Chris Collins

Fight for the House Centers on Five States
More than one-third of targeted districts reside in a handful of states

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján is tasked with leading House Democrats back to the majority, including picking up handfuls of seats in a few key states. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Both parties haven’t wasted any time unveiling their House target lists for next year’s midterm elections, and a few states have emerged as early battlegrounds. 

At the end of January, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released an ambitious list of 59 Republican-held districts, followed by the National Republican Congressional Committee’s ambitious list of 36 Democratic-held districts just more than a week later.

Ep. 41: Town Hall Voter Anger May Force GOP to Stall Obamacare Repeal

As they head back into their states and districts next week, lawmakers could continue to face angry voters at town halls over repealing the Affordable Care Act, says CQ Roll Call’s political reporter Simone Pathé and health reporter Erin Mershon. This and fear of a backlash in the 2018 election, they explain, could further delay any action on the GOP’s six-year quest to repeal Obamacare.

Trump Hill Backers Provide Cover After Flynn Departure
Republicans say there's no reason to question president's judgement

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is interviewed by a television crew in the Cannon rotunda. He defended President Trump on Tuesday after his national security adviser resigned. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some of President Donald Trump’s earliest and most vocal congressional supporters offered him political cover Tuesday, chalking up the first-month dismissal of his national security adviser as merely an inevitable early stumble.

GOP Rep. Chris Collins of New York, an early Trump supporter who was his transition team’s congressional liaison, was quick to protect the president’s flank after Michael Flynn resigned on Monday night. But few other Republican members flocked to television cameras on Trump’s behalf.

Collins Defends Trump Over Flynn While GOP Colleagues Remain Silent
N.Y. congressman: ‘I don’t believe anyone knew what Gen. Flynn was doing’

New York Rep. Chris Collins, seen here speaking at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Buffalo, N.Y., last year, is a lone voice defending Trump after his national security adviser resigned late Monday night 25 days into Trump’s presidency. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Chris Collins of New York, one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters on Capitol Hill, is defending the administration after Michael Flynn resigned his post as national security adviser.

Yet, most of his Republican colleagues are notably silent.

Chris Collins Will Not Hold Town Halls
'Because what you get are demonstrators who come and shout you down and heckle you'

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., prefers one-on-one meetings to town hall gatherings. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite his colleagues’ continued attempts, New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins has no intention of holding a town hall meeting.

“Because what you get are demonstrators who come and shout you down and heckle you. They are not what you hope they would be which is a give and take from people actually interested in getting some facts,” Collins told WGRZ-TV in Buffalo.

Report Shows ‘Untapped Power’ of Constituent Advocacy
Showing the local effects of legislation can better influence lawmakers

People react to Rep. Jason Chaffetz as he speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Hundreds of people lined up early for the town hall with Chaffetz on Thursday evening, many holding signs criticizing the congressman's push to repeal the newly-named Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Democrats Try to Reconcile Positions on Travel Ban, 2015 Measure
2015 legislation would have strengthened the vetting process

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., was one of the members of Congress who voted for the SAFE Act but says President Donald Trump’s order goes further. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly was among many elected officials at Washington Dulles International Airport who wanted to speak to detainees after President Donald Trump issued an executive order that severely restricted travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Connolly tweeted numerous photos of himself, along with fellow Democratic Reps. Don Beyer Jr. of Virginia and Jamie Raskin and John Delaney of Maryland.

DCCC Targets Trump Districts in 2018
Democrats are banking on Trump being unpopular in even deep-red seats

New York Rep. Chris Collins, one of President Donald Trumps biggest House allies, is a 2018 Democratic target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Fresh off the second weekend of nationwide protests against President Donald Trump, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released its initial list of Republican-held seats it plans to target in 2018.

The House Democrats’ campaign arm is banking on Trump’s unpopularity being a drag on down-ballot Republicans, even though many GOP incumbents proved resilient to efforts to tie them to Trump in 2016. Democrats gained a net of six seats last November.

GOP Staffers Are Waiting to Hear, ‘You’re Hired’
With Trump in office, the hiring spree is about to begin

Interest from Capitol Hill in White House jobs has been high, people close to the Trump administration say. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As the point person for Hill staffers looking for jobs in the Trump administration, Rep. Chris Collins is suddenly very popular among his colleagues.

The New York Republican said that every time he walks onto the House floor, he leaves with a handful of manila envelopes stuffed with application materials. His office started a spreadsheet in November of every job seeker who contacted him.

Photos of the Week: GOP Huddles in Philly, Cabinet Hearings Continue
The week of Jan. 23 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on the West Front of the Capitol on Jan. 20. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMSCQ Roll Call

Today marks one week into President Donald’s Trump presidency and Roll Call’s photographers have captured much of the action in Washington and Philadelphia, where GOP members of Congress held their annual retreat to discuss party strategy.