Sam Graves

Opinion: Let’s Build Something Great Together
Trump and Congress should work toward a 21st century infrastructure system

The Trump administration is expected to prioritize ways to encourage investment in infrastructure, Rep. Sam Graves writes. (David McNew/Getty Images file photo)

2017 was a record year for our economy. Thanks to tax reform, and this administration’s aggressive regulatory reduction, our economy is growing at an exponential rate. 2018 presents a great opportunity to push the throttle on our economic growth as we move to our next big priority: infrastructure.

Infrastructure is pure commerce. Everything in this country moves. So an efficient transportation network is vital to our economic future. However, federal funding for infrastructure is not unlimited.

Axiom Strategies Partners with Prosper Group on Digital Efforts
Combined, two firms will represent a quarter of GOP lawmakers

There’s an increasing demand for digital services in congressional campaigns. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican consulting firm Axiom Strategies is announcing Monday it’s entering into a strategic partnership with The Prosper Group, a digital marketing agency. 

For these two firms, which have worked together for over a decade, the partnership is an opportunity to increase efficiency and share political expertise. 

Bill Shuster Won’t Run for Re-Election in 2018
Pennsylvania Republican term-limited as Transportation Committee chairman

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:30 p.m. | Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster, who is term-limited as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will not seek a ninth full term in 2018, leaving behind a safe Republican seat. 

“Rather than focusing on a re-election campaign, I thought it wiser to spend my last year as Chairman focusing 100% on working with President Trump and my Republican and Democratic colleagues in both Chambers to pass a much needed infrastructure bill to rebuild America,” the GOP lawmaker said in a statement Tuesday. 

Trump to Tout Tax Overhaul in Missouri
Two main talking points focus on middle class

President Donald Trump arrives with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for the Republican Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol to discuss the tax reform bill on November 28, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump will “be a part of pushing this process forward” when he heads to St. Charles, Missouri, Wednesday to tout the tax overhaul package, two senior administration officials said Tuesday.

The officials told reporters on a conference call to expect a message similar to Trump’s August speech in Springfield, Missouri.

Word on the Hill: Hobbit in Congress?
AUMF play, McCain’s had it with his boot, and Scott hosts Carson in South Carolina

Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, is looking to throw his hat into the ... Ring. (New Line Cinema)

Is there another celebrity waiting in the wings to join those who have thrown their names in the ring to run for public office?

As if Congress wasn’t nerdy enough, J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous hobbit of the Shire, Samwise Gamgee, tweeted at a fan that being a member of Congress would be a “dream come true.”

Trump Wants More Interstate Tolling, But Lawmakers Skeptical
Plan would give states more options

The Trump administration suggested in a fact sheet last week the idea of reducing restrictions on tolling on interstate highways. Pictured: I-278 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images File Photo)

President Donald Trump fleshed out his proposal last week to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure by listing tolling on interstate highways as one way to raise funds, but his idea is encountering reluctance in Congress.

Several key lawmakers said they were receptive to the idea, but cited obstacles to moving forward.

NRCC Staffs Up for 2018
Press and political shops mix fresh faces with NRCC veterans

John Rogers, executive director for the NRCC, is announcing hires for the committee’s press and political shop Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

John Rogers, the executive director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, will announce hires for the committee’s political and communications shops on Friday.

The hires, shared first with Roll Call, are a mix of NRCC veterans and former Hill staffers with a range of experiences working on House, Senate and presidential campaigns.

Retiring Members Make Room for Their Replacements
Rayburn basement just got more crowded

Painters repaint the office of outgoing North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers in the Longworth building last week in preparation for a new tenant. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Departing House members are having their last hurrah together in the Rayburn House Office Building basement until their final day in Congress.

They were moved to the Members Service Center, where each member has a cubicles with a computer, two chairs and a phone to share with their decreased staffs.

Photos of the Week: The Holidays Kick Off on the Hill, Pelosi Survives Leadership Challenge and Pence Visits Paul Ryan
The week of Nov. 28 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, at podium, speaks with the media in Longworth Building after losing the race for Democratic leader to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress returned from Thanksgiving and began decorating for the holidays (inside and outside the Capitol Building), prepping for office moves for the 115th Congress and deciding where freshman House members’ will have their offices.

In addition to housekeeping items, the House Democratic Caucus re-elected Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, as its leader following a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.

Word on the Hill: You’ve Got to Vote
DC social calendar for the Election Week and a guest communicator

Moby, Rachel Bloom and Elizabeth Banks unveil their get out the vote effort. (Funny or Die)

Funny or Die is bringing out the big guns for its last-ditch effort to get millennials to vote.

In the spirit of “We Are the World,” celebrities sang, “Holy S---, You’ve Got to Vote!” led by actresses Rachel BloomElizabeth Banks and recording artist Moby in a video released Friday.