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Articles from May 18, 2015

After Ramadi, Boehner Calls on Obama to Change Course on ISIL
The fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi has Speaker John A. Boehner once again urging Barack Obama to develop a new strategy to win the war against the Islamic State terror group, also know as ISIL or ISIS. But so far, the White House is staying the course."It...
Amid Calls for Resignation, Guinta Refuses to Answer Questions (Audio)
There are plenty of questions surrounding Rep. Frank Guinta's agreement to repay more than $350,000 in improper campaign contributions, but the embattled New Hampshire Republican isn't answering any of them -- at least not meaningfully.CQ Roll Call caught...
Can Republicans Repeat an Upset in Colorado?
The May 5 email I received from Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet's campaign committee opened with: "Larry Sabato in Politico: COLORADO IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN 2016 TOSS-UPS. Colorado will decide the 2016 election!"Forget the fact Sabato's piece was...
Capitol Hill's Women Hold Power beyond Numbers
Almost every congressional campaign season opens with the potential for some political firsts. And, with just a few words uttered on the West Coast last week, this cycle has already made a bit of history and will have a shot at making even more.For the...
Congress Should Pass Long-Term Highway Funding Bill | Commentary
By Kevin BurchEvery day, more than 3.2 million professional truck drivers take to the road to meet our nation's biggest and smallest freight needs. Day in and day out, they consistently deliver the goods we need today and rely on for tomorrow: food on...
Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit | Commentary
Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit | CommentaryTweet[copyright] Reprints Email* By Rep. K. Michael Conaway* May 18, 2015, 12:15 p.m.The World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. for the fourth and final time in an ongoing dispute...
Democrats: Don't Cut Medicare to Fund Trade Deal
Senate Democrats successfully blocked debate on Trade Promotion Authority in their chamber until they were promised a vote on Trade Adjustment Assistance.A similar gambit faces longer odds in the House, but Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen...
Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead of Memorial Day Recess
House Democrats have some tough decisions to make before Congress breaks for a week-long Memorial Day recess.Walking a fine line between practicality and messaging, rank-and- file members are weighing their options for having the most impact on two legislative...
Embattled Guinta Not Backing Down, despite Calls for Resignation
It's been a rough few days for Rep. Frank Guinta, capped Monday with Sen. Kelly Ayotte calling on her fellow New Hampshire Republican to step down amid a campaign finance scandal. But the embattled congressman is not backing down.After five years of...
GPO Parking Lot Development Moves Forward
Facing an ever-shrinking budget, the Government Publishing Office is moving forward with a plan to develop an employee parking lot for commercial real estate. But the real estate firm in charge of the plan faces questions about its management capabilities.The...
Hastings: Members of Congress Need a Pay Raise
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings made the politically tone-deaf case for raising salaries for members of Congress Monday, pointing to the high cost of living in the District of Columbia."Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living...
Kirsten Gillibrand, Mark Warner Stand Behind 'SLUT'
Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Mark Warner of Virginia are scheduled to lend their voices Tuesday to "SLUT: The Play," a teen-led look into modern rape coming to the Warner Theatre for one night only.The experimental production is...
McCarthy: No Plans in House to Budge on NSA Curbs
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has a message for Senate Republicans: If they want to extend expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, they aren't going to do any better than the so-called USA Freedom Act.The California Republican wouldn't say whether...
Pritzker Touts Bipartisan Trade Push, Wants Deal 'Quickly'
While the Senate considers fast-track trade authority, the White House is making a bicameral and bipartisan push to approve the bill as quickly as possible.Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker told CQ Roll Call Monday afternoon the administration was actively...
Rand Paul Says He Has Votes 'Outside the Beltway' on NSA Surveillance
PHILADELPHIA -- Standing on the lawn outside the landmark where the framers debated the Constitution, Sen. Rand Paul launched his newest Fourth Amendment campaign."Here in front of Independence Hall, I call for the president to obey the law. The court...
Republicans Fear Guinta Scandal Could Imperil 2016
Rep. Frank C. Guinta's campaign finance troubles could expand from a personal headache to a partywide migraine for New Hampshire Republicans worried about holding his House seat next fall.Last week, the Federal Election Commission found Guinta violated campaign...
Reviving the Lost Art of Bipartisanship | Commentary
Reviving the Lost Art of Bipartisanship | CommentaryTweet[copyright] Reprints Email* By Richard G. Lugar and Edward Montgomery* May 18, 2015, 1:16 p.m.Political wrangling in Washington is as old as the Republic itself, and partisan battles over ideas...
Scott Walker to Meet and Greet Congress Tuesday
When you're a Midwestern governor pondering a presidential campaign as a Washington outsider, there are plenty of people to meet on Capitol Hill.And that's just what Gov. Scott Walker plans to do Tuesday. In addition to meeting with a group of top social...
Sunni Sheikh Comes to Washington Seeking Arms, Aid
Sunni Sheikh Comes to Washington Seeking Arms, AidTweet[copyright] Reprints Email* By Kate Ackley and Jennifer Koons* CQ Staff* May 18, 2015, 12:11 p.m.Tom Williams/CQ Roll CallAmid the chaos of his home city Ramadi's fall Sunday to Islamic State fighters,...
Whitehouse Keeps Climate Change Front and Center
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a familiar sight the past few years, standing on the Senate floor beside a "Time To Wake Up" placard and talking to a nearly empty chamber.It's set to happen again Monday evening, when the Rhode Island Democrat delivers...
With Menendez Trial, Is It Location, Location, Location?
UNITED STATES - APRIL 21: Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., talks with reporters before the senate policy luncheons in the Capitol, April 21, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)The August 2009 guilty verdict against former Rep. William J. Jefferson was...
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