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House Republicans’ Immigration Bill Not Ready for Floor Action
Whip team says they will continue to refine the legislation

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and his team did a whip count on a GOP immigration bill, and it showed the measure wasn’t quite ready for a floor vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans’ preferred immigration bill is not ready for a floor vote, a Wednesday whip check showed, but leadership is expected to continue working it.

The bill by House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul is the most conservative of the proposals House and Senate lawmakers and the White House have floated for addressing the coming expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Curious Case of Melanija Knavs
First lady’s immigration history remains murky as Senate debate begins

First lady Melania Trump arrives in the House chamber before President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump stood in the well of the House chamber on the penultimate night of January and spoke about undocumented immigrants with his familiar rhetoric.

During his first State of the Union address, the “America first” president lambasted the country’s immigration laws, saying they have for too long “allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities,” cost poor Americans jobs, and “caused the loss of many innocent lives.”

Partisan Rancor Ramps Up Over Schiff FISA Memo
As Dems call POTUS hypocrite for withholding memo, GOP says it was unfair

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is the author of the Democratic response to the House GOP FISA memo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The usual suspects have shouldered their political quivers as debate rages over the White House’s decision to withhold a Democratic House Intelligence Committee memo rebutting one from the Republican side.

Over the weekend, Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the Intelligence Committee and the memo’s primary curator, repeatedly hammered the president for releasing the Republican memo but not the Democratic one, calling it a hypocritical move.

DCCC Staffer and ‘Dreamer’ Will Do Anything It Takes to Win Back House
Javier Gamboa, brought to the U.S. when he was 11, is a rising star in a political system where he cannot vote

Javier Gamboa, director of Hispanic media for the DCCC, is one of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers waiting to see how Congress decides their fate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Everyone at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is in overdrive to flip the House blue this November. That’s their job.

But perhaps no one in the office feels a more profound sense of urgency to get it done than Javier Gamboa.

The ICE Man Cometh, Prompting a New Look at E-Verify
After high-profile federal raids, Congress is revisiting an employment verification system

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Jan. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Chris Carlson/AP file photo)

When federal agents arrived at nearly 100 7-Eleven locations across the country last month to check the paperwork of store clerks selling Big Gulps and coffee, it was the clearest sign that President Donald Trump is serious about taking on employers who illegally hire undocumented immigrants.

Twenty-one arrests were made during the Jan. 10 raids at convenience stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia in what was the Trump administration’s strongest action yet targeting employers. Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said at the time that the raids sent “a strong message” to employers that “ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable.”

The Other Memo Lawmakers Want the Public to See — But Trump Doesn’t
The White House has shrouded a seven-page memo outlining POTUS’ interpretation of war powers

Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., right, and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., conduct a news conference in the Capitol to introduce an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban in May 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Tim Kaine is demanding that the White House release a secret memo outlining President Donald Trump’s interpretation of his legal basis to wage war.

The Virginia Democrat, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday requesting that he hand over the seven-page document drafted last spring.

Schumer to Speak at McConnell Center Next Week
Visit to Louisville could demonstrate ability to work together

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., are expected to visit the University of Louisville on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is heading to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home turf.

But unlike when some Democrats enter the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the New York Democrat is doing so at his counterpart’s behest. Schumer confirmed Tuesday morning on the Senate floor that he had accepted the majority leader’s invitation to speak next week at the University of Louisville.

Paul Ryan Twitter Goof a Fundraising Boon for Democratic Challenger
Randy “Iron Stache” Bryce has raised more than $150,000 since tweet

Randy Bryce, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’’s 1st District, used Paul Ryan’s own words against him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the always-raging spin war between Democrats and Republicans, Democratic candidate Randy Bryce got the upper hand over the weekend on House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

Bryce captured a screenshot of one of Ryan’s tweets and turned it around into a fundraising drive for his campaign to unseat the speaker in Wisconsin’s 1st District.

Military Not Ready for the Next Larger War, Experts Say
Complaints about continuing resolutions feature in House Armed Services Committee testimony

National security experts expressed concern last week that the U.S. has fallen behind Russia and China in key areas of military preparedness. (Courtesy U.S. Department of Defense)

While the U.S. military is ready for another Iraq War or Syria-like intervention, it is unprepared to fight a war against bigger challengers such as China or Russia, national security experts told House lawmakers last week.

The Pentagon needs to shift its focus away from the smaller regional conflicts it has specialized in to fight terrorism, the experts said, and refocus itself, and U.S. allies, on these potential future wars with larger adversaries.

Renewed Scrutiny for Cotton’s Cease-And-Desist Letters to Constituents
Arkansas man says he was threatened with letter in June for using an expletive

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton has been criticized for his office’s practice of sending cease and desist letters to some constituents who call in. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s office is under the First Amendment microscope again for its practice of sending cease-and-desist letters to constituents who call in and use coarse language.

Arkansan Don Ernst said he was threatened with a cease-and-desist letter after he called Cotton’s office 17 times last year from January to June asking about the senator’s response to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, and how Cotton would deal with the opioid crisis if the 2010 health care law was repealed, Ernst revealed on a The Sexy Pundits podcast Sunday.