House overcomes internal rancor to pass assault weapons ban
The passage of an assault weapons ban is a significant feat for any chamber of Congress. Moreover, several members remained irate that they would have to vote to fund the police in order to vote on the assault weapons ban. Many in the liberal caucus spent Friday morning pushing to uncouple the assault weapons ban from the public safety package and hold separate votes. AdvertisementDetaching the assault weapons ban from the rest of the public safety package, however, was risky. “We applaud Speaker Pelosi and House Leadership for advancing the Assault Weapons Ban for a standalone vote today," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal who chairs the Progressive Caucus.washingtonpost.com
Pelosi slams Republicans who voted against bill to create Amber Alert-like system for active shooters
The House speaker on Thursday criticized 168 members of the GOP who voted against bipartisan legislation that would allow law enforcement to use the alert system to notify the public of an active gunman in their community.news.yahoo.com
Veteran House incumbents cling to seats as districts evolve
But there’s a smaller category of lawmakers like Peterson and GOP Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio who also merit attention: long-term incumbents of both parties fighting to preserve their careers. Over 90% of House incumbents are usually reelected, thanks to name recognition and campaign fundraising advantages. “There are people who traditionally voted Republican who don't identify with the current Republican Party," Schroder, 43, a businesswoman and local public health official, said in an interview. Democratic and Republican campaign committees and other organizations allied with party leadership are aiming the bulk of their spending at each others' softest seats and defending vulnerable incumbents. The Congressional Leadership Fund, aligned with House GOP leadership, planned to spend $3.3 million more, which Republicans said could grow.