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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.
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Immigration Hawk Won't Lead the Senate Budget Committee

December 18, 2014 The weeks-long battle to chair the powerful Senate Budget Committee ended Wednesday with a peaceful accord, allowing Sen. Mike Enzi, the most senior Republican on the panel, to take the gavel in January. Many believed that Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who has served as ranking member since 2011, would ...

The 113th Congress Ends its Session Quietly

December 17, 2014 The 113th Congress finished in fittingly mixed fashion Tuesday night, with the Senate approving a host of Obama administration nominees and a compromise tax-extender bill but unable to renew a federal terrorism insurance program that's set to expire. The night marked the end of a historically unproductive and largely dysfunctional ...

Senate Approves Massive Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all day, the Senate voted Saturday night to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September and tee up a February confrontation with President Obama over immigration. The chamber voted 56-40 to ...

Senators Strike Deal to Vote on Spending Measure

December 13, 2014 After a hectic process and objections from conservative members that kept senators working all through Saturday, Senate leaders have come to an agreement to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill later Saturday evening that would fund the government through September. The deal cuts short a long day and what had ...

Eyeing the Exits, Senate GOP Expects Swift Spending Bill Passage

December 12, 2014 Senate Republicans huddled over lunch Friday afternoon in the Capitol to discuss strategy on the House-passed spending bill and other pending legislation, exiting the meeting with a resounding message: Let's get this done and get the heck out of here. The House offered a helping hand Friday afternoon, extending a ...

Terrorism Risk Insurance Plan Likely to Falter in the Senate

December 11, 2014 The federal program set in place 12 years ago to help insurance companies cover Americans in case of terrorist attacks is likely to expire this month, as a bill extending the program faces almost certain death in the Senate this week. Sen. Tom Coburn is the main reason: The Oklahoma ...

Lawmakers Unveil Details of Plan to Keep Government Open

December 10, 2014 A $1 trillion spending bill to keep most of the government funded through next September—with the exception of the Homeland Security Department, which will be funded only through Feb. 27—was released Tuesday night following debates over dozens of policy riders affecting women's health, the environment, health care, and the Dodd-Frank ...

Federal Spending Bill Slowed by Last-Minute Additions

December 9, 2014 Congressional negotiators were nearing a deal Tuesday on massive spending legislation that would avert a government shutdown and bring the 113th Congress to a close, but they are bumping up against the seasonal effort to make year-end legislation a Christmas tree, ornamented with a wish-list of legislative add-ons. Senate Majority ...

The Final Goal of the 113th Congress: Keep the Government Open

December 8, 2014 Lawmakers scrambling to conclude the 113th Congress face a daunting list of unfinished lame-duck business this week, chiefly overcoming strategic and policy-driven challenges to keep the government open beyond Thursday. The House will vote this week on a massive appropriations bill, with Republican leaders likely to rely on Democratic votes, ...

Reid vs. White House Tensions Cloud Majority's Final Days

December 4, 2014 This isn't how Harry Reid wanted to go out. After losing his majority and seeing his top aide engage in a strangely public war of words with the White House, Reid suffered another humiliation: Last week, the Obama administration cut his legs out from under him on a tax deal ...