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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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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...

Three Obstacles that Threaten to Derail the Republican Budget

March 17, 2015 It may be hard to believe, given the stumbles of the last three months, but the new Republican majority on Capitol Hill is about to face its biggest challenge yet. After running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, Republicans in the House and Senate are set to release their budgets...

Lynch Nomination Headed for Senate Floor Next Week

March 10, 2015 Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general is likely to hit the Senate floor next week, amid increasing grumbles from Republicans who are unhappy with her record or with the Obama administration's overall handling of the Justice Department. "I think we'll deal with that next week," Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

Republicans Really Need Democrats To Pass the Iran Deal Bill

March 4, 2015 Just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed that Congress will bring up legislation next week to force any Iran-sanctions deal worked out by the White House, whom Netanyahu mistrusts, to first go through his congressional allies. But McConnell may have...

Democrats to the Rescue: Congress Averts Shutdown for One More Week

February 27, 2015 It was Democrats to the rescue -- again. A huge bipartisan coalition came together Friday night to approve a one-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, preventing a partial government shutdown with just a couple of hours to spare. Nearly every House Democrat joined most Republicans to pass...

With Next Step Uncertain, Senate Approves Bill to Avoid DHS Shutdown

February 27, 2015 Capping off weeks of turmoil, the Senate on Friday passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through October, just hours before a scheduled shutdown and with the House pursuing a totally different path. The chamber voted 68-31 to approve the measure, with dissenters including Sens. Marco Rubio, James...

Boehner Has a Plan to Avoid a DHS Shutdown -- But It Might Not Pass

February 27, 2015 Speaker John Boehner on Thursday night finally laid out a plan to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department: kick the can a little farther down the road. Yet even that may fail. With just one day left until funding runs dry for DHS, Boehner urged his conference...

Senate Conservatives Concede, Won't Delay DHS Bill

February 26, 2015 Despite conservative groups and blogs blasting Mitch McConnell's "surrender," immigration hard-liners in the Senate appeared to wave their own white flags on Thursday, putting the Senate on the edge of a deal to fund the Homeland Security Department before Friday night's shutdown deadline. With a deal to pass a clean...