ALBANY—Representative Eric Massa is voting no on the health care bill, damn it, no matter what the outside consequences or what Barack Obama says.
“The president of the United States is coming to Capitol Hill tomorrow morning on a Saturday, to meet in groups and individually with members of Congress. I anticipate that I Read More
Sometimes, it takes years until the consequences of a decision to become clear. So it is with two bold moves that Nancy Pelosi made nearly three years ago. In one case, she got her way, and in the other she didn't – both very fortuitous outcomes, for the House Speaker and for her party, as Read More
Sometimes, it takes years until the consequences of a decision to become clear. So it is with two bold moves that Nancy Pelosi made nearly three years ago. In one case, she got her way, and in the other she didn’t – both very fortuitous outcomes, for the House Speaker and for her party, as Read More
ALBANY—For the first time since the state's fiscal situation really began to slip, legislative leaders will be accompanying Governor David Paterson as he heads to Washington to lobby for federal aid.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator Malcolm Smith, who is poised to become his chamber's majority leader in January, will accompany Paterson as Read More
For the nearly two years he has been running for president, Barack Obama has deftly defined himself as a post-partisan candidate who embodies the hopes of both liberals and centrists among the Democrats in Congress.
If he wins, it won’t be long before some of them are sorely disappointed.
“For some members, they are going Read More
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel are special guests at a fund-raiser at the Yale Club this afternoon for six Democratic congressional challengers, including two from New York: Dan Maffei and Eric Massa.
Maffei is running for the congressional seat in Syracuse being vacated by Republican Read More
Rep. Joe Crowley just got a seat on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, and is contemplating getting a waiver to keep his seat on the Internationals Relations Committee.
Quick, inside-baseball read: Crowley’s good relationship with Steny Hoyer is helping him more than his lousy relationship with Nancy Pelosi is hurting him.
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Office space in the Rayburn Building is given to congress members based on a mix of seniority and a lottery system.
A DC reader notes that first member of the 1998 class of Congress members to get a nice new office in the Rayburn building is Joseph Crowley. Lucky, huh?
Not sure if this Read More
While the post-election shoving and shuffling on Capitol Hill sounds dull, parochial and petty to the rest of the world, the choices that politicians make among themselves can be telling. Whether the Democrats elect John Murtha or Steny Hoyer this week to serve as majority leader—second in command to incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—is unlikely Read More
When soon-to-be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her support for John Murtha’s bid for House Majority Leader earlier this week, the Fox News crowd went berserk.
Two of their favorite villains, it seemed, had formally locked elbows—in a doomed mission, no less—with Mr. Murtha lagging badly behind Maryland’s Steny Hoyer in a race that will Read More