Nancy Pelosi Wants to Take Back the House. But She Faces a More Urgent Test.

As Congress barreled toward a government shutdown Thursday evening, Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Californian who has led House Democrats for 15 years, gathered her troops to urge them to vote no on a spending bill that would keep the government open. “We’re better when we stick together,” one lawmaker recalled her saying, as she implored unity around demands that Republican […]

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An actual wall dividing parties coming to House Intel Committee?

In a sign of increasing partisan hostilities, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee plan to construct a wall – a physical partition – separating Republican and Democratic staff members in the committee’s secure spaces, according to multiple committee sources. It’s expected to happen this spring. For now, some Republican committee members deny knowing anything about it, while strongly suggesting the […]

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Secret House memo: Shocking facts or misleading hype?

A secret memo written by Republicans from the House Intelligence Committee either reveals “shocking” spying abuses by the FBI and Justice Department, or it’s just a Republican-created distraction away from the ongoing Russia investigation, just as the probe moves closer to President Trump. House Republicans are pressing for the memo’s public release and are joining a “#ReleaseTheMemo” campaign on social media that Democrats […]

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The Senate will take up immigration, but will the House — and Trump — follow?

The deal that ended the government shutdown on Monday paved the way for Senate consideration of immigration legislation, but it did nothing to ensure that the House would act on such a bill — or that President Trump would sign it. That has raised fears among immigrant advocates that the shutdown-ending compromise merely sets up a repeat of what happened […]

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House approves bill to keep government open

The House passed a short-term extension of government funding late Thursday after Republican leaders, with help from President Trump, cobbled together enough GOP votes to overcome an internal revolt. Still, the possibility of a federal shutdown moved closer to a certainty after Senate Democrats rallied against the GOP proposal, announcing they would not lend their votes to a bill that […]

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Democrats Leave Few Seats Unchallenged in Quest for House Control

Representative Pete Sessions, a veteran Republican, was re-elected to his affluent Dallas-area House seat in 2016 with 71 percent of the vote, the remaining 29 percent split between the Libertarian and Green Party candidates. Hillary Clinton won the district by three percentage points, but no Democratic candidate even showed up to ride her coattails. In 2018, there will be 10. […]

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Pelosi urges Ryan not to let House Russia probe shut down

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him not to allow the House Russia investigation to be shut down. Pelosi’s letter says Democrats are “deeply concerned by the Majority’s efforts to curtail the House Intelligence Committee investigation and its overall failure to address Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.” “Nothing less than America’s democracy […]

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Challenge for Republicans: Reconciling House and Senate tax bills

Republicans will try Monday to urgently reconcile the tax overhaul bills they passed in the House and Senate, entering a delicate period where they have to retain the support of their party’s conservative and moderate members. Party leaders insist that there are no showstopping differences between their two bills, each of which features a decrease in the corporate tax rate […]

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House to vote on mandatory sexual harassment training

Rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct, the House is moving ahead on legislation to require anti-sexual harassment training for all members and their staffs. The vote comes amid a wave of accusations against lawmakers that has thrust the issue of gender hostility and discrimination on Capitol Hill squarely into the spotlight, and prompted calls for the embattled lawmakers to step […]

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