Politics

Analysis: Democrats Try to Force Republicans’ Hands — but Can They?
Republicans still have the edge in political maneuvering

Democrats are hoping to force the Republicans’ hand through legislation from Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns — but it remains to be see how effective posturing can be for the minority party.

Democrats in the chamber plan to have Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark introduce legislation requiring Trump to release his tax returns from 2007 to 2016, according to The Washington Post. 

With Spending Deal Close, Trump Lambasts Democrats
Pelosi: Trump ‘projecting his own bad intentions’ in his Twitter rants

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to blast Democrats just as the negotiations on a government funding bill are entering the most serious phase. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With less than 48 hours to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced his opposition to including in a government funding bill two items that are vitally important for Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reiterated Thursday morning that Democrats want a still-emerging spending measure for the rest of fiscal 2017 to include funds for financially struggling Puerto Rico. Democrats also say they have secured an agreement from the Trump administration to continue paying subsidies to health insurers — though Trump officials say those payments will not necessarily continue permanently.

Collin Peterson Running for Re-Election Next Year
In neighboring Minnesota 8th District, Rick Nolan is still unsure

Rep. Collin C. Peterson, right, says he’s running for re-election in 2018 while fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan is still contemplating a gubernatorial run. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democrat whose potential retirement gives his party the most heartburn every year, Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson, is running for re-election next year.

“Yeah, I'm running. I’ve got 700 grand in the bank,” Peterson said outside the House chamber Wednesday afternoon.

GOP Health Care Vote Could Complicate Funding Talks
Minority Whip advises caucus to go against spending bill if health care vote comes to floor

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is telling his fellow Democrats to vote against a stopgap spending measure if Republicans bring a health care bill for a vote this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If House Republicans press for a vote this week on a revised health care legislative proposal, it could unravel delicate negotiations to avoid a government shutdown. 

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer on Thursday morning advised his Democratic caucus to vote against a one-week continuing resolution if Republicans bring their health care bill to the floor this week.

Democrats Keep Pounding on Michael Flynn
Sheldon Whitehouse refers to Trump as 'Swamp Thing'

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, left, went after former national security adviser Michael Flynn again on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats kept hammering former national security adviser Michael Flynn as a pre-eminent example of what they call the Trump administration’s questionable ethics. 

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called Thursday for the declassification of documents related to the activities of Flynn, a onetime head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a senior Trump campaign official.

Corrine Brown Defense Blames Chief of Staff
Former aide who accepted plea deal is focus as ex-lawmaker’s corruption trial begins

Former Rep. Corrine Brown and her attorney James Wesley Smith III, center, leave court in Jacksonville, Fla., after a pretrial hearing on April 5. (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union via AP)

Former Rep. Corrine Brown’s corruption trial opened on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, with Brown’s defense placing the blame on her former chief of staff. 

The Florida Democrat is charged with 22 counts in a 24-count indictment that includes using her reputation to solicit donations to a charity that she and her former chief of staff used as a slush fund, according to First Coast News.

Chaffetz Will Miss 3 to 4 Weeks After Surgery
Stems from surgery on broken foot 12 years ago

Rep. Jason Chaffetz will undergo foot surgery and said it will put him out of commission for three to four weeks. (Jason Chaffetz/Instagram)

Outgoing Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Wednesday that he would be undergoing foot surgery that will lead to him missing three to four weeks of congressional activity.

Chaffetz posted an X-ray image of his foot on on Instagram, explaining he had broken his foot 12 years ago and it took 14 screws and a metal plate to repair it. 

Trump Says U.S. Will ‘Terminate’ NAFTA if Talks Fail
President has stipulations about talks with Mexico and Canada

President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw from NAFTA if he, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shown here, and their Mexican counterpart are unable to renegotiate the pact. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Spending Shutdown Showdown Fizzling Out
Issues remain, but biggest fights getting knocked out ahead of deadline

From left, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa., attend a news conference at the House Triangle with the United Mine Workers of America on the Miners Protection Act, which would address expiring health care and pension benefits. Funding the miners’ benefits is one of the remaining issues that could affect the debate over government funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The first federal funding fight of President Donald Trump’s administration might be ending not with a bang but a whimper. 

House and Senate lawmakers negotiating an omnibus bill to fund the government through the end of September had said the biggest outstanding dispute was over cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurance companies that help lower-income people afford health care under the 2010 overhaul law.

Jim Jordan for Oversight Chairman? ‘We’ll See’
Former Freedom Caucus chairman leaves open bid for Chaffetz gavel

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, center, is the highest ranking Freedom Caucus member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan signaled Wednesday he might be interested in leading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should current Chairman Jason Chaffetz decide to leave Congress early, as has been speculated since the Utah Republican announced he would not run for re-election in 2018.

“We’ll see if and when that happens,” Jordan said when asked if he would vie for the gavel.

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.

Conservatives Ask Will ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Show More Support for Border Wall?
House Freedom Caucus debates how to vote on spending bill

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said the group  discussed Wednesday night how best to show support for President Donald Trump on the border wall (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

Can conservatives vote for a government spending bill that does not include funding for a border wall?

Democrats Make Campaign Issue out of GOP Health Care Proposal
Three Democratic groups launched digital ads Wednesday

Democrats have launched digital ads attacking House Republicans, including New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, who’s behind the latest health care proposal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As soon as House Republicans started talking about another vote on a revised health care plan, Democrats began sharpening their knives.

Both Democratic campaign committees and Priorities USA Action, a major Democratic super PAC, released digital ads Wednesday that accuse Republicans of stripping coverage for Americans with preexisting conditions while exempting themselves.

Senate Republicans Became More Bipartisan in the Last Congress — Democrats, Not So Much
Report places Sen. Bernie Sanders as the least bipartisan senator

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, talk before a committee hearing. Collins was identified in a report as the most bipartisan senator of the 114th Congress. The report ranked Warren 88th. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Democrats, once happy to rail against what they called obstructionist Republicans in the chamber, flipped positions with their friends across the aisle when it came to partisanship in the 114th Congress.

A new report from the Lugar Center and Georgetown University shows that most senators — almost two-thirds of the chamber — acted more bipartisan when it came to cosponsorships on bills during the most recent Congress, compared to the Congress before.

Senior WH Official: ‘Military Preparations’ Are Underway for N. Korea
U.S. soon will attempt to influence Kim via ‘economic dimension of national power’

A North Korean ballistic missile during a “Victory Day” parade in 2013. A senior Trump administration official on Wednesday alluded to “military preparations” underway to possibly confront the North. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The Trump administration is preparing a range of options — including plans for military operations — to deal with North Korea and its nuclear arms and missile programs.

National security officials are crafting possible diplomatic, economic and military responses to deal with the Hermit Kingdom, a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday at the White House.