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Connolly Intern Sows Father’s Seeds of Peace for Gaza
Yousef Bashir has faith in a peaceful solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Yousef Bashir, a Gaza native, is an intern in Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly’s office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The future president of a Palestinian state might be working as an intern in Democratic Rep. Gerald E. Connolly’s office. 

“No pressure, huh?” Yousef Bashir replies to the Virginia lawmaker’s assertion about his future and the two laugh.

Democrats Have Few Options on Trump Travel Ban
Minority status means they can’t file a lawsuit or force legislation

From left, Reps. Don Beyer,  John Delaney, Gerry Connolly and Jamie Raskin (not pictured here) speak to the press and protesters about possible detention of travelers and legal access at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Protests erupted at airports around the country following Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Islamic countries. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional Democrats were quick to condemn President Donald Trump’s new executive order temporarily barring travel from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries, but there isn’t much they can do about it.

As the minority party in the House and Senate, they cannot force Congress to take up legislation overturning the ban. And legal and procedural hurdles prevent Democratic lawmakers from taking the order to court themselves. 

Trump Travel Ban Part II Could Put GOP in Tough Spot
Defying polls, president signs second executive order

Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., speaks with an ACLU legal observer during the protest at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Jan. 29. Protests erupted at airports around the country following President Trump’s since-frozen executive order restricting travel from several Islamic countries; on Monday, he signed a revised version. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Donald Trump’s second generation travel ban on individuals from several Muslim-majority countries could put his fellow Republicans in a tough spot.

The new order, signed Monday, comes after federal courts blocked an earlier version and despite polls showing most Americans oppose it.

DCCC Announces 2018 Leadership Team
Expanded team includes returning members and some fresh faces

Washington Rep. Denny Heck will return as DCCC recruitment chairman for the 2018 cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján announced his leadership team for the 2018 cycle on Thursday.

The 20-person team, shared first with Roll Call, is an expanded group from previous cycles. 

Photos of the Week: Immigration Protests, Committee Boycotts and a High Court Nominee
The week of Jan. 30 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

Protesters gather on Monday in front of the Supreme Court to oppose President Trump's executive order barring immigrants from certain countries entry into the U.S. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY TOM WILLIAMS AND BILL CLARK

A busy week in Washington started off with protests at Dulles International Airport and in front of the Supreme Court against President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order. Protests made it into the halls of Congress as well, as Senate Democrats boycotted several hearings for Trump’s Cabinet nominees. 

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.

New Democrats Want a Piece of the Policy Pie
Coalition arranges task forces around top issues

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer hopes the task forces gives the New Democrats a chance to help hone policy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans are in control of Congress, but the House’s New Democrat Coalition does not plan to sit by and let the GOP generate all the policy ideas on issues like taxes, infrastructure and cybersecurity. 

In continuing with their effort to be leaders on policy issues and find potential areas of bipartisan compromise, the New Democrats are launching new task forces designed to generate policy solutions for issues on the GOP’s congressional agenda, as well as policy areas that may not get as much traction in a Republican-controlled Congress, Rep. Derek Kilmer, the coalition’s vice chairman of policy, told Roll Call.

Democrats To Rally Against Trump Order at Supreme Court
Pelosi 'Dear Colleague' letter decries travel ban as 'immoral'

From left, Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speak to the press and protesters about possible detention of travelers and legal access at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Also participating were Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., and Rep. John Delaney, D-Md. Protests erupted at airports around the country following President Trump’s executive order restricting travel from several Islamic countries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Democrats are taking their protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from Muslim countries to the Supreme Court — at least for a rally.

While several federal judges temporarily halted the president’s executive order, House and Senate Democrats on Monday plan to gather in front of the high court to call on Trump to rescind his order that is preventing refugees and other travelers from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Dulles Protest in Photos: D.C.-Area Congressmen Join Demonstration
Protests continued Sunday at U.S. airports against immigration executive actions

From left, Reps. Don Beyer, D-Va., John Delaney, D-Md., and Gerry Connolly, D-Va., speak to the press at Dulles. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Protests erupted at airports around the country following President Donald Trump’s executive orders banning refugees from entering the country and restricting travel from seven Islamic countries.

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Here Are the Democrats Skipping Trump’s Inauguration
Nearly 70 Democratic House members won’t attend Friday’s swearing-in

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly is one of the latest Democratic House members to say that he won’t attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Even before President-elect Donald Trump attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Twitter over the weekend, a handful of Democratic lawmakers had planned to boycott Trump's inauguration on Friday.

But by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday night, that group had ballooned. As of Friday morning, nearly 70 Democrats in the House said they will not attend out of protest. Several other House Democrats are not attending for medical or other reasons. No Democratic senators have announced intentions to boycott.