The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are at the halftime point, and Roll Call’s congressional version of the March Madness bracketology has been updated.
President Donald Trump on Friday first threatened to veto a massive government funding bill only to later sign it into law. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Updated at 2:24 p.m. | President Donald Trump on Friday backed down from a seemingly out-of-the-blue veto threat when he signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package that averts a government shutdown he nearly triggered after lawmakers left town.
The double presidential about-face came on yet another chaotic day at Trump’s White House. Aides, Secret Services and journalists scurried about for hours, with the dramatics culminating with Trump announcing a 1 p.m. press conference for which his staff clearly was not prepared.
Snow falls Wednesday. The Office of Personnel Management closed federal offices throughout Washington, but Congress remained open. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The week of March 19 neared its close as Washington waited. Veto or signature. Funding or shutdown.
Remember? It snowed this week.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prepares to testify at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on March 13. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s $139,000 replacement doors have earned him a trip to the principal’s office.
In a letter dated March 22, House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy requested a briefing from Zinke following news reports surrounding the procurement of replacement doors for his office at the Interior Department.
Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., is interviewed by Roll Call in his Dirksen office. (CQ Roll Call file photo)
Zell Miller, a longtime fixture of Georgia politics who came to symbolize the strange position conservative Democrats found themselves in as their party moved leftward nationally, has died. He was 86.
“My grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his family,” Bryan Miller, the former senator and governor’s grandson said in a statement released Friday. “The people of Georgia have lost one of our state’s finest public servants.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photos)
Lawmakers offered mixed reactions to the Trump administration’s decision Thursday to apply tariffs on nearly 1,300 products imported to the United States, a move Beijing responded to by announcing that it may increase tariffs on $3 billion of American goods.
China’s Commerce Ministry called on Washington to reach a negotiated settlement “as soon as possible” but gave no deadline, The Associated Press and other news agencies reported. It said its tentative measurers were in response to the tariffs announced March 8 on steel and aluminum imports.
Tourists take in the sights of the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.
There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.
Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Tucked away on one of the 2,232 pages of the omnibus spending bill Congress sent to President Donald Trump’s desk early Friday morning is a provision to ban federal funding for a group called the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN.
ACORN does not exist, however, and hasn’t since 2009.