch, and a new filter will be unveiled each day that you can use if you’re in the area. The committee asks that you send your photographs with the filter to ‘TheNRSC’ on Snapchat.

Fears Surface of Russian Hack of Congress IT System
Subcommittee told legislative branch is highly vulnerable

Sasse asked about the likelihood of a Russian incursion. Witnesses said it was likely. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senators’ examination of Russian efforts to undermine democracies took a turn that hit close to home on Wednesday, when witnesses openly speculated to the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism that Congress itself was likely the victim of nefarious hacking.

When Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., asked experts testifying about the likelihood of such an incursion, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered it was “almost certain” congressional IT systems have been infiltrated by Russia’s security services, particularly if two-factor security is not deployed.

Take Five: Luther Strange
Newest senator is staying with another tall guy in D.C.

Alabama’s Luther Strange was appointed to fill out the term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, now the attorney general. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Republican Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, talks about his height, first impressions of the Senate, and when his dog will join him in D.C.

Q: How do you feel about being the tallest senator in modern history? [Editor’s note: Strange is 6 feet 9 inches tall]

GOP Senators Ask Trump to Block Restoration of Earmarks
House Republicans expect hearings on the matter

Arizona Republican Sens. Jeff Flake left, ,and John McCain, right, are asking the president to block a proposal that would reinstate earmarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Six Republican senators are sending a letter to President Donald Trump Tuesday asking him to oppose any congressional effort to restore earmarks.

The letter from GOP Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ben Sasse of Nebraska comes as House Republicans are expected to soon begin holding hearings on the idea of allowing earmarks to make a comeback after congressional Republicans, led by then-Speaker John A. Boehner, banned them in 2011.

Word on the Hill: Last Week of Black History Month
Tim Scott goes to a museum with Donald Trump

The Museum of African American History and Culture is a great place to celebrate Black History Month in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As February comes to an end, so does Black History Month.

D.C.’s free film festival to celebrate the month is on Sunday, hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office on African American Affairs and actor Lamman Rucker at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW) from 2 to 10 p.m.

Ambitious House Agenda on Medicaid Could Stall in Senate
GOP senators doubt changes could gain traction in upper chamber

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said he thinks there might not be enough “political will” for a major Medicaid overhaul. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators are warning that major changes to the Medicaid program may not survive the upper chamber, despite an aggressive push from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to include a substantial overhaul of the program in the Republican measure to repeal the health care law.

In the House, Ryan and House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden are pushing their colleagues to consider major Medicaid changes on a repeal bill this spring. Those include funding mechanisms like so-called block grants and per capita caps or a cap on Medicaid enrollment for states that expanded the program under the health care law, according to House aides.

Neil Gorsuch's Dance Card Filling Up
Supreme Court nominee to meet with key Democrats

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, left, greets Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., before a meeting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By BRIDGET BOWMAN and NIELS LESNIEWSKI, CQ Roll Call

Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate dance card is filling up with Democrats who could be key to his confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Republicans Distance Themselves From Trump’s Putin Comments
Comes after Trump compares U.S. to Russian ‘killers’

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., criticized President Donald Trump's remarks about Russia without mentioning his name. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican lawmakers are trying to distance themselves from President Donald Trump’s recent comments about Russia and the United States.

During an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump said he respected Russian President Vladimir Putin. When O’Reilly asserted, “But [Putin] is a killer,” Trump responded, “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”