Categories for House of Reps

27,267. 8/7/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday [8-7-19] to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are ‘absolutely immune’ from its subpoenas. In a filing in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Judiciary Committee identified Mr. McGahn as ‘the most important witness, other than the president, to the key events’ at the center of its investigation into possible obstruction of justice by President Trump — behavior detailed by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, that the committee said could warrant impeachment…The House lawsuit signaled that more was at stake than the testimony of a single witness. It suggested that the Trump administration was seeking to establish a broad precedent shielding top presidential advisers from Congress, even those no longer working for the White House.”

Nicholas Fandos and Charlie Savage, “Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Don McGahn, Ex-White House Counsel, for Testimony,” The New York Times online, August 7, 2019

27,155. 8/2/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF PRES/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A majority of House Democrats are now on record publicly supporting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to a CNN count — a sign of momentum for pro-impeachment lawmakers that is likely to ramp up pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders. The current number of impeachment backers may not necessarily, or immediately, change the calculation for House Democratic leadership on how to proceed as Democrats continue their investigations into the President and his administration. But it nevertheless shows that support among Democrats on Capitol Hill for an inquiry is continuing to grow. Rep. Salud Carbajal of California became the 118th Democrat to publicly support the start of an impeachment inquiry in a statement on Friday [8-2-19], at least the 23rd lawmaker to do so since special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill last week…There has been a steady increase in the number of House Democrats who have announced they back an inquiry in the wake of Mueller’s hearings, including Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, a member of House Democratic leadership.”

Clare Foran and Ashley Killough, “Majority of House Democrats now say they support starting an impeachment inquiry,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 2, 2019 4:04 pm

27,136. 8/2/2019

ELECTION/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Imagine being swept out of power in Congress and relegated to the role of spectator and naysayer as your political opponents dictate the terms of legislative debate. Add in the specter of a painful slog to re-election, sharing the ticket with President Trump and being asked to answer daily for his every tweet and incendiary statement. Now picture doing all of that only to risk landing in the minority again, possibly under the other party’s president. Such is the plight of House Republicans contemplating whether to seek re-election in 2020, and the bleak outlook is taking its toll. A half-dozen Republican members of Congress have announced over the past two weeks that they will retire rather than face voters again next year, and more are expected to follow in the coming weeks, dealing an early setback to the party’s uphill battle to win back the House. The rush for the exits is also providing evidence about how difficult the House Republican Conference is becoming for the few women and people of color who remain in it.”

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Deprived of Power, House Republicans Head for the Exits,” The New York Times online, August 2, 2019

27,121. 8/1/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/ELECTION/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Rep. Will Hurd of Texas, the only black Republican in the House, won’t seek reelection in 2020, he announced on Thursday [8-1-19]…Hurd, a former CIA officer who was first elected in 2014, has been an advocate for bipartisan compromise on immigration and other key issues in Congress. And he has spoken out numerous times against President Donald Trump, often warning that the president’s rhetoric and positions were hurting the Republican Party. Hurd represents a sprawling West Texas battleground district that includes one-third of the U.S. border with Mexico and has flipped between Democrats and Republicans several times in the past two decades. But Hurd won two close races for reelection after winning the seat, beating Democratic opponents by 1.3 points in 2016 — even as Trump lost the district — and by less than half a percentage point in 2018, when he survived the Democratic wave that flipped the House.”

Scott Bland, “Will Hurd, only black Republican in House, won’t seek reelection,” Politico, August 1, 2019 8:49 pm

27,118. 8/1/2019

ELECTION/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “House Republicans have seen a recent string of retirements ahead of the 2020 elections, a not entirely surprising outcome now that the GOP is in the minority but still a hurdle for the party seeking to retake control of the House. This year, eight Republicans have announced their decisions to retire — six of whom made their declarations in the past two weeks alone. While most of those districts are reliably red, three are considered vulnerable — those represented by retiring Reps. Susan Brooks in Indiana, Pete Olson in Texas and Will Hurd in Texas. Hurd announced his decision Thursday [8-1-19] night in a surprising statement. Separately, another Republican, Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana, is running for governor of the state, leaving his seat open, as well. And for a party whose congressional representation has becoming increasingly white and male, some of the departures could worsen the lack of diversity in the House. Hurd, who’s been an outspoken critic of Trump, is the sole black Republican in the chamber.”

Ashley Killough and Clare Foran, “Hurd announcement latest House GOP retirement to roll in,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 1, 2019 6:20 pm

27,097. 8/1/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “On Monday [7-29-19], it was a soft-spoken senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri. On Tuesday, the careful chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Eliot L. Engel of New York, threw in his support. So did Jennifer Wexton and Jason Crow, two freshmen who flipped Republican seats in Virginia and Colorado. On Wednesday [7-31-19], the influential chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Nita M. Lowey of New York, added her voice. The trickle of Democrats coming out in favor of opening a full impeachment inquiry is threatening to turn into a flood, raising pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take the full House vote she has tried to avoid all year. This week alone, a dozen Democrats have announced their support for an inquiry, and with at least 117 declared supporters, the backers of an impeachment inquiry are more than halfway to the 218 votes they need in the House. They are a single vote shy of a majority of the Democratic Caucus.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Support for Impeachment Inquiry Grows in the House,” The New York Times online, August 1, 2019

26,951. 7/26/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Judiciary Committee on Friday [7-26-19] is moving to obtain the secret grand jury material from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in federal court, arguing they need the information in order to decide whether to impeach President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, which was filed Friday, escalates the investigation into the President being conducted by the committee that could lead to impeachment proceedings. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and other committee Democrats said Friday that the court filing is a new step that signals the committee is actively considering whether to introduce articles of impeachment. The development comes as more than 100 House members have come out publicly in support of the start of an impeachment inquiry in the past few months. But counsel for House Judiciary Committee Democrats told reporters Friday that the House does not actually need to formally open an impeachment inquiry, because the committee is already investigating with the intention of determining whether to vote on impeachment articles.”

Jeremy Herb and Manu Raju, “House Democrats escalate impeachment fight with suit to obtain Mueller grand jury information,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 26, 2019 5:08 pm

26,925. 7/25/2019

BUDGET/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I am pleased to announce the House has passed our budget deal 284-149. Great for our Military and our Vets. A big thank you!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 25, 2019 6:25 pm

26,911. 7/25/2019

BUDGET/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Republicans should support the TWO YEAR BUDGET AGREEMENT which greatly helps our Military and our Vets. I am totally with you!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 25, 2019 8:00 am

26,839. 7/23/2019

DEMS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats hope to bring Robert Mueller’s report to life on Wednesday [7-24-19]. But at least one member of the target audience says ‘they’re just grooming a corpse.’ Senate Republicans are dismissing Mueller’s testimony to the House before it even happens. Most say they are too busy and won’t watch it, others say it’s a waste of time, and still more say it’s redundant after the special counsel already issued his springtime report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has long said any decision on impeachment should take into account how Senate Republicans would react, wary of making a polarizing, partisan move to oust Trump that falls flat in the Senate. And the GOP is clearly signaling back that Mueller’s historic appearance has almost no chance of moving the needle for them…The Senate GOP has been eager to shoot down any inkling that they would support convicting and removing the president if the House impeaches him.”

Burgess Everett, “Republicans tune out Robert Mueller,” Politico, July 23, 2019 6:04 pm

26,835. 7/23/2019

DEMS/ELECTION/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has done everything short of publicly calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment since Democrats unleashed their oversight arsenal on the president earlier this year. But Lindsey Boylan, a former New York state official who’s giving the liberal stalwart from Manhattan’s West Side one of his toughest primary fights in decades, says that’s not enough. While Nadler has pushed his party leadership behind the scenes to move on impeachment, Boylan is aiming squarely at Nadler’s reluctance to publicly support an official House inquiry against Trump — and she’s using the issue to great effect. The 35-year-old candidate took in $264,657 in donations in the second quarter of this year, the most among the growing crop of primary challengers looking to unseat members of Congress around New York City.”

Erin Durkin, “Nadler challenger targets him on Trump impeachment,” Politico, July 23, 2019 11:33 am

26,678. 7/18/2019

BUSINESS/DEMS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday [7-18-19] passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2025, a big win for workers and labor groups, even as it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate. The move comes at a time when the $15 minimum wage fight, first started by fast-food workers in New York in 2012, has been gaining momentum around the country with several states and large private-sector employers that hire entry-level workers. Cities and states including Seattle, San Francisco, New York state, California, Arkansas and Missouri have raised their minimum wage. Over the past year, employers like Amazon.com Inc and Costco Wholesale Corp have raised their base wages to $15 an hour while others like Target Corp have committed to going up to that level by the end of 2020. Even some opposed to the move like fast-food chain operator McDonald’s Corp said recently it would no longer fight proposals to raise the federal minimum wage.”

Nandita Bose, “House passes bill to raise federal minimum wage to $15 an hour,” Reuters, July 18, 2019 9:17 am

26,670. 7/17/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States House of Representatives has just overwhelmingly voted to kill the Resolution on Impeachment, 332-95-1. This is perhaps the most ridiculous and time consuming project I have ever had to work on. Impeachment of your President, who has led the….”

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 17, 2019 5:24 pm

26,669. 7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/SAUDI ARABIA/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday [7-17-19] to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised a veto. Nearly a month after the Senate supported 22 resolutions disapproving of Trump’s plan for billions of dollars in weapons sales despite Congress’ objections, the House passed three of the 22, two on a vote of 238-190 and the third by a 237-190 margin, largely along party lines. The three resolutions would block the sale of Raytheon Co precision-guided munitions and related equipment to the two countries. The House’s Democratic leaders opted to take up those three before the others because the PGMs could be delivered quickly, aides said. Some lawmakers also suspect that the PGMs have been used against civilians in Yemen’s civil war Many members of Congress, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have been frustrated by what they see as Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia.”

Patricia Zengerle, “House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto,” Reuters, July 17, 2019 4:12 pm

26,667. 7/17/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday [7-17-19] to table an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats. The resolution’s sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalize on growing criticism of Trump after the president’s recent attacks on minority congresswomen. The House voted 332 to 95 to set aside the measure. Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment resolution passed, but Wednesday marked the first time the full House had addressed the matter since Democrats took the majority earlier this year.”

Susan Cornwell, “House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump,” Reuters, July 17, 2019 2:43 pm

26,657. 7/17/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/CENSUS/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House voted Wednesday [7-17-19] evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The citations for two cabinet officials, approved 230 to 198, will breathe new life into a dispute that has touched all three branches of government over why Trump administration officials pushed to ask census respondents if they were American citizens and what that question’s effect would be. Democrats investigating the issue believe that the documents and testimony being shielded would confirm that the administration’s long-stated rationale for collecting the data — to better enforce the Voting Rights Act — was merely a cover for a politically motivated attempt to eliminate noncitizens from population statistics used to allocate political representation, diminishing Democratic power. The Supreme Court hinted at that theory last month in a ruling about the citizenship question, when it rejected the administration’s stated reason for adding it as ‘contrived.’”

Nicholas Fandos, “House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,655. 7/17/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/RACISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House on Wednesday [7-17-19] killed an attempt to impeach President Trump for statements that the chamber condemned this week as racist, turning aside an accusation that he had brought ‘ridicule, disgrace and disrepute’ to his office. The move split Democrats, underscoring the divisions within the party over whether they should use their majority to charge Mr. Trump and try to remove him from office, with 95 signaling their support for at least considering the question further, and 137 moving to stop the current effort in its tracks. The president brushed off the vote as a victory, and hours later, at a rally in Greenville, N.C., he showed no signs of easing his attacks or toning down the vicious language that led to the impeachment attempt. He charged that the ‘dangerous, militant hard left’ among the Democrats were ‘hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down.’ By the end of the rally, Mr. Trump went even further, accusing them of seeking the ‘destruction of our country.’”

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Nicholas Fandos, “House Votes to Kill Trump Impeachment Resolution,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,654. 7/17/2019

ARMS-WEAPONS/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/SAUDI ARABIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House gave final passage on Wednesday [7-17-19] to a series of measures that would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending to President Trump a fresh rebuke of his administration’s efforts to circumvent Congress to help Persian Gulf allies prosecute a disastrous war in Yemen. A scattering of Republicans and the House’s lone independent, Justin Amash of Michigan, joined Democrats in three back-to-back votes, submitting for the record their stewing anger at Mr. Trump’s resolute support of Saudi Arabia and his use of emergency powers to sidestep Congress, this time with a declaration of an emergency over Iran…It is the second time in recent months that Congress has passed bipartisan legislation condemning the administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.”

Catie Edmondson, “House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto,” The New York Times online, July 17, 2019

26,644. 7/17/2019

COURTS/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democrats have kicked and screamed about the White House’s refusal to allow key Trump officials to come before Congress. But they haven’t done the one thing they can do to force the issue: Go to court. Democrats have handed out procedural slaps on the wrist — from subpoenas to contempt citations — and all have been summarily blown off by a White House claiming ‘absolute immunity’ from congressional testimony. The seeming lack of results has fueled criticism among progressive lawmakers and activists. But there are real reasons for the go-slow approach: An overstretched team of House lawyers along with Democrats’ fear of an adverse court ruling that could have long-lasting ramifications. House Democrats say they are also focused on meticulously building a record of the Trump administration’s resistance to their investigations in order to help persuade a court to rule in their favor and break the White House blockade. Rushing into it, they say, could backfire — even as angst on the left has begun to swell.”

Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney, “Why Democrats’ oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump,” Politico, July 17, 2019 5:03 am

26,642. 7/16/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….visible members of the House Democrats, who are now wedded to this bitterness and hate. The Republican vote was 187-4. Wow! Also, this was the first time since 1984 that the Speaker of the House was ruled Out of Order and broke the Rules of the House. Quite a day!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 16, 2019 10:05 pm

26,639. 7/16/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/ISRAEL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senior progressive Democrats are urging House leaders to abandon plans to vote on a contentious measure in support of Israel next week, just as tensions within the caucus had temporarily faded into the background. A small group of Democrats, including leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have cautioned House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer against bringing up a resolution to condemn the global boycott movement against Israel. That vote, they say, would resurface an ugly political fight that has already roiled the caucus more than once this year and opened up a painful line of attacks by Republicans…Pocan and fellow CPC co-chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) have raised the issue with Hoyer, a longtime advocate for Israel and a supporter of the anti-boycott bill. The two lawmakers had planned to meet with Hoyer to discuss the resolution later Tuesday [7-16-19], but it was postponed after the House was thrown into chaos amid consideration of the Democrats’ resolution to condemn Trump.”

Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle, “Progressives press Dem leaders to avoid divisive fight over Israel,” Politico, July 16, 2019 8:01 pm

26,566. 7/13/2019

HOUSE OF REPS/PAUL RYAN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is a far superior leader than was Lame Duck Speaker Paul Ryan. Tougher, smarter and a far better fundraiser, Kevin is already closing in on 44 Million Dollars. Paul’s final year numbers were, according to Breitbart, ‘abysmal.’ People like…..” 

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 4:19 pm

26,465. 7/11/2019

2016 ELECTION/HOUSE OF REPS/INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [7-11-19] laid into congressional Democrats over their investigations into his administration and 2016 campaign, asking, ‘How many bites at the apple do they get’ before dropping their probes and moving on to issues like immigration reform? The tweets, which came as part of a larger spree of almost two dozen tweets over the course of the morning, came moments before the House Judiciary Committee gathered to vote on authorizing subpoenas to 12 witnesses in the Mueller investigation…Among those in Democrats’ crosshairs are a dozen individuals who either worked in the Trump administration or who have close ties to Trump, including Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former chief of staff John Kelly and former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. The White House has stonewalled requests for information from Democrats, oftentimes invoking executive privilege to block testimony. But a number of those facing subpoenas Thursday have not worked in the White House, potentially stripping Trump of the ability to employ such a tactic.”

Caitlin Oprysko, “Trump lashes out as House investigators prep more subpoenas,” Politico, July 11, 2019 10:54 am

26,450. 7/11/2019

DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday [7-11-19] approved a dozen new subpoenas targeting a who’s who of witnesses cited in Robert S. Mueller III’s report as Democrats sought to elevate their showdown with President Trump over episodes of possible obstruction of justice documented by the special counsel. The panel also approved a separate group of subpoenas seeking information about the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their families at the border. And House Democratic leaders set Tuesday [7-16-19] for a full House vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over their refusal to relinquish under subpoena documents related to the administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census…Among the prominent figures to be subpoenaed by the Democrats are Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general; Rod J. Rosenstein, his deputy who appointed Mr. Mueller, the special counsel; John F. Kelly, the former White House chief of staff; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser; and Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager.”

Nicholas Fandos, “House Democrats Approve Subpoenas for Who’s Who of Mueller Witnesses,” The New York Times online, July 11, 2019

26,349. 7/8/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/ROBERT MUELLER/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Attorney General William P. Barr accused House Democrats on Monday [7-8-19] of subpoenaing testimony from Robert S. Mueller III to ‘create some kind of public spectacle,’ rather than elicit facts, pointing to Mr. Mueller’s declaration that he would discuss only the facts laid out in the Russia investigation report…He also called the idea that Mr. Trump worked with the Kremlin to subvert the election ‘bogus’ and said the early stages of his review of the Russia inquiry suggested that he needed to toughen protocol for investigating political candidates. Mr. Mueller, 74, who is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17, said during an appearance in May that he would discuss only the findings in his two-volume report if called before Congress. ‘The report is my testimony,’ Mr. Mueller said.”

Katie Benner, “Barr Says House Subpoenaed Mueller to Create ‘Public Spectacle’,” The New York Times online, July 8, 2019