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.
After a two week recess, Members of Congress are beginning their descent back to the beltway for a jampacked week on Capitol Hill. However, simply boarding a direct flight from their district to Reagan National Airport may just be their first political move of the week.
Last Tuesday, President Trump met with CEOs of 20 major corporations to discuss his trillion dollar infrastructure plan. A signature campaign promise, the president's plan will address underdeveloped roads, electrical grids, water systems, and various pillars of our nation's infrastructure.
Yesterday, the Cook Political Report released the 20th Anniversary Edition of the Partisan Voter Index (PVI). First published in 1997, the Cook PVI rates the degree to which a congressional district leans Republican or Democrat by comparing the district's performance in presidential elections to the nation as a whole. The Cook PVI tracks the partisan ratings of all 435 congressional districts and all 50 states. For more than two decades, the PVI has helped map the trends of our country’s shifting political landscape. The release of the 2017 PVI ratings reveal powerful insights into the post-Trump electorate.
A key responsibility of state legislatures is to oversee the congressional and legislative redistricting process every 10 years. With the 2020 elections on the horizon, legislators in 29 states have introduced over 100 bills calling for changes to their state’s redistricting process or for the creation of an independent redistricting commission.
Two hundred and fifteen votes, that was the number President Trump and Speaker Ryan needed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House. However, despite a 237 seat majority, GOP Leadership struggled to reach a consensus with the most conservative members of their party, the House Freedom Caucus.
After a D.C. snowstorm canceled their flights, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX-23) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX-16) rented a Chevy Impala and trail-blazed 31 hours across the country on a #bipartisanroadtrip.