Lindsey Graham

Word on the Hill: Love Is in the Air
Puppies and friends of national service

On Valentine’s Day 2005, California Sen. Barbara Boxer received about 4,000 roses in her Hart building office from supporters. Boxer donated the flowers to injured military members at Walter Reed Naval Hospital in Bethesda Maryland. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Snap a photograph and tweet @HeardontheHill or email if you see anyone around Capitol Hill receiving a Valentine’s Day gift.

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)

‘Gang of Eight’ Revival Unlikely on Immigration Overhaul

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., talks with reporters before the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol, January 31, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)


President Donald Trump may want senators to re-form a “Gang of Eight”-style group focused on passing comprehensive immigration legislation. But a hyper-partisan atmosphere in Congress combined with the bitter legacy of the last failed overhaul means Trump’s wish will likely go unfulfilled.

Senators to Unveil Effort to Check Trump on Russia Sanctions
Graham and Cardin say release of sanctions oversight bill is imminent

Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin, John McCain and Lindsey Graham are expected to be among those introducing Russia sanctions legislation. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Key senators plan to release bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would give Congress a say in any effort to ease sanctions against Russia.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said just after President Donald Trump took office that such a bill would be developed, and two senators expected to spearhead the measure have told Roll Call that release is imminent.

Defeat or Pyrrhic Victory? The Democrats’ Dismal Choices on Gorsuch
Part of the blame — dismal Democratic candidates in 2016

President Donald Trump and Judge Neil Gorsuch in the East Room of the White House. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In the best of all possible worlds, Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch would both soon grace the Supreme Court. But, alas, someone like Henry Clay is no longer in Congress to negotiate the Compromise of 2017.

So, dispirited Democrats are left with their choice of frustrating outcomes as they rage against the success of Mitch McConnell’s scorched-earth strategy to deprive Garland of a vote all through 2016.

In Gorsuch, Trump Saw Plenty of Scalia-Like Qualities
President hopes ‘Democrats and Republicans can come together’ around nominee

President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Judge Neil Gorsuch after nominating him to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday evening. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s own description of what he wanted in a Supreme Court nominee sounded a lot like the late Justice Antonin Scalia. And though he opted for reality show-like drama, Trump made it clear he believes his pick, Neil Gorsuch, would follow Scalia’s example.

Trump, the former “Apprentice” host and executive producer, used some reality television-like flair to announce his pick, keeping Gorsuch and his wife, Louise, sequestered just outside the White House’s East Room. He came out alone, and minutes later, summoned them from behind an ornate brown door.

Neil Gorsuch Nominated by Trump for U.S. Supreme Court
10th Circuit judge lauded by president for his ‘extraordinary résumé’

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced his nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, setting up a confirmation showdown with Senate Democrats still upset over how Republicans blocked the last pick. 

In a prime-time event broadcast from the East Room of the White House, Trump touted Gorsuch as among the finest and most brilliant legal minds in the country — and a fulfillment of his campaign promise to find the best judge in the country to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Schumer, Immigration Groups Brace for Trump Actions
Top Senate Democrat warns White House of targeting children

Schumer is signaling support for legislation to protect children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate’s top Democrat says he and his colleagues are standing “shoulder-to-shoulder with the immigrant community” in anticipation of a potential executive action by President Donald Trump targeting that community.

“I’m here to stand and tell you that Senate Democrats will fight tooth and nail against any and all anti-immigration measures that President Trump and Republicans put forth,” New York Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer said at an event organized by the progressive immigration group America’s Voice.

Rubio Backs Tillerson for Secretary of State
Trump nominee appears poised for confirmation

Sen. Marco Rubio sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio announced Monday morning he’ll back Rex Tillerson for secretary of State, essentially putting an end to questions about Tillerson’s confirmation prospects.

The Florida Republican announced his support for Tillerson in a Facebook post. But Rubio noted he still had concerns about Tillerson’s position on Russian aggression and human rights violations.

Eyes on Foreign Relations Panel Ahead of Rex Tillerson Vote
Chairman Bob Corker says nominee will get to Senate floor no matter what

Rex Tillerson’s nomination for secretary of State will be voted on Monday afternoon in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rex Tillerson will get to the floor (and likely be confirmed as secretary of State) whether Sen. Marco Rubio supports him or not.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker made that clear last week, telling CNN as early as last Tuesday of his intention to work through the procedural gears to get the former Exxon Mobil CEO a floor confirmation vote — even if there’s a deadlock in committee, which would most likely come about if Rubio, a Florida Republican, joined with a potentially united Democratic opposition.