Scalise says GOP memo on closed-door Birx testimony confirms world was 'misled' on COVID
The memo, exclusively obtained by Fox News, provides “key takeaways” from Birx’s committee testimony to Republicans and gives fresh insight into the origins of the virus as well as the US government’s pandemic response.news.yahoo.com
Melania Trump refused to meet Rep. Steve Scalise at the White House after he was shot because she 'already said hello' at the hospital: book
"No, I already said hello," Melania Trump said when staffers asked her if she wanted to meet Scalise at the White House after he was shot, per Grisham.news.yahoo.com
He’s running: After near-death shooting, Scalise is back on a treadmill and fighting for a GOP majority in 2022
It’s been more than four years since House Minority Whip Steve Scalise nearly lost his life to a lone gunman who took aim at Republicans practicing on a baseball field near Washington, D.C.news.yahoo.com
Louisiana Rep. Higgins says he, wife, son have coronavirus
Republican Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana, a critic of mask mandates and public health restrictions during the pandemic, said he, his wife and son have contracted the coronavirus. Higgins is the second member of Congress to announce in the last week that they'd contracted the virus. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican who represents parts of southwest Florida, said July 19 that he had tested positive.news.yahoo.com
Florida, Missouri and Texas now account for 40% of new coronavirus cases in U.S.
Just three states are now driving the pandemic in the United States, as the divide between vaccinated and unvaccinated regions of the country becomes ever more stark, as the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads.news.yahoo.com
House poised to launch new probe of Jan. 6 insurrection
The House is poised to launch a new investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection on Wednesday with expected approval of a 13-person select committee to probe the violent attack. The panel would be led by Democrats, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointing a chairperson and at least eight of the committee's members. The resolution up for a vote gives Pelosi a possible say in the appointment of the other five members as well, directing that they will be named “after consultation” with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.news.yahoo.com
For Republicans, 'Crisis' Is the Message as the Outrage Machine Ramps Up
WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders would like everyone to know that the nation is in crisis. There is an economic crisis, they say, with rising prices and overly generous unemployment benefits; a national security crisis; a border security crisis, with its attendant homeland security crisis, humanitarian crisis and public health crisis; and a separate energy crisis. Pressed Tuesday on whether the nation is really so beleaguered, the No. 2 Republican in the House, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisianews.yahoo.com
Boeing Restarts Donations to Members of the So-Called ‘Sedition Caucus’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyAfter briefly swearing off political donations in the wake of the Capitol riot, Boeing is now throwing cash at officials who fought to overturn the results of the 2020 election.In a recent filing with the Federal Election Commission, the defense contractor’s political action committee reported major contributions to three Republican members of Congress who voted to challenge the results of the Electoral College: Rep. Steve Scalise; Rep. Vicky Hartzler;news.yahoo.com
McConnell and McCarthy rebuke Greene for Holocaust remarks but stop short of taking action against rising GOP star
Republican leaders in Congress sought to distance themselves Tuesday from comments made by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene that compared House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's mask mandate in the House of Representatives to the killing of 6 million Jews in the Holocaust by Nazi Germany.news.yahoo.com
Cash windfall, virus numbers aid Newsom in recall
Officials say the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom has garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. But a fading coronavirus crisis and an astounding windfall of tax dollars has reshuffled the recall election. (May 21)news.yahoo.com
GOP lawmakers reportedly think Liz Cheney 'may go down' in a new leadership vote
Earlier this year, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) easily staved off an effort by some members of the House GOP to remove her from her leadership position because of her decision to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. Now, though, even some of her colleagues who backed her aren't sure they'd do the same thing again. When asked about him, which is not infrequently, Cheney has never refrained from criticizing Trump, which one anonymous GOP lawmaker said shows she's "completely out of synch with the majority of our conference," The Hill reports. "As we're focused on unifying the Republican conference and our mission to win back the majority, she is focused on the past and proving a point. She is alienating herself from the conference, and I have to imagine if she doesn't resign there will be a new vote in the near future and the result will be lopsided in the opposite direction of what it was before." Another GOP lawmaker told The Hill that Cheney "may go down in a second vote." But the congresswoman certainly still has support. "If a prerequisite for leading our conference is continuing to lie to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit," Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio) said Friday in defense of his colleague. "Liz isn't going to lie to people. Liz is going to say what she believes. She's going to stand on principle." Read more at The Hill. A senior House R told me that Cheney could be in "very big trouble" and expects another attempt to oust her, though it's unclear if that vote will happen Rep. Anthony Gonzalez: "If a prerequisite for leading our conference is lying to our voters, then Liz is not the best fit" pic.twitter.com/Ll2NCXlufI — Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 30, 2021 More stories from theweek.comU.S. launches airstrike in response to failed Taliban rocket attack on day formal withdrawal begins5 brutally funny cartoons about Giuliani's legal woesThe 2021 Kentucky Derby horse names, rankednews.yahoo.com
Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala
Vice President Kamala Harris has announced plans to visit Mexico and Guatemala on what would be her first official trip abroad, as she pushes ahead on leading the White House’s diplomatic efforts on the migration challenge at the southern border.
Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'
Biden hopes to pass an infrastructure plan by summer, which could mean relying solely on the slim Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate. “Ninety-one Fortune 500 Companies, including Amazon, pay not a single solitary penny in income tax,” Biden said. “Wall Street didn’t build this country," Biden said. The new construction could keep the economy running hot, coming on the heels of Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. But we have to get it done.”AdDemocratic leaders embraced Biden’s plan Wednesday.
The Latest: Twitter grilled about blocking a NY Post article
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – The latest news from a House committee questioning the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. ___2:30 p.m.Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, raised the long-running conservative talking point that Twitter, Facebook and Google are biased against conservative viewpoints and censor material based on political or religious viewpoints. Scalise highlighted Twitter’s blocking of a New York Post article on Hunter Biden, which CEO Jack Dorsey said was a mistake that the company corrected within 24 hours. AdThis would include product vice presidents of integrity, trust and safety and vice presidents of platform policy — at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (rather than Google, which owns YouTube) and perhaps an upstart like TikTok. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, CEO of YouTube parent Google, are facing questioning at a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
House OKs Dems' immigration bills for Dreamers, farm workers
They then voted 247-174 for a second measure creating similar protections for 1 million farm workers who have worked in the U.S. illegally. While Dreamers win wide public support and migrant farm workers are a backbone of the agriculture industry, both House bills face gloomy prospects in the evenly split Senate. Nine House Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the Dreamers measure but 30 GOP lawmakers backed the farm workers bill, giving it a more bipartisan hue. AdMaine Rep. Jared Golden's vote against the farm workers measure made him the only Democrat to oppose either bill. The other bill would let immigrant farm workers who've worked in the country illegally over the past two years get certified agriculture worker status.
Congress OKs $1.9T virus relief bill in win for Biden, Dems
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., pose after signing the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill during an enrollment ceremony on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Washington. “Help is here,” Biden tweeted moments after the roll call, which ended with applause from Democratic lawmakers. AdThe measure addresses Democrats’ campaign promises and Biden’s top initial priority of easing a one-two punch that first hit the country a year ago. According to a CNN poll released Wednesday, the relief bill is backed by 61% of Americans, including nearly all Democrats, 58% of independents and 26% of Republicans. On the relief bill, progressives had to swallow big concessions to solidify moderate support.
Florida Gov. DeSantis accused of favoritism in distributing Covid vaccine, Congress urged to investigate
Ron DeSantis over "alleged political favoritism" in his state's distribution of Covid-19 vaccine doses. Fried cited news reports of the three so-called pop-up vaccination sites. Fried cited other reports, too, of pop-up vaccination sites appearing in affluent neighborhoods reportedly connected to DeSantis' donors. It's the second time a Florida Democrat has called for a federal investigation into DeSantis' handling of the vaccine rollout. "As reported by multiple news outlets, the Governor is setting up 'pop-up' vaccination sites to deliver doses to select communities," Crist, another longtime DeSantis critic, wrote.cnbc.com
House Republicans divided as some members attempt to oust Liz Cheney
House Republicans are facing internal debate over whether to remove Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership post after she voted to impeach former President Trump for inciting the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Cheney was the most high profile and highest-ranking of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the former president. Representative Liz Cheney speaks during a news conference with other Republican members of the House of Representatives at the Capitol on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. Even Texas Representative Chip Roy – who is in the House Freedom Caucus with some of the members working to remove Cheney – stood by her. If two-thirds of House Republicans agree, they could move directly to a vote on the resolution.cbsnews.com
Impeachment could become defining moment for Liz Cheney
3 House Republican had already broken with the president on everything from mask-wearing during the coronavirus pandemic to pulling back American troops in Afghanistan. Defying Trump also carried the historical weight of coming from the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, a conservative force in Washington for decades. On a conference call with home-state reporters after Trump's impeachment, Cheney defended her decision saying, “I will continue to talk to and hear from my constituents all over Wyoming. Other top members of her own party have begun clamoring for Cheney to quit — or be voted out of — her post as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. “I’m not judging anybody on this,” said Utah Republican Rep. John Curtis.
What to watch as House moves to impeach Trump for 2nd time
What to watch as the Democratic-controlled House moves to impeach Trump for the second time in 13 months — now with just days left in the defeated president's term. “President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” reads part of the four-page impeachment bill. Unlike the last time Trump was impeached, when no House Republicans supported charges against Trump over a call he made to Ukraine's new president, the current impeachment effort has drawn support from some Republicans. In a move short of impeachment, McCarthy and other Republicans have floated the idea of a House censure of Trump. While debate on the House is often impassioned, emotions are expected to run unusually high as lawmakers debate impeachment.
Police officer's death intensifies Capitol siege questions
This undated image provided by the United States Capitol Police shows U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, of injuries sustained during the riot at the Capitol. During the struggle at the Capitol, Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, two law enforcement officials said. Protesters were urged by Trump during a rally near the White House earlier Wednesday to head to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were scheduled to confirm Biden’s presidential victory. One protester, a woman from California, was shot to death by Capitol Police, and there were dozens of arrests. Black lawmakers, in particular, noted the way the mostly white Trump supporters were treated.
Capitol siege by pro-Trump mob forces questions, ousters
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. The tragedy deepened late Thursday as a Capitol police officer injured in the melee died, the fifth death related to the riot. The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Brian D. Sicknick died from injuries sustained responding to the riot on Wednesday at the Capitol. The procedure allows for the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to declare the president unfit for office. Black lawmakers, in particular, noted the way the mostly white Trump supporters were treated.
Democrats tighten control with House rules changes
Democrats have freely used the new system, which maximized their voting participation while Republican leaders have urged their members to vote in person. The rules changes come as Democrats hold a bare majority in the House of fewer than a half-dozen seats, the narrowest margin of control in memory. Understanding the bundle of changes requires a dive into the arcane world of House rules and parliamentary maneuvering. The Democratic-imposed rules continue a years-long trend of eroding the powers of the House minority through revisions enacted every two years. “It is all designed to take away the voice of 48 percent of this House chamber,” said Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
Biden adviser Cedric Richmond says GOP lawmakers privately acknowledge Trump lost
Washington — Despite more than 100 House Republicans publicly lining up behind President Trump in his failed attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election, Congressman Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana who will join the White House as a senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, said GOP lawmakers acknowledge behind closed doors that Mr. Trump lost the presidency. "I talk to Republican members of Congress all the time," Richmond, who is close with Louisiana GOP Congressman Steve Scalise, said on "Face the Nation." "They say one thing privately, they say another thing publicly. The president attempted to join the lawsuit with Texas, and 106 House Republicans signed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of Paxton's bid. Despite their backing for the president in his failed attempt to overturn the results of the election, Richmond said Republicans recognize Mr. Biden's victory.cbsnews.com
Supreme Court rejects Republican attack on Biden victory
Kathy Kratt of Orlando, Fla., displays her Trump flags as she and other protesters demonstrate their support for President Donald Trump at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. Trump bemoaned the decision late Friday, tweeting: “The Supreme Court really let us down. Two days after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed his suit, Trump jumped into the high court case. “If the Supreme Court shows great Wisdom and Courage, the American People will win perhaps the most important case in history, and our Electoral Process will be respected again!” he tweeted Friday afternoon. Many Republican voters in several states won by Biden have demanded that their elected officials find a way to invalidate the president-elect's victories.
Probe: CDC official says she was ordered to delete emails
At issue is what happened last summer to an email sent to the CDC from a now-departed HHS adviser, Dr. Paul Alexander. She said she was ordered to delete it the following day, a Sunday. Kent testified that she believed the order to delete the email came from Redfield. Redfield said Thursday in a statement that “regarding the email in question, I instructed CDC staff to ignore Dr. Alexander’s comments. “I considered this to be very unusual,” she said, according to the partial transcript released by Clyburn.
House votes to decriminalize marijuana at federal level
This image from House Television shows the final vote, 228-164, in the House on passage of a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. (House Television via AP)WASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved a bill to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, reversing what supporters call a failed policy of criminalizing pot use and taking steps to address racial disparities in enforcement of federal drug laws. “Whatever one’s views are on the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal use, the policy of arrests, prosecution and incarceration at the federal level has proven unwise and unjust.″Drug reform advocates called the House vote historic, noting it is the first time comprehensive legislation to decriminalize marijuana has passed the full House or Senate. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., called the House bill an important racial justice measure. Instead of allowing a vote on the GOP bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is “actually focused more on legalizing pot,'' Scalise said.
Gun-toting congresswoman-elect may carry Glock at Capitol
The agency's officials did not answer directly when Democrats on the House Committee on Administration asked in 2018 how many lawmakers carry firearms in the Capitol. Aides can carry lawmakers’ weapons for them on the Capitol complex, he wrote. He said members and their staffs carry firearms around the Capitol “all the time,” though he mentioned no names. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., chairman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, justified letting lawmakers carry weapons. Its officers routinely arrest people caught trying to carry weapons at the Capitol.
Trump ally McCarthy is reelected leader of House Republicans
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks about House Republicans and the election, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. House Republicans are “the most united and energized” he's ever seen after their “historic political upset." McCarthy and his team are now among the remaining leaders from the tea party era, when House Republicans last controlled Congress. In the Trump era, House Republicans’ role receded as the White House often dominated the discussion and Republicans held the majority in the Senate. The House Republicans had to seek a waiver from the District of Columbia, which has restrictions on large gatherings.
Factbox: Coronavirus hits U.S. Congress, with first cases, quarantines
Representative Mario Diaz-BalartThe Florida Republican said on Wednesday that he tested positive after developing symptoms on Saturday. 3 House Republican, who had had a long meeting with Diaz-Balart. Senator Cory GardnerThe Colorado Republican was exposed to a visitor to his office who later tested positive. REUTERS/Yuri GripasThe South Carolina Republican, a close Trump ally, quarantined himself after being around an official who had tested positive. Senator Rick ScottThe Florida Republican announced he was self-quarantining after being at the presidents Florida golf resort with a Brazilian official who later tested positive.feeds.reuters.com
President Trump faces backlash after retweeting post revealing supposed whistleblower's name
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters in the Oval Office of the White House. President Donald Trump is facing backlash for retweeting over the weekend a post that revealed the name of the supposed whistleblower whose report triggered the Ukraine investigation that eventually led to Trump's impeachment. The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from CNBC. At the time, the White House had held up nearly $400 million in military aid and was dangling an official White House meeting between the two leaders in exchange for a promise to investigate the Bidens. Twitter in an email to CNBC said Trump's retweet is "not a violation of the Twitter Rules."cnbc.com
Sarah Palin's defamation suit against New York Times resurrected by appeals court
A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a judge's decision dismissing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for a 2017 editorial that suggested an image produced by Palin's political action committee incited the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona. The appeals court sent the case back to Rakoff, and directed the suit to proceed to the discovery phase, in which parties would begin taking depositions and collecting evidence from each other. That hearing was to assess whether Palin's defamation claim had "sufficient allegations of actual malice" by the Times. The Times editorial argued "that these two political shootings evidenced the 'vicious' nature of American politics," the appeals court ruling noted.cnbc.com