Ben Ray Lujan

DCCC Chairman Coy on Spending in PA Special Election
Luján said the committee is monitoring the race

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., leads the DCCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján remains noncommittal on whether Democrats will spend more resources ahead of the special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District.

Democrat Conor Lamb will face GOP state Rep. Rick Saccone in the March 13 election in a district that President Donald Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016. The seat was vacated by GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned amid allegations the anti-abortion rights congressman encouraged his mistress to pursue an abortion.

Photos of the Week: A Budget Deal, a Leadership Talk-a-Thon and a Brief Shutdown
The week of Feb. 5 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., make their way to the Senate floor after announcing a two-year deal on the budget earlier in the day on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Another busy week in Washington and another partial government shutdown. 

The Senate leaders announced earlier this week that they had come to an agreement on a two-year budget deal as well as a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 23. But the week was not without drama. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., used the powers of leadership in the chamber to speak on the floor for eight hours and six minutes on Wednesday to ask the speaker to make a commitment to immigration legislation. 

New Mexico Lawmakers Rip Newspaper for Racist ‘Dreamer’ Cartoon
Cartoon depicts white man calling gang members ‘Dreamers’ and ‘future Democrats’

A group of lawmakers from New Mexico denounced the cartoon by Sean Delonas in the Albuquerque Journal as racist. (Albuquerque Journal)

A bipartisan contingent of lawmakers from New Mexico tore into a newspaper from their home state for a cartoon depicting so-called “Dreamers” as machete-wielding gang members who mug white people.

The Albuquerque Journal ran the carton by syndicated cartoonist Sean Delonas in Tuesday’s paper, sparking outrage among immigration advocates and many of its readers.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Watson offers Trump one of her hats, LoBiondo tells Eagles fans to behave themselves

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., appears of the House floor as House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., at podium, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., and Vice Chair, Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., conduct a news conference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating, and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Pelosi Immigration Speech Overshadows Democratic Retreat
Minority leader holds floor to talk immigration, while Biden urges party not to get distracted

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears on a TV screen during her House floor speech Wednesday as, from left, DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján, Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez conduct a news conference in the Capitol to open the Democrats’ retreat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

This week’s Democratic retreat was supposed to be an opportunity for House Democrats to fine-tune their message ahead of the November midterm elections.

But House Democrats’ most prominent messenger — and Republicans’ favorite boogeywoman — stole the spotlight, without even attending the major sessions of the opening day of the retreat.

Ruben Kihuen Weighs Future as 2018 Looms
Some believe he would lose re-election after harassment allegations

Top Democrats are calling on Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., to resign. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo )

Sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen have raised serious doubts about whether he could win re-election, and questions about who could run in the swing Nevada district if he steps aside.  

Kihuen has not yet weighed in on his future, even as top Democratic leaders have called on him to resign following a Buzzfeed report detailing sexual harassment and unwanted advances towards a former campaign staffer.

Democrats Passing on Corporate Money Snag New Endorsement
End Citizens United PAC is backing candidates focused on campaign finance

Four Democratic challengers have pledged not to accept corporate PAC money. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four House Democratic challengers are pledging not to accept corporate PAC money in their campaigns, earning them the endorsement of the End Citizens United PAC.

End Citizens United’s executive director, Tiffany Muller, said the challengers’ decision marks a shift among candidates who see campaign finance overhaul as a winning message.

Ethics Committee Drops Ben Ray Luján Sit-In Inquiry
Panels Democrats who used phones on floor need ‘additional guidance’

New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján joined his fellow Democrats during a House floor sit-in last June to protest GOP inaction on gun control legislation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee cleared Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico of violating chamber rules by sending campaign-related emails during a sit-in on the House floor last June because the panel concluded members need “additional guidance” when it came to the use of electronic devices in the chamber.

While an inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics found there was reason to believe Luján, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, may have conducted campaign activity and asked the Ethics panel to take up the matter, the independent OCE also acknowledged that its review “raised difficult questions about the application of House rules to solicitations via email.”

Podcast: What's the Spiel With Democrats' Better Deal?
The Big Story, Episode 64

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., attend a rally with House and Senate Democrats to announce "A Better Deal" economic agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Opinion: Democrats Cut the Cards in Search of a Better Deal
Sending a message to Joe Sixpack

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos at the congressional Democrats’ rally in Berryville, Va., on Monday to unveil their new economic agenda. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Under the bright sun in Berryville, Virginia, Monday afternoon, the congressional Democrats demonstrated that they can change. Or, at least, they can paper over their differences.

At the beginning of an hourlong rollout of their 2018 economic agenda, “A Better Deal,” Chuck Schumer labeled as a “false choice” the debate over “whether Democrats should spend all our energy focusing on the diverse Obama coalition or the blue-collar Americans in the heartland who voted for Trump.”