Alcee L Hastings

‘Open Season’ on Immigrants as Discretion Fades
Will Trump’s new DHS pick follow ‘arrest-them-all’ playbook?

Immigrant families stand in line to get bus tickets in 2016 in McAllen, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)

The recent arrest and detention of an undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is the clearest evidence yet that President Donald Trump isn’t focused solely on “bad hombres,” immigrant advocates say.

Arrests of undocumented criminals are up under Trump, a testament to his promise to crack down on dangerous immigrants. But arrests of undocumented people without any convictions have also skyrocketed, raising questions about how the administration is using what it says are limited resources to keep the country safe.

Exclusive: Taxpayers Paid $220K to Settle Case Involving Rep. Alcee Hastings
Former commission staffer alleged sexual harassment by Florida Democrat

Florida Rep. Alcee L. Hastings was accused of sexual misconduct by a former staff member of the Helsinki Commission. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.

Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.

Opinion: Ethics Committee Investigation for Harassment Is Not ‘Zero Tolerance’
Referring sexual misconduct allegations to panel is as good as doing nothing

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s touting of the Ethics Committee was more disturbing than her defense of Rep. John Conyers Jr. on “Meet the Press,” Murphy writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had a profoundly terrible appearance Sunday on “Meet the Press,” when, among other things, she defended Michigan Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving Democrat in the House, in the face of multiple sexual harassment allegations against him from former female staffers.

First, Pelosi made a call for due process, which is always important, of course. But then she got into the weeds. “Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two?” she said to NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I think there has to be — John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women.”

House Rules Committee Adopts Closed Rule for GOP Tax Bill
With last hurdle cleared, measure heads to the floor

House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, center, and Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse, seen here with a staffer in March, joined six other Republicans Tuesday night to send the GOP tax bill to the floor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republican tax bill cleared the Rules Committee late Tuesday night with no changes or amendments made in order for floor debate.

The panel adopted a closed rule in an 8-3 party-line vote, the last hurdle for the bill to clear before it reaches the floor.

Threats Preventing Wilson from Voting
Florida congresswoman dealing with fallout of her criticism of Trump’s phone call to Army widow

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., has missed 19 votes between Monday and Wednesday because of death threats she has received, a source close to the congresswoman said. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Threats against Rep. Frederica Wilson are preventing her from voting in Washington. 

A source close to Wilson told the Miami Herald that she has been unable to go to Washington.

Word on the Hill: Welcome Back
DACA rally and live music

Sen. Ted Cruz donned his eclipse glasses and watched a once-in-a-lifetime event with millions of other Americans. (Sen. Ted Cruz via Twitter)

August recess is over and the House and Senate return today.

Take a look at who HOH deemed the recess winners this summer.

Pelosi Has Support of Four-Fifths of Members Needed to Beat Tim Ryan
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan has 12 endorsements to Pelosi’s 80

Nancy Pelosi faces Ohio’s Tim Ryan for the House Democratic leadership position on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had garnered public endorsements from at least 80 Democratic members — four-fifths of the total she needs to hold onto her leadership post.

The Californian, who has been the top Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who had only 12 public endorsements as of 8:30 p.m. 

Florida Democrats Criticize Scott for Not Extending Registration
Rick Scott Says No to Extending Voter Registration Dates

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would not extend voter registration dates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida's Democratic Congressional delegation criticized Gov. Rick Scott for not allowing four more days of voter registration.

"It will be logistically challenging and likely impossible for many who would like to register to vote to be able to do so before the impending deadline on October 11th," a letter said.

Democrats Try Again to Lift FDA Blood Donor Ban for Gays
Lawmakers say policy perpetuates stereotype but chances for change may be slim

House Democrats are urging the FDA once again to abandon its practice of banning sexually active gay men from donating blood after the Orlando shooting. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats said Tuesday they may try to pass legislation to end a Food and Drug Administration policy that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year.  

Such a measure may be difficult to get past Republicans. Even President Barack Obama’s administration has been reluctant to urge the FDA to change its policy, saying that the decision should solely be based on scientific evidence provided by the agency.  

House Dems Urge FDA to Lift Blood Donation Ban
Six members say "unrealistic" policy furthers stigma

The FDA recently lifted a ban that prohibited gay men from donating blood, a policy that dated back to the AIDS epidemic. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Six House Democrats on Tuesday asked the Food and Drug Administration to lift what they called an "unrealistic" ban on sexually active gay men from donating blood that furthers an old stigma.  

"[T]he 12-month deferral policy, which suggests that the sexual relationships of [gay] men and transgender women inherently pose a risk of HIV transmission, furthers a stigma that we have persistently fought to eliminate," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert D. Califf. "The FDA questionnaire should reflect risk-based behaviors as opposed to sexual orientation."