Category: House

House changes schedule to consider Israel legislation next week

The House of Representatives will change its schedule to consider legislation to support Israel in light of Iran’s Saturday attack and to hold Tehran accountable, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on Saturday.  “In light of Iran’s unjustified attack on Israel, the House will move from its previously announced legislative schedule next week to instead consider legislation that supports our ally Israel and holds…

Sunday shows preview: Trump criminal trial looms; Iran launches strikes on Israel

The Iran drone strikes on Israel and former President Trump’s upcoming criminal trial in New York will likely be the focus of this week’s Sunday news shows. Iran has now launched drone strikes towards Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces, following rising concerns that it would do so in retaliation for a suspected earlier attack by Israel. White House national security communications adviser John…

Greene threat to oust Speaker Johnson has Senate Republicans anxious

Senate Republicans are anxious and frustrated about the possibility of House conservatives ousting a second Speaker in six months, warning them to avoid at all costs a repeat of the drama that ground Washington to a halt for weeks. They worry that as Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) gets closer to putting Ukraine aid on the floor, the chances increase that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)…

Schatz, Takano offer resolution supporting LGBTQ students 

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) unveiled a resolution Friday demanding “equal educational opportunity, basic civil rights protections, and freedom from erasure” for LGBTQ students.  The resolution, which has 17 Democratic co-sponsors, supports the objectives of the Rise Up for LGBTQI+ Youth in Schools Initiative, which advocates for LGBTQ-inclusive education policies and curriculum.  “As a former teacher, I know that school shouldn’t be about…

Japan’s Kishida pleads with U.S. to overcome ‘self-doubt’ of global role

Japan’s leader on Thursday issued a passionate plea for Republicans in Congress not to turn away from America’s role as a leader on the world stage, in the face of anxiety over GOP stonewalling of aid for Ukraine and growing isolationism under the influence of former President Trump.  Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, was blunt in his criticism that…

Lawler slams Greene’s letter to House GOP targeting Johnson

Rep. Mike Lawler (R-N.Y.) slammed fellow Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) after she sent a letter to colleagues about her grievances with Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.). Lawler joined CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday to discuss the letter, which he called “a bunch of hogwash.” “I mean, at the end of the day here, the American people elected a House Republican majority to govern, to…

Pelosi on Trump abortion statement: ‘He either is stupid, or he thinks the rest of us are’

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted former President Trump in an interview early Tuesday, saying he is trying to appear moderate on the issue of abortion and suggesting his official position does not reflect any core “belief.” “Well, first, let me say the issue about a woman’s right to choose, it’s a democracy issue. This is about freedom, freedom of women to make their decision,…

5 things to know about the bipartisan data privacy bill  

The chairs of the House and Senate Commerce committees unveiled a discussion draft of a long-awaited bipartisan data privacy bill Sunday evening.   Efforts to pass a comprehensive data privacy bill have failed in Congress for years, leaving the U.S. behind on protections as global regulators push ahead and state laws try to fill the gaps, creating a patchwork of regulations for tech companies to follow….

Wisconsin should be ‘of concern’ for Biden because of Gaza, says progressive Democrat

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) said the administration’s response to the war in Gaza will make it difficult for young people in Wisconsin to support President Biden. “Yes, because we’ve always had a problem engaging voters of color, young people and certain demographics,” Bowman told MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin on Sunday when asked if the protest vote against Biden in last week’s presidential primary in Wisconsin should…

Key House Democrat says U.S. is ‘not abandoning Israel’ while upping pressure on Netanyahu

Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the top House Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, sought to clarify the U.S. is “not abandoning Israel” as U.S. leaders increase pressure on Israel to do more to protect civilians in Gaza. “Fundamentally, with President Biden who’s making the decisions right now, I think it’s true [that] we are not abandoning Israel, we recognize the threats that Israel faces from…

Boebert clinches top spot on primary ballot in new Colorado district

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) clinched the first spot on the ballot for her Colorado GOP primary after securing the highest percentage of delegate support on Friday at the district assembly.   Boebert, who is running for the full two-year term in former Republican Rep. Ken Buck’s eastern Colorado district, received 41 percent support from the 527 delegates gathered at the assembly, according to the Colorado…

Speaker Johnson urges competing factions to back House’s FISA bill

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is pitching colleagues on the chamber’s latest proposal to extend the nation’s warrantless surveillance powers, warning of urgent deadlines and a risk of Senate intervention. The Reforming Intelligence and Surveillance Act unveiled Friday would extend Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows the government to spy on noncitizens located abroad. Johnson sold the legislation as a reform…

Democrats introduce bill to name Miami prison after Trump

A trio of House Democrats introduced legislation to rename a Miami prison after former President Trump.  Congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Jared Moskowitz (D-Fla.), and John Garamendi (D-Calif.) introduced legislation Friday to change the name of the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in Florida to “Donald J. Trump Federal Correctional Institution.”  “Donald J. Trump is the first former president in U.S. history to be criminally indicted, with…

Greene: Earthquakes and eclipses a sign from God to ‘repent’

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said recent earthquakes and a coming eclipse are “strong signs” from God that America needs to “repent,” shortly after tremors shook the New York City region Friday. “God is sending America strong signs to tell us to repent. Earthquakes and eclipses and many more things to come. I pray that our country listens,” Greene said in a post to X,…

Greene says Speaker Johnson is a ‘Democrat,’ comparable to Nancy Pelosi 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Wednesday likened Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to a Democrat as she doubled down on threats to push forward with an effort to oust him from his post. In a phone interview with CNN’s Manu Raju on Wednesday, Greene reportedly showed no sign of being deterred by warnings from within her conference to quell her resistance to Johnson. She sharply criticized Johnson…

Democrats argue against criminalization of unhoused people in Supreme Court brief

A host of Democratic legislators have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in opposition to subjecting unhoused people to criminal penalties.  Led by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), 18 Democrats argue that arresting or fining people who have no other choice for sleeping outside is unconstitutional and will trap unhoused people in a cycle of poverty.  “Punishing poverty traps people in cycles of debt,…

Boebert undergoes emergency surgery for blood clot in leg

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) was admitted to a Colorado hospital Monday to undergo emergency surgery for a blood clot in her leg. Boebert was experiencing “severe swelling in her upper left leg” and went to UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. “I want to thank Dr. Rebecca Bade and the entire team at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies for their great…

COVID subcommittee chair asks top science journal editors to testify on relationship with federal government

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), chair of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, issued letters to the editors of three major science journals on Tuesday, asking them to testify on the relationship between their publications and the federal government. Wenstrup sent letters to the editors-in-chief of The Lancet, Science and Nature science journals requesting their testimony for a hearing on April 16. The hearing…

Virginia Democrat slams proposal to name airport after Trump: ‘I’d suggest they find a federal prison’

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) on Tuesday criticized a recently-introduced GOP bill that would rename Washington Dulles International Airport after former President Trump. “Donald Trump is facing 91 felony charges,” Connolly, whose district includes a portion of Dulles, said in a statement. “If Republicans want to name something after him, I’d suggest they find a federal prison.”  Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.) introduced the bill Friday proposing…

Johnson says he’s texted with Rep. Greene, plans to talk next week

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said on Sunday that he exchanged text messages with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) earlier that day and that he plans to meet with Greene early next week to discuss some of her concerns. The meeting comes after Greene filed a motion to vacate more than a week ago against Johnson, taking the first step toward ousting the Speaker. At the…

Johnson says Ukraine aid will come up ‘right after’ recess and will include some ‘innovations’

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said on Sunday that he expects to move a package that includes aid for Ukraine when the House returns from recess and expects the package to include “some important innovations.” In an interview on “Sunday Night in America With Trey Gowdy,” Johnson stressed the difficult position he’s in, with a historically narrow House majority, but said that he was working throughout…

Trump attacks resigning GOP Reps as ‘cowards and weaklings’ as majority thins

Former President Trump went after the flurry of GOP House members leaving their seats this year, throwing the already razor-thin Republican majority up in the air. “Never forget our cowards and weaklings! Such a disgrace,” Trump said in a Truth Social post on Sunday in response to an article about outgoing Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.). Trump’s Easter criticisms were aimed at Gallagher and Ken Buck…

Ohio Democrat: Biden ‘very independent’ on border, not pressured by progressives

Rep. Greg Landsman (D-Ohio) brushed off accusations that progressives are influencing President Biden’s border policy on Sunday, describing the president as “very independent” on the issue. The concerns were raised after Biden appeared to back off promises to use executive action to close the border, following mass criticism from progressives. The left wing of the Democratic Party has been critical of the president over his…

Democrats seek boost from abortion ballot measures in key battlegrounds

Democrats see efforts to get abortion on the ballot in key battleground states across the country as a way to boost turnout and energize their base amid signs of low voter enthusiasm for this year’s presidential race.  Abortion-related measures are already on the ballot in Maryland and New York — a state seen as central to both parties’ efforts to win control of the House…

Battle heats up over proposed federal funding for Baltimore bridge

The battle over Congress’ role in repairing a landmark bridge in Baltimore is already heating up on Capitol Hill, just days after it collapsed. President Biden on Tuesday vowed that the federal government would cover the massive cost of rebuilding the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a major artery feeding the Port of Baltimore, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the country. The bridge was…

Comer urges President Biden to testify in impeachment inquiry

House Republicans are pressing President Biden to testify before the Oversight Committee as part of their impeachment inquiry, raising disputed claims and requesting the president sit for questions about his family’s business dealings. “I invite you to participate in a public hearing at which you will be afforded the opportunity to explain, under oath, your involvement with your family’s sources of income and the means…

Israel politics trigger Democrats to withdraw support from sexual violence bill

Several House Democrats have withdrawn their support for legislation condemning sexual violence, claiming they were unaware the measure was amended to include controversial language on Israel. But an email obtained by The Hill shows the lawmakers were notified of changes and offered an opportunity to remove their names two weeks before the bill was introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.). The intraparty drama lays bare…

Man who threatened Pelosi, Mayorkas sentenced to 11 months in prison

A California man who left threatening voicemails for Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas was sentenced to 11 months in prison, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. David Allen Carrier, 44, pleaded guilty on Dec. 19, 2023, to two counts of making threats against a federal official after a grand jury indicted him on Sept. 12, 2023. Just 15 days…

NY Republican says House could ‘end up having a Speaker Hakeem Jeffries’ as GOP majority narrows

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) raised concerns Monday that a dwindling House GOP majority due to multiple vacancies could hurt the caucus’ prospects and may even lead to Democrats taking over the chamber. Republicans currently hold a 218-213 majority in the House after former Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo) left office on Friday. With Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) set to leave his seat next month, the GOP…

White House looking for ‘opportunity to repeal’ funding bill provision preventing US embassies from flying pride flags

The White House said it is looking to work with Congress to repeal an effective ban on LGBTQ pride flags flown over U.S. embassies in legislation funding the government through September. President Biden signed the $1.2 trillion spending package Saturday, hailing the agreement as a compromise in which “neither side got everything it wanted.” LGBTQ advocates criticized a provision in the bill prohibiting State Department facilities from displaying flags…