Lobbying

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.”

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)

Inexperience Weakens Congress and the White House
A younger, less experienced Congress tackles some old and knotty issues

From left, President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Vice President Mike Pence talk as the president finishes his speech at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia on Jan. 26. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo/Pool)

For the first time in U.S. history, we have a president with no government experience. And he’s looking to work with a Congress that has lost members with significant legislative prowess on some issues in recent years.

President Donald Trump’s administration started off with a flurry of executive actions, reportedly without consulting Congress and some members of his own Cabinet. The episodes had one senior lawmaker shaking his head.

Lobbyists, Corporate Clients Open Wallets for Trump
K Streeters disclosed $5.3 million in donations to Trump from July through December of last year

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K Street has entered the Trump era.

Lobbyists and organizations that seek to influence Washington mostly neglected the presidential campaign of Donald Trump early last year, but by the end of 2016, the sector had begun to embrace him, new lobbying disclosures show.

Groups Join Forces to Protect Job-Provided Health Insurance

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, holding a "Make America Great Again" hat, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans are ramping up their consideration of a controversial policy to reduce tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance, drawing increasing ire from a diverse coalition of business and labor groups.

The idea of scaling back the tax benefits for the more than 155 million people who get their coverage at work is generating so much concern that it has united those groups in staunch opposition. 

CQ Roll Call Staff Survey Finds GOP Doubts on Border Wall
Aides confident of GOP’s chances for enacting contentious policy overhauls

President Donald Trump gets a standing ovation after speaking at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia on Jan. 26. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At their retreat in Philadelphia last week, Republican congressional leaders painted a picture of unity with President Donald Trump. Their aides aren’t sure about that. 

Only 49 percent of the GOP staffers who responded to CQ Roll Call’s January Capitol Insiders Survey thought Congress would enact a law to construct a wall along the Mexican border, while just 44 percent see the $1 trillion infrastructure package Trump has promised becoming law.

Trump’s Lobbying Ban May Not Curb K Street Influence
New loopholes allow recent lobbyists an easy way back into government

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski recently opened a firm billed as a “full service government affairs and political consulting” outfit, located near the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The new administration’s executive order limiting the future lobbying of its officials will do little to “drain the swamp,” as President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail, ethics watchdogs say.

Political appointees must sign an ethics pledge agreeing not to “engage in lobbying activities” related to their agency for five years, according to a Trump executive order issued Saturday. It also bars departing officials from ever engaging in lobbying, legal or public relations work on behalf of a foreign entity subject to disclosure under a 1938 law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Trump States Hit Hardest if Obamacare Cost-Sharing Help Ends
But funding subsidies is tough choice for Republicans

Pro and anti-health care law demonstrators hold signs outside of the Supreme Court on the first day of opening arguments in 2012 that examined the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By ERIN MERSHON and JOE WILLIAMSCQ Roll Call

The constituents with the most to lose if Congressional Republicans cut funding to Obamacare overwhelmingly live in the parts of the country that President Donald Trump won in last year’s election.

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.

Hispanic Caucus Founding Member Robert Garcia Dies
Was forced to resign in 1990 amid Wedtech scandal

Former Rep. Robert Garcia of New York, left, shakes hands with Jay Hein, director of President George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute discussion on religion and public policy in 2007. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Rep. Robert Garcia, a founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who was forced to resign in 1990, died at age 84 in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

Garcia was born in the Bronx and his father was from Puerto Rico. He earned two Bronze Stars in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as an engineer.