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Funding Deadline Tests GOP Strategy
Republicans hoped for more under Trump, but still need Democrats’ help

From left, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan meet for a working lunch at the White House on March 1. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

When Republicans kicked the fiscal 2017 spending deadline into April last December, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said they’d rather negotiate with incoming GOP President Donald Trump than the outgoing Democratic one.

But now, congressional Republicans are talking about largely ignoring requests from the White House as they negotiate with Democrats over a spending bill to take the government off autopilot for the remaining five months of the fiscal year.

Gorsuch on Judicial Independence: ‘That’s a Softball’
 

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch fielded questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of his confirmation hearings Tuesday. When asked by Chairman Charles E. Grassley if he would have any trouble ruling against President Donald Trump, Gorsuch called it a “softball question.”

Democrats Back #LetLizSpeak Campaign
Warren's colleagues show they can use Twitter, too

Democrats like Schumer have joined in on Twitter’s #LetLizSpeak campaign to protest Republicans’ shutting down Warren’s speech about Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are taking up the #LetLizSpeak Twitter campaign backing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her floor speech against attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions that Republicans cut off Tuesday night. 

Warren was reading a letter the late Coretta Scott King wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 opposing Sessions’ confirmation to be a federal district court judge as well as quoting statements from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy from that time. King’s letter said, among other thing, “Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.”

Senate Preview: DeVos and Price Face Skeptical Dems
 

Election 2016 Video Blog: House and Senate Analysis from Roll Call's Newsroom
Senior Editor David Hawkings hosts senior political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé

Updated as of 2 a.m. ET

Election Day 2016 has come and got. Get insight into how this year's congressional races progressed throughout the night, straight from the Roll Call newsroom. Senior Editor David Hawkings hosted political reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé every hour. Follow along, the most recent updates appear first.

House Republicans to Allow Flint Vote
Deal on water bill amendment expected to resolve government funding impasse

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, right, seen here with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, has reached an agreement with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to allow an amendment authorizing aid for Flint, Michigan, to be included in a water resources bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans late Tuesday acquiesced to Democrats’ demands to  address the Flint, Michigan, water contamination crisis, when the Rules Committee voted to allow an amendment to a water resources measure that would authorize $170 million in assistance.

The move comes just one day after the Rules panel blocked a similar attempt to get a vote on Flint aid as the chamber took up the Water Resources Development Act. The change of heart signals interest in resolving a stalemate over Flint that has held up a must-pass stopgap spending bill to keep government agencies running into December.

Fall Forecast: The Top 10 Senate Race Challengers
 

Where Does the U.S. Stand With Zika Funding?
 

Earlier this year, the White House requested $1.9 billion from Congress to combat the Zika virus at home and abroad. While Congress debated, some funds previously allocated for the Ebola crisis -- and other projects at the National Institutes of Health -- were shuffled to allow research for fighting the disease. But those funds are running out. Despite that, the Senate rejected a GOP-led funding package before Congress left town for their seven week summer recess.

With Zika funding uncertain, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci spoke with CQ Roll Call about what his department needs and when.