January 29, 2023

Dem Rep. Raskin: We Don’t Want to Turn the Biden Docs Case into ‘Political Football’

Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents should not be turned into a “political football.” Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Comer raises an interesting question, why the president’s lawyers, which do not have security clearance, is doing the searching at the Penn Biden center

Jeffries and Schumer begin their Dem buddy act

Chuck Schumer, left, and Hakeem Jeffries will have to stay close and play off each other under a fiercely divided government with the 2src24 presidential election looming. | Andrew Harnik/AP Photo The most important thing Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries have in common isn’t their New York City borough. It’s their shared leadership style: Neither

Diamond-studded thorns: 2 House Dem centrists speak up on their way out

Reps. Kathleen Rice and Stephanie Murphy will depart this month after a combined 12 years on the Hill. | Ben Hider/Getty Images and Paul Morigi/Getty Images Stephanie Murphy and Kathleen Rice are leaving Congress earlier than most — with plenty of bones to pick. Murphy (D-Fla.) and Rice (D-N.Y.), two best friends and roommates during

How Jeffries made his ascension to House Dem leader ‘look easy’

The strategy behind Hakeem Jeffries’ yearslong ascent to House Democratic leader, as his top allies see it, focused on making the outcome feel inevitable. And in the end, it did. The New York Democrat culminated a remarkably frictionless climb of the party ladder on Wednesday, securing every vote and avoiding a single challenger. He became

Schumer proposes Dem leadership shake-up

After Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Schumer proposes that the next position is the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, currently helmed by Stabenow (D-Mich.), followed by the chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, a position currently held by Klobuchar (D-Minn.). It’s a return to where Schumer once stood before he became leader

Investigating the investigators: Dem strategists to launch counterpunch to House GOP

A team of researchers has already begun scouring public records, press clippings and other documents in a bid to immediately undercut House GOP leaders, from Minority Leader — now speakership hopeful — Kevin McCarthy to the likely committee chairs expected to manage probes of Biden and his network. The House GOP views investigations as a

Schiff passes on Dem leadership bid as Pelosi’s future stays murky

Rep. Adam Schiff speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol Building. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Adam Schiff has decided not to seek a top House Democratic leadership post in the next Congress and is instead turning his focus to a potential Senate run, according to multiple people familiar with his decision. The California Democrat has

Pelosi, first woman speaker, to depart Dem leadership in seismic shift

Then Democrats’ better-than-expected midterm election prompted personal pleas for her to stay from the president and Senate majority leader. But in a floor speech attended by nearly every member of her Democratic caucus, including plenty of teary allies, Pelosi declared it was time for a “new generation” of leaders. Clad in stark white, the color

Dem Rep. Gonzalez: ‘Right-Wing Nutjobs’ DeSantis, Abbott Treatment of Migrants ‘Shameful’

Representative Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) said Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead” that both Govs. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Gregg Abbott (R-TX) were “right-wing nutjob governors.” Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Governor DeSantis and your governor, Governor Abbott sent these migrants with no heads-up to officials in Martha’s Vineyard, or D.C., no heads-up to those who might provide

House Dem jockeying to lead campaign arm begins with control still in limbo

“If you elect me as the next Chair of the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee], I promise to fight alongside you to win in 2src24 so that we can continue delivering for working families in the United States and adding to our great progress,” he wrote in a letter to other Democratic lawmakers sent Friday morning

Dem Rep. Moore: DeSantis Moved Migrants to ‘a Wonderful Place,’ But It Was Also ‘Trafficking’ and ‘Exploitation’

On Friday’s broadcast of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) stated that the “laughable” aspect of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) flying 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard is the fact that Martha’s Vineyard “is a wonderful place,” and the people living there “received these people and treated them with dignity.” But the migrant transport

He’s a Dem investigative champ. That doesn’t guarantee a promotion.

Running to lead his party on Oversight is a gamble for Raskin, cutting against the caucus’ penchant for doling out plum positions according to seniority. But amid the potential for a broader post-election shakeup in Democratic leadership — following years of lawmakers’ private kvetching about the inability to move up as octogenarians held onto the

Cortez Masto on Claims Dem Policies Caused Inflation: Inflation Reduction Act ‘a Great First Start’ to Fighting Inflation

During a portion of an interview with CBS News Correspondent Lilia Luciano released on Thursday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) responded to a question on how she responds to criticism from her opponent, former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R), that Democratic policies have created inflation by stating that “the Inflation Reduction Act was a great…

Dem Rep. Lawrence: Inflation Is ‘the Sole Issue’ Republicans Can Talk about –

On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Velshi,” Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) stated that inflation is “important” but it’s “interesting, with everything else that’s going on in the world, that is the sole issue that the Republicans” can talk about. Lawrence stated that there are “other countries that are going through a global epidemic when it comes…

House progressives retract Russia-diplomacy letter amid Dem firestorm

“The Congressional Progressive Caucus hereby withdraws its recent letter to the White House regarding Ukraine,” the caucus’ chair, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), said in a statement after POLITICO first reported that the retraction was imminent. “The letter was drafted several months ago, but unfortunately was released by staff without vetting.” Jayapal said she accepts “responsibility”…

House Dem campaign arm jumps in with $600k buy to help save its own chief

That GOP super PAC has now spent over $4 million on TV against Maloney, and the GOP campaign arm has spent over $480,000, according to data from AdImpact, a media tracking firm. In total, Republicans are spending some $5.6 million on-air in the district. Democrats were only spending $2.3 million before this new investment, and…

Dem Rep. Lieu: Defending Trump on Mar-a-Lago Raid ‘Cultish Un-American Treasonous Behavior’

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Alex Witt Reports” that “MAGA Republicans” defending Donald Trump after the FBI raid of his Florida estate are engaged in “cultish, un-American, treasonous behavior.” Witt said, “What is interesting is listening to Trump defenders. They have constantly shifted the goalposts by first off demanding the release of…

Dem Rep. Titus on CBO Estimates Inflation Act Won’t Impact Inflation Much in Next Year: ‘Inflation Is Already Coming Down’ 

On Saturday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) responded to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the Inflation Reduction Act won’t have much of an impact on inflation this year or next year by saying that many economists say “inflation is already coming down. Gas prices are coming down. So, I believe…

Dem Sen. Casey: Dems Have to Protect Voting Rights to ‘Preserve Our Democracy’

On Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Velshi,” Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) stated that “we’re at a point of no return.” And Democrats are either going to protect “voter rights to preserve the democracy or we’re not.” Casey said, “Ali, we’re — we’ve reached a point now with these Supreme Court decisions and with the advent of…

Dem Rep. Porter: Pelosi Won’t Allow Vote on Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Without Reconciliation Bill

On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) discussed a meeting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had with her caucus earlier in the day and stated that Pelosi will hold the bipartisan infrastructure bill and not bring it up for a vote until the budget reconciliation vote is ready to be…

Dem Rep. Crow: Still a Chance for GOP to Show a Fraction of ‘Courage’ with Bipartisan 1/6 Commission

Representative Jason Crow (D-CO) said Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that Republican lawmakers can “show a very small fraction of the courage that is shown every day by our troops to do the right thing for our country” by creating a bipartisan January 6 commission. When asked about the failed 1/6 commission Senate vote, Crow said,…

Dem Rep. Sherman: Democrats Who Don’t Support Israel ‘Don’t Really Have an Understanding’ of the History

Sunday on “Fox News Live,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) addressed some of the members of his own party not supporting Israel in its ongoing conflict with terrorist organization Hamas. Sherman pointed out that he has been combating the lack of knowledge regarding Israel’s history and the conflict among his fellow Democrats since the 1980s, so…

Dem Rep. Ruiz: ‘Very Confident’ in Kamala Harris’ Ability to Solve Border Crisis

Sunday, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair, expressed his confidence in Vice President Kamala Harris’ ability to solve the ongoing crisis at the United States’ border with Mexico. Ruiz advised that Harris, who was appointed to lead the United States’ response to the border crisis but has yet to visit the border…

Dem Rep. Jackson Lee: Texas Legislature ‘Massacred’ State’s Image, LBJ Legacy of the Voting Rights Act

During an appearance on CNN, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) decried actions taken by the Texas Legislature to shore up election integrity. Jackson Lee called those efforts “operating under the big lie” and compared the “Texas image” of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Voting Rights Act to the modern-day Texas Legislature. Well, you…

Dem Rep. Jones: Tim Scott Has to Deny ‘His Own Life Experience’ ‘to Win Re-Election’

During an interview with CBS on Thursday, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) said that Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) belongs to a party where he has to say “things that are a direct denial of his own life experience” in order to get re-elected. Jones said, “I sometimes feel for Tim Scott. Because he’s a member of a…

Dem Rep. Cohen: January 6 U.S. Capitol Incident as Bad as Pearl Harbor Attack

Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) Wednesday on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” likened the January 6 Capitol Hill riot to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Cohen said, “We just celebrated Passover. On Passover, Jewish people are instructed over two centuries to remember 2,000 years, over 2,000 years, to remember that we were in bondage, and…

Dem Rep. Lieu: Gaetz Should Be Removed from House Judiciary Committee –

Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) should be removed from the House Judiciary Committee because of allegations printed by The New York Times of a federal investigation into a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid her to travel with him. When asked about Gaetz’s…

Dem Rep. Jackson Lee: Trump ‘Has Death and Blood at His Feet’

Friday on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said that President Donald Trump had “death and blood at his feet” in the wake of the deadly Capital Hill riots last week. Jackson Lee said, “The overall collapse of security including helping with the United States Capitol fell squarely at the feet of the…

Dem Rep. Khanna: W.H. ‘Has Every Power to Disregard’ Parliamentarian on Minimum Wage Increase

On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Last Word,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) stated that the White House “has every power to disregard” the Senate parliamentarian’s decision if the parliamentarian rules that a $15 minimum wage cannot be passed through budget reconciliation. Khanna said, “There is no provision in the Constitution that says that the Senate parliamentarian…

Dem Rep. Porter: Teachers Should Be ‘Next Group’ to Get Vaccinated, Doesn’t Help to Open Schools if They Get Sick

On Thursday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) stated that teachers should be the next group to receive the coronavirus vaccine, and that doing so is “really important for them to be able to stay in the workforce. It doesn’t do any good to open schools only if teachers get sick and go out.” Host…

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