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Sarah Mimms Sarah Mimms is a staff correspondent for National Journal Daily, covering Congress. Previously at National Journal, she served as senior analyst for the Hotline, where she covered federal and gubernatorial campaigns in the South.
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The GOP's Iran Frustration Signals a Lack of Options in Months Ahead

January 22, 2016 Frus­tra­tion with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hand­ling of Ir­an is reach­ing a boil­ing point on Cap­it­ol Hill, even as Re­pub­lic­ans ac­know­ledge their lim­it­a­tions in try­ing to stop it. With im­ple­ment­a­tion of a con­tro­ver­sial nuc­le­ar deal with Ir­an un­der­way, the coun­try has dom­in­ated the news over the last week: First cap­tur­ing and...

McConnell’s Surprise Move on War Authority

January 21, 2016 Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s...

Senate Leader Surprises Lawmakers with New ISIS War Powers Request

January 21, 2016 Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s...

Senate to Vote on Limiting Syrian Refugees

January 19, 2016 Fol­low­ing a three-day Re­pub­lic­an re­treat in Bal­timore last week in which the House pitched big ideas and com­plained about the slow pace of pro­gress in the Sen­ate, sen­at­ors will re­turn alone to Wash­ing­ton on Tues­day to take up one of the bills their House col­leagues passed last Novem­ber. The Sen­ate...

Election Years and Smooth Spending Bills Don’t Mix

January 6, 2016 Con­gress is head­ing back to Wash­ing­ton with a big goal in mind: passing all 12 ap­pro­pri­ations bills on time. But as with all New Year’s res­ol­u­tions, this is go­ing to be a hard one to keep. Mem­bers of Con­gress now find them­selves in the true open­ing stages of the 2016...

Spending Bill Remains Up in the Air as New Shutdown Deadline Approaches

December 14, 2015 Con­gress man­aged to avoid a week­end ses­sion by passing a short-term spend­ing bill at the end of last week, but they headed home to their dis­tricts Fri­day with two ma­jor pieces of le­gis­la­tion still very much up in the air. With a Wed­nes­day dead­line to avoid a gov­ern­ment shut­down, mem­bers...

Spending Bill Remains Up in the Air

December 14, 2015 Wel­come to the week in Con­gress that al­most wasn’t. With the om­ni­bus spend­ing bill and a ma­jor tax deal still up in the air, the House and Sen­ate re­turn to Wash­ing­ton this week, delay­ing a planned hol­i­day va­ca­tion un­til at least Wed­nes­day, when the cur­rent con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion ex­pires. While lead­er­ship...

Lawmakers Look to a Short-Term CR to Avoid a Shutdown While They Finish Omnibus Spending Bill

December 8, 2015 Hopes for a com­pre­hens­ive pack­age of tax breaks began dim­ming Tues­day, as con­gres­sion­al ne­go­ti­at­ors lowered their ex­pect­a­tions to a con­tinu­ation of cur­rent law, even as lead­ers threatened a rare week­end ses­sion to fin­ish talks over a catchall spend­ing bill. Ne­go­ti­ations over the two pack­ages of le­gis­la­tion—one a six-year, $800 bil­lion...

Senate Approves Budget Deal That Spares Federal Pay and Benefits

October 30, 2015 The Sen­ate passed a two-year budget deal and raised the debt ceil­ing in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing, send­ing the com­bined le­gis­lat­ive pack­age to Pres­id­ent Obama’s desk just five days be­fore the na­tion hits its debt lim­it. The le­gis­la­tion, which was craf­ted in a month-long ne­go­ti­ation between Obama and...

Can Boehner Push Through a Debt Ceiling Increase Before He Leaves?

October 26, 2015 Speak­er John Boehner is slated to re­tire Fri­day, set­ting up a busy le­gis­lat­ive week as he tries to “clean the barn,” as he put it, for his likely suc­cessor, Rep. Paul Ry­an. The House will likely vote to au­thor­ize the Ex­port-Im­port Bank and raise the debt ceil­ing be­fore Wed­nes­day’s in­tern­al...

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