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Raúl Grijalva, Ryan Zinke Punch, Counterpunch in Nasty Back-And-Forth
Calls for resignations, accusations of drinking, even the Tune Inn gets dragged into it

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., has called on Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior secretary. The secretary took exception. And then the accusations flew. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Democrat expected to lead the committee that will oversee the Interior Department is calling for its secretary, Ryan Zinke, to resign. And Zinke has fired back with charges of heavy drinking and his own call for Arizona Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva to step down.

Grijalva is in line to take over the House Natural Resources Committee in January and he penned a scathing USA Today op-ed, published Friday, that went straight to the point with this opening sentence: “Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior.”

Trump Tweet Jeopardizes Bipartisan Puerto Rico Bill
Grijalva: ‘It makes people that want to work on compromise become really suspicious’

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said the president’s Puerto Rico tweets have fanned the flames of suspicion. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump’s comments defending his administration’s response to the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico last year may have stymied chances for a bipartisan bill to reduce politicization and patronage at the territory’s publicly-owned electric utility, which some see as a key impediment slowing modernization of the island’s grid.

House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah and ranking member Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona both say that action is needed to create safeguards to protect the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority from political influence.

Bipartisan Group Wants Labs to Disclose Where Research Animals End Up
Federal agencies asked for info on adoptions and retirements for dogs, cats and primates that survive experiments

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in sending a letter to federal agencies about testing on dogs, cats and primates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Update 10:12 a.m. | A bipartisan group of lawmakers urged federal agencies and research labs to release information on what it does with cats, dogs and primates that survive experiments.

The letter first obtained by Roll Call was sent to the Department of Interior, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense.

Take Five: Tom Garrett
Virginia Republican on missing a vote because of the wrong glasses

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., says all bills should get a hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett, 46, boasts about his peanut sauce, his college ties and a budding hip-hop battle with Sen. Marco Rubio. 

Q: What has surprised you so far about being in Congress?

Arizona Teachers Latest to Walk Out, Members Supportive
Grand Canyon State ramps up protest, lawmakers react across U.S.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., speaks with Roll Call in his office in the Longworth Building. Grijalva said he supports Arizona teachers in the fight for better education funding, as teachers voted on a Friday walkout. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona teachers voted Thursday night to join their counterparts in states such as West Virginia and Kentucky protesting wage and benefit cuts.

Teachers in the state voted through the Arizona Education Association to participate in a statewide walkout Friday to fight for better pay and school funding.

Congressional Offices Announced as Democracy Award Finalists to Help Establish Trust in Congress
Congressional Management Foundation picks finalists in four categories

Arizona Rep. David Schweikert and Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, right, are among the finalists. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

To try to “restore a little faith” in Congress, the Congressional Management Foundation on Friday announced the finalists for its first Democracy Awards.

The organization chose its finalists for their focus on constituent services, their workplace environment, innovation, and transparency.

A Dream Deferred for Young Immigrants at State of the Union
Guests at speech taken aback by hard-line talk from president

President Donald Trump arrives in the House chamber to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dozens of young immigrants sat in the pews as President Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Many of the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, were invited by lawmakers to attend the speech and remind the president that their lives are stuck in limbo.

Democratic Members to DHS: Investigate Sexual Abuse in Immigration Centers
73 lawmakers send letter detailing cases of alleged abuse that weren’t investigated

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., and other Democratic lawmakers want the Department of Homeland Security to investigate claims of sexual abuse at immigration detention facilities. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic members of Congress are demanding the Department of Homeland Security investigate claims of sexual misconduct at immigration facilities.

A letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement acting Director Thomas Homan was signed by 73 Democratic members of Congress, azcentral.com reported.

During Native American Event, Trump Drops ‘Pocahontas’ Quip
President again uses term to refer to Sen. Warren

During an event with Native American war heroes in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump again referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

He has been slammed by Native American groups in the past for using the term when referring to the Massachusetts Democrat.

Without Clinton or Obama, Pelosi Becomes GOP’s Top Target
Democrats divided after continued election losses

Nancy Pelosi has blown off calls for her to step down as House Democratic leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Nancy Pelosi boasted last week she was “worth the trouble,” even when congressional candidates were negatively tied to her, the National Republican Congressional Committee ironically sang its own praises for the House minority leader.

“We couldn’t agree more!” was all an email blast read that included a clip of Pelosi’s point of view.