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On Omnibus, Congressional Leaders Are All Feeling Good
Ryan, Schumer and Pelosi all say they feel negotiations are in a good place

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speak to reporters following a meeting of House and Senate leaders in Speaker Ryan’s office on the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional leaders emerged just before 11 a.m. Wednesday from a meeting to negotiate outstanding issues on a fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill predicting a deal was forthcoming in a matter of hours. 

“We feel like we’re in a good place,” the Wisconsin Republican said upon exiting his office, where the meeting was held.

Pelosi Optimistic About Gun Control Bill Short of Assault Weapons Ban
More than 200 co-sponsors of comprehensive background checks bill 'is remarkable,' minority leader says

UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on March 01, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic Thursday about the chances that a Republican-controlled Congress could pass comprehensive gun safety legislation, signaling that the current debate is different than past ones that have led to inaction. 

One Dollar, One Name to Recognize Gun Violence Victims
Robin Kelly wants a vote on gun control legislation

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly says pressure from the National Rifle Association is keeping House Republican leadership from allowing votes on gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Rep. Robin Kelly rose to speak on the House floor Thursday morning, she carried a list of 50 names — all victims of gun violence.

“I’ve begged — I’ve pleaded — I’ve screamed — I’ve cried and I even ground the people’s House to a halt with last year’s historic sit-in,” the Illinois Democrat said.

Heading to Vote? Highlights of Ballot Measures Across the Country
 

The presidential race isn't the only thing on the ballot. Besides congressional, state and local races, voters in 33 states will also be asked to decide on 157 measures — ranging from marijuana legalization to minimum wage changes — on Nov. 8. Here are some highlights.

Democrats Take to House Floor on Gun Violence (Again)
 

Democrats lined up at the podium Wednesday seeking unanimous consent on a bill that would expand background checks for firearm purchases. After several attempts to bring votes on gun control to the House floor this summer, did Republicans budge?

Rating Change: Toomey to Tossup
Donald Trump appears to be dragging down GOP senator in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State could be the key race in deciding which party controls the Senate next year.

Five Things to Watch: Senate Takes Up Gun Control
Proposals on background checks and gun sales to suspected terrorists up for votes

Joshua Knight pays his respects at a memorial to the victims of the Pulse gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., in which 49 people were killed. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Once again, the Senate will vote on gun control in the aftermath of a mass shooting — this time the nation’s worst in modern history. A man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State strafed a gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, killing 49 people.  

Monday’s votes on four gun-related amendments will come amid debate on a multi-agency spending bill that includes funding for the Justice Department.  

#Filibuster Reaction Reflects Passionate Division Over Guns
Murphy inspires and incites, depending on which way you look at the debate

Demonstrators supporting Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster on gun laws march onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Well-known writers, media personalities and relatives of gun violence victims posted passionate dispatches on both sides of the gun debate during Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster Wednesday and early Thursday.

“Heard about @ChrisMurphyCT and his #filibuster and I feel like, for the first time in days, I am breathing,” Jared Frieder, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, posted at 2:06 p.m., three hours after Murphy took the floor.