Tony Cardenas

Take Five: Salud Carbajal
California Democrat says regular order in the House ‘is like the Loch Ness Monster’

Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., says his toughest time as a Marine was in boot camp. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Salud Carbajal, 52, a California Democrat, talks about immigrating from Mexico, Marine boot camp and his Republican friends.

Q: What has surprised you so far about Congress?

At the Races: Democrats Announce for Wide Swath of Congressional Races

Angie Craig, the Democratic Farmer Labor candidate in Minnesota's 2nd District in 2016, announced on Monday she's running again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats continued to announce their intentions for several congressional races on Monday, which ranged from tossup match-ups to crowded primary races to nearly hopeless cases in heavily Republican states. 

Angie Craig lost last year’s open-seat race in Minnesota’s 2nd District by less than 2 points. On Monday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate announced she’d try to unseat last year’s rival, freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

Lottery Winner to Challenge Royce in California
Gil Cisneros cites incumbent’s vote on health care repeal bill

Gil Cisneros speaks last year at the dedication of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute at The George Washington University, to which he and his wife Jacki’s foundation donated $7 million.  (The George Washington University via YouTube)

Word on the Hill: Happy Recess!
What to do for the Fourth, and Mall concert series lineup

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham walks through the Capitol’s Senate subway on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Fourth of July recess is finally here.

Enjoy the long weekend, and if you’re looking for things to do, check out our roundup of eight different ways to spend the Fourth of July in the DMV. Also check out our calendar for Tuesday in D.C. and logistics you should know.

Relievers Could Be Key in Congressional Baseball Game
Meehan, Aguilar enter game a year older

Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan celebrates after the Republicans’ 8-7 victory in the 55th annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As a rule, once politicians get involved in the annual Congressional Baseball Game, they keep coming back for more.

And two veteran relief pitchers, Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Meehan and California Democrat Pete Aguilar, continue to get better every year.

Lawmakers Demand More Info on VA Dog Experiments
Letter cites experiment breeding dogs with narcolepsy and treating them with drugs before killing them

Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-Calif., was among members of Congress asking the Department of Veterans Affairs for more information about experiments on it is conducting on dogs  (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for more information into the department's experiments on dogs.

“We are concerned that the VA’s description of these experiments as ‘observational’ is inaccurate and misleads Congress and taxpayers to believe that the studies are harmless,” the letter reads.

Democrats Use CBO Report to Message Against Obamacare Repeal
Number of House Democrats skipping Trump’s inauguration continues to grow

Pelosi, right, and other Democrats are using a new CBO report to message against Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats gained a useful messaging tool Tuesday in their efforts to thwart the GOP’s plan to dismantle the 2010 health care law, as the Congressional Budget Office released a report saying up to 32 million people would lose their insurance under a previous Republican proposal.

The CBO also estimated that marketplace premiums would nearly double under the GOP repeal legislation President Barack Obama vetoed last year. Republicans are using that prior budget reconciliation bill as a model for legislation they are drafting. Speaker Paul D. Ryan has said the new legislation will include some pieces of replacement policy as well. 

House Democrats Round Out Leadership Posts
Minority party picks heads of campaign, messaging arms

House Democrats didn’t seem to put the blame for a disappointing Election Day on Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Ben Ray Luján, electing him unanimously to a post that had been appointed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats on Monday chose who will fill out the additional leadership posts created by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in an effort to overhaul how the caucus conducts its business.

The Democrats re-elected Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Lujan's position had been appointed and, despite disappointing results on Election Day which saw the party pick up far fewer seats than projected, he ran uncontested and was elected by unanimous consent, according to a source in the room.

Members Learn About Brexit From the Source
Rep. Scott Peters brought Scottish MP to San Diego's pride parade

From left to right: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, former California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, California Rep. Scott Peters and Scottish MP Angela Crawley. (Courtesy Rep. Scott Peters)

While members of Congress had some downtime over recess, a few learned about Brexit directly from members of Parliament across the pond.

British parliamentarians are each year matched with members of Congress, whom they shadow as part of the State Department’s British-American Parliamentary Group project.  

Social Media, Apps, Electronic Whips in Democratic Toolbox
House members embrace social technology

Clark and Wally the bunny on Instagram.

Rep. Katherine Clark found the secret to boosting her online following: posting a picture of a cute animal.  

The picture of the Massachusetts Democrat with the internet-famous Wally the bunny  had a purpose. It was to promote a bill she sponsored to help protect pets of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.