Ralph Abraham

Farm Law Expires As Negotiators Remain Divided on New Bill
Roberts: ‘stark differences of opinion’ about House and Senate versions

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, says there are stark differences between the House and Senate farm bills. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The 2014 farm bill expired Sunday, ending dozens of programs and putting others in a holding pattern until four key lawmakers either produce a replacement bill or seek some form of extension of the now defunct law.

The four principal negotiators working on a 2018 farm bill say they hope to resolve differences between House and Senate farm bills and have a conference report ready in October for a vote in the lame-duck session in November or December.

How the Hill Reacted to the Trump-Kim Summit
Reaction ranges from a ‘huge deal’ to a ‘bi-lateral con job’

President Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a news conference following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday in Singapore. Trump described his meeting with Kim as “better than anyone could have expected.” (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump made history Tuesday in Singapore as the first American president to meet face-to-face with a leader of North Korea since the Kim dynasty sprouted on the peninsula roughly seven decades ago.

At the heart of negotiations was the “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula in exchange for “security guarantees” for the North’s mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.

Podcast: GOP Farm Bill Targets Food Stamps, Heads for House Vote
CQ Budget, Episode 57

House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, at podium, aims to have a House vote on the GOP-written farm bill in early May . Flanking him, from left, Reps. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., James R. Comer, R-Ky., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., Ralph Abraham, R-La., Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, and Rick W. Allen, R-Ga.  (Ellyn Ferguson/CQ Roll Call)

Floor Charts for the Floor Show
Our favorite visual aids from congressional floor-watching

(Courtesy @FloorCharts screenshot of C-SPAN)

From tributes to senators to hours of testimony from a tech giant, spring has been a visual mixed bag in Congress.

Lawmakers like these oversized and sometimes garish visual aids because they help them get their point across. The Twitter handle @FloorCharts posts some of the daily highlights, and we’re doing a monthly roundup of the best of the best.

Sen. John Kennedy Weighing Gubernatorial Run
Said he has not made a final decision

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., says he hasn’t decided about a run for governor, but he criticized the state’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy says he is weighing a challenge to the state’s incumbent Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards.

Kennedy told WWL that he had not made a final decision while also calling Edwards ineffective.

Search For Where All 533 Members of Congress Stand on Bump Stocks
Legislation comes to a halt along partisan lines

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham, pictured on Tuesday, told Roll Call in a statement that he would oppose any additional restrictions on bump stocks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated Oct. 31 at 12:35 p.m. | In the wake of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting — the deadliest in U.S. history — lawmakers from both parties were quick to call for a review of the bump stock attachments found on 12 of the rifles in the gunman's hotel room.

Most lawmakers have signaled they support more strictly regulating the devices. But GOP and Democratic leaders diverge on whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) already has the authority under current gun laws to regulate them.

Warrant Issued for ‘Kissing Congressman’
Failed to appear in court for debt collection hearing

Former Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., finished fourth in the primary for his re-election bid in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister after he failed to appear in court for a debt collection hearing.

Earlier this year, banks and creditors began to collect debts McAllister owed. Among some of the banks and creditors McAllister was sued by were Wells Fargo, American Express, IberiaBank, Origin Bank and Richland State Bank, the Ouachita Citizen reported.

Roe Gets the Band Back Together in D.C.
Tennessee Republican plays guitar for a fundraising event and reunion of his bluegrass band

Rep. Phil Roe’s band that he formed in medical school more than 40 years ago got back together Monday.

The Tennessee Republican and three of his friends — Jim Arthur, Steve Barnes and Tom Eades — formed the bluegrass band The Pony Express when Roe was in medical school at the University of Tennessee in the 1970s.

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.

Abraham to Garrett: Don’t Single out Louisiana for Charlottesville Violence
‘David Duke does not speak for Louisiana,’ one Republican congressman tells another

Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., said that Louisiana rejected former Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard David Duke in his last run for elected office. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham took “affront” to Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett bringing up Louisiana when assigning blame for the weekend’s white supremacist march that ended in violence and killed three people.

In an interview with Fox News, Garrett blamed outsiders for the demonstration and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying the march was made up of “people from Arkansas, Colorado, and Louisiana, and New York who all came to a bucolic town where Thomas Jefferson sat when he wrote the words ‘All men are created equal,’” plus “a small handful of local radical lunatics.”