Lobbying

White House to Skeptical GOP Members on Health Bill: This Is It
President meets with various members, Republican and Democrat, over course of day

President Donald Trump still doesn't have the House votes to pass the GOP health plan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The White House intensified its game of chicken with Republican lawmakers over the party’s health care overhaul plan, saying there is no Plan B.

Even as one GOP lawmaker told Roll Call there likely are around 30 “no” votes among the Republican conference — more than enough to sink the legislation — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned members of his party “this is it.”

Word on the Hill: Cherry Blossoms
Your social calendar for the week

The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom last year. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The cherry blossoms that survived the cold weather last week were supposed to reach their peak yesterday.

Have you seen the trees in bloom yet?

Word on the Hill: Cortez Masto and Latina Staffers
Tea party rally and award for Biden

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, center, front row, and the staffers. (Courtesy Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto's office)

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., met with Latina Senate staffers on Monday for a roundtable discussion on the importance of women and students of color getting access to internships and employment opportunities on Capitol Hill.

They also discussed obstacles women face in a Senate office and brainstormed other ways to address issues pertaining to a lack of diversity.

Former House GOP Campaign Chief Joins Holland & Knight
Tom Reynolds to boost firm’s ties to Republicans in power

Former New York Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, pictured here in 2003, has built a lobbying practice since leaving Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former House Republican campaign chief Thomas M. Reynolds, a New Yorker who spent five terms in Congress, is bringing his lobbying practice to Holland & Knight as the firm tries to expand its Republican ties. 

Reynolds retired from the House, where he served on the Ways and Means Committee, in 2009. He set up shop at the firm Nixon Peabody where his recent clients have included Goldman Sachs Group, the American Unity Fund and the Council for Affordable Housing and Rural Development, disclosures show.

Top K Street Campaign Donors Already Writing Checks for 2018
GOP lobbyists focus on expanding Senate majority, Democrats target the House

Donations to campaigns from the top K Street lobbyists have been inching up each cycle since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

K Street’s most generous political donors paid out a record sum during the 2016 campaign cycle, and many of them say they are already opening their wallets for next year’s elections despite fatigue at the pace of fundraising requests.

“I’m writing those checks a little more reluctantly — the hand is sort of shaking more than it used to,” said lobbyist Larry O’Brien, a longtime top donor to Democrats, only half-joking.

Opinion: Lying to Congress — Harm, But No Foul
McConnell let Cabinet nominees get away with it

There’s no penalty when Cabinet nominees lie under oath in  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate, Jonathan Allen writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It is a serious offense to lie to Congress — except when Congress doesn’t care.

Survey: Democratic Aides Doubt Senate Can Block SCOTUS Nominee
Staffers overwhelmingly expect Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed

Judge Neil Gorsuch meets with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in her Hart building office on Feb. 8. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Liberal advocacy groups are spending lots of time and money organizing for what they hope will be a big fight over President Donald Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch.

They might be disheartened to learn that Democratic congressional aides don’t think they can block him.

In Joint Address, Trump Offers Congress Few Policy Details
President’s legislative objectives receive prime time stage, little specifics

Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night at the Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump laid out a sweeping legislative agenda in his first address before a joint session of Congress, but he faces battle after battle to enact it — many with members of his own party.

The 45th president, addressing lawmakers at the start of just his sixth full week in office, spoke in his familiar brusque and clipped cadence, a stark contrast to the oratory style of his predecessor, Barack Obama, who often mixed professorial lectures with prose that highlighted his self-described “writer’s sensibility.” On the other hand, Trump’s address was chock full of the pithy and blunt phraseology that helped him win the White House.

K Street Sees Opportunity, Fears in Trump Address to Congress
Lobbyists brace for what’s ahead

President Donald Trump has not been shy about criticizing lobbyists or special interests on K Street previously. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lobbying groups and corporations say they are eager for President Donald Trump to buoy their favorite agenda items in his joint address to Congress on Tuesday, but some fear the commander in chief may also criticize their industries. 

K Street is preparing for both.

Schumer Touts Manchin Plan Tying Trade Rep to Miner Pensions
Nominee appears to need a waiver from Congress to take job

Manchin intends to push his plan to make miners’ benefits more permanent. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BY NIELS LESNIEWSKI AND LINDSEY MCPHERSON, CQ Roll Call

Sen. Joe Manchin III is making yet another pitch to get certainty regarding health care and pension benefits for retired coal miners, with the backing of Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.