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Obama Alumni Jump Into Congressional Races Across the Country
Many motivated by Trump’s election and desire to move ex-boss’ policies forward

Democrat Sam Jammal is challenging California Rep. Ed Royce in the 39th District. (Sam Jammal for Congress Facebook page)

Alumni of the Obama administration are heeding their former boss’ call to get in the game themselves and run for office in response the election of President Donald Trump and to continue what the former president started.

Sam Jammal, an Obama appointee in the Commerce Department who is running in California’s 39th District against Republican Rep. Ed Royce, said he was heeding those words.

Trump Stances Could Affect Cross-Border Energy Trade

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrives to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on near-term outlook for energy and commodity markets on Tuesday, jan. 19, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April to impose a tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, the administration and its supporters heralded the move as an equalizing measure meant to bolster domestic timber production.

For Trump, the tariff was the latest move meant to build on his “America First” campaign platform. The action his administration took amounted to a tariff in the form of an import tax totaling around 20 percent for softwood lumber imports from Canada. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross estimated the measure could result in $1 billion a year from Canadian lumber imports, which make up about one-third of the U.S. lumber market.

Efficiency Measure Falls Off House Energy-Bill Express
10 minor bills passed, mostly by voice vote

A bill encouraging the development of energy efficient federal office buildings was left off the House calendar on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House passed Monday a passel of energy infrastructure and efficiency bills that were marked up last week, although the chamber left out the only one with a small hint of controversy, a measure to encourage the development of energy-efficient federal office buildings.

In total, 10 bills were on the House docket under suspension of the rules, with most passing by voice vote. Two of the bills required roll call votes and were passed 400-1 and 402-1, respectively.

Energy Bills Move Out of House Panel
Slate of 11 measures marks first movement for Energy and Commerce

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and his panel moved a slate of popular energy measures out of committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a slate of 11 bills centered on energy infrastructure and efficiency initiatives.

The bills were all advanced on voice votes and mark the first energy-related legislation to move out of the panel in the 115th Congress, although much of the legislation was packaged into last Congress’ broad energy policy bill.

The Latest on Republican Health Care Bill Vote
With Republicans unable to corral enough votes, bill is pulled from the floor

Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., center, and other members and staff make their way to a procedural vote in the Capitol before the vote on the American Health Care Act later in the day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans on Friday pulled their health care bill from the floor on Friday when it became clear they didn’t have the votes to pass the measure, dealing a major setback to their efforts to repeal the 2010 health care law that was the centerpiece achievement of President Donald Trump’s predecessor.

The announcement came after a frenzied two days of lobbying when major divisions emerged between leadership and its conservative and moderate blocs.

Funeral Announced for Rep. Bobby Rush’s Wife
Carolyn Rush passed away on Monday

Services for the wife of Rep. Bobby Rush's, D-Ill., center, wife will take place next week in Chicago. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Funeral services were announced Wednesday for Carolyn Rush, wife of Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby L. Rush.

The congressman announced on Monday that his wife had passed away at 68 of congestive heart failure. 

Rep. Bobby Rush’s Wife Dies
‘Today I have lost my best friend, the love of my life, my confidant and my best half’

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., has six children, one of whom was killed in 1999. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby L. Rush on Monday announced that his wife Carolyn has passed away at 68 of congestive heart failure.

She died in the University of Chicago Hospital and Rush and their children were at her bedside, according to a news release from Rush’s office.

Police Cleared of Racially Profiling Bobby Rush
Chicago congressman was stopped in August after confusion over his license plate

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said he accepted the apology of two Chicago police officers who were cleared of profiling him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Two Chicago Police Department officers were cleared of allegations they profiled Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., last summer.

Rush had filed the complaint after a traffic stop in August 2016 after confusion over his license plates, ABC7 reported. At the time there had been a rash of car thefts in the part of Chicago in which he was stopped.

Word on the Hill: Turkey Pardon
Senate bean soup for Thanksgiving

A person in a turkey costume is interviewed outside the Capitol by Fox News in 2009. (Tom Williams/ CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama marks another ‘last time’ event today: the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

At a ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden at 2:40 p.m., Obama will take on his eighth ceremonial turkey pardoning in honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow.

Order in the House
Democrats want a gun bill, while Republicans want decorum

Democratic Rep. Andre Carson of Indiana does an interview via FaceTime on the East Front of the Capitol after the House Democrats' sit-in. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House members return to Washington on Tuesday with battle lines drawn: Democrats vow to continue disrupting order until they get a vote on a gun control bill they support. Speaker Paul D. Ryan promises to crack down on disorderly conduct.  

A Republican counter-terrorism bill that includes a conservative version of a "no fly, no buy" provision clearly did little to mollify Democratic leaders. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called it “toothless,” and a spokeswoman for Whip Steny Hoyer said it was “deeply disappointing.”