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K Street Reinvents Itself in the Era of Trump
Presidency, GOP Congress and surge of grass-roots resistance mean uncertainty

Andy Rosenberg and Harriet Melvin of Thorn Run Partners are adapting to a changing lobbying environment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Harriet Melvin, a Republican lobbyist whose clients include songwriters, the National Football League and eBay, has observed dramatic changes in the influence industry during more than two decades in the business.

Political upheaval, partisan stalemate on Capitol Hill and technological innovations have all disrupted and transformed the much-maligned, $4 billion-a-year federal lobbying business.

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.

Ryan to House: Pass DACA Bill in March
'We clearly need to address this issue in March,' the speaker said

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., suggests the March 5 deadline for Congress to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is flexible but a bill should move in March. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday Congress needs to pass legislation replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program by the end of March.

Ryan's imposed deadline for House action comes as the Republican whip team starts to count up votes for an immigration bill (HR 4760) by Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., to determine if it has enough support to bring to the floor.

Senators Prepare for Messaging and Uncertainty From Immigration Debate
‘You know it’s an election year?’

Demonstrators supporting the so-called DREAM Act will likely be back on the Capitol grounds this week, like this group from Jan. 16 in the Hart Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators say they are ready for what Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to give them this week: a return to regular order.

But that does not mean it will be easy.

Eagles Super Bowl Parade Boots Heritage Retreat From Philadelphia
Dozens of conservative lawmakers attend the annual Heritage Foundation retreat

A man climbs a traffic pole as Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate victory in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots on Sunday in Philadelphia. The large crowd expected for a victory party this week caused the Heritage Foundation to move its retreat from Philadelphia to Washington. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

The annual Heritage Foundation retreat for conservative lawmakers this week has been moved from Philadelphia as the city expects millions of people to flood the streets Thursday for a parade to celebrate the Eagles’ 41-33 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

Heritage officials have relocated the retreat to Washington, D.C.

Take Five: Patrick McHenry
North Carolina Republican on filling in as whip during Scalise’s absence: ‘It’s not easy’

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., says he kept Steve Scalise’s seat where it always was when he filled in as whip. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, 42, a North Carolina Republican, talks about what he learned as acting whip, his new daughter and his relationship with Rep. Maxine Waters.

Q:  What was the experience of filling in as acting Republican whip for your friend, Steve Scalise, last year?

Richmond Torches Trump: ‘Irrelevant’ to the NFL
‘Trump’s probably still bitter he couldn’t have a team,’ Black Caucus chairman says

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., right, said President Donald Trump is "irrelevant" when it comes to the NFL. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric L. Richmond said despite Donald Trump’s criticism of black football players kneeling for the National Anthem, the president is “irrelevant” to the NFL.

The Louisiana Democrat was asked by TMZ whether the fact that no NFL players knelt during the National Anthem during the Super Bowl was a win for Trump.

Photos of the Week: State of the Union, GOP Retreat Continues After Crash
The week of Jan. 29 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan arrives in the Capitol on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans carried on with their annual retreat this week, after member-doctors sprung to action when the Amtrak locomotive pulling GOP lawmakers to their West Virginia destination collided with a garbage truck on Wednesday, killing one of its passengers.

The previous night, President Donald Trump stayed on track during his first State of the Union address in the House chamber. 

Trump Opts Against Making Immigration Demand of McConnell
President skips lines in prepared speech — despite White House releasing them beforehand to the press

President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after Trump addressed a luncheon at the House and Senate Republican retreat at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on February 1, 2018. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., also appears. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump opted against publicly pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to use the White House’s immigration overhaul framework as the legislation the chamber takes up during a possible coming floor debate.

The White House released excerpts of the president’s prepared remarks as he arrived in West Virginia, where Trump traveled Thursday to speak to congressional Republicans at their annual strategy retreat. Notably, it included a portion of the prepared speech in which the president was slated to press McConnell to try to advance the administration’s immigration “framework.”

More States Jump on Medicaid Work Requirements Bandwagon

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, has signaled openness to approving work requirements for Medicaid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A growing number of mostly Republican-led states are rushing to follow Kentucky’s lead in requiring thousands of people on Medicaid to work or lose health coverage.

The governors of South Dakota, Alabama, Louisiana and South Carolina have said in recent weeks that they plan to pursue work requirements for their Medicaid programs, following the Trump administration’s release of guidelines for the concept in January.