Louisiana

GOP Senator: ‘Somebody’s Going to File an Ethics Complaint’ Against Moore
Leading in polls, Moore faces uncertain future even if he wins Tuesday’s election

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said Wednesday he would welcome the opportunity to investigate the allegations against Roy Moore if he wins the Alabama Senate special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If Republican candidate Roy Moore wins the Alabama Senate special election on Tuesday, one of his new colleagues will file an ethics complaint against him when he is seated, a GOP senator predicted.

“Somebody’s going to file an ethics complaint against him, that’s just a fact,” Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy told CNN on Wednesday. “Then there’s going to be a full-fledged investigation. People are going to be talked to under oath, we’ll get the facts, and then the Senate will get to vote.”

Conyers’ Downfall Was Richmond’s ‘Most Trying Moment’
‘You want to hold out hope that he did not do these awful things,’ Congressional Black Caucus chairman says

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., walks down the House steps following a vote in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond called the downfall of Rep. John Conyers one of the most difficult moments in Richmond’s time leading the caucus.

Conyers announced his resignation effective immediately on Tuesday amid reports he sexually harassed multiple women. The Michigan Democrat also said he endorsed his son to run for his seat.

Republicans Schedule Next Year's Retreat at the Greenbrier

From left, House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, R-La., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, sit on stage while waiting for President Donald Trump to address the GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. House and Senate Republicans are holding their retreat next year Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Republicans’ annual retreat will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, according to a GOP aide.

The retreat, which is hosted by the Congressional Institute, is an opportunity for GOP lawmakers to plan out their legislative agenda for the year.

Civility Pledge Signers ‘Disagree Without Being Disagreeable’ in a Tumultuous Congress
HOH talked to 18 freshman members who signed pledge earlier this year

From left, Reps. Lou Correa of California, Brian Mast of Florida and Scott Taylor of Virginia walk down the House steps after the group photo for the freshman class during orientation week in November 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House freshmen who signed a civility pledge say they’ve been able to live up to their agreement to “disagree without being disagreeable” and even strike up some friendships amid a rancorous Congress.

Rep. Mike Johnson, the author of the pledge that the lawmakers signed in January, said his model for civility is former President Ronald Reagan.

Freshman Civility Pledge Reflections: Across-the-Aisle Friendships
Members of the House freshman class discuss bipartisan relationships

From left to right: Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., interviewed by HOH's Alex Gangitano. (Bian Elkhatib/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana Republican Mike Johnson, right out of the gate of his first term in Congress, decided to set civility in stone.

“If the nation’s leaders can’t model civility, then it’s pretty hopeless for the rest of the country,” he said.

Who Is Running the Mysterious PAC Supporting Roy Moore?
Treasurer Brooke Pendley is a hard person to find

Former judge Roy Moore is the Republican nominee in next week’s special election for the Alabama Senate seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Brooke Pendley is a self-described “fire-breathing young female conservative patriot” out “to save Judge Roy Moore” with a newly formed political action committee, but good luck trying to find her beyond the fundraising emails.

On Oct. 17, Pendley filed a statement of organization for Club for Conservatives PAC with the Federal Election Commission, listing herself as the treasurer. Over the course of less than three weeks, Pendley has sent out at least 10 fundraising emails.

Uncertainty Surrounds Avoiding Shutdown Showdown
House GOP wants to vote on stopgap funding in two steps

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., right, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., are whipping votes on their approach to government funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republican leaders are pursuing a two-step strategy to avoiding a government shutdown, but might have difficulty rounding up votes in the caucus for that approach.

Leaders want to vote on stopgap funding in two steps — one continuing resolution keeping government agencies operating through Dec. 22, and then another probably running into January, Rep. Charlie Dent said Friday.

Jefferson Sentence Could be Reduced to Time Served
Former congressman reportedly reaches deal with prosecutors to avoid resentencing trial

Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., right, speaks to the media after his conviction on corruption charges in  2009 (CQ Roll Call file photo).

Former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson could possibly serve no additional prison time as his resentencing is being determined. 

The potential deal comes after U.S. Judge T.S. Ellis threw out seven of the original charges that landed Jefferson behind bars. An eighth charge was overturned in federal appeals court.

Pelosi Calls on Conyers to Resign
‘I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family’

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on the longest-serving member of Congress to resign Thursday amid allegations of sexual misconduct. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:33 p.m. | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Speaker Paul D. Ryan in separate remarks Thursday called for Michigan Democrat John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving member, to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I pray for Congressman Conyers and his family and wish them well,” Pelosi said. “However, Congressman Conyers should resign.”

Former Rep. Jefferson Close to Resentencing Deal
Comes after the Supreme Court created a higher standard for proof of corruption

Former Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., center, his wife Andrea Jefferson, second from right, and attorney Amy Jackson, right, speak to reporters following Jefferson's conviction on corruption charges in 2009.(CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Louisiana Rep. Bill Jefferson is close to reaching a resentencing deal with federal prosecutors over his corruption conviction.

Jefferson was convicted on 11 federal corruption counts in 2009 and was freed from prison last month after serving five years.