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Opinion: When Holiday Values Meet Policy, It May Be Awkward
From Roy Moore to immigration, there’s plenty of food for thought this holiday season

Partisanship has affected the way people view the Alabama Senate race featuring Republican Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, Curtis writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Just as the generosity of Angel Tree donations and turkey giveaways clash with the kill-or-be-killed stampede of folks looking for a Black Friday bargain, the warm holiday greetings lawmakers disseminate this time of year might strike a dissonant cord when compared to the current policies and politics coming out of Washington.

Pre-holiday news has included a tidal wave of charges and accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault, with some lawmakers preferring to view the stories of women and some men through a lens of partisan politics rather than right and wrong — surely not a positive lesson for the kids gathered around the turkey.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Rejects Carlos Curbelo’s Membership Bid
Florida Republican calls decision “shameful”

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s bid to join the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was denied. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Thursday rejected Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s request to join the group.

Curbelo had requested membership, saying he had hoped to work with the caucus on a legislative replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, but his refusal to endorse the version of the so-called DREAM Act supported by the caucus frustrated members.

Bipartisan Group Looks to Split Difference on DACA Fix
Moderate Republicans, Democrats look for a way forward on immigration measure

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., co-chairman of the Problem Solver Caucus, says there is more work to do on a compromise immigration bill, but he is optimistic it can get done. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan bill that would bridge differences between two largely partisan measures to provide young undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship and beef up border security could soon be forthcoming.

The Problem Solvers Caucus is working on legislation that would provide a compromise between the mostly Democratic-sponsored Dream Act and the GOP-led Recognizing America’s Children (RAC) Act, as well as a bipartisan border security proposal.

Separate DACA From Spending Bill, Ryan Says
‘I think it should be considered separately on its own merits’

Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A legislative solution to the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should be considered separately from a year-end spending bill, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday.

The speaker declined to accelerate a March deadline.

After Controversies, Members Want Kelly to Avoid Spotlight
Sen. Graham: Having an opinion ‘doesn’t mean you have to share it’

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly speaks during a White House briefing last month. Lawmakers from both parties say he should focus on running a less chaotic White House. (Win McNamee/Getty Images file photo)

Lawmakers from both parties, concerned that John F. Kelly has too often added to the White House chaos he was hired to tamp down, want the chief of staff to revert to managing President Donald Trump’s administration far away from the television cameras.

The retired Marine Corps four-star general and former Homeland Security secretary views his new job as that of an ultimate insider, according to senior White House aides who report to him. But in recent weeks, Kelly has at times taken on a different role — combative spokesman for the president. And that has only created more heartburn for the White House and its Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

Trump: Dems Must ‘Guarantee’ All Wall Funding in DACA Bill
President's demand could complicate work on immigration bill

Aurelia Lopez and her daughter Antonia overlook construction of border wall prototypes in October  in Tijuana, Mexico. The prototypes are being built just north of the U.S.- Mexico border. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images file photo)

Updated at 10:07 a.m. | President Donald Trump will insist Democrats give him a formal “guarantee” for the full amount of federal dollars for his proposed southern border wall, a demand that will further complicate work on a bipartisan immigration bill.

Trump in early September ended the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, giving Congress six months to pass an immigration bill that addresses those affected by his cancellation plan. Weeks later, the White House released its priorities for that measure, which included full funding for the border wall project.

Immigration Measure Won’t Ride Omnibus, Negotiations Continue
Graham: ‘We’ll see where it goes in the House’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Immigration reform will not be part of this year’s omnibus spending bill, Senate Republicans said Thursday after a meeting at the White House.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers involved in immigration negotiations are trying to find a way to pair citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, with enhanced border security measures.

Schumer: Trump Takes ‘Horrible Advantage’ of Tragedy
Trump criticized Schumer on immigration after New York attack

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized President Donald Trump's “nasty, divisive habits” tweeting about immigration after a terrorist attack in New York City. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer criticized President Donald Trump for using Tuesday’s terror attack in New York to go after the Democratic leader.

Speaking at a press conference about Democrats’ plans to strengthen unions, the New York Democrat compared Trump’s actions to those of President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Trump Blames Schumer for New York Truck Attack
GOP President George H.W. Bush signed bill that established visa program Trump blasted

Police and emergency workers surround the truck that authorities say plowed down people on a Manhattan bike path Tuesday near the World Trade Center site. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Updated at 9:44 a.m. | President Trump used a series of Wednesday morning tweets to blame Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer for the deadly Islamic State-inspired attack in New York.

Trump wrote the suspect entered the United States via a program pushed by Democrats — but it was codified in a bipartisan bill that was made law by a Republican president.

Man Arrested After Driving Into Crowd at Royce’s Office
Activists were protesting immigration policy outside California congressman’s district office

A California man was arrested after he allegedly drove his car into protesters at the Brea, California, office of Republican Rep. Ed Royce. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A man was arrested Thursday after he ran his car through protesters at Republican Rep. Ed Royce’s office in Brea, California.

Daniel Wenzek, a 56-year old Brea resident, was arrested on suspicion of a felony assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Orange County Register.

Durbin, Graham Dreaming DACA Before Christmas
Active negotiations underway without White House

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., talks with a reporter before the Senate Policy luncheons in the Capitol on September 12, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Richard J. Durbin said he and Sen. Lindsey Graham have been in active negotiations with Republican senators to seek out a version of the DREAM Act that can pass the Senate.

The deal is being negotiated without input from the Trump administration, the Senate minority whip said.

Retiring Flake, Corker Acting ‘Hurt’ and ‘Wounded,’ Trump Says
President says lunch with the rest of GOP senators was a ‘love fest’

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., seated left, talks to Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., standing center, during a 2015 hearing. Both are retiring and have criticized President Donald Trump. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated at 8:43 a.m. | President Donald Trump tried to isolate two retiring Republican senators on Wednesday, tweeting they are acting “hurt & wounded” while the rest of the caucus had a “love fest” with him on Tuesday.

The day after Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona shocked Washington by announcing he will not seek reelection, Trump took to Twitter to say the reason he and also-retiring Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee are leaving Congress is “very simple, they had zero chance of being elected.”

Private Prisons Boost Lobbying as Federal Detention Needs Grow
Country’s largest prison companies have seen stocks rise in the Trump era

Border Patrol vehicles stand guard along the United States-Mexico border fence in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 2:25 p.m. | One of the country’s largest private prison companies is spending record amounts on lobbying amid efforts by the Trump administration to detain more undocumented immigrants, federal records show.

The GEO Group, which has contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Prisons and the Marshals Service, has spent nearly $1.3 million on lobbying from Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, according to new lobbying records filed with Congress. That tops $1 million spent last year. The firm spent at least $400,000 on seven lobbying firms in the third quarter alone, the disclosures show.

Sessions: ‘Dreamers’ Fix Must Drive Down Illegal Immigration
AG has long opposed efforts to grant undocumented childhood immigrants legal status

Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed immigration issues in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told senators Wednesday they could work with President Donald Trump to protect undocumented childhood immigrants from deportation as long as “amnesty” is coupled with efforts to reduce illegal immigration overall.

“The president has said he wants to work with Congress. He has a heart for young people,” Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a wide-ranging Justice Department oversight hearing.

Vulnerable Republicans Try to Navigate Immigration
Talks continue on how to address legal status of so-called Dreamers

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo says he is working on a bipartisan immigration bill. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

What happens to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children is an issue that could loom large for several House Republicans facing tough re-election races next year.

Doing something to help those immigrants, also known as Dreamers, could win over some voters in their districts, especially Latinos. But that could also alienate Republican voters who want stricter immigration controls.