national guard

Hoyer Pushes Back on Trump Plans on Omnibus, Border, Trade
Rep. Ron Kind, who Hoyer visited in Wisconsin, also critical of administration moves

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., has been traveling around the country with Democrats’ political messaging. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — While House Minority Whip Steny  H. Hoyer and other lawmakers were outside of Washington the past two weeks, President Donald Trump and his administration prepared policy pushes for Congress’ return that will certainly spark Democratic backlash — and perhaps some from Republicans too.

Hoyer, in an interview here Thursday during a stop on his Make It In America listening tour, panned Trump’s plans to rescind funds from the recently passed omnibus, send the National Guard to defend the southern border and impose additional tariffs on China that would have a negative impact on the U.S. economy.

National Guard Bonus Debate Steeped in Electoral Politics
Congress appears uninterested in helping decide who should pay it back

Lawmakers like House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte touted their efforts to get the Pentagon to stop recouping excessive bonuses paid to National Guard personnel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Pentagon announcement Wednesday that it is suspending the recouping of excessive bonuses from National Guard personnel has only slightly cooled the congressional clamor to take prompt action to let virtually all the service members keep the money.

Never mind that Congress has known for years about the issue and has until now managed to avoid addressing it. And never mind, for now anyway, that many of those who netted thousands of dollars knew they were not entitled to it.

Ep. 21: US Is Failing Some Families of the Fallen
The Big Story

Usually easy to laugh at bureaucratic and political dysfunction, but man oh man oh man this is awful.