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Freedom Caucus Seeks to Leverage Farm Bill Support for Immigration Vote
Maneuver could kill discharge petition effort by moderate Republicans

House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and former chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, are among the conservatives looking to leverage their votes on the farm bill to secure a vote on an immigration bill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An unspecified number of House Freedom Caucus members are looking to leverage their potential support for the farm bill to secure a House vote on a conservative immigration bill, a maneuver they say would kill a discharge petition moderate Republicans have started

“It was certainly a topic of discussion in trying to figure out what would get people to yes on a farm bill,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said of a vote on the conservative immigration bill by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. “And I can tell you voting for the Goodlatte bill, whether it passes or is defeated, would move some of our members.”

Green Peeved at Pelosi for ‘Trivializing’ Democrats’ Impeachment Pleas
Texas congressman and some colleagues want to impeach Trump over policies ‘based on his bigotry’

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, took issue with what he saw as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s “reducing the President’s harmful bigotry to his ‘being a jerk.’” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Al Green took issue with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for downplaying some Democrats’ efforts to impeach President Donald Trump.

Green and at least a few dozen of his other House Democratic colleagues have spearheaded an effort to impeach the president over policies “based on his bigotry,” such as a ban on entry to the United States for citizens of majority-Muslim countries and the rollback of a program to protect immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children but who have grown up here.

Republicans Warming to $15 Billion Cuts Package
Dispute remains over whether proposal is protected from filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not rule out his chamber considering a proposal to cut spending already authorized, as long as it passes the House. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans appear ready to advance the White House’s $15.4 billion rescissions request through both chambers of Congress, after the administration dropped the idea — for now — of canceling funds provided in the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill enacted in March.

“If the House is able to pass the rescissions package, we’ll take a look at it,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday, noting that the so-called special message “does not breach the bipartisan agreement we reached in the caps deal.”

Hoyer Fine With Cárdenas Remaining in Leadership While Abuse Allegations Investigated
Democratic whip says his view would be different if Cárdenas were in a role where he spoke for the party

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are not calling on Rep. Tony Cardenas to step down from his leadership position amid child sex abuse allegations raised against him that he denies. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer does not believe that Tony Cárdenas needs to step down from his leadership role over allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl in 2007 when he was serving on the Los Angeles City Council.

Cárdenas, who has denied the allegations raised against him in a lawsuit filed last month, serves in an elected leadership position House Democrats created in 2016 for a member serving for five terms or less to have a seat at the leadership table. The California Democrat is the highest-ranking lawmaker to be accused of sexual misconduct to date.

Pelosi Says She Plans to Stay in Leadership
“It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says she plans on running for speaker if Democrats win the majority in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi plans on staying in leadership if Democrats win back the chamber in November.

“We will win. I will run for speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too,” the California Democrat told The Boston Globe on Tuesday. She was in Boston for a Democratic fundraiser hosted by Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark.

Hoyer Defends Urging Candidate to Drop Out of Democratic Primary
Party not dissuaded from intervening in primaries, Hoyer says

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., encouraged one Democrat to drop out of a Colorado race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer defended his role in urging a Democratic candidate to drop out of a primary in Colorado, arguing the party needs to back candidates who can win the general election.

The Maryland Democrat faced sharp criticism from liberal groups Thursday after The Intercept reported Hoyer encouraged Levi Tillemann, who worked in President Barack Obama’s Energy Department, to drop out of the race in Colorado’s 6th District. Hoyer told Tillemann the party was backing attorney and Iraq War veteran Jason Crow. 

House Floor Erupts Over Chaplain Controversy
Democrats wanted select committee to look into firing but were voted down

The House voted on a privileged motion related to the firing of House Chaplain Patrick Conroy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The controversy over the firing of House Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy made its way to the floor on Friday, as House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley offered a privileged resolution to establish a select committee to look into Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s ouster of the Jesuit priest

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., offered a motion to table the resolution, which was agreed to, 215-171, with three voting present. 

With a Taste of Regular Order on FAA Bill, Members Want More
Rank and file not optimistic that rule allowing 116 amendments will be used on future bills

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., left, and ranking member Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., will lead House debate on a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill with 116 amendments. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the modern Congress, it’s almost unheard of for the House to vote on 100-plus amendments to a bill, as the chamber will do Thursday and Friday during debate on a reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Rank-and-file members had little explanation for the sudden procedural openness, although some speculated it was related to the bipartisan nature of the FAA measure and the availability of floor time given the slim election-year legislative agenda.

For House Democrats, Leadership Questions Persist
No. 2 Democrat declines to echo call for new team if they do not win majority

Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., House Democrats' No. 3 leader, says if his party does not win the majority, it would be time to clean house among leaders. Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer did not want to entertain the thought of continuing in the minority. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer declined to echo Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn’s call for a new leadership team should Democrats fail to win control of the House in the midterms.

Clyburn told Politico at a fish fry event in his home state of South Carolina this weekend that if House Democrats are still in the minority come November “all of us have to go.”

Congress’ Ch-Ch-Changes
Retirements, resignations and deaths around the Capitol

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Congress is going through one of those times when everything seems to be changing, especially the personnel, and that’s not even counting the mounting pile of retirements and resignations among lawmakers.