A group of 16 Democratic lawmakers, led by Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, wants President Joe Biden to create an Afghan Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council that would enlist Afghans already in the United States in assisting federal agencies in resettling their compatriots. In a letter sent to the White House Friday, the lawmakers said that the […] The post Democrats pressure Biden to welcome Afghan refugees appeared first on Roll Call.
There are no more migrants crowded under the Del Rio bridge in south Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday, days after viral images of Border Patrol agents using reins against Haitian asylum-seekers drew widespread condemnation. “As of this morning, there are no longer any migrants in the camp underneath the Del Rio international […] The post US clears encampment of Haitian migrants in Texas appeared first on Roll Call.
Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are gearing up for a grilling next week, as the Pentagon leaders prepare to testify before Congress. Representatives and senators are planning to question them about last month’s bloody exit from Afghanistan and a new book that says Milley called China to […] The post Pentagon leaders to face congressional gauntlet appeared first on Roll Call.
House leaders said Friday they’ll try to pass both major pieces of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda in their chamber next week in a high-stakes test of Democratic Party unity and resolve. But they aren’t making firm promises on timing. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would consider a bipartisan infrastructure package on Monday, though she left […] The post House votes on infrastructure, reconciliation hang in the balance appeared first on Roll Call.
The days are in the single digits for Congress to pass a government funding bill that keeps the lights on after next Thursday. In the meantime, members also discussed lesser prairie chickens, blueberry bills and their late-night antics during marathon markups. And Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., had a lot to say about Alabama. Also, try […] The post Blueberries, chickens and lamb-eat-lamb — Congressional Hits and Misses appeared first on Roll Call.
The Biden administration spent Friday morning trying to clear up confusion about who should receive a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot after days of back-and-forth debate between federal officials and their independent advisers. Varying decisions in the multistep process leading up to permission for a third shot created puzzlement but ultimately aligns the two leading public […] The post Biden administration defends booster shot decision amid confusion appeared first on Roll Call.
The past week has been a busy one for CQ Roll Call’s photojournalists, from Saturday’s rally for the jailed Jan. 6 insurrectionists to a visit to the Capitol by foreign leaders to the ongoing negotiations to pass a government funding bill, a reconciliation package and more. Here’s at look at the week in Washington: The post Photos of the week ending Sept. 24, 2021 appeared first on Roll Call.
Now that the House has passed the annual defense policy bill that authorizes $25 billion more than the Pentagon requested for the next fiscal year by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, appropriators must decide whether to match funding to the amounts authorized. After a long series of votes on amendments, the House passed the fiscal 2022 […] The post Hawks have upper hand as Pentagon spending debate looms appeared first on Roll Call.
The Senate worked the late shift Thursday, holding over a half dozen roll call votes on senior State Department nominees who had been blocked by a single Republican senator from Texas. None of the stalled diplomatic nominees were controversial. In a less partisan climate, they would have been swiftly confirmed weeks or months ago, saving senators a […] The post Schumer moves to break Cruz’s vise on diplomatic nominations appeared first on Roll Call.
Oregon’s state House meets this weekend to potentially finalize boundaries on a new congressional map, putting pressure on Senate Democrats clinging to high hopes of passing federal election and redistricting legislation. The Beaver State’s new map could be the first of the redistricting cycle so far, and may be quickly followed by a deluge of […] The post Without congressional action, states start drawing new maps appeared first on Roll Call.