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Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Called ‘Provocative,’ Counterproductive
‘He’s undercutting his own efforts at peacemaking,’ Rep. Welch says

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement in May with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. On Wednesday, Trump announced he is moving the American embassy to Jerusalem despite Muslim allies urging him against it. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images file photo)

President Donald Trump says his decision to buck the advice of America’s closest Muslim allies and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is part of a broader strategy shift needed to produce a Middle East peace pact. But some lawmakers and experts argue the president has unnecessarily undercut himself.

Trump on Wednesday formally announced he will abide by a 1995 U.S. law and move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize that city as the country’s official capital. He noted that for the last 22 years, his predecessors have — despite some campaign-trail pledges to the contrary — exercised a waiver in that law to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.

Reading Clerk Steals Spotlight in Impeachment Show
To say the word or spell it out? Susan Cole chose to spell one choice word out

Texas Rep. Al Green was the star of the impeachment show Wednesday, but Reading Clerk Susan Cole stole the spotlight. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The latest testament to how unusual this year in Congress has been came Wednesday, when the reading clerk of the House of Representatives spelled out the word “bitch” on the chamber floor. 

It was just part of the theatrics of the day, as the House voted overwhelmingly to kill articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

Deadline Looming, House GOP Keeps Talking About Funding Options
House GOP leaning around funding government through Dec. 22

House Republicans continue to haggle over the length of a short-term funding the government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans appear to be sticking with plans to pass a two-week stopgap funding bill, despite conservatives’ push to add an additional week to have the deadline bump up against New Years Eve instead of Christmas.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday declined to confirm plans to stick with a vote on a continuing resolution lasting through Dec. 22 but several Republicans leaving a GOP conference meeting where the matter was discussed indicated that was the decision.

Poll: Democrats Think Conyers Should Resign, Less Sure About Franken
Most Republicans think both should step down amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Most Democrats think Rep. John Conyers Jr. should resign from the seat he has held for 52 years, a new national poll found.

Fifty-two percent of those who identified as Democrats in an Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday said the Michigan Democrat should step down after allegations that he sexually harassed employees surfaced last week.

Schumer, Pelosi Cancel on Trump, Decry White House ‘Show Meeting’
Trump earlier in day said Democrats would not agree to his demands for end-of-year deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had been scheduled to attend a White House meeting today, but the Democrats have said they don’t see the point, given the president’s taunting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer plan to sit out a White House meeting Tuesday with President Donald Trump after he tweeted that he doesn’t see making a year-end spending deal with them. They would prefer to simply cut the president out of negotiations altogether, they said.

“Given that the President doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead,” the Democratic leaders said in a statement. “Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon.”

CBO: Tax Plan Could Cut Medicare By $25 Billion
OMB would be required to order sequestration 15 days from end of session

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., leaves the Capitol after the last votes of the week on October 5, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Some members are concerned the GOP tax overhaul would lead to mandatory multi-billion dollar cuts to programs such as Medicare.

There’s not enough mandatory spending up for grabs under current law to execute the full automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to entitlement programs that would be triggered if Republicans push through deficit-increasing tax cuts by year’s end.

Texas Democrats on Pelosi’s Help: Meh
Senate and House hopefuls unite in calls for new party leadership

Support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is an afterthought for the Democratic hopefuls in Texas' 23rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to support from their party’s House leader, Texas Democratic hopefuls can take it or leave it.

In Texas’ 23rd District, all four Democrats running against Republican Rep. Will Hurd were at best lukewarm in their enthusiasm for a potential endorsement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — with some suggesting they would not welcome the California Democrat’s help.

GOP Leaders Push Back on Criticism of Tax Bill
Democrats knock substance and process of measure

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., hold a news conference following the House Republican Conference meeting on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican leaders and tax writers are coming under increasing criticism over both the substance and process of their tax overhaul measure, and they are beginning to push back. 

In a somewhat testy GOP leadership press conference Tuesday morning, Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended his team’s handling of not just the current legislation, but other measures that will, like the tax bill, come to the floor under a closed rule, thereby limiting members’ opportunities to change it.

House Releases 2018 Schedule, Second Session to Start Jan. 3
Full weeks off in first five months, month off come fall

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The House released its schedule for the second session of the 115th Congress Wednesday afternoon.

Leadership expects representatives to reconvene Jan. 3, 2018 after the winter break.

Amid Impeachment Ad Campaign, Trump Attacks Billionaire Steyer
President dubs potential Senate candidate ‘Wacky & totally unhinged’

President Trump lashed out Friday at California billionaire Tom Steyer, who is running a $10 million ad campaign calling for impeachment while he mulls a Senate bid. (Tom Steyer via YouTube)

California billionaire Tom Steyer’s $10 billion campaign pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment has apparently gotten under the president’s skin.

Trump lashed out at Steyer Friday morning, calling him “Wacky & totally unhinged” in an early morning tweet that came four days after the Farallon Capital founder released an ad that calls on lawmakers to kick Trump out of the Oval Office because he is mentally unstable.