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CQ, formerly Congressional Quarterly, is the gold standard for authoritative, nonpartisan congressional news. Every week, CQ on Congress hosted by Shawn Zeller brings you inside the halls of the House and Senate for an insightful, smart discussion into pressing policy and political debates. CQ's gav… read more

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House impeachment advocates gain traction

May 24th, 2019


Democrat Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee that would lead an impeachment inquiry, says he believes President …

Lawmakers seek solutions in Venezuela, Iran

May 17th, 2019


Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell criticizes President Trump's strategy to oust Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and touts a …

Higher tariffs on Chinese goods spark call for Congress to intervene

May 10th, 2019


The continuing damage to businesses and farmers from the trade stand off between China and the U.S. is a sign that Congress needs to reinsert itself …

Why Democrats haven't passed a minimum wage bill

May 3rd, 2019


Democratic presidential candidates and most House Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2024, a …

The GOP's 2020 Agenda, or Lack Thereof

April 26th, 2019


Jonathan Miller talks about his new CQ Magazine cover story on the Republicans' decision, thus far, to ignore policy proposals in their 2020 …

Mueller Report's Second Act: Congressional Scrutiny

April 18th, 2019


CQ legal affairs reporter Todd Ruger says House Democrats now have plenty of leads from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report to investigate, especially as to whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.


Assessing the New Tax Law as April 15 Arrives

April 12th, 2019


Taxes are due on April 15 and Americans are finding out how the 2017 law affected them. Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, …

How Congress Helps Companies Hire Foreign Workers Over Americans

April 5th, 2019


Under pressure from a bipartisan group of senators, the Homeland Security Department last month increased the number of visas available for foreign guest workers seeking to toil in America's seasonal industries, from …

Why Progressives Are Ready to Ditch Obamacare

March 29th, 2019


The 2010 health care law has left tens of millions uninsured, leading to a groundswell of support from the left for a single-payer system, or "Medicare for All." CQ health care reporter Mary Ellen McIntire explains why …

Big Tech's Breakup With Democrats

March 22nd, 2019


Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, but especially Democrats, are saying that the government should intervene to rein in, or even break up, tech …

Navy Spends Epically on Shoddy Ships

March 15th, 2019


For the U.S. Navy, buying warships that are defective, unfinished or both has become the norm. The habit is expensive, dangerous and leaves …

Two Takes on Rep. Omar, Democrats and Israel

March 8th, 2019


Janeen Rashmawi of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and Logan Bayroff of the pro-Israel group J Street worry that Congress is losing sight of the bigger issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict …

Challenges for Trump's Democratic Overseers

March 1st, 2019


Democrats have ramped up oversight of President Donald Trump and his administration with hearings on Trump's finances, the Russia inquiry, the …

Rants Aside, Trump Scores Big With Congress

February 22nd, 2019


The latest edition of CQ's study of congressional voting comes out in CQ Magazine on Feb. 25 and the authors, CQ reporters John Bennett and Jonathan Miller, explain that Congress voted as Trump wanted at record levels …

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


Democrats plan to make so-called "good government" laws to tighten campaign finance and lobbying rules a priority in the new Congress. Democrat Jon …

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 …

GOP's Achilles' Heel: Medicaid

March 10th, 2017


As Republicans push full steam ahead with repealing and replacing Obamacare, cuts in Medicaid may become an issue that could not only further divide …

FCC Moves to Weaken Internet Privacy Safeguards

March 3rd, 2017


CQ Roll Call's privacy reporter Paul Merrion explains why the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is moving to dismantle broadband …

The Washington Establishment Awaits, Anxiously, Trump’s First Address to Congress

February 24th, 2017


President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 and no one knows what to expect from this most unpredictable of presidents. It’s another episode in the Washington reality show that is Trump’s …

The New Liberal Tea Party and What it Can Learn From its Foes

February 17th, 2017


Democrats and liberals hoping to build a movement against the policies of President Donald Trump should take a page out of the Tea Party's 2010 …

The Public Education of Betsy DeVos

February 10th, 2017


After a bruising Senate confirmation process, Betsy DeVos is now Education Department chief. But she still has a lot of distrust to overcome, says CQ …

How Trump and His Supreme Court Pick Could Clash Over Religion

February 3rd, 2017


Based on federal appellate court Judge Neil Gorsuch’s previous rulings in religious cases, President Donald Trump could find himself at odds with his …

The Prickly Road Ahead for Repealing Obamacare

January 27th, 2017


CQ Roll Call Health reporter Joe Williams brings us up to speed on the developments of Republican efforts to decimate Obamacare, what came out of the …

NAFTA, Consumer Regulations on Trump's Undo List

January 20th, 2017


President Donald Trump is likely to use executive orders to address Obama administration regulations and long-standing concerns about the North …

Spooked by Russia

January 13th, 2017


CQ Roll Call’s national security reporter Ryan Lucas separates fact from fiction on all the Russia-related reports that have thrown the nation’s …

Congress Set to Revoke Last-Minute Obama Regulations ... But There's a Risk

January 13th, 2017


CQ Roll Call's Senate leadership reporter Niels Lesniewski walks us through how the GOP-controlled Congress can roll out the Congressional Review Act …

Steps to Repealing Obamacare and the Republican Stragglers ​

January 6th, 2017


CQ Roll Call's resident budget guru Paul Krawzak spells out the steps Republicans will take to achieve a repeal of Obamacare. The fast-track …

GOP’s Ethics Debacle Could Keep Focus on Trump

January 4th, 2017


House Republicans’ late night, closed-door effort to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics gave Democrats a winning messaging tool, says CQ Roll …

Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick for Justice Department Could Preview Supreme Court Battle

December 16th, 2016


Even before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, the Senate will move forward with a hearing on Trump’s nomination of Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions to head the Justice Department, which has already inspired …

CIA Russian Hacking Assessment Roils Congress

December 13th, 2016


CQ Roll Call's National Security reporter Ryan Lucas explains how Republicans and Democrats reach sometimes conflicting conclusions about whether the …

Repealing Obamacare Could Undermine New Mental Health Initiative

December 7th, 2016


Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey discusses his fear that a bipartisan $6.3 billion health package that would also overhaul the …

Why Nancy Pelosi Will Have to Put Out Fires in Her Caucus

November 30th, 2016


She withstood a leadership challenge, but that doesn’t mean Nancy Pelosi can coast as the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, says CQ Roll …

Pentagon Worried by Trump's Funding Request

November 27th, 2016


Congress has until Dec. 9 to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. But Trump has asked that the temporary spending bill be extended to March 31, a …

The GOP's Tool to Fast Track Trump’s Plans, Privatize Medicare

November 17th, 2016


Republican lawmakers could use a decades-old procedural maneuver, known as reconciliation, to bypass Democratic opposition and accelerate Donald …

Why Trump’s Drive to Replace Obamacare Faces a Bumpy Ride

November 15th, 2016


With control of the White House and Congress, Republicans can easily repeal big parts of President Obama’s health care law, but finding alternatives …

President-elect Trump:Now Comes the Hard Part

November 9th, 2016


President-elect Donald Trump will have to rely on some key congressional players to ease his transition into the White House, say CQ Roll Call’s …

Trump Effect Could Be Felt Long After Election Day

November 8th, 2016


Roll Call columnists Patricia Murphy and Matt Lewis reflect on the nasty presidential campaign, how it changed some of the norms of politics and the …

Seven Cliffhanger Races That Will Decide Which Party Takes the Senate

November 3rd, 2016


The outcome of tight Senate races in Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will determine which party …

Obamacare Premium Hikes a Headache for Policymakers

October 27th, 2016


CQ Roll Call's Erin Mershon goes beyond the headlines and breaks down in detail why insurance is going to cost more next year under the 2010 health …

The Next U.S. President's Challenges in Iraq and Syria

October 24th, 2016


The U.S.-backed military campaign in Iraq to drive the Islamic State from the city of Mosul is expected to succeed, but it could open the door to a …

Women Could Make Up a Quarter of the Senate Next Year

October 18th, 2016


If Democrats sweep on Election Day, the group of newly elected U.S. senators will be  disproportionately female, better educated and not as white as …

GOP Assesses Damage After Trump’s Lewd Comments

October 12th, 2016


Republicans are polling to see if their House and Senate candidates have been tainted by Donald Trump’s crude comments about women captured on video, …

How Republicans Can Lose the Senate

October 7th, 2016


Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and …

Thorny Issues Await a Divided Supreme Court

September 30th, 2016


The Supreme Court begins its new term with several hot-button issues to consider, says CQ Roll Call's Legal Affairs writer Todd Ruger. A justice to …

Flint Aid Averts Government Shutdown

September 28th, 2016


A deal to fund the government until December 9 all came down to House Republicans giving in to Democratic demands to help Flint, Michigan, address …

Clinton, Trump Battle on Long Island

September 23rd, 2016


Jonathan Allen, Roll Call columnist and co-author of the New York Times best-seller HRC:State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton, sets up …

Government Stopgap & Impeaching The Tax Guy

September 16th, 2016


With fewer than two weeks left to fund the government past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, deal-making in Congress is in overdrive, says CQ Roll …

GOP Tries to Defang Agency That Fined Wells Fargo

September 15th, 2016


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created after the 2008 financial crisis just fined Wells Fargo millions of dollars for creating unauthorized …

Funding Feud, Political Plotting & Deadly Drugs

September 9th, 2016


Three weeks before the government runs out of money, Congress has two options: a three-month extension of current spending favored by most lawmakers or a six-month fix pushed by a group of House conservatives, says CQ …

Spending Fights Await Lawmakers & Anti-Establishment Fervor Doesn't Trickle Down Ballot

August 31st, 2016


With little possibility of any of the 12 spending bills getting done to prevent a government shutdown, lawmakers return to consider stopgap tricks to fund the government beyond September 30. The question is for how …

Congress' Geek Caucus Tackles Tech

August 12th, 2016


Congress is grappling with a plethora of technology-related legislation that appears to be headed nowhere fast, in part because of concerns over …

How to Dump Trump

August 11th, 2016


Many have asked what it would take to remove Donald Trump from the GOP ticket and nominate a new presidential candidate. CQ Roll Call’s senior Senate …

Is Russia Trying to Manipulate the U.S. Elections?

August 1st, 2016


The alleged hacking of Democratic party computer systems by Russian interests pose a dilemma for U.S. officials tasked with looking for the source of …

TPP Trade Pact Drives Wedge in Democratic Party

July 29th, 2016



The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has become a thorny issue for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Democratic …

After Political Stars Set Stage, Hillary Clinton Moves Into History's Spotlight

July 28th, 2016


The third night of the Democratic National Convention was devoted to A-list speakers –from President Barack Obama to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg - whose rousing speeches were filled with praise for Hillary …

Democrats Look to Obama to Cap Unity Bid After Historic Hillary Clinton Nomination

July 27th, 2016


From Philadelphia, CQ Roll Call’s Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and Senior Editor David Hawkings recap and reflect on the historic events on the …

First Lady, Sanders Make Case for Clinton Amid Rebellious Bernie Supporters

July 26th, 2016

Catch up on the tumultuous first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with CQ Roll Call's Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and …

How Women Can Help Clinton Win. And It's Not What You Think.

July 22nd, 2016


With the Democratic National Convention ahead, CQ Roll Call’s Adriel Bettelheim and Shawn Zeller look at how much feminism will propel Hillary …

Cruz Douses Republican Talk of Unity

July 21st, 2016


Texas Sen Ted. Cruz has cast a shadow over the last day of the Republican National Convention after he was booed off stage Wednesday night for refusing to endorse Donald Trump for president. This memorable moment also …

Congressional Leaders Call for Unity, Give Trump Tepid Support

July 20th, 2016


Amid the bluster Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention, there was also another message, says senior CQ Roll Call Editor David Hawkings. …

Echoes of Michelle Obama in Melania Trump's RNC Speech

July 19th, 2016




Controversy hung over the opening night of the Republican National Convention as parts of Melania Trump's speech were nearly identical to one Michelle Obama delivered in 2008. Anti-Trump delegates also …

How White Voters Can Elect Trump President

July 15th, 2016


To kick off our Republican National Convention coverage, CQ Roll Call's Adriel Bettelheim and CQ Magazine Senior Editor Shawn Zeller consider where …

Conservatives Ready to Surrender Passing Spending Bills

July 8th, 2016


Congress has been unable thus far to send the president any of the 12 spending bills to stave off a government shutdown Sept. 30 and lawmakers are …

Congress' Post-Holiday Headache:Guns, Mental Health & Financial Regulations

July 1st, 2016


A slew of tough issues await lawmakers upon their return from Fourth of July recess. CQ Roll Call's editors and reporters break it down. Barring …

Brexit, the Supreme Court and Spending Mayhem on Capitol HIll

June 24th, 2016


The Supreme Court decides high-profile cases on abortion and political corruption, reports CQ's Todd Ruger, while Kellie Mejdrich explains how …

Guns, Surveillance and How Trump’s Rhetoric Could Boomerang

June 17th, 2016


Efforts by Democrats to push through gun-control legislation will dominate the Senate next week and could throw yet another wrench into passage of …

Orlando Spurs Lawmakers to Focus on Homegrown Extremism and Guns

June 13th, 2016


The United States spends close to $11 million a day bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. But as CQ Roll Call’s Domestic Threats reporter …

Zika and LGBT Issues Among the Many Battles Facing Congress

June 10th, 2016


Another busy week awaits Congress with a slew of issues likely to tie up lawmakers, including how much to spend to combat the Zika virus and whether the Justice Department risks a budget cut over the transgender …

Frequent 'Poison Pills' Are Grinding Congress to a Halt

June 7th, 2016


CQ Roll Call's Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and CQ Magazine Deputy Editor Jason Dick break down how so-called ''poison pill'' amendments get the …

Zika Response, Health Law Oversight and Obama's Lasting Legacy

June 3rd, 2016


Congress returns to face leftover debates over how much to spend to combat the Zika virus and whether aspects of Obamacare have legal standing. Also …

Fights Over LGBT Issues Threaten Congress’ Spending Plans

May 27th, 2016


Congress is wrestling with spending bills to fund the government by September 30, a goal likely to fall short. Managing Editor Adriel Bettelheim and Budget Reporter Kellie Mejdrich explain why. Legal Affairs Writer Todd …

Is Congress Unqualified to Tackle Tech Issues?

May 26th, 2016


Congress is wrestling with a slew of tech issues from encryption to email privacy. Are lawmakers out of their league? CQ Roll Call’s Managing Editor …

Why Japan Fears Trump More Than It Does China

May 25th, 2016


As President Barack Obama heads to Japan for a summit of leaders of the Group of Seven, the world's biggest economic powers, CQ Roll Call's foreign …

Fireworks On Defense, Trump’s Campaign Cash & Puerto Rico's Last-Gasp

May 20th, 2016


Arizona Republican John McCain is expected to shake up the defense policy bill heading to the Senate floor with proposals likely to meet fierce …

Congress Has Caught the Zika Bug

May 18th, 2016


Both the House and the Senate are considering emergency bills to combat the Zika virus that the Obama administration says is the next big public …

Big Defense Bill to Dominate Congress and Trump Talks Money with GOP

May 13th, 2016


A big defense bill including making women eligible for the draft and approving new weapons will dominate a week of action in Congress that also …

GOP's Slow Embrace of Trump; Congress Tackles Opioid Epidemic

May 11th, 2016


House Speaker Paul Ryan’s first face-to-face and likely awkward meeting on Capitol Hill with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump could play a role …

Trump Looms Large as Congress Returns to Debate Zika Funds and More

May 6th, 2016


Lawmakers return from recess but Donald Trump will loom large in the halls of Congress. CQ Roll Call reporters Ryan McCrimmon and Andrew Siddons …

Congress Eyes Expanding Draft To Women

May 3rd, 2016


In an unexpected move, lawmakers on a House committee backed a proposal to require women to register for the Selective Service, subjecting them to …

GOP Troubles Are Just Beginning

April 29th, 2016

Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg explains why down-ballot Republican candidates could be in trouble because of Donald Trump's frontrunner status. …

Lawmakers to Pull All-Nighter on Defense Bill

April 26th, 2016


Showdown looms over efforts to dip
into a special war fund to bypass spending caps. CQ Roll Call's
national security reporter Megan Scully has the …

Zika, Cliffhanger Races in Maryland and Pennsylvania & Budget Landmines

April 22nd, 2016


Our reporters and editors weigh in on President Obama's latest fight with Congress over dedicating money to fight Zika virus, the presidential primaries and why did little-known donor Donald Sussman spend $2.1 million …

E-Cigarette Users Find Friends in GOP

April 19th, 2016


Republicans in Congress could immunize many electronic cigarette products from impending regulations by using a spending bill to shield not only …

FCC And GOP Wage War

April 15th, 2016


Tensions are rising between the Federal Communications Commission and Republicans in Congress who want to curtail its regulatory power. On one front, …

Pentagon Wastes Billions On Underused Facilities

April 15th, 2016


A quarter of U.S. military facilities are falling apart, according to a new Senate report that comes on the heels of an unusually candid Pentagon document acknowledging that about a third of Army and Air Force …

Defense Jobs And The Crucial New Hampshire Senate Race

April 14th, 2016


New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte faces a tough re-election race and defending the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could help.Ayotte is facing …

Why ISIS Poses Bigger Threat to Europe Than al-Qaida

April 11th, 2016


The terror attacks in Brussels and Paris have given U.S. intelligence officials new insight into the tactics of the Islamic State – and underscored how its approach has veered away from al Qaida, its nominal parent …

Senate to Tackle Spending Bills, Moves Ahead of House

April 8th, 2016


For the next three weeks Congress will be engulfed in the controlled chaos of drafting spending bills to keep the government running in the next …

Corporate Tax Avoidance Prompts Obama Clampdown

April 6th, 2016


President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation that would prevent U.S.-based firms from moving their headquarters overseas to avoid …

Obama's Last Nuclear Summit Has New Urgency After Brussels Terror Attacks

March 31st, 2016


President Obama hosts the fourth and final nuclear summit of his presidency, a gathering of 52 world leaders including China aimed at getting …

FBI's Cracking of iPhone Leaves Unsettling Questions

March 29th, 2016


The high-profile debate over whether law enforcement should be able to force Apple to unlock iPhones when investigating criminal cases is over. But …

Brussels Terror Attacks Underscore Concerns Over ‘Soft Targets’ in U.S.

March 23rd, 2016


The terror attacks in Brussels have spurred much discussion about whether such an incident could happen in the United States. Experts and national …

Lifting the Cuban Embargo

March 22nd, 2016


President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba is over, but how his diplomacy affects the United States' ties with its Caribbean neighbor is very much an open question. While the administration and its Cuban …

Working for Medicaid

March 18th, 2016


The handful of red state governors and lawmakers who have been willing to expand Medicaid under the 2010 health care law have tried to put their own …

GOP Tension Over Budget

March 17th, 2016


Speaker Paul Ryan’s goal of passing a budget plan for fiscal 2017 is being sidelined by hardline conservatives in the House of Representatives. …

Obama Puts Republican Senators in a Tough Spot

March 16th, 2016


President Obama put Senate Republicans on the spot by nominating Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. A former prosecutor who’s …

Obama's SCOTUS Pick Nears

March 14th, 2016


President Obama will soon select a nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. What happens after that is unclear. Senate Republicans who …

Nuclear Missile Security Compromised by Aging Helicopters

March 10th, 2016


A top secret military exercise last summer showed the United States can’t adequately respond to a terrorist attack on nuclear missiles deployed in the northern plains states. Congress and the Pentagon agree they need to …

Trump Effect On Two Congressional Races

March 9th, 2016


New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin and Nebraska Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford are two freshman House members worth watching in this year’s campaign. Zeldin is a Republican in a district which President Barack Obama …

Republican Rift Threatens Budget Plan

March 7th, 2016


Congressional Republicans have just weeks left to meet an April 15 deadline for producing a tax and spending plan that is supposed to green light the writing of annual spending bills that fund the government. But with …

Congress Seeks to Fight Painkiller Epidemic

March 4th, 2016


Congress is weighing what to do about prescription painkiller and heroin abuse – a problem statistics show is killing more Americans than car accidents. But the administration and Republicans are far apart on how to pay …

Puerto Rico Debt Sparks Bailout Debate in Congress

March 3rd, 2016


Puerto Rico's struggles to crawl out from under $72 billion in debt has set off a debate in Congress over how to extend a lifeline to the island commonwealth. One option is a special type of bankruptcy – an unpalatable …

Why Texas Abortion Case at Supreme Court Won't Settle Future Battles

March 2nd, 2016


The Supreme Court this week heard arguments in the first substantive abortion rights case to reach justices in almost a decade. But whatever happens …

Congress Races to Finish Child Nutrition Rewrite in Election Year

March 2nd, 2016


Congress is trying to finish a child nutrition bill in an election year – no small task with a tight legislative calendar and sensitive decisions over questions such as the size of reimbursements for federally …

Trump's Rhetoric Unlikely to Move Congress to Tackle Political Money

February 25th, 2016


The presidential candidates are spending a lot of time warning about the influence of millionaires and billionaires on American politics. But the …

Proposal to Spin Off Air Traffic Control Clouds Aviation Legislation

February 24th, 2016


Congress is looking at privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system in order to help raise funds for efforts such as a next generation …

Apple-DOJ Fight Puts Encryption on Congress' Front Burner

February 22nd, 2016


The battle between Apple and the Justice Department over access to iPhone data is putting encryption policy back in the congressional spotlight. But …

Even LSU Football is Threatened by Louisiana’s Budget Crisis

February 19th, 2016


The new Democratic Governor, John Bel Edwards, and the Republican Legislature are going to have to work together to clean up a mess that even some Republicans in the state say was created by Edwards’ predecessor, …

Obama to Seek "Robust Engagement" With Congress on Scalia Successor

February 16th, 2016


President Obama plans to aggressively pursue a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But with Senate Republican leaders adamant they won’t act until after the presidential election, the process of …

ISIS' Strength in Libya Scrambles Calculus for U.S., Allies

February 15th, 2016


The Islamic State is building a new stronghold in Libya, attracting recruits, attacking energy facilities and grabbing hold of cities and towns in …

The SCOTUS Cases Now In Question After Scalia's Death

February 13th, 2016


Among the chief cases facing the Supreme Court this term are President Obama's immigration policy changes, redistricting and a Texas abortion law.

Congress Wants to Help Combat the Zika Virus But ...

February 11th, 2016


The Zika virus outbreak has captured the attention of Congress, where lawmakers are fretting over money to stop the disease and the role …

Obama's $583 Billion 2017 Defense Budget

February 10th, 2016


Military spending accounts for about half of the U.S.'s discretionary spending budget. The fiscal 2017 plan President Obama just released reflects an emphasis to curtail Russia. But it also shows his lame duck status, …

Obama's 2017 Budget:Highlights

February 9th, 2016


While much of President Obama's $4.23 trillion fiscal 2017 budget will not make it into law, it still sets the stage for a year’s worth of spending battles between a lame duck administration and Republicans hoping to …

Obama's Last Budget:Preview

February 5th, 2016


President Obama releases his final budget plan Feb. 9. Though important details about fiscal 2017 spending for defense, health and other critical areas are already trickling out, the document will provide an important …

$2 Billion in Dead Transportation Earmarks Come Back to Life

February 3rd, 2016


The spending and tax package Congress passed at the end of last year freed up about $2 billion for cash-strapped state transportation departments to use on road and bridge projects. Some of the money has been sitting …

Flint Adds Urgency to EPA Water Rule Changes

February 2nd, 2016


A water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. has thrown the national spotlight on the problem of lead in drinking water. It’s an issue Washington …

Gun-Control Lobby Vies to Influence Election Year Gun Debate

February 1st, 2016


The National Rifle Association has become the face of the gun safety debate for its organizational strength and the clout it wields in Congress. But it’s only one of a host of interest groups making its voice heard on …

Congress Grapples With Prescription Drug And Heroin Crisis

January 28th, 2016


Across the United States, cities and states are contending with a wave of abuse of painkillers, which is leading people to use heroin. Senators are working to come up with a bill to help mayors and governors cope with …

Obama's Gun Proposals Trigger Skirmish Between the Branches

January 27th, 2016


Republicans appear ready to use their control over federal spending to try to withhold Justice Department money if President Barack Obama tries to …

Self-Driving Cars Prompt Washington to Rethink Rules of the Road

January 21st, 2016


President Obama’s last budget request includes almost $4 billion to develop self-driving vehicles. Many in Congress view the cars as a way to reduce accidents and deliver environmental benefits. The question is whether …

GOP Budget and Taxes Plan May Collide With Election Year Priorities

January 20th, 2016


Senate Republicans have designs on passing a tax and spending plan this year. But it won't be easy in the midst of congressional and presidential elections. What's more, it may not be strictly necessary because last …

List of Influential Lawmakers-Turned-Lobbyists Grows

January 19th, 2016


More than 50 ex-members of Congress who left public life at the beginning of last year are now free to lobby their former colleagues. They’ll have to …

Low-Tech Approach Has Some Doubting Polls' Accuracy

January 14th, 2016


Donald Trump has been leading presidential polls for so long, only a skeptic would doubt he’s a shoo-in for the Republican nomination. But plenty of …

Recovery Not Enough To Put Food on the Table for 17 Million Americans

January 13th, 2016


Despite the rebounding economy, the number of Americans who may not have enough food to eat is higher than pre-recession levels, standing at 6.9 million homes with about 17 million people. That’s prompting a fresh look …

Public Angst Dampens Obama's Victory Lap

January 8th, 2016


A State of the Union address can give a lame duck president one last chance to take a nationally televised victory lap. That may not be possible for Barack Obama, who’ll have to temper his rhetoric on Tuesday night to …

Suspension of Obamacare Taxes Could Bring More Changes

January 6th, 2016


The recent delay of more than $30 billion worth of Obamacare taxes to help fund the law's health insurance expansion could embolden critics to take a …

Energy Legislation Could Get a Jolt in 2016

January 5th, 2016


Congress hasn't passed a major energy bill in more than a decade. But the way the year-end tax and spending deal lifted an oil export ban and …

Taxes, Guns and Messaging Votes May Occupy Lawmakers in 2016

December 29th, 2015


Congress cleared most pressing issues off its decks by striking a budget deal and passing a huge tax and spending package at the end of 2015. The question is whether the House and Senate in 2016 will amplify election …

America’s First Book and Its Impact on Everything from Religion to Press Freedom

December 21st, 2015


CQ Now introduces you to a very special piece of American history at the Library of Congress:the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640 in the Massachusetts …

2016 Spending Package Reveals Washington's Winners and Losers

December 18th, 2015


A tumultuous and unusually productive year for Congress ended quietly on Dec. 18 with the passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the …

Rail Planners Try to Avoid Tunnel Vision

December 16th, 2015


The 457-mile rail route from Washington to Boston is the busiest in the country, connecting four of the nation's 10 largest metropolitan areas and …

Why a Popular, Bipartisan Email Privacy Plan Stalled in Congress

December 14th, 2015


A House bill that would require warrants for government access to personal and business emails attracted more than 300 co-sponsors as well as support …

Deal-Cutting to Fund the Government Keeps Congress Working Overtime

December 11th, 2015


The House and Senate couldn't finish their legislative year by a self-imposed Dec. 11 deadline. That means a handful of lawmakers will have to make …

Why the Paris Climate Talks Resulted in Few Binding Agreements

December 10th, 2015


A two-week United Nations conference in Paris on climate change is coming to a close, and while the agreements that emerge carry moral and political …

A Tempest Over Biofuel Use

December 4th, 2015


The Environmental Protection Agency tried to strike a compromise setting mandates for the use of ethanol and other renewable fuels next year. But the …

Year-End Government Spending Battle Ripens

December 4th, 2015


The days are ticking down on the legislative calendar and the big unresolved business in Congress is a giant spending bill that’s supposed to keep …

Feds Look to Tighten Their Grip on Recreational Drones

December 2nd, 2015


As many as 700,000 drones could be sold to American consumers this holiday season. But those unmanned aircraft will be taking to the skies on …

Mental Health Overhaul Could Boost Money for Psychiatric Hospitals

November 30th, 2015



Congress is looking at whether psychiatric hospitals can bill the Medicaid program to care for adults — a move that signals a potential shift in …

No Child Left Behind Law May Get a Facelift

November 30th, 2015


School administrators and other education groups could get an early Christmas gift if Congress overhauls the controversial 2002 education law known …

Why Paul Ryan's Honeymoon As House Speaker Won't Last

November 20th, 2015


New House Speaker Paul Ryan’s grace period with his fractious House Republican caucus could run out next year, when demands for ideological purity …

Despite Paris Attacks, New US War Declaration Against ISIS a Long Shot

November 16th, 2015


Congress appears unlikely to pursue a new authorization for use of military force against the Islamic State. Republicans and Democrats remain deeply …

Farmers Face New Rules As FDA Tries to Get Ahead of Food-borne Bugs

November 16th, 2015


The Food and Drug Administration is trying to be more proactive combating food-borne illness. But there are questions about whether it has the money to accomplish the job, or whether the agency will have to lean heavily …

How Rep. Ken Calvert Took One For the GOP Team

November 12th, 2015


A mild-mannered Republican congressman from Southern California unwittingly helped torpedo the annual appropriations process this summer, by triggering a debate over display of the Confederate flag. Now, he and others …

Lobbying for Indian Gaming Flourishes a Decade After Scandal

November 11th, 2015


A battle between two Arizona tribes over Indian casinos is offering proof of how the Jack Abramoff scandal that rocked K Street, Congress and Indian country a decade ago hasn't ruined the lucrative business of …

Copycat Drugs Raise The Question: What’s In a Name?

November 9th, 2015


An estimated $60 billion worth of biotechnology drugs will lose patent protection next year and the Food and Drug Administration and the government’s …

Kevin Brady:Will "Relentlessly Pursue Tax Reform"

November 6th, 2015


Ways & Mens Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas Talks to CQ Roll Call About Overhauling the Corporate Tax Code and a National Sales Tax. 

Where Does the Tussle Over Encryption Stand in a Post-Snowden World?

November 3rd, 2015


The Obama administration has given up on half-hearted efforts to require companies to provide the government with access to encrypted electronic communications — the latest development in a long-running debate pitting …

Highway Funding Crunch Presses Congress

November 2nd, 2015


Congress faces a Nov. 20 deadline to authorize spending on the nation’s highway and mass transit programs, another big task on lawmakers’ year-end to-do list. House and Senate negotiators will have to iron out …

Obama's Clean Power Plan Faces Court Challenges

November 2nd, 2015


The Obama administration’s limits on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants have triggered a slew of lawsuits and set off a tempest for states, …

Why The Obama Administration Is Tiptoeing Through Syria

October 30th, 2015


The Obama administration has taken a lot of heat for a Middle East policy that critics see as naïve and feckless. A CQ Weekly cover story shows how …

Why Tens of Millions of Americans Lack High-Speed Internet

October 30th, 2015


Republicans, Democrats and the White House all agree on the need to expand high-speed Internet to outlying areas. But there are sticky questions about how to cover the cost, and practical challenges to digging up …

Budget Deal:Fragile Truce?

October 28th, 2015


A two-year agreement to lift budget caps and raise the government’s debt ceiling is speeding through Congress in time to beat a deadline for raising the government’s borrowing authority. But it won’t end bitter …

Flaw in the U.S.'s Costly Warplane of the Future

October 26th, 2015


Some pilots could be killed during ejections from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter being developed for the U.S. military under a nearly $400 billion …

Hurdles to Paying for Surface Transportation Projects

October 23rd, 2015


Congress is considering legislation to fund sorely needed surface transportation programs nationwide but hasn't figured out how to pay for it. CQ's Adriel Bettelheim and Randy Walerius explain why.

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