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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 18, 2016

Sen. Dan Coats returns to his "Waste of the Week" in this week's Hits and Misses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing a shortened week and a massive snow storm, senators spent the week deep in thought on drones, rabbit massages and hungry cats.  

Roy Blunt's Challenger Tries to Put Him on Defense Over Security

After recent events in Paris and San Bernardino, Blunt's rival is trying to make national security his own issue. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Roy Blunt, the Missouri Republican who has served on committees related to the military or intelligence gathering for all but two of his 18 years in Congress, presents himself as a man who knows very well the issues surrounding national security.  

But back home in the Show-Me State, his Democratic challenger is testing that perception. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's campaign plans to release a 14-page report Thursday, obtained by Roll Call , which lays out a case, as Kander put it, that Blunt's “words on these issues are far stronger than his actions.” Kander's campaign highlights Blunt’s vote against legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, his place among only four others  who voted against Ashton B. Carter as secretary of Defense and his missed committee hearings on issues such as the rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.  

Bush, Cheney Ticket to Reunite in Capitol

Bush and Cheney will hang out again Thursday in the Capitol. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2000 Republican presidential ticket will reunite Thursday for a ceremony dedicating the marble bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Senate's vice presidential collection.  

Former President George W. Bush will make remarks, and he will be joined by several congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.; Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; and, of course, Cheney himself. William Behrends sculpted the bust, his second in the collection. (He did the bust for Spiro Agnew as well.)  

Reid to Koch Brothers: Stay Out of Nevada

Reid makes his way to a news conference after the Oct. 6 Senate policy luncheons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid woke up swinging at familiar foes Tuesday morning: energy magnates Charles and David Koch.  

The Nevada Democrat took to the editorial pages of the Las Vegas Sun to decry the Kochs' criticism of a Nevada natural gas plant proposal earlier this month and their prior promise to spend close to $1 billion in the 2016 election cycle. "Nevadans and people throughout the country must see through this shameful attempt to subvert our democratic process," Reid wrote. "It’s time we let these power-hungry billionaires know that Nevada, the country and the future of our environment are not for sale."  

Rove-Aligned Group to Spend Early for Roy Blunt

Blunt is being challenged by Democrat Kander. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

More than a year before Election Day, Republicans in Washington are already spending big to assist Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt.  

One Nation — a nonprofit organization with ties to Republican strategist Karl Rove's web of political groups — has plans to launch an $800,000 statewide television and radio ad campaign to boost Blunt’s image on veterans and military issues, the Springfield News-Leader reported .  “In Missouri, $800,000 is a sizable buy at this stage in the election cycle,” said James Harris, a Show-Me State Republican strategist. “Holding the Senate is a top priority for Republicans, and it is not surprising that One Nation would jump in the race to help Sen. Blunt.”