Mo Brooks

Moore Should Step Aside, Ryan Says
Speaker joins growing chorus of GOP leaders opposing Alabama nominee

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is the latest in a growing group of GOP leaders to call for Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore to drop out of the race amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

“He should step aside,” Speaker Paul D. Ryan said. “These allegations are credible. If he cares about the values that he claims to care about, then he should step aside.”

Freedom Caucus Chairman Predicts Tax Bill Will Pass
But Rep. Mark Meadows says members expect more changes in conference

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows says caucus members still have more changes they’d like to see in the final GOP tax overhaul. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows on Monday predicted the Republican tax bill will pass the House this week, saying several members of his caucus appear willing to support the bill to keep the process moving.

“I think most of our members are a ‘Lean yes,’ some are undecided,” the North Carolina Republican said. “But all of that is with the caveat that there is still much work that needs to be done before there’s support for a final bill. So if this bill were to come up for a final vote on the floor, there wouldn’t be as many yeses as there are right now.”

Mo Brooks Stands By Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race
Brooks thinks the Senate needs Moore’s vote

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks isn’t backing away from Roy Moore. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks is standing by GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, arguing that the Senate needs Moore’s vote. 

“There are major issues facing the United States of America — deficit and debt that can lead to insolvency and bankruptcy, funding for national security, border security, abortion, appointment of Supreme Court justices. Doug Jones will vote wrong on each of those issues,” Brooks said Monday night after House votes. “Roy Moore will vote right; that’s why I’m voting for Roy Moore.”

Trump Loyalty Contest Takes Hold in Indiana Senate Primary
Rokita team thinks Alabama results bode well for his “defeat the elite” campaign

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is running for Senate with the slogan “defeat the elite.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6 p.m. It’s not just primary challengers to sitting GOP senators who are feeling emboldened by the defeat of Alabama Sen. Luther Strange this week.

Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita took heart that the anti-establishment energy that propelled President Donald Trump to victory last fall is still in force,  with his campaign predicting that same movement will help him defeat fellow Hoosier Rep. Luke Messer in next year’s Senate primary.

Nine Thoughts After the Alabama Senate Runoff
Moore beat candidate supported by Trump, McConnell

Former Alabama supreme court justice Roy Moore won Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. He is seeking to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A year ago, the idea that Roy Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, would be elected to the U.S. Senate was absurd. But he took one giant step closer to that reality with a convincing victory over appointed-Sen. Luther Strange in Tuesday’s special election Republican primary runoff.

The recent result wasn’t a surprise, thanks to numerous public polls showing Moore with a commanding lead, but it’s still shocking to see a candidate supported by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell go down to a significant defeat.

Mo Brooks Announces He Voted for Roy Moore in Alabama GOP Runoff
Congressman endorses former primary rival over Sen. Luther Strange

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks is backing former primary rival Roy Moore in the state’s Senate GOP runoff. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Rep. Mo Brooks on Saturday called on his supporters to rebuke the GOP establishment and vote for former Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary runoff.

“I have voted for Roy Moore because Roy Moore not only stands with America, he will fight for America! I urge you to join that fight,” he told a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.

Rank-and-File Lawmakers Not Feeling It on Grand Immigration Deal
Pairing DACA replacement with border security seen as a bad idea

House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez says the so-called DREAM Act must be part of an immigration deal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Friday 1:42 p.m. | President Donald Trump and congressional leaders see the most likely legislative path to replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as pairing it with border security. But rank-and-file members of both parties think that’s a bad idea.

“We’re going to get ourselves in a quagmire if we allow there to be a linkage because of such disputes and debates here among the hard-line immigration crew about what should be linked,” Vermont Democratic Rep. Peter Welch said, adding that there were members for whom there could never be “enough security.”

Meadows Endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race
Freedom Caucus chairman chooses former state Supreme Court justice over appointed Sen. Strange

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, announced his support for former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Strange Reverses Filibuster Position as Primary Runoff Nears
Alabama Republican will face Roy Moore on Sept. 26

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange changed his position on the Senate’s filibuster rule. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6 p.m. | Sen. Luther Strange has changed his position on the 60-vote threshold to advance legislation in the Senate, amid a competitive primary contest for the Alabama Republican’s seat. 

Citing conversations with President Donald Trump, Strange announced Tuesday that he wants to eliminate the threshold for ending debate on legislation in the Senate, and that he would send a letter to chamber leaders asking them to lower the threshold to a majority vote. The change puts Strange in agreement with Trump, who has frequently called on GOP Senate leaders to eliminate the high threshold so they could more easily pass legislation.

Roll Call on the Road: Recess 2017 From New York to Phoenix
August recess has not slowed down Roll Call’s photographers

Trump supporters and protesters face off from across the street in front of the Phoenix Convention Center as President Donald Trump holds a rally at the convention center on Aug. 22. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Roll Call’s photographers followed Congress out of town this recess. From a protest outside a President Donald Trump rally in Phoenix to Trump Tower in New York to a town hall — and another protest — in Pennsylvania, Roll Call hit the road this August to capture life outside the Beltway.