Doug Collins

Alexander and Hatch Perform and Pitch New Music Royalty Structure
Alexander hopes bipartisan effort can pass by August

Sen Orrin G. Hatch is a songwriter who collects royalties. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

They may not be the singing senators, but two powerful, musically inclined Republican lawmakers are leading a bipartisan effort to update the way composers and songwriters get paid when their music is played on the internet.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, himself an accomplished pianist, is optimistic that an effort he says would pay songwriters what they deserve will be through the Senate before the August recess. The move would be a boon to many in the Tennessee Republican’s home state.

In Supreme Court Privacy Case, Lawmakers Side With Microsoft

Lawmakers are asking the Supreme Court to clarify a data privacy law. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Five lawmakers told the Supreme Court on Thursday that Congress didn’t intend for an electronic privacy law to authorize the government’s seizure of data overseas and say interpreting it differently could have “dangerous repercussions” for future legislating.

The group’s brief backs tech giant Microsoft in a dispute with the United States about whether email service providers must comply with warrants even if data is stored outside of the country — in this case in Dublin, Ireland.

Take Five: Karen Handel
‘One of the greatest moments ever’ was when Donny Osmond called her about Mitt Romney

Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., says there’s a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde syndrome in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Karen Handel, 55, a Georgia Republican, talks about her friendship with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, her intense race for the House and her love of football. 

Q: What has surprised you so far about Congress?

Are Trump, GOP on Same Page on Bipartisan Outreach?
Tax overhaul, debt ceiling could test overtures

President Donald Trump met with Republican and Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee in the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump is reaching out to Democrats as his party struggles to deliver on key legislation, but rather than embrace that strategy, congressional Republicans keep returning to the same playbook that has failed to give their team a win.

Fresh off another Senate failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, Republicans are moving from one partisan plan to the next. On Wednesday, Trump and GOP congressional leaders will unveil a framework for overhauling the tax code, a measure they plan to advance using the budget reconciliation process.

Word on the Hill: Volunteers for Tiniest Opioid Victims
Smucker on Israel, and Murphy’s still walking

Ohio Rep. Michael R. Turner, center, is flanked by volunteers at a local hospital. (Courtesy Turner via Premier Health)

Rep. Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, recently visited volunteers who cuddle with infants going through opiate withdrawal in Dayton. 

The volunteer Infant Cuddle Program at Miami Valley Hospital was launched recently and Turner got to thank the cuddlers last week.

Republicans Restructure Panel for Selecting Committee Assignments
Steering Committee will have more regional representatives

House Republicans drafted new regions for electing representatives to serve on the Steering Committee, which elects committee chairmen.

House Republicans on Wednesday restructured the panel of representatives that select committee chairmen and members, removing at-large seats in favor of more regional slots. 

The move was the final piece of plan to restructure the Republican Steering Committee that the conference agreed to last November. The overhaul was part of Speaker Paul D. Ryan's promise to change GOP rules and procedures to give rank-and-file members more input. 

House GOP Elects Reps. Stivers, Collins, Smith to Leadership Team
Ryan, McCarthy, Scalise and McMorris Rodgers also win conference support

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, was elected by his House Republican colleagues to serve as chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee for the 2018 midterm cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Republican Conference on Tuesday moved to keep Speaker Paul D. Ryan and his top leadership team in place for the 115th Congress, while electing three new faces to lower-rung leadership posts. 

The conference elected Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee over Texas’ Roger Williams. The vote, conducted by secret ballot, was 143 to 96. 

Doug Collins Enters Race for GOP Conference Vice Chairman
Current vice chairwoman Lynn Jenkins will not seek re-election

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins is running for vice chairman of the House Republican Conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins has entered the race for the House Republican Conference vice chairmanship, creating a contest for the No. 5 spot in GOP leadership.

“As a leader who initiates crucial conversations and commits to hard votes, I am equipped to increase the unity within our party and across our nation,” Collins said in a pitch to colleagues.

House Republicans Learn to Accept Trump by Focusing on Pence
They are reassured by their former House colleague

GOP Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND – The few dozen rank-and-file House members who were visible and talkative at the Republican convention this week are departing as members of two camps:  

Those who declare wholehearted enthusiasm for Donald Trump remain the clear minority. The rest are at least professing their acceptance in the name of party unity — with many of them declaring that the addition of their former colleague Mike Pence to the ticket has given them sufficient hope that the general election and a Trump presidency might work out in the end.  

House Working Group on Police-Community Relations Begins Meeting Thursday
Group comes in response to shooting last week

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said it was important not to paint people with a broad brush when it came to recent shootings of and by the police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 7-12 5:10 p.m. A bipartisan working group focused on improving relations between law enforcement and the African-American community will hold its first meeting Thursday before Congress breaks for a seven-week recess.  

Six House Republicans and six Democrats comprise the group, including several members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The meeting will include a pastor, an advocate and a law professor, said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, who are on the team.