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House Dems' Closed-Door Meeting Turns Acrimonious

They clashed over an anti-Semitism resolution

(Newser) - House Democrats are deeply divided over their response to comments from a freshman lawmaker seen as anti-Semitic —and Republicans are loving it. At an acrimonious closed-door meeting Wednesday, Democrats argued about rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar for her remark that Israel's supporters in the US are pushing for "... More »

House Democrats Move to 'Terminate' National Emergency

Resolution to block Trump's declaration coming Friday: AP

(Newser) - House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration President Trump has issued to help finance his border wall, reports the AP . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas circulated separate letters Wednesday to lawmakers seeking co-sponsors to his one-sentence resolution saying... More »

House Dems' Rebuke of One of Their Own Called 'Remarkable'

At issue is Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'use of anti-Semitic tropes'

(Newser) - As far as rebukes go, Politico called it "extraordinary"; Vox went with "remarkable." The House Democratic leadership on Monday called on one of their party's own—Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar—to apologize for her "deeply offensive ... use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’... More »

House Dems to Force Vote Against Shutdowns

GOP not happy about symbolic vote they call 'totally partisan' messaging

(Newser) - House Democrats are planning to hold a vote against government shutdowns on Wednesday—a symbolic move that will do nothing to prevent another shutdown, but will force House Republicans to go on the record as being for or against shutdowns. A draft of the measure seen by Politico states that... More »

Rep. Sorry for 'Distraction' Caused by Trump Vulgarity

But Rashida Tlaib says she's not sorry about being upset

(Newser) - Rep. Rashida Tlaib is sorry—not for referring to President Trump as a "motherf--ker," nor for calling for his impeachment, but for causing a "distraction" when there were more pressing issues to focus on, especially the government shutdown. The newly sworn-in Michigan Democrat said Tuesday that she... More »

New Rep. Who Called Trump a Vulgarity Digs Her Heels In

Rep. Rashida Tlaib doesn't back down

(Newser) - Rep. Rashida Tlaib's second day on the job ended up being ... interesting. That's thanks to a widely reported comment she made at a Thursday night event: "We're gonna impeach the motherf---er," the obscenity being a reference to the president. On Friday, the Michigan Democrat was... More »

This Shutdown Could Set a Record

House bills dead in the water ahead of White House meeting, with no end in sight

(Newser) - The government shutdown entered day 14 Friday, moving it closer to record-setting territory. Given that no solution is in sight, the impasse has a shot of breaking the record of 21 days set in 1995, reports Axios , which notes it's currently the 4th-longest shutdown we've experienced. Not that... More »

Pelosi: Yes, It's Possible Trump Could Be Indicted

She becomes House speaker Thursday, sees 'different world' for president

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi will take the gavel as House speaker on Thursday, which the Hill notes will effectively make her the face of the Democratic party until a 2020 candidate emerges. She'll also make a little history in the process, becoming the first person to become speaker in non-consecutive congresses... More »

House Democrats Have a Plan to End Shutdown

But coming legislation does not provide Trump's requested $5B for a border wall

(Newser) - Democrats retake control of the House this week, and they plan two quick moves designed to end the government shutdown. First, they will pass a bill on Thursday to fund the Homeland Security department until Feb. 8—though without providing the $5 billion for a border wall demanded by President... More »

Nancy Pelosi Cuts a Deal With Rebel Democrats

She's agreed to step down by 2022

(Newser) - Democratic rebels wanted new blood at the top and they're going to get it—but possibly not until 2022. In a deal with rebels that will pave the way for Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker, she has agreed to limit her time in the role to a... More »

Trump Warned Democrats of War. They're Digging In

Axios cites a 'subpoena cannon' is ready to fire

(Newser) - A day after the midterms, President Trump warned that he would assume a "warlike posture" if Democrats used their new control of the House to aggressively investigate him. A slew of new stories suggests that Trump will have to assume that posture quickly. One of the phrases in circulation... More »

The Blue Wave 'Hit a Red Wall'

Democrats prepare to take on Trump

(Newser) - Tuesday's midterm elections gave Democrats control of the House and Republicans control of the Senate, a result more than one analyst has likened to a blue wave hitting a red wall. Politico predicts that with the Democrats controlling one house of Congress and the GOP "stranglehold" on power... More »

Democrats Retake House for First Time Since 2010

Pelosi promises a 'new day in America'

(Newser) - It wasn't exactly a blue tsunami, but Democrats regained control of the House for the first time since 2010 in Tuesday's midterm elections after flipping at least 26 seats on their way to the 218 needed for a majority, dealing a massive blow to President Trump's hopes... More »

Democrats Want Vote on Releasing Their Own Memo

GOP expected to release more reports on 'wrongdoing'

(Newser) - Amid the fallout from the release of the GOP-produced memo on alleged FBI surveillance overreach, House Democrats are pushing for the release of their own memo. Democrats, who are expected to call for a vote in a Monday afternoon meeting of the House Intelligence Committee, say their document will serve... More »

House Dems Boo Sanders, Tell Him to Get Behind Hillary

Closed caucus meeting with Vermont senator was 'tense'

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders has already said he'll vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the Democrats' nominee—but he still hasn't ceded that title to her nor endorsed her, and members of his own party are getting sick of it. The Vermont senator was actually booed Wednesday during what... More »

Pelosi Takes Flak for Not Letting Pregnant Rep Vote

War vet and amputee Tammy Duckworth not given proxy vote

(Newser) - Democrats may have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their House leader this week, but she's taking lots of criticism from within her own party and beyond over one controversial move, reports Roll Call . Pelosi refused to let Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois vote by proxy in the party's leadership... More »

Henry Waxman Calls It Quits

Loooong-time Calif. representative won't seek re-election

(Newser) - California Rep. Henry Waxman will not run for re-election, he announced today, ending a House career that began way back in 1975. "Forty years have gone by very quickly," the LA Democrat tells the Washington Post . "I have a great deal of satisfaction with our legislative accomplishments.... More »

Congress Finally Gets an Ironman

Kyrsten Sinema completes 140.6-mile triathlon

(Newser) - Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the first openly bisexual member of Congress , has another first to her name: first sitting member of Congress to complete an Ironman triathlon, according to Triathlete magazine. The Arizona Democrat completed the grueling race (a 26.2-mile run, 112-mile bike ride, and 2.4-mile swim) in just... More »

Some House Democrats Could Bail on Immigration

Especially those from moderate or conservative districts

(Newser) - Don't expect House Democrats to rally unanimously behind immigration reform the way their Senate counterparts did. A whole lot of them sound like anything but a firm "yes" vote, the Wall Street Journal observes. Many hail from swing districts, and are waiting to stake out a hard stance... More »

House Dem Leaders: Vote 'No' on GOP Debt Plan

But GOP is confident it will pass anyway

(Newser) - The word of the day in the House is not "bipartisanship." Sources tell Politico that Democratic leaders will urge their fellow lawmakers in a caucus meeting this morning to vote against the GOP's proposal to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19. Their intention: force Republicans to... More »

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