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GOP Lawmakers Pushing for Nuclear Waste Facility in Nevada
Yucca Mountain repository project halted by Obama administration.

A “no trespassing” sign warns people to stay away from a proposed nuclear waste dump site at  Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (David McNew/Getty Images file photo)

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have released a discussion draft for a bill that would create incentives to put the shuttered Yucca Mountain repository on track to become the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal site.

The draft text to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act is the first of many steps lawmakers must take to bring the project online again after the Trump administration expressed a willingness to re-engage on the issue following the project’s halt by the Obama administration in 2010.

Panel Turns to Other Health Issues After Obamacare Defeat
Children's Health Insurance, FDA user fees face deadlines

Rep. Greg Walden and his Energy and Commerce Committee are ready to move on. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, following a massive setback in March in the GOP’s attempt to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, is preparing to move ahead on several other health initiatives.

The panel needs to write two major bills by Sept. 30 — one renewing the Food and Drug Administration’s authority to collect industry user fees and another reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Companies, patients and state officials affected by these measures are urging quick action.

Trump Will Need Democratic Cooperation to Replace US Attorneys
Judiciary Committee process, plus scarce floor time, could leave career lawyers in charge

Preet Bharara is one of 46 former U.S. attorneys whose posts the Trump administration now has to fill. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images file photo)

Under normal circumstances, senators might act quickly to advance and confirm a president’s nominees to be U.S. attorneys across the country.

But with President Donald Trump in office, nothing is proving to be ordinary.

Word on the Hill: It’s Recess
Your social calendar for the week

While members are back home, staffers are still in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Welcome back from the long weekend and happy recess.

How has the 115th Congress affected you so far? We found out in a survey that staffers are sleepier than the were in the last one, and now we want to hear anecdotes about how 2017 is treating you.

Bob Michel, Last Leader of the ‘Old School’ House GOP, Dies at 93
Compromise and collegiality were hallmarks, but got him pushed aside by his caucus in the 1990s

Illinois Rep. Robert H. Michel, pictured at a news conference on Aug. 2, 1989, served as House Republican leader for nearly 14 years. (Laura Patterson/CQ Roll Call Archive Photo)

Robert H. Michel, who as the House minority leader from 1981 until his 1994 retirement became the longest-serving congressional Republican leader who never experienced majority power, died Friday. He was 93 and had lived on Capitol Hill much of the time since stepping down after 19 terms representing central Illinois.

Michel epitomized the congressional Old School in nearly every way, which worked to his advantage for almost all of his four decades in office. He prized collegiality, collaboration, civility and courtesy as essential political virtues. He evidenced a steady reverence for the institutional prerogatives, customs and limitations of what he fondly termed “the people’s House.”

Word on the Hill: Is Your Resolution to be Healthier?
Here’s what’s happening this week

A sign announces the "Get Fit" program outside Senate Carry-out. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

If your New Year’s resolution is anything along the lines of getting in better shape, the Capitol wants to help you reach your goal.

Today is the launch of the “Get Fit” program in dining areas, especially the Senate Carry-out, judging by the giant sign outside. The program provides meals under certain calorie amounts marked with a big green circle label that reads “FIT.”

Dick Cheney on New Rep. Cheney: ‘If She Wants My Advice, She’ll Ask for It’
Former vice president accompanies daughter Liz for her swearing in to House

Former Vice President Dick Cheney looks on as daughter Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., takes the oath of office on the House floor on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For an hour on Tuesday, former Vice President Dick Cheney was back in the House chamber where he once served.

Cheney sat on the House floor, second row from the front on the GOP side, playing the role of the proud patriarch to his daughter Liz who took the oath to serve in the job Cheney himself had from 1979 to 1989: sole House member from Wyoming.

Greg Walden Endorsed for House Energy and Commerce Chairman
Phil Roe picked to head VA panel

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden will chair the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By Joe Williams and Lindsey McPherson
CQ Roll Call

Rep. Greg Walden won a key vote on Thursday to become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Morning After: Therapy Dogs Cheer Up Stressed-Out Staffers
‘I feel so much better now,’ says one intern

Zamboni and Spumoni play with a staffer. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

On a gloomy, rainy morning in D.C. — where President-elect Donald Trump won only 4 percent of the vote the night before — five therapy dogs waited to put a smile on staffers’ faces.

“I feel so much better now,” one intern said, stopping short when she walked into Cannon 121 on Wednesday.

Even with Trump, Suburban District Is a Reach for Minnesota Democrats
Democrat Terri Bonoff casts Erik Paulsen’s votes as a mirror of Trump

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen runs between houses while door-knocking in his suburban Twin Cities district last weekend. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

COON RAPIDS, Minn. — In his final push for down-ballot Republicans, Speaker Paul D. Ryan is swinging through Minnesota’s 3rd District Wednesday. 

The fact that he’s stopping in this well-educated, suburban district, where GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is running for a fifth term, is a sign that Democrats have succeeded in using Donald Trump to expand the House battlefield.