Tim Murphy

Former Teachers Union President To Challenge Tim Murphy
Says health care vote was ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., ran unopposed last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The former president of a Pennsylvania teacher’s union will challenge Republican Rep. Tim Murphy after he went unchallenged last year.

Mike Crossey is the former president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and a current Mt. Lebanon commissioner. He considered a run for lieutenant governor in 2014 before ultimately deciding against it.

Memorial Day Recess Begins for Congress

NIH Probe by House Panel Expands
Energy and Commerce asks for documents related to 2015 scandal

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, is under fire from House Republicans, upset over a scandal at the agency, as well as Collins’ views on research issues. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Institutes of Health is in hot water again with the House Energy and Commerce Committee over a scandal that occurred nearly two years ago at one of the agency’s main research institutions.

On Thursday, the panel broadened its probe into safety and compliance issues at the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital located on the agency’s campus in Bethesda, Maryland. In a letter sent to Director Francis Collins and obtained by Roll Call, the committee requested a larger swath of documents not yet provided by the agency.

GOP Health Care Bill Picks up ‘A Few’ Moderate Supporters
Vote on Friday possible if more support comes together

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives for the meeting with President Donald Trump and the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By ERIN MERSHON, JOE WILLIAMS and LINDSEY McPHERSON 
CQ Roll Call

House leadership secured the support of a few moderate holdouts for their health care bill during a late-night meeting Wednesday.

Rising Stars 2017: Hill Staffers
Two experienced hands make the list

Two Capitol Hill staffers are among CQ Roll Call’s Rising Stars of 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Over the course of this week, CQ Roll Call is taking a look at 17 Rising Stars of 2017 — people who will now wield power and influence in a Washington that has been turned upside down by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Some of the names are familiar, others have recently burst on the scene. They include members of Congress, congressional and administration staffers, and advocates.

Olympians Phelps and Nelson Push for More Action Against Doping
Nelson lost gold medal to doping athlete only to get one nine years after the Olympics

From left, Olympic gold medalists Adam Nelson and Michael Phelps, and Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, are sworn in during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Adam Nelson gave heartfelt pleas for Congress to help with the effort to eliminate doping in sports.

The athletes were witnesses on Tuesday at an Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing entitled “Ways to Improve and Strengthen the Anti-Doping System.”

Obamacare Repeal Could Undercut Mental Health Effort
Rollback of Medicaid expansion could limit care envisioned in ’Cures’ package

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, left, says that overhauling the 2010 health care law will be a chance to build on the mental health bill, whose supporters include Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, right. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bill to improve the country’s mental health care system could be undermined by more widespread changes to health coverage that will likely occur next year, supporters of the effort fear.

The Senate is expected this week to clear the “21st Century Cures” package, a medical innovation bill that also includes provisions designed to make it easier for patients to access mental health treatment.

Word on the Hill: Trump in Town
So is Clooney; and exhibit in Rayburn shows hunger in all 50 states

The Values Voter Summit is this weekend in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

This afternoon, presidential candidate Donald Trump is addressing the 11th annual Values Voter Summit in the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington. On Saturday, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will speak. This is the first time a Republican presidential ticket has addressed the event.

Senators Tim Scott, R-S.C., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are also slated to speak along with Reps. John Fleming, R-La., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

House Plans Vote on Guns Next Week
Ryan tells members package would prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns

Speaker Paul D. Ryan wants to make sure the proposed gun control provision protects due process for people who may mistakenly be added to terrorist watch lists. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will vote on a counterterrorism package that will include a provision to prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns, Speaker Paul D. Ryan told Republicans on a conference call Thursday, according to a source on the call.  

The House, when it returns next week from its July Fourth recess, will also vote on a mental health bill , sponsored by Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, Ryan told his House colleagues.  

House Tries to Overcome Roadblocks on Mental Health Reform
New version of bill strips contentious provisions on patient privacy, Medicaid payments

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., left, talks to colleagues at a House and Energy and Commerce Committee markup last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House lawmakers are launching a renewed attempt to get bipartisan support behind a long-stalled mental health reform bill, with a draft that strips several contentious provisions and borrows heavily from a version that has already been marked up in the Senate.  

Democrats strongly opposed the initial legislation, sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy , R-Pa., arguing that it weakened patient privacy protections and would have made changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that they felt would have undermined the agency.