Categories for House of Reps

11,661. 11/22/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/POLITICAL FIGURES: “Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) admitted that a nude picture of him circulating online is authentic and apologized to his constituents…
The longtime congressman, the ninth most-senior member of the House, told the Tribune he is considering his political future, after announcing plans to seek reelection just three weeks ago. His suggestion that he is rethinking his reelection bid is sure to reverberate through the Capitol.
Barton, one of the House’s most conservative members, began his tenure in 1985 and has represented the Dallas suburbs since. Barton’s statement came just days after the Dallas Morning News ran an upbeat profile under the headline ‘Why Rep. Joe Barton sticks around as other Texas kiss Congress goodbye.’…
Barton’s uncertain future follows a Texas exodus that began when GOP Reps. Jeb Hensarling and Lamar Smith announced plans to exit at the end of their terms. Smith, like Barton, started his congressional career in the 1980s, and Hensarling started serving in 2003. Rep. Ted Poe, another Texas Republican who’s been in Congress since 2005, also announced his retirement earlier this month.
Barton’s is one of just 10 remaining House Republicans who began his tenure in the 1980s, and he’s the fifth-longest-serving Republican overall. He’s previously been the chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee and a vocal conservative voice on energy policy. He’s also a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.”

-Kyle Cheney, “GOP congressman Barton apologizes for nude selfie,” Politico, Nov. 22, 2017 02:24pm

11,636. 11/21/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/LGBTQ/POLITICS: “With Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official preparing to take her seat in the House of Delegates, the Republican leader of that chamber says it is time to end a tradition of addressing lawmakers by formal male and female pronouns.
Instead of the ‘gentleman’ or ‘gentlewoman’ from a given jurisdiction, lawmakers will all be referred to as ‘delegate’ if Republicans maintain control of the chamber, House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights) said through a spokesman Tuesday.
Conservative lawmakers hailed the change as a way to avoid what they said could be a potentially awkward situation. But one of the longest-serving House Democrats called the decision ‘shameful’ and said lawmakers ‘ought to be big enough to get over these hang-ups we have.’
Cox’s office said he had been considering the change since shortly after he was chosen as the party’s designee for speaker, a title he would assume if the GOP retains control over the House after three close races are decided.”

-Antonio Olivo, “After Roem’s election, Va. GOP leader wants to do away with ‘Gentlewoman’ title,” The Washington Post online, Nov. 21, 2017 07:02pm

11,574. 11/16/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “The House of Representatives passed a bill that would usher in the most far-reaching overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 31 years, a plan that would reduce the corporate tax rate to its lowest point since 1939 and cut individual taxes for most households in 2018.
The bill would repeal the alternative minimum tax, increase the child tax credit, abolish the estate tax by 2025 and transform the U.S. system for taxing multinational corporations. The plan also would raise taxes on some people by removing personal exemptions and deductions for state and local income taxes, medical expenses and student loan interest. On the whole, the bill would reduce federal taxes by $1.4 trillion over the next decade.
The 227-205 House vote was a victory for Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and President Donald Trump, who rallied Republicans in the Capitol before the vote. Republicans want to finish the new tax law before the year ends. They are banking on it to spur faster economic growth and see it as essential to retaining control of both chambers of Congress in next year’s elections.
Thirteen Republicans voted against the bill; no Democrats voted for it.”

-Richard Rubin and Siobhan Hughes, “House Passes GOP Bill to Overhaul Tax System,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 16, 2017 10:48pm

11,566. 11/16/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Big win today in the House for GOP Tax Cuts and Reform, 227-205. Zero Dems, they want to raise taxes much higher, but not for our military!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 16, 2017 09:57pm

11,561. 11/16/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Congratulations to the House of Representatives for passing the #TaxCutsandJobsAct — a big step toward fulfilling our promise to deliver historic TAX CUTS for the American people by the end of the year! https://t.co/8FjefMj6hh”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 16, 2017 03:16pm

11,553. 11/16/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “The House passed a sweeping rewrite of the tax code on Thursday, taking a significant leap forward as Republicans seek to enact $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals and deliver the first major legislative achievement of President Trump’s tenure.
The House voted to 227 to 205 to approve the bill, shortly after Mr. Trump came to Capitol Hill to address House Republicans.
Thirteen Republicans voted against the bill, and zero Democrats voted for it…
The House tax bill, which passed in the Ways and Means Committee last week, would cut taxes more than $1.4 trillion over 10 years. It cuts the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent, collapses the number of tax brackets to four from seven, switches the United States to an international tax system that is more in line with the rest of the world, and eliminates or scales back many popular deductions, including one for state and local taxes paid.”

-Thomas Kaplan and Alan Rappeport, “House Passes Tax Bill in Major Step Toward Overhaul,” The New York Times online, Nov. 16, 2017 10:48am

11,542. 11/15/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Big vote tomorrow in the House. Tax cuts are getting close!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 15, 2017 09:14pm

11,502. 11/14/2017

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Republican leaders on Tuesday [11-14-17] were working to lock in votes for a 10-year, $1.4 trillion tax cut up for consideration this week, a task complicated by lingering worries among rank-and-file lawmakers about whether President Donald Trump would turn against them in favor of the Senate’s version.
Emerging from a closed-door House GOP conference meeting, most Republicans said that they expected to vote for the tax legislation, which calls for deep cuts in corporate rates, a collapse in individual tax brackets to four from seven, and the eventual repeal of the estate tax.
Among the biggest outstanding worries was whether Mr. Trump would criticize their plan, as he did during a health-care fight earlier this year, and whether Senate Republicans would be able to pass tax legislation and avoid a repeat of the tensions that doomed their health-care bill…
The House is expected to vote on its tax bill on Thursday, while the Senate is expected to vote on its version the week after Thanksgiving. In the House, Republicans can lose no more than 22 votes if they are to pass the bill without the support of Democrats, who have remained unified against the bill. The math is even harder in the Senate, where Republicans control 52 seats and need 50 votes for passage.”

-Siobhan Hughes and Kristina Peterson, “House GOP Members Worry About Trump’s Commitment to Their Tax Bill,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 14, 2017 01:53pm

11,483. 11/14/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Great to see @RandPaul looking well and back on the Senate floor. He will help us with TAX CUTS and REFORM!”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 14, 2017 12:08am

11,480. 11/13/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/MILITARY: “In a rare exercise of its war-making role, the House of Representatives on Monday [11-13-17] overwhelmingly passed a resolution explicitly stating that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or invade Iraq.
The nonbinding resolution adopted 366-30, does not call for a halt to the American support but publicly acknowledges the Pentagon has been sharing targeting information and refueling warplanes that Saudi Arabia and other allies are using to attack Houthi rebels in a conflict that is widely considered a proxy war with Iran — and a humanitarian disaster.
It states, in part, that U.S. military operations are authorized to fight only Al Qaeda and other allied terrorist groups in Yemen, not Shiite Muslim rebels…
While mostly symbolic, the House vote was seen as a key victory for members of both parties who believe Congress, which is relegated the power to declare war in the Constitution, needs to reauthorize U.S. military operations overseas, which have expanded to many more countries and conflicts than envisioned a decade and half ago when Congress last voted for the use of force.
The wide bipartisan margin in the vote tally was a sign of growing frustration in both parties that U.S. military engagements have increased in recent years with relatively little outside scrutiny.”

-Gregory Hellman, “House declares U.S. military role in Yemen’s civil war unauthorized,” Politico, Nov. 13, 2017 09:29pm

11,479. 11/13/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Excited to be heading home to see the House pass a GREAT Tax Bill with the middle class getting big TAX CUTS! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain🇺🇸”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, Nov. 13, 2017 09:21pm

11,408. 11/9/2017

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “House Republicans, surprised by Democrats’ dominance in this week’s elections in Virginia and New Jersey, have pinned their hopes of retaining the House majority next year on passing a tax-code overhaul. But the details of the tax legislation could create new political burdens for some of the most vulnerable GOP incumbents.
The tax bill hits constituents hardest in areas of the country that tend to have higher taxes. These blue-leaning states also happen to be home to many of the 23 congressional districts held by Republicans where Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton won last fall.
Those GOP incumbents are the top targets for Democrats, who need to win a net of 24 seats to retake control of the chamber.
Democrats on Tuesday were able to test their strategy in Virginia’s state legislative races. In races for the House of Delegates, they targeted 17 Republicans serving in state districts Mrs. Clinton won. They defeated 14 of them, and picked up one other seat. They are awaiting recounts in two races, putting them tantalizingly close to regaining control of the state House for the first time since 1999.
Now, Democrats are hoping to repeat that performance in next year’s midterms.”

-Kristina Peterson and Peter Nicholas, “Politics Complicate Tax Vote for GOP,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 9, 2017 08:08pm

11,360. 11/7/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Social conservatives have urged House Republicans to retain a tax credit for families who adopt children in their tax overhaul bill, arguing the party shouldn’t gin up revenue at the expense of vulnerable children and the taxpayers who would give them homes.
The adoption tax credit is on the chopping block in the bill being debated this week in the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill’s drafters aim to significantly cut corporate taxes, compress individual income-tax brackets and eventually repeal the state tax, requiring them to offset those revenue losses by curtailing other tax breaks. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates repealing the adoption credit would raise $3.8 billion over a decade.
But adoption advocates argue the high initial costs of adopting a child, including legal fees and medical expenses, justify a special credit. The adoption credit—a one-time credit of up to $13,570 per child—is only available to those with incomes lower than $243,540. In 2015, 63,950 families used the credit, for an average refund of $3,925, according to Internal Revenue Service data. The total cost of the credit is $251 million…
The bill will raise the child tax credit to $1,600 per child from $500, a measure the bill’s authors say will aid all families, and provide other broad tax benefits.”

-Natalie Andrews, “House Bill Would Strip Adoption Tax Credit,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 7, 2017 02:53pm

11,358. 11/7/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “More than 60% of taxpayers, including much of the middle class, would see lower taxes in 2019 under the House Republican tax plan while 8% would pay more, according to a new analysis released Tuesday [11-7-17].
But by 2027, many of those effects would peter out and nearly one in five households would pay more in taxes than if Congress had done nothing. By that point, fewer than half of households would have tax cuts exceeding $100, the study found.
The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, the official estimator of tax legislation in Congress.
In 2019, among households making between $50,000 and $75,000, 65% would get tax cuts exceeding $500. In that same group, 6% would see taxes rise by at least $500.
Republicans are using the nonpartisan analyses to show that people at all income levels would benefit from the plan…
But Democrats are using the same numbers to point out that some lower-income people would see their taxes rise and the money would in effect fund tax cuts for high-income households.”

-Richard Rubin, “Majority Would Benefit From Tax Bill, but Effects Peter Out, Study Says,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 7, 2017 12:11pm

11,317. 11/5/2017

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS: “In his five years as chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Representative Lamar Smith transformed the once almost invisible position into a powerful bully pulpit…But with his run as chairman nearly done, the 69-year-old Texan announced on Thursday that he would retire rather than seek a 17th term in Congress and a spot on the backbench…
With a year left before the midterm elections, the line of senior House Republicans heading for the exits continues to grow. Democrats argue that the wave of retirements will help them retake the House.
But regardless of who controls the chamber come January 2019, it is becoming increasingly clear that the House will be a different place, with some of its biggest personalities and powerful committee and subcommittee leaders leaving it behind…
In all, 27 House Republicans have left, announced their retirements or declared that they were seeking higher office, compared with seven Democrats.
Those numbers are expected to rise in the coming weeks, as filing and fund-raising deadlines for next year’s election approach. Just how high could depend on the success or failure of Republicans’ latest legislative push, an ambitious rewrite of the federal tax code that Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin has pledged to get through the chamber in a matter of weeks. Should the effort fail, current and former lawmakers said, the number of demoralized Republicans leaving the chamber could jump.”

-Nicholas Fandos, “Departures Promise to Reshape the House, Whether or Not Election Does,” The New York Times online, Nov. 5, 2017

11,289. 11/3/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/ROBERT MUELLER/RUSSIA: “Three House Republicans on Friday [11-3-17] moved to pressure special counsel Robert Mueller to resign over what they contend are ‘obvious conflicts of interest,’ the latest instance of rising GOP resistance to his Russia probe.
Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), introduced a measure that, while nonbinding, would put the House on record describing Mueller, a former FBI director, as unfit to lead the probe because of his relationship with James Comey, his successor at the bureau…
The move by the three lawmakers to seek Mueller’s resignation is a sign of intensifying frustration among Trump’s allies during the same week Mueller issued his first indictments in the probe: money laundering charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates. Mueller also secured a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, a low-level campaign foreign policy adviser, who lied to the FBI about his attempts to arrange a meeting between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.”

-Kyle Cheney and Adam Cancryn, “Conservatives introduce measure demanding Mueller’s resignation,” Politico, Nov. 3, 2017 12:08pm

11,246. 11/2/2017

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “House Republicans, seeking the biggest transformation of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years, aim to permanently chop the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, compress the number of individual income tax brackets, and repeal the taxes paid by large estates starting in 2024, according to a detailed summary of the plan reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The GOP plan repeals the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes. It allows a deduction for property taxes, but caps it at $10,000. That limit applies to married filers and individuals.
To partly offset that lost revenue, Republicans plan to curtail the deductions individuals take for state and local tax payments and the ones businesses get for the interest they pay on debt. But the plan released Thursday morning stops short of touching other popular tax breaks that were being considered for change, such as the ability of individuals to park up to $18,000 a year in pretax funds into 401(k) savings accounts.
The plan, named the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, calls for leaving the top individual tax rate at 39.6%, but pushing the income threshold for that rate to $1 million for married couples. The House Ways and Means Committee plans to consider the bill next week with the aim of turning it into law by Christmas and having most of it take effect in 2018.”

-Richard Rubin, “Republicans Stick With Big Corporate Tax Cuts in House Bill,” The Wall Street Journal online, Nov. 2, 2017 10:11am

11,097. 10/26/2017

BUDGET/HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “House Republicans cleared a crucial hurdle in their drive to overhaul the tax code Thursday after narrowly approving the Senate’s budget.
By passing the measure, 216-212, Republicans unlocked procedural powers that allow the Senate to pass a tax bill with just 51 votes — and evade Democratic filibusters. But even with the ability to sideline Democrats, the GOP faces a daunting task as it tries to rewrite the tax code.
Heading into the vote, it was unclear whether enough GOP lawmakers would support the measure. A band of Republicans from high-tax states vowed to vote ‘no’ on the budget unless GOP leaders scrapped plans to curb the state and local tax deduction currently in the GOP’s tax proposal.
Speaker Paul Ryan and his top lieutenants were banking, however, on enough Republicans being jazzed about tax reform to back a fiscal blueprint many despise.”

-Jennifer Scholtes and Rachel Bade, “House narrowly passes budget — setting up mammoth tax fight,” Politico, Oct. 26, 2017 11:59am

11,060. 10/25/2017

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TAXES: “Republicans are still weighing adjustments to a popular retirement savings program, the chief of the House tax writing committee said Wednesday [10-25-17], contradicting President Donald Trump’s statement this week that it would be unchanged in the forthcoming tax overhaul proposal.
Ahead of next week’s release of the House GOP tax overhaul bill, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R., Texas) also said House Republicans were still discussing changes to the state and local tax deduction, and said he was hopeful that they would reach a compromise with lawmakers from high-tax states.
Mr. Brady’s remarks at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor indicated that many aspects of the tax code were still in play just days before Republicans plan to release their proposal for rewriting it. Mr. Brady said Tuesday that he planned to unveil the tax bill Nov. 1 if Republicans adopt a budget as planned on Thursday.
On Monday, Mr. Trump in a tweet promised to leave untouched the 401(k) retirement savings program, shooting down an idea that had been circulating of limiting pretax contributions to retirement accounts.”

-Kristina Peterson and Richard Rubin, “GOP House Tax Chief: Changes to 401(k) Are Still on the Table,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 25, 2017 10:57am

10,930. 10/19/2017

EPA/HOUSE OF REPS: “A group of 22 members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Environmental Protection Agency in a letter on Thursday [10-19-17] not to lower some requirements for mixing biofuels into the country’s fuel supply, but also not to let ethanol exports qualify for renewable fuel credits, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.
The members of Congress are part of a bipartisan voting bloc dedicated to supporting the biofuels industry called the House Biofuels Caucus. They represent districts in states such as Iowa and Illinois where farmers grow corn for ethanol and other biofuels. They urged the agency to increase biomass-based biodiesel requirements and not to decrease the amount of advanced biofuels required to be added to the fuel supply…
Midwestern politicians and industry representatives have been pressuring the EPA not to reduce renewable fuel standards.
Fuel companies, meanwhile, want to change certain rules for complying with the standards to make it easier and cheaper for them to meet their renewable fuel requirements. They want ethanol exports to count as tradable credits toward their renewable fuel requirements, a proposal the Biofuels Caucus members condemned.”

-Reuters Staff, “U.S. House members ask EPA not to lower biofuels requirements,” Reuters, Oct. 19, 2017 09:31am

10,835. 10/16/2017

HOUSE OF REPS/INTELLIGENCE: “The U.S. political research firm that commissioned a dossier on Donald Trump while he was running for president said on Monday [10-16-17] it would not comply with subpoenas issued by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.
Lawyers for Fusion GPS, which hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce the Trump research, told the committee’s Republican chairman, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes, in a letter that the subpoenas were flawed and that nothing in the subpoenas indicated the intelligence committee had authorized him to issue them.
The lawyers also questioned Nunes’ role in signing the subpoenas since he had recused himself from the committee’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign…
The lawyers noted the subpoenas, which have not been made public, ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to produce documents but pointed out that the Fusion GPS firm and its representatives who received subpoenas have no relationship with the CIA…
Representatives for Nunes did not immediately respond to emails requesting comment.”

-Mark Hosenball, “Firm behind Trump dossier declines to respond to House panel’s subpoena,” Reuters, Oct. 16, 2017 08:52am

10,775. 10/12/2017

BUDGET/CRISIS/FEMA/HOUSE OR REPS: “The House of Representatives on Thursday [10-12-17] passed legislation that would provide $36.5 billion in disaster relief for victims of recent hurricanes and wildfires, as well as emergency credit to help Puerto Rico keep its government functioning.
The 353-69 vote came hours after President Donald Trump questioned in Twitter posts how long the federal commitment to the island should last and suggested that Puerto Rico had mismanaged its finances. Congressional leaders of both political parties defended the need to send resources to the U.S. territory, which was devastated by two hurricanes this summer. Most of the island still lacks electric power and there is limited access to health care and other basic needs…
A FEMA spokesman said Thursday that the agency still has personnel at work in Louisiana supporting local and state recovery efforts dating back to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. FEMA personnel are also supporting New York’s and New Jersey’s continuing recovery from superstorm Sandy of 2012. The spokesman said the agency aims to foster recoveries that are as swift as possible and that the length of their support varies based on the circumstances of each natural disaster.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said it was the federal government’s responsibility right now to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, but added he wanted to see the island become more self-sufficient…
At a White House briefing, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was asked whether Mr. Trump believed Puerto Ricans were American citizens deserving of the same access to federal aid as Texans and Floridians. He said, ‘Yes.’ “

-Kristina Peterson and Natalie Andrews, “House Passes Disaster Relief, Puerto Rico Credit Bill,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 12, 2017 05:50pm

10,749. 10/11/2017

GUNS/HOUSE OF REPS: “House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) said the nation’s chief firearm regulator should reconsider its earlier decisions allowing the sale of bump stocks, a device used in last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, arguing a regulatory fix would be preferable to new legislation.
Lawmakers from both parties have backed legislation that would ban bump stocks, a device that can enable a semiautomatic rifle to mimic a fully automatic weapon, but Mr. Ryan said Wednesday [10-11-17] that the better route would be for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to re-evaluate its interpretation of federal regulations around their use…
The agency has defended its past decisions on the devices, which have determined bump stocks can be sold to civilians because, when attached to semiautomatic rifles, the resulting weapon doesn’t meet the legal definition of a machine gun. Semiautomatic firearms shoot one bullet for each trigger pull, while automatic weapons fire bullets continuously with one pull of the trigger. Federal law bars civilians from owning an automatic weapon made after 1986…
Republicans in both chambers have asked ATF to re-evaluate regulations around bump stocks. The National Rifle Association has also called for ATF to examine how it regulates bump stocks and said they ‘should be subject to additional regulations.’ “

-Fkristina Peterson and Aruna Viswanatha, “Paul Ryan Says Rule Fix on Bump Stocks Preferable to New Gun Legislation,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 11, 2017 04:44pm

10,736. 10/11/2017

BUDGET/CRISIS/FEMA/HOUSE OF REPS: “House Republicans released a bill late Tuesday [10-10-17] night that would provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief, and extend credit to Puerto Rico to help the storm-ravaged island keep its government operating.
The aid is more than the $29 billion requested last week by the Trump administration, but less than the total sought by lawmakers in states hit by hurricanes in August and September. The House is expected to vote on the measure at the end of this week, according to a GOP aide, and the Senate could take it up early next week…
The House measure includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund, $16 billion to replenish the nation’s flood insurance program, and $576.5 million for wildfire efforts.”

-Natalie Andrews, “House GOP Bill Includes $36.5 Billion in Storm, Fire Relief,” The Wall Street Journal online, Oct. 11, 2017 09:50am

10,581. 10/4/2017

ABORTION/HOUSE OF REPS/POLITICAL FIGURES: “Embattled Rep. Tim Murphy is weighing his political future as pressure mounts on the Pennsylvania Republican to resign.
Murphy met privately with Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday [10-4-17], according to GOP sources. Numerous top Republicans want Murphy to step down amid a report that the married, anti-abortion congressman suggested his mistress terminate an apparent pregnancy.
Murphy, who represents a district in southwestern Pennsylvania, admitted several weeks ago to an affair with forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards — news that came to light during the woman’s divorce proceedings with her husband. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Murphy suggested Edwards get an abortion during a pregnancy scare, citing leaked text messages between the two…
Edwards was responding to a Facebook post by Murphy touting his anti-abortion position in Congress. Murphy is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus and voted Tuesday for legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
The story also highlighted a toxic work environment in Murphy’s office, citing a June 8 memo in which his chief of staff, Susan Mosychuk, warned Murphy about mistreating staff. The document, titled ‘Office Conduct and Behavior: Harassment/Legal Compliance,’ suggests there was a ‘pattern of sustained inappropriate behavior.’
Mosychuck wrote that the office has experienced 100 percent staff turnover over the past several years and attributed it to the congressman’s behavior. She said he often worked staff through the weekends, only to berate them for failing to meet expectations.”

-Rachel Bade, Elena Schneider, and John Bresnahan, “Abortion scandal puts GOP congressman on the ropes,” Politico, Oct. 4, 2017 02:44pm