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Senators Warn FCC, Trump Administration About Freedom of the Press
Comes after CQ Roll Call reporter was pinned against a wall while covering the commission

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley says it is customary for reporters to question public officials after meetings, as he is seen doing here. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators, including Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, are warning the Federal Communications Commission about its treatment of reporters after a CQ Roll Call reporter was manhandled Thursday.

“The Federal Communications Commission needs to take a hard look at why this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. As The Washington Post pointed out, it’s standard operating procedure for reporters to ask questions of public officials after meetings and news conferences,” the Iowa Republican said. “It happens all day, every day. There’s no good reason to put hands on a reporter who’s doing his or her job.”  

Seeing Threat to Wind, Grassley Raises Questions on DOE Review
Cites Iowa success as test case

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, listens as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testify during the Senate Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on “Russian Interference in the 2016 United States Election” on Monday, May 8, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A key Republican defender of the wind industry expressed skepticism about what he calls an overly hasty review by the Department of Energy of electric grid security, which industry advocates say could undermine new wind investments.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the department to provide answers about the methodology and cost of the grid review, which DOE said is intended to look at how renewable energy sources like wind make the grid less reliable.

Republican Senators Seek Answers After Chaotic Week
Two key panels pressure FBI, White House for documents

Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., conduct a Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee hearing in Hart Building titled “World Wide Threats” on May 11, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Republicans are taking a more aggressive stance against the embattled Trump administration following a series of damning reports that have sent the White House and Congress into a tizzy.

But by and large, Republican leaders say they remain focused on their ambitious legislative agenda.

Senators Push Back on Trump Drug Abuse Actions
Republicans pledge to fight funding cuts, shifts in criminal enforcement policy

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito says she will push back against efforts to cut funds to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to tackle prescription drug abuse and the flow of illegal drugs into the country. But his White House efforts are off to a rocky start so far.

Earlier this year, Trump appointed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead a opioid crisis task force. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, along with other administration officials including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have embarked on a listening tour of areas ravaged by the opioid epidemic.

Democrats Question Sessions’ Recusal Claims
Conyers, Cummings request more info on Comey firing

By REMA RAHMAN And JOHN T. BENNETT, CQ ROLL CALL

The top House Democrats on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are expressing “grave concerns” over Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Grassley Says Next FBI Director Must be Independent of Trump
Judicial Committee chairman suggests tapping a former federal judge to replace Comey

Sen. Charles E. Grassley is suggesting President Donald Trump pick a respected outsider to lead the FBI. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Even before President Donald Trump’s Friday morning tweetstorm, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley was saying the next FBI director needs to be independent from the president.

The Iowa Republican said he does not think the nominee for the next FBI director will have any conflict of interest requiring recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Grassley Signals Deference to White House on Circuit Judges
Blue slips on district judges might carry more weight than appellate picks

Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled flexibility on the blue slip process for appeals court judges. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says that he is likely to give more weight to objections from Democrats on district judge nominees than more powerful circuit court picks.

“I think the blue slip is more respected for district court judges historically than it has been for circuit,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Thursday in an interview with Roll Call and the Associated Press for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program.

GOP Lawmakers Blast HHS Restrictions on Contact with Congress
Members: Memo ‘potentially illegal and unconstitutional’

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, listens at a Senate Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing Monday, May 8, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A pair of prominent Republican committee chairmen are criticizing an apparent effort by the Department of Health and Human Services to stifle communication between its employees and congressional staff.

A memo sent to HHS staff last week said any communication with Congress must go through the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation. The chairmen of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee blasted the restrictions Tuesday.

Feinstein: End EB-5 Visa Program to Avoid Kushner Conflict
Family’s company sought investors in China

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wants Congress to end a controversial “citizenship-for-sale” visa program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday Congress should end a contentious “citizenship-for-sale” visa program in order to eliminate a potential conflict of interest for Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser.

The comments from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California came in response to media reports that Kushner Companies representatives — including Kushner's sister, Nicole Meyer — marketed use of the EB-5 investor visa program to Chinese nationals at a conference in Beijing over the weekend. Kushner resigned as CEO from his family's real estate company in January, ahead of joining the White House staff.

Rand Paul Wants to Know if Intelligence Community Spied On Him
Makes public details of request to President Trump

Sen. Rand Paul wants to know if he was under surveillance. (George LeVines/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul is renewing a request to know if he was subject to surveillance by the intelligence community during the Obama administration.

“This inquiry goes beyond just myself and my office,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Friday. “The American people need to know if their elected representatives in the Legislative branch have been swept up in Executive branch surveillance.”