Richard Hudson

Word on the Hill: Comey Time
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D.C. will be watching as former FBI director James B. Comey testifies today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former FBI director James Comey is heading to Capitol Hill this morning and D.C. is preparing in many different ways.

The Capitol will be hectic leading up to the 10 a.m. hearing. For those outside of the Capitol complex, or able to leave work for a couple of hours, there are a handful of bars in D.C. opening early, pouring cleverly titled drinks, and taking advantage of some great TV.

With Enthusiasm High, Democrats School Potential Candidates on Realities of Running
The party is seeing unprecedented early interest in running for Congress

Amid the high interest, many first-time candidates may not be aware of what it takes to run for Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All around the country, Democrats interested in running for office are crawling out of the woodwork. But how many of these potential candidates will turn into serious congressional candidates? 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has already talked to 275 people in 68 districts wanting to run — 20 people in one Illinois district alone.

GOP Bill Takes Aim at Long-Shot Medicaid Expansion Hopes
Provision is a blow to efforts in North Carolina and Kansas

North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson said the GOP provision was partially put in to benefit Republican governors who wanted to avoid political pressure to expand their own states’ entitlement programs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans in North Carolina and Kansas who hope to scale back Medicaid can claim a victory in the updated GOP plan to overhaul the 2010 health care law. The package takes aim at those two states, which had the highest — albeit long-shot — hopes of expanding their Medicaid programs this year.

The provision, included in a manager’s amendment to the bill released by House leaders on Monday, would prevent states from expanding their Medicaid programs if they didn’t already do so by March 1.

Trump Warns GOP Members of Political, Policy Pitfalls of Killing Health Bill
President calls out Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows in closed-door meeting

President Donald Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price arrive in the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference on Tuesday morning. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By LINDSEY MCPHERSON, JOHN T. BENNETT AND REMA RAHMAN, CQ ROLL CALL

President Donald Trump came to the Capitol Tuesday morning to make a closing pitch to House Republicans preparing to vote on health care legislation that will define the beginning of his presidency. And he did it with the confidence, jest and bravado that only he can deliver.

Road to House GOP Health Plan Passage Still Uncertain
Budget Committee considers measure, but changes await

Pence has been a constant presence at the Capitol during the health care debate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By LINDSEY McPHERSON and REMA RAHMAN CQ Roll Call

Two of the strongest proponents for the House Republican plan to remake the health care system, Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday they were open to changes to secure floor passage.

Drug Industry Spending Jumped As Cures Crossed Finish Line

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, walks to the Capitol for a vote on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry lobbying giants ramped up their advocacy spending in the final three months of 2016, just as Congress was finalizing a new law aimed at speeding drug development and research.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America dropped $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $3.8 in the same quarter in 2015, a CQ analysis of new lobbying filings shows. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization spent $2.3 million to influence policymakers over the same three months, up from $2.1 million the year before.

Hudson Proposes National Concealed Carry Bill
North Carolina congressman is member of Trump's Second Amendment Coaliton

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, is a member of President-elect Donald Trump's Second Amendment Coalition. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-North Carolina, says he is preparing legislation that would allow those with concealed carry permits in their state to cross state lines.

According to the Daily Caller, Hudson's legislation would allow people with a state-issued concealed carry license to carry a handgun to any other state that allows concealed carry if the person is not banned from possessing or transporting a firearm by federal law.

Word on the Hill: Vote Based on Brains?
Competition for Sarah McLachlan

A button vendor sells buttons to both sides outside of the Trump International Hotel in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are unique candidates, how do they compare education-wise to former presidents?

The top majors among past presidents are history, economics, international affairs and political science, according to a report from the career training website trade-schools.net.

Veto Likely Over GOP Gitmo Limits in Defense Spending Bill

House Republicans turned the screw this week on President Barack Obama's attempts to shutter the Guantanamo Bay prison before he leaves office.

They even went so far as to declare in legislation that not a single prisoner may leave there.

NASCAR's Richard Childress Speeds Up to Help Kids
North Carolina lawmakers invite the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma founder for a briefing

Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., speaks with former NASCAR racer Richard Childress at a Congressional Pediatric Trauma Briefing. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Famous for race cars and his wealth from entrepreneurship, Richard Childress is also working for the kids.  

Childress, one of the wealthiest men in North Carolina, was invited to Capitol Hill by fellow North Carolinians—Republican Richard Hudson and Democrat G.K. Butterfield—to discuss his efforts through the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma on Tuesday.