Eddie Bernice Johnson

Johnson Backs Away From Sexual Harassment Remarks
Texas congresswoman said she remembered when ‘it was as much the woman’s responsibility as the man’s’

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, walked back her comments about sexual assault. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson walked back comments she made about women sharing responsibility in sexual harassment and assault.

The Texas Democrat’s remarks were initially in response to allegations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting numerous women.

After Storms’ Devastation, No Change in Hill Climate Debate
“I don’t think there is going to be some big ‘come to Jesus’ moment”

Inhofe said attempts to connect recent extreme events to climate change are a ploy to drum up support for the climate change movement. (Tom Williams, CQ Roll Call)

Florida, parts of Texas and the U.S. Virgin Island are facing months or years of recovery after hurricanes Irma and Harvey pummeled communities, turned streets into rivers and upended lives, but it does not appear that the catastrophic storms have changed the conversation about climate change in Washington.

GOP lawmakers skeptical of climate science didn’t announce new views or a sense of urgency in addressing the global warming that scientists say exacerbated the impact of the storms.

Democrats See New Opportunities in Texas Redistricting Case
But quickly finding good candidates before midterms could be a challenge

While Texas Rep. Will Hurd is already a top Democratic target in 2018, the redistricting case could make his race even more competitive. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A congressional redistricting case could offer Texas Democrats a glimmer of hope for making gains in the Republican-dominated state if a new map takes effect shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. 

Revised congressional boundaries could create opportunities for Democrats looking to win back the House — but also challenges if they must quickly find formidable candidates in newly competitive races. And if a court redraws the state’s map, the GOP-led state government would lose control of a tool that lawmakers in Texas and across the country have relied on to stay in power. 

Opinion: African-American Women Call Out the Democratic National Committee
But are Democrats listening?

Then-Labor Secretary Tom Perez and California Rep. Maxine Waters at a news conference in April 2016. A group of African-American women have sent Perez, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a letter warning that most black voters feel the party takes them for granted. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

We crave the hard-to-get while ignoring the one who has stuck with us through thick and thin. In a letter to the DNC chair, a group of black women — activists, community leaders and elected officials — has accused the Democratic Party of falling into that too-often-true cliche. Who can blame them? 

Shades of “Moby-Dick” in the narrative that took hold after the party’s 2016 losses, with white working-class males replacing the elusive white whale of Melville’s imagination. Will the results for the Democrats be just as tragic as Captain Ahab’s if the party doubles down on that strategy for election cycles to come?

Black History Month: Cedric Richmond on the ‘Work to Do’ Ahead
CBC chairman says promises of King, Chisholm haven’t yet been fulfilled

Louisiana Rep. Cedric L. Richmond speaks with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker after the two, along with Georgia Rep. John Lewis, testified last month against the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general on the grounds of his civil rights history. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric L. Richmond, this month is about teaching. First celebrated in 1926 as a weeklong tribute to black history and culture and expanded to a monthlong honor in 1976, Black History Month is a time of reflection and festivity for many African-Americans. Roll Call interviewed Richmond and several other lawmakers and Capitol Hill figures, such as Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, to find out what the intersection of black history and life in Congress and the Capitol building itself means to them.

Watch interviews and the video, “Black History and America's Capitol,” which combines all these talks, at rollcall.com/black-history-month. Richmond’s full discussion with Roll Call is below.

Word on the Hill: Happy Birthday, Harry Reid
‘Oh, I’m sorry — I thought you were finished’

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid turns 77 Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Birthday to Democratic Party favorite Harry Reid.

The retiring Senate Minority Leader turns 77 today.

Word on the Hill: Debate Prep
McCaul and Van Hollen honored at Golden Toast

The Ballot Box Dozen. (Courtesy Georgetown Cupcake via Twitter)

In order to fully embrace debate season, OPI and Georgetown Cupcake have some treats for every political junkie out there.

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Texas Democrats Do a Two-Step Over Voting Rights Victory
LBJ's daughter adds star power to delegation's event

Lynda Johnson Robb, left, seen in a 2014 photo with her husband, former Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb and Donna Brazile, joined in celebrations marking a court decision against Texas' voter ID law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Texas Democrats did a victory lap Monday at their delegation’s “Texadelphia” kickoff event for the Democratic National Convention, celebrating a recent court victory that found the Lone Star State’s voter identification law discriminatory while paying tribute to their own political legacy.  

“He wanted you, all of you, to vote,” said Lynda Johnson Robb, the oldest daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and a former first lady of Virginia. (She is married to former Gov. and Sen. Chuck Robb.)  

Electric Storage Research Bills Pass House
Bills would establish solar fuels and energy storage research programs

Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson said she backed the solar energy measure because of it represented a way to reduce "our dependence on oil and other traditional fossil fuels." (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two bills authorizing Energy Department research initiatives to make solar and other renewable-energy sources more useful for the electric grid were passed by the House on voice votes Monday under suspension of the rules.  

The bills would authorize the Department of Energy to establish two new research programs — one looking at solar fuels and the other looking at energy storage — with $150 million for each redirected from other energy research programs over three years starting in fiscal 2017.