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Congressional reporter for National Journal Alex Rogers is a Congressional reporter for National Journal. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 2012 and interned for The Tennessean before joining Time as a Washington reporter prior to his arrival at National Journal.
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GOP’s Tax Victory Shapes Spending Battles Ahead

December 21, 2017 Congress passed the most significant tax overhaul since 1986 on Wednesday, slashing over a trillion dollars primarily to the benefit of corporations and wealthy Americans—and setting up a series of dramatic fights in the coming years over the size and role of government. While Republicans initially wanted the bill to...

As Mueller Takes Over Trump Probe, GOP Leaders Hold Their Fire

May 18, 2017 Rep. Mike Simpson was a dent­al stu­dent in the early 1970s when Pres­id­ent Nix­on’s ad­min­is­tra­tion spiraled in­to chaos, so he can un­der­stand twice over why get­ting Re­pub­lic­ans to com­ment on re­ports of im­pro­pri­ety by Pres­id­ent Trump can be like pulling teeth. “Politi­cians like me were stand­ing around say­ing, ‘Hey, Nix­on’s...

Which Side Will Trump Take in the Next Debt-Ceiling Fight?

February 17, 2017 Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans are gird­ing for a debt-ceil­ing fight later this year. The only prob­lem is they have no idea wheth­er they’ll be fight­ing with or against the White House. Pres­id­ent Trump, un­like much of the rest of his party, has not seemed to pri­or­it­ize debt re­duc­tion. He has de­scribed him­self...

Senate Democrats Plan to Pick Their Battles With Trump

November 17, 2016 Demo­crats are treat­ing Don­ald Trump’s up­set win like they’re trapped in a cafet­er­ia with bad food. They can’t stand the place, but hope to find a few pal­at­able items non­ethe­less. Sen­ate Demo­crats are sim­ul­tan­eously sound­ing com­bat­ive notes about the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­sist­ing that they’re open to col­lab­or­a­tion when war­ran­ted....

Senate Puts Finishing Touches on Bill to Avoid a Shutdown

September 19, 2016 By the rules that guide it, the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives is usu­ally able to move bills faster than the “cool­ing sau­cer” Sen­ate. But with the House be­set by di­vi­sions in its con­trolling Re­pub­lic­an Party, the Sen­ate has led the ef­fort to craft and pass the le­gis­la­tion that will avert a...

McConnell’s Surprise Move on War Authority

January 21, 2016 Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s...

Senate Leader Surprises Lawmakers with New ISIS War Powers Request

January 21, 2016 Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell offered mem­bers a snow-week­end sur­prise late Wed­nes­day night: Quietly tee­ing up a de­bate on the leg­al un­der­pin­ning for the fight against IS­IS. After months of wor­ry­ing that such a res­ol­u­tion—known as an au­thor­iz­a­tion for the use of mil­it­ary force—would tie the next pres­id­ent’s hands, Mc­Con­nell’s...

The Next President’s Power Play

January 5, 2016 Already in this young year, Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates have de­cried Pres­id­ent Obama’s use of ex­ec­ut­ive power—this time for his plan to uni­lat­er­ally tight­en gun back­ground checks. But many of the GOP hope­fuls have also made clear they would be will­ing to wield the pres­id­en­tial pen them­selves if elec­ted—wheth­er to go...

White House Pushes Back Against Governors’ Calls to Block Refugees

November 17, 2015 Faced with more than half of the na­tion’s gov­ernors an­noun­cing their op­pos­i­tion to bring­ing in Syr­i­an refugees fol­low­ing the Par­is at­tacks, seni­or Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials sought Tues­day to as­suage the coun­try’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity con­cerns—and re­mind those who want to shut down their states’ bor­ders that the re­set­tle­ment pro­gram is ad­min­istered...

White House Pushes Back Against Governors’ Calls to Block Refugees

November 17, 2015 Faced with more than half of the na­tion’s gov­ernors an­noun­cing their op­pos­i­tion to bring­ing in Syr­i­an refugees fol­low­ing the Par­is at­tacks, seni­or Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials sought Tues­day to as­suage the coun­try’s na­tion­al se­cur­ity con­cerns—and re­mind those who want to shut down their states’ bor­ders that the re­set­tle­ment pro­gram is ad­min­istered...