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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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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...

GOP Budgets Cutting Retirement Benefits Face Rocky Paths in Both Chambers

March 23, 2015 Last week was a rough one for the House and Senate Republican majority, with major legislation crushed or slowed by legislative gridlock. This week promises to be even tougher: Both chambers have to pass a budget. The House and Senate each hope to pass their spending blueprints by Friday morning...

House and Senate GOP Budgets Are Miles Apart

March 18, 2015 Faced with their most basic task as a majority—laying out a vision for the nation's fiscal future—House and Senate Republicans are miles apart. Just a day after the House released its budget plan, echoing Rep. Paul Ryan's long calls for entitlement reform and finding creative ways to fund the nation's...

The Big Winner in the House GOP Budget? The Pentagon

March 17, 2015 This story has been updated. There are plenty of ways Republicans could lose this year's massive intraparty fight over the budget. But so far there is at least one big winner – the Pentagon. The fiscal 2016 spending blueprint unveiled by the House GOP Tuesday shifts money around to give...