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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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McConnell: We Won't Risk a Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

August 6, 2015 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was dismissive Thursday of conservative plans to force a vote to defund Planned Parenthood as part of federal-spending negotiations in September, making clear he has no interest in putting the nation on the brink of another government shutdown. "One of my favorite Kentucky sayings is...

Congress Finally Leaves Town, but a Packed September Awaits

August 6, 2015 Senators dropped plans to try to pass a cybersecurity measure and rushed to catch flights out of humid Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon for a five-week August recess. Members will have to rest up, because they're going to return to a messy, jam-packed fall session. Senators will return to the...

September Will Be Make or Break Month for the Iran Deal in Congress

August 5, 2015 Congress will vote in September on a resolution of disapproval of a multinational deal with Iran aimed at preventing it from acquiring a nuclear bomb, Republican leaders announced Tuesday Both Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said their chambers would take up Iran measures after the August...

Joe Biden's New Mission: Selling the Iran Deal

July 16, 2015 It's a familiar pattern: President Obama has a complicated deal he needs to get through Congress, so he sends Vice President Joe Biden to the Hill to sell it. Just a day after he announced a potentially legacy-ensuring nuclear agreement with Iran, Obama once again dispatched Biden, his favorite emissary,...

Congressional Democrats Don't Trust Iran, But Do They Trust Obama?

July 15, 2015 Democratic skeptics of the administration's nuclear deal with Iran have made it abundantly clear that they don't trust the Iranian government. The question—one they'll have to answer in two months' time—is whether they trust President Obama and his assurances that the deal is the best way to block the country...

The Must-Pass Highway Bill Dominates Jammed July

July 6, 2015 With a month-long recess looming in August, Congress is going to try to pack as much as possible into July. In the next three weeks, members will have to contend with several pieces of must-pass legislation, meet a July 31 deadline to fill the nation's Highway Trust Fund, and lay...

Senate Passes Major NSA Reform Bill

June 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After weeks of tense standoffs marked by the lapse of parts of the Patriot Act, the Senate on Tuesday easily passed comprehensive surveillance reform, ending a chapter of high-stakes brinkmanship on Capitol Hill that eventually concluded with lawmakers taking their first significant step away from the post-9/11 national security policies...

Senate Might Vote This Week on Budget Deal That Spares Federal Pay, Benefits

May 4, 2015 While the Iran debate will continue to make the biggest waves, the Senate will kick off the week on Monday with a vote to override a presidential veto of a law concerning union elections. Congress passed the law disapproving of a National Labor Relations Board rule change shortening the length...

Who Won and Who Lost in the Budget Deal?

April 29, 2015 Sen. Bob Corker, the final obstacle to a bicameral budget deal, ended his blockade of the legislation Wednesday, signing onto the document that could see a vote in the House as early as this week. Congressional Republicans will unveiled the deal Wednesday, fulfilling a promise they made to voters in...

Senate Democrat: Fix Sequester or We'll Block Spending Bills

April 29, 2015 The new Republican majority is preparing to pass its budget as soon as this week, finally giving the green light to appropriators to begin funding the government before their October 1 deadline and another federal shutdown. But already Democrats are saying they won't go along with Republicans' funding plans. Sen....