AUTHOR ARCHIVES

Sarah Mimms

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.
Results 1-10 of 125

Why Did Ted Cruz Miss the Loretta Lynch Vote?

April 24, 2015 Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday gave an impassioned speech encouraging his colleagues to vote against Loretta Lynch for attorney general, calling her "unsuitable" for confirmation. A few hours later, when the Senate took a final vote to confirm her, Cruz was the lone senator who didn't show up. Where was ...

Republican Undecideds Feel Last-Minute Pressure on Lynch Vote

April 23, 2015 With Loretta Lynch finally set for a Senate floor vote Thursday to be the next Attorney General, undecided Republicans are facing increased pressure from constituents and outside groups to pick a side. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina was visited earlier in the day by dozens of members of the ...

Senators See Progress on Lynch Nomination

April 20, 2015 The Senate returns this week in much the same position they were last week: still stuck on its human-trafficking bill, still keeping Loretta Lynch's attorney-general nomination in limbo, and still reviewing Congress's review role in any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal. But members say they're making progress—and that this week could be ...

Senate Heavy Lifting Begins With Education and Iran; Budget Framework Still Under Negotiation

April 13, 2015 The most important legislative horse-trading this week will be happening in committee rooms, not on the House or Senate floor. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee will begin debating a major education overhaul this week that might actually thread the needle on rewriting the controversial No Child Left ...

2016 Senate Republicans Face Decision on Lynch Nomination

April 7, 2015 Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, at home in blue-leaning Wisconsin for a two-week recess ahead of a reelection battle next year, announced that he will oppose Loretta Lynch, the nominee to take Eric Holder's place as attorney general. Just a few hours' drive to the south, another vulnerable blue-state Republican made ...

Sen. Cardin Is Now the White House's Man on Foreign Relations

April 2, 2015 With Ben Cardin taking the indicted Robert Menendez's slot as the Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, the White House is losing its staunchest intraparty opponent on two of the biggest foreign policy issues facing the administration—Iran and Cuba—and gaining an important ally. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's office made it ...

Menendez To Give Up Top Post on Foreign Relations Committee

April 1, 2015 Sen. Robert Menendez will voluntarily step down as ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee following an indictment on federal charges of bribery and conspiracy, according to a source familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss the decision. Menendez's resignation as the number two on the panel will ...

Change Is Coming in the Senate Democratic Leadership

April 1, 2015 For the first time in nearly a decade, Senate Democrats could see several new faces in their leadership. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid retiring, at least one slot will be open in 2016. But the intense infighting between Sen. Chuck Schumer, Reid's chosen successor, and Senate Minority Whip Dick ...

The Provision That Could Destroy the Sequester

March 25, 2015 The sequestration spending caps, once thought to be so odious that Congress would never actually allow them to take effect, are set to hit again in January. And despite all of the internal fighting among Republicans over whether to bust the limits on defense spending, the budgets that the House ...

The Tiny Little Budget Provision That Could Destroy the Sequester

March 25, 2015 The sequestration spending caps, once thought to be so odious that Congress would never actually allow them to take effect, are set to hit again soon. And despite all of the internal fighting among Republicans over whether to bust the limits on defense spending, the budgets that the House and ...