CQ on Congress

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CQ's Shawn Zeller examines Capitol Hill's breaking news with the reporters, editors and sources that make CQ the leading news organization covering Washington.

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The Americans Paying More Taxes

February 15th, 2019


Tax season has begun and upper middle income taxpayers with incomes between $120,000 and $200,000 who live in states with high local taxes are the most likely to be among the five percent of taxpayers who paid more last …

MeToo Reconsidered: One Feminist on Equalizing Campus Sexual Assault Rules

February 8th, 2019


Patricia Hamill calls herself a feminist and a liberal Democrat, but as a defense attorney for students accused of sexual assault and harassment on …

Congress' Border Wall Funding Emergency

February 4th, 2019


Congressional negotiators are working to reach bipartisan agreement on a Homeland Security spending bill that can fend off another shutdown and thwart President Donald Trump's threat of declaring a national emergency, …

Why Republicans Bucked Trump on Afghanistan and Syria

February 1st, 2019


CQ senior defense writer John M. Donnelly and Michael Rubin, a former Middle East adviser in George W. Bush's administration who's now a resident …

Shutdown Ends but its Damage Will Last

January 25th, 2019


CQ Homeland Security Editor Patrick B. Pexton discusses the details of the deal between President Donald Trump and lawmakers to end the shutdown. Max Stier, president of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, …

Furloughed Government Contractors to Congress: 'Pay Us Too'

January 18th, 2019


Tens of thousands of government contractors are out of work and their employers are losing millions in revenue because of the partial government shutdown. Alan Chvotkin of the Professional Services Council,  a …

EU to Move First on Crypto Rules. Will US Follow?

January 9th, 2019


European officials are expected to fire the first shot in the regulation of cryptocurrencies, with recommendations on what should be done to protect …

Pelosi Stresses Climate Action, But Activists Push for More

January 4th, 2019


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls climate change "an existential threat" and has established a committee to look for solutions. CQ reporter Elvina …

Sen. Tester Targets Dark Money

December 21st, 2018


Congress on Cusp of Criminal Justice Changes In Year-End Surprise

December 14th, 2018


We take a deep dive into the criminal sentencing and prison programming overhaul Congress is expected to pass this year, which is shaping up to be a …

Pelosi's Concessions Will Change the Way Laws Are Made

December 7th, 2018


In seeking to solidify her bid for House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi promised members of the Problem Solvers Caucus she'd guarantee floor time for bills …

Pelosi Wins First Round Against Dissidents

November 30th, 2018


Nancy Pelosi has won the House Democratic Caucus' nomination to return as speaker in January, proving herself a formidable opponent to those in the …

Why Nancy Pelosi Won't Back Down

November 16th, 2018


The first woman to serve as Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, wants to return to the job now that Democrats control the chamber again. Dissenters …

Meet the Democrats Who Took the House

November 9th, 2018


The Democrats who won a House majority on Election Day are a diverse group with compelling life stories. Two CQ reporters, Mary Ellen McIntire and Greg Tourial, profile three of the most interesting members of the class …

Fox News' Shannon Bream on the Record

November 2nd, 2018


Shannon Bream, host of Fox News @ Night, answers the tough questions about Fox's ideological approach to journalism amid growing public concern about …

What Will Happen if the Democrats Win

October 26th, 2018


CQ senior writer Kate Ackley says Democrats agree on a few policy bills, from a lobbying and campaign finance overhaul to an increase in the minimum …

Why Angry Senators Are Ready to Break Up With Saudi Arabia

October 19th, 2018


Senators are considering several options to punish Saudi Arabia over the suspected murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says CQ foreign …

Congressional Staffers Speak Out

October 12th, 2018


Shawn Zeller recaps the results of CQ's Capitol Insiders Survey, a poll of congressional staffers about the midterms and other topics, with expert …

Bipartisan Opioids Bill Explained

October 5th, 2018


CQ Health reporter Sandhya Raman explains what's in the sweeping opioids bill that Congress cleared on Oct. 3 – just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the issue before the November midterm elections.

An Anita Hill Skeptic Doubts Kavanaugh

September 28th, 2018


Legal analyst Stuart Taylor Jr., a well known critic of the fairness of rape investigations, to men, says Christine Blasey Ford was credible enough, and Brett Kavanaugh evasive enough, to give senators reason to vote …

How to Read Midterm Polls

September 21st, 2018


While Washington is obsessed with the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, voters — Republicans and Democrats— are more concerned about the …

Trump's FDA Takes on Tobacco

September 14th, 2018


In an administration proud of its deregulatory approach, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has defied the trend. He's proposed to mandate lower …

Anti-Trump Fervor Puts Senate in Play

September 7th, 2018


Democrats "definitely have a chance to win the Senate,'' election analyst Nathan Gonzales tells CQ on Congress. He maps out where Democrats can pick up Senate seats in the midterm elections as well as which races they …

Congress Expands Oversight of Social Media

August 31st, 2018


Twitter, Facebook and possibly Google executives are preparing to testify before Senate and House committees next week over concerns that foreign …

Battle Lines for the Supreme Court

August 24th, 2018


Democrats are pushing for a delay in upcoming confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, arguing that Kavanaugh …

Do Debt and Deficits Matter? It Depends on Who's Minding U.S. Fiscal Policy

August 16th, 2018


The Congressional Budget Office recently revised its earlier, already dire warning that the national debt will be 150% larger than the entire U.S. …

Space Farce? The Challenges of Creating a New Military Department in Just 2 Years

August 10th, 2018


CQ editor Patrick B. Pexton talks with writer Andrew Clevinger about all the steps needed to create the Space Force. The biggest challenge? A two-year NDAA, waiting on the president's desk to sign when he returns from …

Isn't That Special... Special Election Season Wraps

August 8th, 2018


There have been 11 special elections for the U.S. Congress in the last two years, and they all have one thing in common: Democrats have performed …

A GOP Congress Tries to Limit Its Republican President on Foreign Policy

August 3rd, 2018


Lawmakers seem to be finally feeling their checks-and-balances oats, as members of both the House and Senate, from both parties, begin passing some …

House Lawmakers Leave Town With Much to Do Before Midterms

July 27th, 2018


The House is officially on recess and Roll Call leadership reporter Lindsey McPherson unpacks all the legislation lawmakers will need to tackle when …

The Capitol Shooting That Changed Everything

July 25th, 2018


July 24, 1998 changed everything on Capitol Hill. The shooting and ensuing deaths of two Capitol police officers left a scar on the close-knit …

Why Congress Has a Russia Problem

July 20th, 2018


Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have denounced President Donald Trump's accommodation of Russia's Vladimir Putin, but as CQ foreign policy …

Two Senators on How They Got a Bipartisan Farm Bill

July 13th, 2018


 "I'm all for principles, but I'm not an ideologue," says Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas in explaining why he wrote a farm bill …

Over the Moon for the Mission to Mars

July 6th, 2018


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is in charge of realizing President Trump's plan to put an astronaut on Mars by 2033. He says it's doable, albeit visionary. He talks to CQ's Shawn Zeller about why the mission is …

On Civility, the Resistance Splits

June 29th, 2018


Two political strategists, Democrat Ryan Clancy and Republican Rory Cooper, question whether progressives' anger will help Democrats at the polls, …

An Immigration Hardliner's Reasoning

June 22nd, 2018


Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says tough border policies are crucial to helping low-skilled workers in …

Some Red States Coming Around to Obamacare

June 15th, 2018


Voters in some GOP-leaning states will get a chance to adopt the 2010 health care law's Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative this November while others may elect governors who support it, says CQ health care reporter …

Cake Case Leaves Gay Rights Questions Unanswered

June 8th, 2018


CQ Supreme Court Reporter Todd Ruger and University of Colorado Law Professor Craig Konnoth say that the Supreme Court victory of a Colorado baker, …

Putting Trump's Immigration Crackdown in Context

June 1st, 2018


President Donald Trump's move to criminally prosecute migrants crossing the border illegally, and to separate them from their children, aims to end the longstanding practice of releasing immigrants into the country, …

Why the Made-for-TV Summit With North Korea Flopped

May 25th, 2018


President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un marks a failure of communications and messaging by both sides says Jenny Town, managing editor of the think tank 38 …

Trump Misses NAFTA Deadline

May 18th, 2018


President Donald Trump's trade agenda is in disarray after his negotiators failed to reach a deal to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico by May 17, when congressional Republicans said …

Conservatives Fight Trump on Trade When Congress Won't

May 11th, 2018


As tensions mount over several Trump administration trade initiatives, CQ's Shawn Zeller talks with Bryan Riley of the National Taxpayers Union, which is part of a coalition of conservative groups that oppose President …

Opioid Legislation on Deck

May 4th, 2018


Legislation aimed at helping communities deal with the opioid addiction crisis is moving through the Senate and House, despite Democrats' disgruntlement about the process. CQ health reporter Sandhya Raman provides …

Trump's Iran Deadline Is Nearly Here

April 27th, 2018


President Trump has set a May 12 deadline for deciding whether to pull out of the 2015 deal with Iran to rollback its nuclear program. He has harshly …

New Climate Change Threats Alarm Scientists

April 20th, 2018


A CQ Magazine special report this week examines alarming new consequences of climate change, such as beetles killing trees, coral reef die-offs and food losing nutritional value. Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of …

Pentagon Reluctant to Enter Syrian War

April 13th, 2018


Defense Secretary James Mattis fears wider U.S. involvement in Syria could "spiral out of control," even as President Donald Trump is threatening a …

How Congress Could Force Facebook to Strengthen Data Privacy

April 6th, 2018


Three congressional committees are set to grill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on its neglect of its customers' data privacy. CQ cybersecurity reporter Gopal Ratnam previews the questioning, while Allie Bohm of the …

Trump Now Managing His Own Show

March 23rd, 2018


With a shakeup in administration staffing, President Donald Trump has purged aides who tried to manage him, replacing them with aides whose hardline …

Banking Deregulation in the Air

March 16th, 2018


CQ banking reporter Doug Sword explains the state of play as Republicans (and some Democrats) try to relax banking regulations enacted during the …

The Risks to Trump's Unconventional Approach to Tariffs, North Korea

March 9th, 2018


CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson and defense reporter John M. Donnelly spell out the risks posed by President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and his agreement to meet with North …

Russia Meddles, Trump Fiddles, Midterms in Peril

March 2nd, 2018


Adm. Michael Rogers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the Defense Department believes Russia …

A Twist in the Gun Control Debate

February 23rd, 2018


Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wants Congress to toughen background checks, but not if it also means …

Pentagon Aims at Russia, China With Big Budget Boost

February 16th, 2018


Congress' budget deal gives the Pentagon the money it says it needs to deter the world's other great powers. CQ defense reporter Andrew Clevenger and Mandy Smithberger of the Project on Government Oversight discuss …

The GOP's Fiscally Toxic Combo

February 9th, 2018


Bob Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan group that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington, explains how …

Roadblocks to Rebuilding America's Roads and Bridges

February 2nd, 2018


President Trump says he wants a $1.5 trillion to rebuild America's roads, bridges and other infrastructure, but differences over how to pay for it …

Trump's Tangled War on Trade

January 26th, 2018


CQ trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson looks at whether President Donald Trump will impose more tariffs and withdraw from more international trade agreements in 2018, or pursue a more moderate path.

Surveillance Is Back

January 19th, 2018


Congress disregarded concerns about government surveillance of Americans and on Jan. 18 reauthorized a controversial anti-terrorism law. CQ cybersecurity editor Patrick Pexton explains how the security hawks beat the …

Immigration Imbroglio

January 12th, 2018


CQ immigration reporters Camila DeChalus and Dean DeChiaro dig into the complications of finding an agreement to safeguard immigrants with special protections while funding a border wall demanded by the Trump …

The Senate GOP's Math Problem

January 5th, 2018


The Week Ahead Podcast is now CQ on Congress. New look but same great show.    CQ Senate reporter, Niels Lesniewski, says the Senate Republican majority, now just one seat, will struggle to pass legislation and confirm …

Opportunity to Flip Congress?

December 22nd, 2017

Roll Call political reporters Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé dissect the political landscape in 2018 when all 435 House seats and 34 in the Senate …

Why Net Neutrality Isn't Dead Yet

December 15th, 2017


Internet service providers say they'd like Congress to pass a law mandating net neutrality now that the Federal Communications Commission has …

Tax Bill Would Cost Charities Billions

December 8th, 2017


Jamie Tucker of Independent Sector, which represents charities from The Red Cross to the Salvation Army, says the GOP tax bill could reduce …

The Consequences of Dismantling America's Diplomatic Corps

December 1st, 2017


CQ foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald and defense editor Patrick  B. Pexton discuss the turmoil at the State Department and what Congress can do …

Tax Bills Stir Anxiety in Largest Generation - Millennials

November 24th, 2017


Millennials are the largest living generation and are just starting their careers, so the GOP's tax plan would affect them all of their working …

Trip Wires Await the GOP Tax Proposals

November 17th, 2017


Roll Call reporters Lindsey McPherson and Niels Lesniewski, who cover the House and Senate, walk us through the hurdles that Republicans have to …

What Businesses Have to Gain From the Tax Overhaul

November 10th, 2017


Rachelle Bernstein of the National Retail Federation and a long time voice on tax policy around Capitol Hill explains what businesses, large and …

The GOP Tax Plan Unpacked

November 3rd, 2017


In a special episode of The Week Ahead and Budget Tracker Extra podcasts, CQ journalists Shawn Zeller, David Lerman and Peter Cohn take a deep dive …

Congress Aims to Rein In Government Snoops

October 27th, 2017


A bipartisan cast of lawmakers, including Sen. Ron Wyden, plan to curtail the government's surveillance powers that must be renewed by the end of the year, says CQ intelligence reporter Gopal Ratnam.  

America's Iran Quandary and Why Money Can't Prevent Military Mishaps

October 20th, 2017


CQ foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald and Kelsey Davenport of the Arms Control Association explain why Congress is in no rush to change the Iran …

Trump Upends Obamacare

October 13th, 2017


Foiled in Congress, President Donald Trump made far-reaching changes to the 2010 health care law that could make insurance more affordable for some, …

The Trump Doctrine on Foreign Policy

October 6th, 2017


Donald Trump, the candidate, pledged to withdraw from foreign conflicts. As president, he has done the opposite, taking on North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Afghanistan. CQ Defense Editor Patrick Pexton and Reporter Patrick …

High Court to Weigh In on Gay Rights, Redistricting and Immigration

September 29th, 2017


CQ legal affairs writer Todd Ruger drills down on the cases before the Supreme Court this new term and the justices who may tip the scales.

Latest Obamacare Repeal Bill Unravels

September 22nd, 2017


Sen. John McCain's opposition to the latest Republican bill to repeal Obamacare may well kill it, says Roll Call Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski. CQ …

Trump's Immigration Reversal Risks GOP Revolt

September 15th, 2017


CQ immigration editor Catalina Camia explains why President Trump and Democrats are working on a deal to help 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants stay in the country, and why that angers many of Trump's biggest …

New Capitol Hill Trifecta

September 8th, 2017


CQ's budget editor David Lerman and Senate leadership reporter Niels Lesniewski explain the policy and political impact of the deal struck between …

Trump Agenda Rests on Tax Overhaul

September 1st, 2017


President Donald Trump will meet with top House and Senate leaders after Labor Day in an effort to reach consensus on tax legislation. After a bruising defeat on health care, he’s counting on a tax bill to revive his …

Podcast: Trump Upends Congress’ Fall Agenda

August 25th, 2017


President Trump’s speech in Phoenix on August 22, in which he threatened a government shutdown and criticized Republican lawmakers, isn’t going to help Congress, which has struggled to pass legislation, get back on …

U.S, Mexico and Canada Start Work on the Trade Deal That Trump Put at Center of His Campaign

August 18th, 2017


The U.S., Mexico and Canada started renegotiating the trade deal that candidate Donald Trump said had to be torn up or renegotiated. Lawmakers want him to first do no harm.

Why You Shouldn’t Be Alarmed Over North Korea...Yet

August 11th, 2017


President Trump’s fiery rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program should not be taken seriously just yet, says CQ Roll Call’s foreign policy …

Inside the Senate’s Struggle With Civility

August 3rd, 2017


Senators are heading home for summer break, after a health care implosion highlighted the partisan ill will that’s festered all year. Ed Pesce, who edits CQ’s Senate coverage, explains how hardline GOP procedural …

Trump and GOP Lawmakers at Odds

July 28th, 2017


The demise of the Republican health care bill has added to a growing list of disagreements between President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, from the future of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Russia …

On Russia, Congress Looks at the Collusion Question

July 21st, 2017


Lawmakers will likely hear from three key figures in the Russia investigation next week, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, his son, Donald …

How the GOP is Shopping for Health Bill Votes

July 14th, 2017


Republican lawmakers, by keeping two Obamacare taxes on the wealthy, hope to mute Democratic arguments that their health care plan would take away …

Congress Has Air Traffic Control and Passenger Woes on its Radar

July 7th, 2017


Lawmakers are debating legislation that would put air traffic control into private hands, provide protections to airline passengers and regulate …

Trump's Travel Ban Tests Family Ties

June 30th, 2017


CQ Roll Call reporters Dean DeChiaro and Gopal Ratnam explain the latest on President Donald Trump's travel ban, which went into partial effect June …

Obamacare in Peril

June 23rd, 2017


CQ's health reporter Kerry Young and magazine editor Shawn Zeller explain the consequences of the draft health care bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who can cement his legislative legacy by …

Inside the Senate’s Secret Health Care Talks

June 16th, 2017


Capping Medicaid payments is just one of several ideas Republican senators are kicking around as they struggle to fashion a health care bill to …

In Comey We Trust?

June 9th, 2017


Lawmakers could be in for more drama in the days ahead as they are expected to question other Trump administration officials following the testimony …

Comey Ready to Talk

June 2nd, 2017


Ex-FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify on June 8 at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the conversations with President …

Trump Budget a Shock to Farmers, Needy and Environment

May 26th, 2017


President Donald Trump's first budget calls for mammoth cuts to programs that benefit everyone from farmers to the poor to offset a boost to the …

A Special Counsel for Russia

May 19th, 2017


Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is now leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the special counsel's work will likely eclipse four concurrent congressional investigations, says CQ …

All the Russia Probes Dogging the President

May 12th, 2017


Congressional investigations, as well as the FBI's, into Russian interference in the 2016 election are ongoing, but what will happen to them now that …

Vexed by North Korea

May 5th, 2017


Plans to confront the nuclear threat from North Korea include building a missile defense system in Hawaii, say CQ Roll Call's defense reporters Megan …

Another Attempt to Undo Obamacare, Another Set of Problems

April 28th, 2017


The new effort by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare helped secure conservative votes, says CQ Roll Call health editor Rebecca Adams, but it …

The Long Road Ahead to Fixing America’s Transportation System

April 21st, 2017


President Donald Trump wants to invest $1 trillion into the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, tunnels and airports, as well as into drinking water, …

Democrats Turning Up the Heat to Flip a Georgia District

April 14th, 2017


This could be the Democrats best chance, says CQ Roll Call reporters Simone Pathé and Greg Tourial, to flip Georgia's 6th District, where …

Why Trump is Slow-Walking His Trade Policy

April 7th, 2017


President Donald Trump is taking his time reshaping his trade policies, says CQ Roll Call's trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson. She provides valuable …

Why You Shouldn't Count On the Trump Tax Cuts

March 31st, 2017


President Trump has promised big tax cuts but as CQ Roll Call's tax editor Catalina Camia explains a tangled web of interests and Republican disunity …

Border Wall Design Begins and Guess Who Is Paying? Not Mexico.

March 24th, 2017


Catch-up here on what is happening with President Donald Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown and plan to build a border wall, including its price …

House Russia Inquiry Goes Public With FBI, NSA

March 17th, 2017


In a highly anticipated hearing, the House Intelligence Committee's investigation of Russia's election meddling makes its public debut with lawmakers set to press the directors of the FBI and the NSA about the Kremlin's …

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