Rodney Frelinghuysen

House GOP Appropriators Facing Steep Turnover in 116th Congress
Both parties have endured upheaval in wave elections in the past

Two senior House GOP appropriators,  John Culberson, R-Texas, left, and Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., personify the challenged facing the Appropriations panel heading into the 2018 midterms. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democratic “wave” this November, should one materialize, could result in the departure of as many as five senior House Republican appropriators, which would mark the biggest wipeout of major players from one side of the dais in 26 years.

Three subcommittee “cardinals” are facing tough re-election fights this November: Commerce-Justice-Science Chairman John Culberson and Military Construction-VA Chairman John Carter, both of Texas, and Homeland Security Chairman Kevin Yoder of Kansas.

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New Jersey House Race Becomes Ground Zero for Tax Debate
Unlike retiring GOP incumbent in 11th District, Jay Webber supports his party’s tax overhaul

Democrat Mikie Sherrill, who’s running for New Jersey’s 11th District, talks to volunteers at her Morristown office over the weekend. (Simone Pathé/CQ Roll Call)

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — “Taxes!” 

“It’s always the most important issue,” said a middle-aged Republican who poked his head out of his front door on a muggy Saturday morning to greet state Assemblyman Jay Webber, the GOP nominee for New Jersey’s 11th District. 

For Once, Senate Set to Eclipse House in Appropriations Pace
But Congress has just 11 legislative days remaining with both chambers in session before Sept. 30

Kentucky Rep. Harold Rogers, left, here in June 2017 with House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, says the Senate’s actions “greatly enhance” the chances of getting the spending bills passed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Optimism is building that Congress may send a handful of spending bills to the White House in September — avoiding the need for the entire federal government to operate under a stopgap during the fall and lowering the odds that a lame-duck Congress will resort to a 12-bill omnibus.

That hope is tempered, however, by the uphill climb to negotiate compromise versions of several spending bills that either have passed both chambers already or seem likely to by the end of this week. And the two chambers look to be headed for an impasse over border wall funding that could dominate the post-midterm session.

Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Last Appropriations Markup Hurrah
Colleagues on both sides of the aisle pay tribute to retiring chairman

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., presided over his final markup as Appropriations chairman on Wednesday, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle praised his leadership and bid him farewell. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a session of Congress marked by bitter partisanship and high-stakes battles at seemingly every turn, the House Appropriations Committee stepped out of the maelstrom Wednesday to pay tribute to its erstwhile chairman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, the retiring New Jersey Republican presiding over his last markup of the panel. 

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., joked that Frelinghuysen was getting an “advanced look” at how he would be remembered after he dies.

Stealth Fighter Sale to Turkey Risks Russian Interference
Senators turn to spending bill, NDAA in bid to block purchase

President Donald Trump stands in front of an F-35 fighter jet at the White House on July 23, alongside CEO Marillyn Hewson and test pilot Alan Norman of Lockheed Martin. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The United States’ plans to sell the stealthy F-35 jet to a key NATO ally could allow Russia to study the most expensive weapons program in Pentagon history like a lab sample — a threat that has drawn the attention of several senators intent on protecting the pricey plane.

Turkey is just one of many NATO members that plans to buy the American-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but it is the only country in the alliance that has also inked a deal to purchase the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system.

House Appropriators Seek Details on Family Separations, Citing ‘Hearts, Not Just Our Heads’
Push comes on the eve of DHS spending bill markup

Subcommittee chairman Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., left, and full committee chairman Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., are seen during a House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee markup of the FY2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill in the Rayburn Building on July 19. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House appropriators are using a committee report on the fiscal 2019 Homeland Security spending bill to probe the Trump administration’s separation of more than 2,500 undocumented children from their parents as it races to meet a Thursday deadline requiring their reunification.

The report’s release Tuesday morning comes on the eve of the full Appropriations Committee’s markup of the draft DHS spending bill, which would provide $51.4 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, nearly an 8 percent increase over the $47.7 billion provided in fiscal 2018.

Poll: Democrat Has Slight Lead in Frelinghuysen’s District
But voters in the district prefer Republican control of Congress, poll shows

New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announced in January that he would not seek a 13th term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows New Jersey’s traditionally Republican 11th District in a near tie with the Democratic candidate holding a slight lead.

The Monmouth University poll released Wednesday showed Democratic candidate Mikie Sherrill with the support of 40 percent of voters while Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber had 38 percent.

Spending Cuts Package Faces Uncertain Senate Fate
Narrow House passage, senatorial skepticism could make for rough road

Chairman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gavels in a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing in Dirksen Building on the FY2019 budget request for the Interior Department on May 10, 2018. Murkowski is dubious of the administration's rescissions package, saying that is the purview of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A nearly $15 billion package of spending cuts is now in the Senate’s court after the House late Thursday voted 210-206 to pass the “rescissions” measure.

Most Republicans voted to narrowly put the cuts package over the top, though there were 19 GOP defections. Democrats voted unanimously against the measure.

DCCC Picks Easily Win Democratic Nods in New Jersey
Sen. Menendez underwhelms in primary win over little-known challenger

New Jersey Democrat Mikie Sherrill, seen here marching in a March for our Lives event in Morristown in March, won the party nomination for the open 11th District seat. (Simone Pathé/Roll Call file photo)

Former Navy pilot and prosecutor Mikie Sherrill easily secured the Democratic nod for New Jersey’s open 11th District seat Tuesday night.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, she had 77 percent of the vote over four other Democrats, according to The Associated Press. Family advocate Tamara Harris, who had financial backing from the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and California Sen. Kamala Harris, came in second with 15 percent.