David Schweikert

Photos of the Week: A House Tax Marathon as Senate Starts Action
The week of Nov. 6 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

From left, Rep. Sam Johnson, Chairman Kevin Brady and ranking member Richard Neal open a House Ways and Means Committee markup of the Republicans’ tax overhaul plan in Longworth Building on Monday. Rep. David Schweikert also appears. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Ways and Means Committee finished its marathon markup of the GOP tax overhaul plan Thursday, as attention shifted to the Senate, which will be marking up its own version of the bill next week. 

Here’s the entire week in photos:

McSally Planning Senate Run in Arizona
Sources confirm McSally told her Arizona GOP colleagues she plans to run

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally is planning to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Martha McSally told her fellow Arizona Republican House colleagues Monday that she plans to run for the state’s newly open Senate seat.

The Arizona political outlet Yellow Sheet Report first reported the news Monday night, followed by The Arizona Republic the following day.  Three sources with knowledge of the discussion confirmed the reports.

Rand Paul Backs Kelli Ward in Arizona Senate Race
Ward was originally challenging Sen. Jeff Flake

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has endorsed Kelli Ward. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul is backing state Sen. Kelli Ward in the GOP primary in the newly open Arizona Senate race. The Kentucky Republican is the first sitting senator to back Ward’s campaign.

Ward was originally challenging GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, who has been sharply critical of President Donald Trump. But with Flake recently announcing his retirement, the field is now open for other GOP hopefuls to run for Senate. Ward has also received support from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who has said he wants to take on every GOP Senate incumbent except Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Six Things to Watch in the House GOP Tax Bill
House Republicans expected to unveil legislation Wednesday

Front row, from left, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the unveiling of the GOP’s tax framework on Sept. 27. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans will unveil details of their long-awaited tax bill Wednesday, opening the floodgates for lawmakers and outside groups to begin scrutinizing every last provision.

While some broad strokes have been revealed, most of the finer points have been kept quiet by GOP tax writers and leaders. Here are six items to watch when the curtain is raised Wednesday:

Source: David Schweikert Not Considering Arizona Senate Run
Schweikert’s name listed among potential contenders

Schweikert is not considering running for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Dave Schweikert is not considering running for Senate in the newly open race, a source close to the Arizona Republican confirmed Wednesday. 

Schweikert had hinted he was leaning against it, telling reporters earlier on Wednesday, “I’m not sure I have the burning passion that that type of race would take.”

Flake’s Exit Rocks GOP and Arizona Senate Race
Trump critic sees a narrowing path for traditional conservatives in the GOP

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and his wife, Cheryl, enter the Russell Building on Tuesday after he announced he would not be running for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Jeff Flake announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the Senate. But his speech was an indictment of modern politics at large.

The Arizona Republican took to the Senate floor to decry the state of political discourse, the leadership of President Donald Trump and the future of conservatism.

No Budget, No Tax Reform: GOP Faces Reality of Remaining Agenda
House Republicans optimistic despite lacking votes for budget resolution

Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady remains optimistic that House Republicans can pass a budget resolution to set up the reconciliation process for a tax overhaul. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

“Clearly, no budget, no tax reform.”

That comment made by House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady on Thursday, and then again for good measure on Monday, is the primary selling point on which House Republican leaders are hoping to whip up enough support to pass their fiscal 2018 budget resolution. Yet that pitch has done little to appease the naysayers.

House Freedom Caucus to Air Debt Ceiling Demands

Rep. David Schweikert has sponsored legislation to address the debt limit that outlines the House Freedom Caucus positions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Freedom Caucus plans to lay out three ways members would support raising the debt ceiling this month, including overhauling the debt limit and payment system or making deep cuts to mandatory spending.

The roughly 40-member group of hard-line conservatives will ask GOP leaders to raise the debt ceiling in July alongside other legislative provisions to win their support, as first reported by Axios and confirmed by CQ Roll Call.

Search for Offsets Squeezes House GOP on Tax Cuts
Leaders facing pressure from Senate and White House

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady says he remains focused on pairing tax cuts with offsets that pay for their cost. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A widening fracas over offsets leaves House Republican leaders with tough choices as they try to settle on the scope of tax cuts and revenue-raising items in a package they are negotiating with their Senate counterparts and President Donald Trump.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and his team face pressure from senators and the administration to loosen their demand for a revenue-neutral tax package. Some Republicans have even floated the idea of temporary tax cuts without any offsets like those enacted under President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003.

Democrats Expanding Battlefield Into Trump Country
DCCC adds 20 more GOP seats to its target list

The DCCC is targeting California Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday added 20 seats to its target list for 2018. The House Democrats’ campaign arm is now going after 79 Republican-held seats in the midterms.

President Donald Trump won these newly targeted seats by anywhere from 6 to 49 points. The first round of 59 targets, announced in January, included the 23 GOP-held seats that Hillary Clinton carried last fall. But it also included plenty of red districts, including at least eight districts that Trump carried by 15 points or more.