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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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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 ...

Obama's Pick to Head Immigration Agency Caught in Executive-Order Crossfire

December 3, 2014 President Obama's executive action on immigration has muddied the waters in the Senate for the woman he's picked to enforce the nation's border laws. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sarah Saldaña to lead the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency by a slim margin. The 10-8 vote, split along ...

Endgame Negotiations Intensify as Defense, Tax Deals Near

December 2, 2014 With so much left for Congress to do before adjourning for the year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned senators Monday that they should prepare to stay in Washington for an extra week, while House Republicans prepared to poll their members on whether they should respond to President Obama's immigration ...

Spending, Immigration, and Tax Fights Will Dominate Final Days of 113th Congress

December 1, 2014 Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama's executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown. House and Senate appropriators this week ...

Lynch's Attorney General Nomination Slipping to 2015

November 18, 2014 With only a handful of legislative days left before Congress calls it quits for the holiday season, it appears increasingly likely that Democratic Leader Harry Reid will cede the Senate majority to Republicans without confirming a new attorney general, leaving Eric Holder with the job he quit almost two months ...

Pipeline Politics Dominate Pre-Thanksgiving Action in Congress

November 17, 2014 With Congress's turkey-week break just days away, the Senate enters this second week of a lame-duck session set to decide on bringing the Keystone XL pipeline closer to reality. Meanwhile, storm clouds brew in both chambers over a spending bill and President Obama's promised action to protect immigrants from deportation. ...

US Adds Extra Ebola Screening on Flights from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

October 21, 2014 Travelers flying between West African nations affected by Ebola and the United States will now be subject to additional screenings and "protective measures" to help prevent the disease from spreading into the U.S., the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday. All passengers flying from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea into the ...

Homeland Security Announces Travel Restrictions to Stall Ebola Outbreak

October 21, 2014 Travelers flying between West African nations affected by Ebola and the United States will now be subject to additional screenings and "protective measures" to help prevent the disease from spreading into the U.S., the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday. All passengers flying from Sierre Leone, Liberia, and Guinea into the ...