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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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Why a Sebelius Senate Run Could Help Republicans

1:53 PM ET With jobs and the economy a given, Republicans are working to turn the 2014 elections into an argument over the Affordable Care Act. And that message could be helped by a high-profile Senate race in Kansas against the very woman who oversaw the law's disastrous rollout. Some Democrats are asking ...

John McCain: Classified Senate Report on Torture 'Chilling'

April 1, 2014 The Senate Intelligence Committee's report on interrogation techniques employed by the CIA in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks includes a number of "chilling" stories of the use of torture by American officials that have not yet been released to the public, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday. The existence ...

House GOP Wants to Make It Nearly Impossible for Obama to Create New National Monuments

March 26, 2014 The House will vote Wednesday night to assert its authority over the executive branch, likely passing a bill that would revamp a 108-year-old law that would make it harder for President Obama to declare national monuments on federal lands. The situation reminds us of an early episode of West Wing ...

The Senate Has a Deal on Unemployment Insurance

March 13, 2014 Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on extending unemployment-insurance benefits to the 2 million jobless Americans who have not received their checks since the program expired in December. The deal will be announced Thursday evening, just before senators recess for 10 days. The agreement will extend for five months the ...

Senate Democrats Will Not Do a Budget This Year

February 28, 2014 Just a day after Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, promised that House Republicans will produce a budget this year, Senate budget writer Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced that her committee won't be joining them. "Fiscal year 2015 is settled, the Appropriations Committees are already working with their bipartisan spending levels, and now ...

Senate Raises Debt Ceiling

February 12, 2014 It took an act of God to get Congress to move quickly on the debt ceiling, but move quickly it did. The Senate passed legislation to suspend the debt ceiling Wednesday, 55-43, more than two weeks before the nation was set to default, and with little uproar, forecasting an end ...

House GOP Scraps Debt-Ceiling Plan

February 11, 2014 House Republicans scrapped a plan they devised Monday night to raise the debt ceiling with an additional measure to reverse veterans' cuts. Instead, they're going clean, according to a source in the room. Leadership had wanted to extract something out of raising the debt ceiling and had settled on rolling ...

Republicans Are Likely to Cave on Debt Ceiling. But That Won't Be the End of It.

January 29, 2014 Conservatives are already gearing up for another fight over the debt limit next month, but their first battle could come as soon as Thursday as they face off with members of the House Republican leadership who, they say, appear to be ready to cave. House Republicans will devote several hours ...

Omnibus Spending Bill Sails Through Senate; Headed for Obama's Signature

January 16, 2014 The Senate overwhelmingly passed the 12-part omnibus spending bill 72-26 on Thursday, which will fund the government through the end of September. The $1.1 trillion package sailed through the Senate and heads next to President Obama's desk for his signature. The bill, crafted by Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., ...

Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal on Omnibus Spending Plan

January 14, 2014 It is 1,582 pages of give and take—some might even dare to call it compromise—that provides at least a nine-month truce in the fierce fighting over the federal budget that has torn Congress asunder for years. Like the budget agreement that preceded it, the omnibus spending bill for the remainder ...