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House floor erupts after GOP lawmaker shouts ‘Go back to Puerto Rico’
Spokesman says Rep. Jason Smith was referring to ‘vacationing’ Democrats who went to inspect hurricane recovery

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise calls for a roll call vote after Democrats held a voice vote on a continuing resolution that would reopen the partially shut down government.(C-SPAN)

The House floor erupted Thursday shortly before Congress adjourned for the week when Republican Rep. Jason Smith yelled a potentially racially charged remark across the aisle as Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas was at the podium.

“Go back to Puerto Rico!” the Missouri congressman shouted, punctuating a stream of Republican whooping and hollering at the Democratic majority for initially rejecting their request to redo a vote on a continuing resolution to reopen shuttered agencies through Feb. 28.

Louie Gohmert comes to Steve King’s defense
Texas congressman says rebuked Iowa congressman raised a ‘fair question’

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, left, said Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy didn’t give Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, right, “due process” before taking action against him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas defended his friend and colleague Rep. Steve King on Wednesday, suggesting that King’s comments to The New York Times about “white supremacy,” “white nationalism” and “Western civilization” were misconstrued by the media and lawmakers from both parties.

Republican leaders in the House decided earlier in the week to bar King from serving on any House committees, but the House voted Wednesday to refer a censure resolution to the House Ethics Committee instead of censuring him directly.

Burned in the past, Democrats reluctant to give ground in wall fight
Democrats and allies concerned conceding would set a precedent for more rounds of brinksmanship

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-California, said she “absolutely” expects President Donald Trump would trigger additional shutdowns as a bargaining chip if Democrats make a deal with him on wall funding now. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The partial government shutdown, now in its record-setting 24th day, is about more than just a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats and their allies are concerned that if party leaders cut a deal with President Donald Trump on wall funding, it would set a precedent for more rounds of dangerous brinksmanship in the months and years to come.

Rep. Elijah Cummings on Trump oversight: ‘We’ve got to hit the ground flying’
Oversight Committee has already sent more than 50 letters to the White House and federal agencies

House Oversight Committee Chariman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., leaves the House Democrats’ caucus meeting in the Capitol earlier this month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stressed in a TV interview Sunday night the urgency of investigating President Donald Trump.

“There’s so much [to investigate],” Cummings said on “60 Minutes.” “We’ve got to hit the ground not running, but flying.”

Beto meets Oprah: Former Texas congressman to sit down with talk show host
Winfrey played a key role in Barack Obama’s presidential aspirations

Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement of Barack Obama in 2007 is considered a pivotal moment in his winning the Democratic primary for the party’s presidential nominee. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images file photo)

They're both popularly known by one name only: Beto is set to meet Oprah. 

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke will sit down with billionaire talk show host Oprah Winfrey in New York on February 5th, according to the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Steve King defends himself on House floor against ‘white nationalist’ criticism
Iowa Republican suggests the New York Times misrepresented his comments

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King said his conversation with the New York Times was about how offensive language has been “injected into the political dialogue. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve King spoke on the House floor Friday to address what he referred to as “heartburn that seems to be churning across the media and America today” after the New York Times quoted him questioning how labels like “white nationalists” and “white supremacists” became offensive.

The Iowa Republican read the quote from the New York Times article in which he was reported saying: “White nationalists, white supremacists, western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

5 reasons why there’s still no end to the shutdown
They can’t end the standoff because Democrats and Republicans are trying to solve different problems

Members of the Association of Flight Attendants participate in the National Air Traffic Controllers Association rally to “Stop the Shutdown” in front of the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nearly three weeks into the government shutdown, I’m not sure how this standoff ends, but I do know there are multiple reasons for how we got here.

What’s the problem? Democrats and Republicans can’t find a solution because they’re trying to solve two different problems. If you listen carefully, Democrats are trying to end the government shutdown while Republicans are trying to find money to build a wall.

‘No slamming’ —Trump denies Schumer’s account of contentious White House meeting
President attacks Dems, media before heading to U.S.-Mexico border

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrive to the Capitol to attend the Senate Republican policy luncheon on Wednesday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A contentious White House meeting spilled into a new day Thursday, with President Donald denying Democrats’ contention he slammed a situation room table and stormed out of a meeting about ending a partial government shutdown now in its 20th day.

“The president stomped out of the meeting,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters at the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York called Trump’s move a “temper tantrum,” contending while standing outside the West Wing that the president at one point “slammed the table” before calling the meeting “a waste of his time.”

Iowa governor won’t support Rep. Steve King over primary challenger
Gov. Kim Reynolds criticized King’s white nationalist postings only after the midterm election was over

Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King served as one of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ campaign co-chairmen last year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds indicated Wednesday she won’t support Republican Rep. Steve King over his primary challenger in 2020.

The Republican governor’s rebuke of the congressman comes on the heels of an announcement by Republican state Sen. Randy Feenstra that he will run against King for his 4th District seat.

GOP Rep. Will Hurd tells Trump to put his money where his mouth is
‘If this is a crisis, the people that are dealing with this crisis should get paid,’ Texas congressman says of Border Patrol

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, has been one of the loudest Republican critics of President Donald Trump’s border wall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The only Republican who represents a district along the southern border called on President Donald Trump to reopen the government without funding for a wall and restore the salaries of the U.S. Border Patrol.  

“If this is a crisis, the people that are dealing with this crisis should get paid,” Rep. Will Hurd of Texas said in an interview on CNN moments after President Donald Trump’s televised immigration address Tuesday.