Joaquin Castro

Hot Start With Trump 'Pep Rally' Burns Out as Tax Bill Cruises
Before passing tax bill, GOP members gush about president

President Donald Trump, accompanied by his chief of staff John Kelly, arrives at the Capitol to speak to House Republicans before a floor vote on a GOP-crafted tax overhaul bill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two fireplaces outside the House chamber told the story Thursday a few minutes before members streamed in to vote on a sweeping tax bill. Orange embers were still just visible in both beneath scorched logs and ash. For Republicans, what had started with a white-hot visit by President Donald Trump ended with the anti-climactic passage of their tax plan.

But there was nothing anti-climactic a short time earlier in the basement of the Capitol, where House GOP members gather weekly as a group. They scurried in — mostly on time, with a few notable exceptions — for the presidential visit, and many emerged just before noon strikingly giddy about the scene during the president’s roughly 20 minutes of remarks.

Congressional Kids on Halloween
It’s two congressional babies’ first Halloween

See what two congressional babies are wearing for their first Halloween costumes. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

The youngest members of the congressional family are decked out for Halloween. For a few members’ children, it will be their first-ever chance to trick or treat.

While the House is in session this afternoon, congressional parents who have their children in Washington are hoping they finish their business in time to make the candy-gathering rounds.

Word on the Hill: POW/MIA Recognition Day
Bottomless rosé wines, and the future of health care

Arizona Sen. John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five and a half years. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which honors missing service members and their families.

Currently in Congress, there are two lawmakers who endured time as prisoners of war during the Vietnam War: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas.

Hurd Gets Two More Democratic Challengers
Ally of Castro brothers and San Antonio teacher get into the race against Texas Republican incumbent

Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd R-Texas, faces one of the toughest re-election campaigns among all incumbents next year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Rep. Will Hurd received two more potential Democratic challengers in what will be the most-watched race in the state and likely the nation next year.

Former federal prosecutor Jay Hulings from San Antonio, an ally of Rep. Joaquin Castro and his brother former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, announced his campaign on Sunday.

Word on the Hill: Ladies Play Ball
Faiths & Politics and Horton’s Kids today

Lawmakers line up for for the National Anthem before the 2013 Congressional Women’s Softball Game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The ninth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game is today.

The members’ team goes head to head against the women of the Washington press corps, also known as the Bad News Babes, to raise money for the Young Survivors Coalition, which supports young women with breast cancer.

Castro Won’t Run for Cruz’s Senate Seat
Fellow Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is already in the race

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, will likely not run for senate against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro announced to supporters that he won’t challenge Rep. Beto O’Rourke to be the Democratic nominee against Sen. Ted Cruz next year.

In an email to supporters, Castro explained his decision not to run explaining that Texans want a senator who would stand up to President Donald Trump.

Omnibus Shows Concerns About Congressional Cafeterias
Including issues with the quality of the food on the House side

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, left, and his brother Julian Castro have a snack with Julian Castro’s daughter Carina in the Cannon House Office Building cafeteria in 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congress is once again putting its dining service vendors on notice.

On one side of the Capitol, the concerns are about the meals that are being served. On the other side, they are more about protecting the rights of the men and women preparing those meals.

Toppling Cruz Will be a Tall Order for O’Rourke
But supporters call him a ‘giant slayer’

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, gained national attention when he and Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd livestreamed their road trip from their home state to Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz in what will be an uphill fight between the possibility of a primary to toppling a conservative hero in a deep red state.

In announcing his candidacy in his hometown of El Paso, O’Rourke said the incumbent was putting his own interests ahead of his constituents, saying he would be “a senator who is not using this position of responsibility and power to serve his own interest, to run for president, to shut down the government,” and said the state needed “a senator who is working full-time for Texas.”

Report: O’Rourke to Announce Cruz Challenge on Friday
Would be a long shot against national conservative leader in red state

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, will announce his candidacy for Senate on Friday against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke will reportedly announce his challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz in what will be a long shot race.

O’Rourke sent out an email to supporters on Wednesday saying he will make “a big announcement” on Friday. Sources told the Houston Chronicle that O’Rourke will announce his Senate bid in his hometown of El Paso then.

Former Rep. Eligio ‘Kika’ de la Garza Dies at 89
Texas Democrat served 16 terms in the House

Rep. Eligio “Kika” de la Garza, D-Texas, second from right, claps as Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, throws a football in a House conference room in this undated photo. De la Garza passed away Monday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

In 1978, Texas Democratic Rep. Eligio “Kika” de la Garza was invited to accompany his colleague Rep. Leo J. Ryan to Guyana on a fact-finding mission and escort people being held at the People’s Temple colony to safety.

De la Garza, like several colleagues in the House, turned down the invitation due to the House’s “hectic” schedule. Ryan and four other members of his delegation were murdered as they were getting on a plane to leave the country before more than 900 people committed mass suicide in the jungle.