Senate GOP leaders officially released their version of a new health care bill aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Within 24 hours, five Republican Senators came out in opposition to the bill including Sen. Cruz (TX), Sen. Paul (KY), Sen. Johnson (WI), Sen. Lee (UT), and Sen. Heller (NV). As questions begin to loom over Capitol Hill as to the likelihood of the Senate passing the GOP's bill, we took a deeper dive into how state legislators and governors are reacting to the new proposal.
In the 48 hours following the shooting in Alexandria, which left 5 injured including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, members of Congress issued over 1,800 statements -- 500 more than the 48 hours after the firing of FBI Director Comey. Lawmakers expressed their support for the victims, condemned the tragedy, and honored the heroic acts of bravery by Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey. We took a deeper look into how members of Congress reacted to the shooting through the language used in their statements and the policy conversations that followed.
It’s game day in Congress! Democrats and Republicans are headed to Nationals Park, leaving politics behind, to come together and play in the 80th Congressional Baseball Game! Proceeds from tonight's game will benefit The Washington Literacy Center, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, as well as the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
From President Trump’s First 100 Days to the Russia probe to the recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, it has been an eventful first five months of 2017. Along the way journalists have published thousands of articles, a number of which found their way to Capitol Hill where members of Congress have shared them on Facebook, Twitter, in emails to constituents, and press releases.
It has been less than 48 hours since President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Since then, Members of Congress have released over 800 statements reacting to the withdrawal. Typically, this surge in congressional dialogue would warrant an analysis of its own. However, with the recent launch of Quorum EU, we're able to take a comparative look at how members of the European Parliament, Council, and Commission are also reacting to the withdrawal -- as they now become the lead implementors of the Paris Climate Agreement.
President Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2018 will cut $4.7 billion from the Department of Agriculture's discretionary spending. Such a cut to USDA funds will be felt across the agriculture industry, from government-subsidized crop insurance to food assistance programs like SNAP. The USDA budget cut is the third largest of federal agencies, behind the Department of Energy and the Department of State, and stands to impact specific populations of constituents in congressional districts represented by both sides of the aisle.
Earlier this week, President Trump confirmed that Joe Lieberman, the former US Senator from Connecticut, is at the top of his shortlist to be the new FBI Director. Lieberman, who served 24 years in the Senate (the first 18 as a Democrat and the last 6 as an Independent), was Al Gore’s Vice Presidential nominee in 2000 and later a campaign surrogate for Senator McCain in 2008. If appointed, Lieberman would become the first former politician in the Bureau’s 108-year history to serve as FBI Director.
In the days following President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, reactions from members of Congress have been both divisive and distinct. As Democrats call for a special prosecutor and independent investigation, Republicans assure the investigations being conducted by the House and Senate Intel Committee's remain sufficient. With all eyes on these committees to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Election, it's important to explore the bipartisan makeup of the intel committees and how their members reacted to the firing of Director Comey.
With 217 yeas and 213 nays, House Republicans successfully passed the American Health Care Act, marking the first step towards repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The AHCA will now head to the Senate where it faces a faction of skeptical Republicans and staunchly opposed Democrats. Thursday’s vote is already being leveraged as an attack ad for 2018 House races, and Senate Republicans are already discussing how they will need to change the bill in order to move forward.
It has been 100 days since President Trump stood on the steps of our nation’s capitol and took the oath of office. From Syrian missile strikes to North Korean posturing to AHCA woes to a Supreme Court nomination, the last three months were nothing short of eventful. With the first 100 days serving as a benchmark for measuring legislative effectiveness, we took a look at the numbers behind President Trump and Congress’ first 100 days together.