Joe Courtney

Roll Call’s 2018 March Madness — The Final Four
Four Republicans and four Democrats left standing

We are down to the final four teams in both the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. 

NRCC Targets Democrats on Tax Overhaul in New Digital Ads
Republicans see taxes as a potent campaign issue

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolanis one of the Democrats targeted in the latest NRCC ads. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching new digital ads targeting Democrats who voted against the tax overhaul that passed the House on Thursday. No members of the minority party voted for the legislation.

The 15-second videos, provided first to Roll Call, will start running on Facebook on Friday and target 25 House Democrats. The NRCC ad buy was described as “five figures” and the ads will run online for a week.

Word on the Hill: Dine Out and Donate
Free events for staffers

Dine Out For Life supports the nonprofit group Food & Friends. (Promotional photo)

If you eat at certain restaurants in the area today, at least a fourth of your check will go to meal delivery and nutrition services for D.C. area residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses.

Food & Friends’ annual Dining Out for Life event had over 70 restaurants sign on and pledge to donate between 25 percent and 110 percent of their sales to the nonprofit group.

Guest List: Who Members of Congress Are Taking to Trump’s Address
President to make first speech to joint session of Congress on Tuesday

The guest lists are out for President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump will hold his first joint session address to Congress on Tuesday and every member is able to bring a guest to sit in the gallery.

Oftentimes, those invited are a part of what is driving the news of the day.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

House Democrats Bring Sit-In to an End
John Lewis, who started the protest, ends with a call to 'keep the faith'

Georgia Rep. John Lewis, left, and Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy talk in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Wednesday before heading to a House Democrats' sit-in. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. John Lewis closed out the Democrats sit-in at 1 p.m. Thursday, thanking members for the 25-hour siege  and calling on them to keep fighting for gun control legislation.  

"It is a struggle but we're going to win the struggle," the Georgia Democrat, told members gathered on the House floor. "We must never ever give up or give in. We must keep the faith. We must come back here on July 5 more determined than ever before."  

Gun Control Activists Gather Outside Capitol to Support Sit-In
Area residents share stories, light candles into the night

Demonstrators outside the Capitol late Wednesday to support the House Democrats' sit-in (Rep. Joe Courtney/Twitter)

Julie Miller-Breetz hasn't been directly touched by gun violence. But she feels it all around her.  

Her grandfather committed suicide with a gun.  

More Democratic Ballyhoo Over Guns on House Floor
Several members chant over inaction on proposal to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists

Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., is again at the center of disorder over House inaction on gun control. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats on Tuesday evening caused another kerfuffle on the House floor as they continued to push for a vote on legislation to ban people on the "no-fly" terror watch list from being able to buy a gun.

“No bill, no break,” several members chanted.

Fellow Huskies Rally Around Chris Murphy
Connecticut House members showed support for Murphy's filibuster

From left, Richard Blumenthal, Christopher Murphy and Elizabeth Esty represent Connecticut. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Connecticut delegation has had enough.  

As Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., waged a filibuster on the Senate floor, his fellow Connecticut Democrats rallied around him, showing up in the chamber and bringing him sustenance.  

Democratic Uproar Follows Moment of Silence
"Now do something" was heard over Speaker Ryan call to order

Rep. Jim Himes visibly walked out of the chamber. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan's moment of silence for the Orlando nightclub shooting led to an uproar in the House chamber on Monday.  

First, Connecticut Democrat Jim Himes walked off the floor when Ryan announced the moment of silence. Himes was joined by fellow Democrats John Larson and Joe Courtney of Connecticut, and Peter Welch of Vermont.