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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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How to Spin a Government Shutdown

February 17, 2015 Congress has packed its bags and gone home for the week, leaving lawmakers with just five legislative days to find a way to keep the Homeland Security Department open. Senate Democrats remain intractable in their filibuster of legislation to fund the department, just as House Republicans refuse to bring up...

Amid Homeland Security Funding Fight, 2016 Hopefuls Avoid the Front Lines

February 12, 2015 With just a week's worth of legislative days to go before the Department of Homeland Security shuts down, Republicans don't seem to have a strategy to fund the department and respond to President Obama's actions on immigration. And the senators who hope to run the party— and the country—are nowhere...

McConnell: 'Up to House' To Fund Homeland Security

February 11, 2015 As the deadline to fund the Homeland Security Department nears, House and Senate Republicans agree on one thing: It's the other chamber's problem. After pushing to pass the House's DHS funding bill three times in recent weeks and not seeing an inch of movement from Democrats, the Senate majority returned...

Here's the White House Request for the Use of Force Against the Islamic State

February 11, 2015 After weeks of anticipation, the White House has finally sent a drafted authorization for the use of military force proposal to Congress to recieve approval for limited force against the Islamic State. The request from the Obama administration, given the short title "Authorization for Use of Military Force against the...

GOP Awaits Obama's ISIS Battle Plan

February 10, 2015 Discussions between the White House and Hill leaders intensified Tuesday over giving President Obama the authority to combat the threat of ISIS around the world, even as key details of the administration's proposal remained secret. Though some Republicans remain wary of Obama's intentions, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said...

These Are Republicans' Options for Averting a Shutdown at DHS

February 6, 2015 With just two legislative weeks to go before the Homeland Security Department shuts down, Republicans still don't have a plan. For the third time, Democrats blocked a funding bill that would keep the department running on Thursday, and they show no signs of letting up. If Democrats remain unwilling to...

Senator: Attorney General Confirmation Hearing Will Be Forum to Hit Obama on Immigration

January 22, 2015 Chuck Grassley has no reason to believe Loretta Lynch won't be confirmed as the next attorney general. But first, the new Senate Judiciary Committee chairman plans to offer his members an exhaustive, we'll-be-here-all-night-if-we-have-to-style hearing to comb through her record—with a heavy focus on the president's immigration policy. As Senate Republicans...

Conservative Agenda Push Begins With Immigration

January 15, 2015 Frustrated Senate GOP conservatives are champing at the bit to attack President Obama on immigration -- but they say they've barely heard a word on the subject from Mitch McConnell. Sens. Ted Cruz, Lee, Jeff Sessions, David Vitter and others on the right are pushing the majority leader to bring...

As GOP Takes Over, Major Policy Debates Loom

January 6, 2015 The first day of the new Senate is a field day for photographers and gossip columnists. There is a lot of pomp and tradition and a few housekeeping details to take care of—small things like officially putting the legislative session into motion by agreeing on a date when lawmakers can...

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...