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House Proposes Cuts to School Safety, Behavioral Health
House Education and HHS funding proposal cuts $110 million

The House is proposing to cut funding for school safety programs, even as Congress continually increases spending on its own security. Some lawmakers and education advocates question the logic of this amid a nationwide conversation on school security, gun violence and self-harm.

The House’s draft fiscal 2019 spending bill to fund the Education and Health and Human Services departments proposes about $110 million in reductions to programs meant to improve school safety and steer behavioral health services toward students.

Podcast: Unexpected Spending Trips Appropriators
CQ Budget, Episode 66

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., hopes to pass the first three fiscal 2019 spending bills this week. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate hit some speed bumps in its push last week to pass a package of spending bills including how to pay for private health care for veterans, says CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich.

 

Paul Ryan Backs Leah Vukmir Ahead of GOP Primary In Key Wisconsin Senate Race
State senator also picked up endorsement of longtime Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Leah Vukmir has friends in all the right places.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner endorsed the longtime Wisconsin state senator Monday as she faces businessman and political newcomer Kevin Nicholson in the GOP primary for the chance to go head-to-head against Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the general election.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
McCaskill’s not sore that Manchin broke her rib, Lee is proud of Snoop, and reconnecting with a constituent

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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.

Supreme Court Maintains District Maps in N.C., Texas
Voter dilution, racial and partisan gerrymandering at issue in court actions

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court ruled Monday to keep current Texas and North Carolina congressional maps in separate cases that dealt with voter dilution and racial and partisan gerrymandering.

In the Texas case, a sharply divided court overturned a lower court ruling that found intentional vote dilution in the 27th District and racial gerrymandering in the 35th District. The 27th District is currently vacant, after Republican Blake Farenthold resigned in April, while the 35th is held by Democrat Lloyd Doggett.

Waters Urges More Protests Like Sanders at Restaurant, Others Plead for Civility
White House press secretary was asked to leave Virginia restaurant after protesters chanted DHS director out of another

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., urged supporters to protest Trump administration officials in public and refuse them service at restaurants and other local businesses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

At least one Democratic lawmaker is encouraging her supporters to rise up in spontaneous protest and refuse service to members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, the way press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was ousted from a Lexington, Virginia, restaurant last week.

But other Democrats decried the episode, urging their constituents not to discriminate against patrons, even if they disagree with their politics.

Trump Doubles Down on No Due Process for Migrants
But Sen. King says ‘they have a right to establish their claim of asylum’

From left, Democratic Reps. Joe Crowley, Jan Schakowsky, actor John Cusack, Luis Gutierrez, John Lewis, Al Green, Judy Chu, and Pramila Jayapal sit at the entrance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington in protest of the Trump administration's separating parents and children at the border. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Monday doubled down on his call for undocumented immigrants who enter the United States illegally to be sent back to their native countries without any due process before an American judge.

Trump first made the claim in a Sunday tweet following his Saturday contention during remarks before the Nevada Republican Party that Democrats want to open the southern border so the violent MS-13 gang can spread “all over our country.”

Spokesman Says Arrington ‘100 Percent’ in House Race Despite Wreck
Candidate for Sanford’s seat has additional surgery Sunday after crash that killed wrong-way driver

South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington, shown here after voting on June 12, had additional surgeries on Sunday related to her injuries in a Friday car wreck that killed a wrong-way driver and critically injured a friend who was driving the other car in which Arrington was a passenger (Kathryn Ziesig/The Post And Courier via AP)

A spokesman for South Carolina Rep. Katie Arrington said she is “100 percent” still in the race for Rep. Mark Sanford’s House seat despite a fatal car wreck in which she was injured Friday which will sideline her for a few weeks.

Arrington had two surgeries on Sunday, according to a statement released by her campaign. The first was a follow-up to the initial procedure to remove a portion of her small intestine Friday night. The second was for a spinal fracture.

Flake Confirms He’s Stalling Trump’s Judicial Nominees Over Tariffs
Said Sunday he wants the Senate to respond to president’s trade policy

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has announced plans to hold up President Donald Trump’s judicial nominations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Jeff Flake has gone public with his threat to stall judicial nominations seeking action to rebuff President Donald Trump on tariffs.

It comes more than a week after the Arizona Republican first held up the nomination of Britt Grant to be a judge on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals at the Judiciary Committee.

Rouda to Face Rohrabacher After Keirstead Concedes
Two California Democrats were divided by only 126 votes at last count for right to face GOP incumbent

Democrats Harley Rouda, right, and Hans Keirstead participate in the DEMOC PAC’s candidate forum in Irvine, California last month. Rouda edged out Keirstead to face GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Harley Rouda will face California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in November after a long primary ballot count.

Rouda, a real estate developer, edged out his Democratic opponent Hans Keirstead, who conceded the second-place finish in the June 5 primary on Sunday after a weeks-long ballot count.