© 2024 Allbritton Journalism Institute

Congress

NOTES
April 30, 2024 10:22 AM
At least some drama appears to be fading away. “We will vote to table Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Motion to Vacate the Chair,” House Democratic leaders said in a joint statement this morning. “If she invokes the motion, it will not succeed.”
Copy
April 23, 2024 05:05 PM
Santos, who was running an independent bid for New York’s First Congressional District, says he’s withdrawing his campaign. “I don’t want my run to be portrayed as reprisal against Nick Lalota,” Santos posted on X of the incumbent Republican candidate in the race, saying his run “all but guarantees a victory for the Dems.” Santos hinted this is not the end of his political career though: “It’s only goodbye for now, I’ll be back.”
Copy
April 23, 2024 03:05 PM
Senators advanced the House-passed foreign aid package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan on a large bipartisan vote, 80-19. Final passage will likely come later Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, as some conservatives who object to the bill plan to delay inevitable passage.
Copy
April 23, 2024 02:26 PM
At least three Republican senators who previously voted against a foreign aid package in February now say they will support the bill. Sens. Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott and Markwayne Mullin all came out for the funding for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. In a statement, Scott called the bill “far from perfect” but an “important step” in standing with Israel.
Copy
April 20, 2024 02:08 PM
After months of gridlock, lawmakers approved $60 billion in aid to Ukraine on Saturday with a vote of 311-112-1. The House also passed $26 billion in aid to Israel, including humanitarian assistance for Gaza with a vote of 366-58, and $8 billion more to prepare American forces in the Indo-Pacific with a vote of 385-34-1.
Copy
April 19, 2024 11:13 AM
In a 316-94 vote, the House passed the rule for its multipronged foreign aid package for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan. More Democrats voted for the rule than Republicans, teeing up a difficult situation for House Speaker Mike Johnson within his own conference.
Copy
April 19, 2024 07:11 AM
In an extremely rare move, every Democrat on the Rules Committee supported moving the foreign aid package to the floor for a vote, bailing out Speaker Mike Johnson after three Republicans on the panel voted against it. The full House will vote on the rule on Friday morning.
Copy
April 18, 2024 03:56 PM
Johnson says he will not move to raise the threshold for the motion to vacate rule. In a statement on X, the speaker said he finds the current one-person threshold harmful and that several colleagues have encouraged him to increase it. “While I understand the importance of that idea, any rule change requires a majority of the full House, which we do not have. We will continue to govern under the existing rules,” Johnson wrote.
Copy
April 18, 2024 12:24 PM
As lawmakers debate the rules for House Speaker Mike Johnson’s foreign aid package, the most right-wing members of the House GOP are accusing Johnson of trying to secretly change the threshold for a motion to vacate. Reps. Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert said changes to the motion to vacate threshold would quickly spur a motion to vacate against Johnson. “There’s nothing that will get you to a motion to vacate faster than changing the threshold,” Boebert told reporters.
Copy
April 17, 2024 04:45 PM
Senate Democrats moved quickly to dismiss the pending impeachment trial against the Homeland Security secretary. In two votes, mostly along party lines, the Senate dismissed the trial on the grounds that the charges were unconstitutional.
Copy
April 12, 2024 01:03 PM
A bill to reauthorize FISA passed the House 273 to 147 on Friday with wide bipartisan support. First was a nail-biter of an amendment vote: A measure to require warrants for viewing data from Americans failed after a 212-212 tie.
Copy
April 12, 2024 09:53 AM
The rule for the FISA bill passed 213-208 after conservatives voted against it two days ago.
Copy
April 10, 2024 02:30 PM
The rule vote on FISA reauthorization failed 193 to 228 on Wednesday after Speaker Mike Johnson put it on the floor despite growing opposition within his conference. Nineteen Republicans joined Democrats to vote no.
Copy
April 09, 2024 04:02 PM
Speaker Mike Johnson plans to send the articles of impeachment for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate next week rather than this week, his office said Tuesday. Republican senators had asked Johnson to delay transmitting the articles so that “jet fumes,” as Sen. Mike Lee put it at a press conference, wouldn’t assist Democrats in quickly shutting down a trial.
Copy
April 09, 2024 09:27 AM
In a five-page letter sent to House Republicans today, MTG reiterated that Johnson should be removed and that his actions have given voters “very little reason to vote for a Republican House majority.”
Copy
March 29, 2024 01:43 PM
It’s a very rare joint statement. “Evan Gershkovich, an American citizen and reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has now spent a year wrongfully detained by Putin’s government. We continue to condemn his baseless arrest, fabricated charges and unjust imprisonment.”
Copy
March 28, 2024 01:05 PM
See the notification here. It, in all likelihood, is going absolutely nowhere.
Copy
March 26, 2024 04:41 PM
Missouri Democratic Rep. Cori Bush became the first lawmaker to call for the repeal of a dormant 1873 law that made it a federal crime to mail, possess or sell drugs or devices used for abortions. During oral arguments over an abortion pill access case Tuesday, Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas showed openness to reviving the Comstock Act.
Copy
March 22, 2024 02:15 PM
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher announced that he is leaving his House seat effective April 19. After his departure, House Republicans will have only a one-seat majority.
Copy
March 22, 2024 11:50 AM
The House passed a minibus government spending bill in a 286-134 vote, with 112 Republicans voting against it. The controversial vote, which infuriated the chamber’s conservatives, came as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed a motion to vacate Mike Johnson from the speakership.
Copy
March 22, 2024 09:46 AM
The House Freedom Caucus is threatening Johnson’s gavel ahead of a vote to ensure government funding for the rest of the year. “It’s clear the Democrats own the speaker’s gavel,” Rep. Andy Ogles said at a fiery press conference just before the vote. “This bill will determine who the next speaker is.”
Copy
March 21, 2024 06:17 PM
The New Jersey senator announced in a video that he will not run in the Democratic primary but is leaving the door open for an independent bid. Menendez cited the more than a dozen corruption charges he’s currently facing as having distracted from his political message. “I am hopeful that my exoneration will take place this summer and allow me to pursue my candidacy as an independent Democrat,” he said.
Copy
March 21, 2024 04:03 PM
A week after calling for a new election in Israel, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will “always welcome the opportunity for the prime minister of Israel to speak to Congress in a bipartisan way.” House Speaker Mike Johnson said he will extend an invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.
Copy
March 21, 2024 09:01 AM
Congressional leaders released a new spending deal overnight, hoping to quickly pass it and avoid a partial government shutdown. Two possible snags: Speaker Mike Johnson will have to skip the promised 72-hour window between releasing text and a vote (he’s expected to hold a vote Friday), and Sen. Rand Paul has hinted he will hold up the process in the Senate.
Copy
March 20, 2024 04:50 PM
The Israel prime minister joined Senate Republicans’ weekly luncheon via video call Wednesday, less than a week after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for elections in Israel to replace him. Netanyahu reportedly asked to meet with Democrats as well, but Schumer turned down the offer, saying he did not believe those conversations should happen in a “partisan manner.”
Copy
March 19, 2024 09:40 AM
Negotiators in Congress and the White House came to an agreement on government funding on Monday, and leaders hope to quickly pass it to avoid a partial shutdown ahead of the Friday deadline. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he “will sign it immediately” once it goes through Congress.
Copy
March 18, 2024 09:24 AM
A dispute over funding the Department of Homeland Security could lead to at least a partial shutdown, according to multiple reports. The deadline to fund multiple agencies and government operations is Friday, but negotiations between Congress and the White House reportedly stalled out on Sunday over border policy.
Copy
March 14, 2024 05:25 PM
Speaker Mike Johnson finally spoke about how he plans to get Ukraine aid through the House after weeks of uncertainty. He told Politico on Thursday that he expects aid to Ukraine and Israel will be passed on suspension — meaning he’ll rely on Democrats to get it through — and that funds for the two nations could be split into separate bills.
Copy
March 13, 2024 02:27 PM
Hunter Biden turned down the House Oversight Committee’s request for him to testify at a public hearing as part of its broader probe into the president and his family. In a letter denying the request, his lawyer wrote that the hearing was “a made-for-right-wing-media circus act.”
Copy
March 13, 2024 10:58 AM
The House voted 352-65 to approve a bill that could lead to a ban of TikTok in the U.S. if the Chinese parent company does not sell the company. The vote was a rare turn by House Republicans against former President Donald Trump, who had voiced opposition, as NOTUS reported.
Copy
STORIES
Ted Cruz