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National Democrats have five Texas Republican congressmen in their crosshairs as they begin the 2020 election cycle looking to build on their gains here in November. As part of its first digital ad campaign of the cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul of Austin, Chip Roy of Austin, Pete Olson of Sugar Land, Kenny Marchant of Coppell … ContinuedRead More
National Democrats have five Texas Republican congressmen in their crosshairs as they begin the 2020 election cycle looking to build on their gains here in November.
As part of its first digital ad campaign of the cycle, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting U.S. Reps. Michael McCaul of Austin, Chip Roy of Austin, Pete Olson of Sugar Land, Kenny Marchant of Coppell and John Carter of Round Rock. They are among 25 GOP House members across the country included in the ad offensive, which the DCCC announced Friday.
The ads criticize the lawmakers for voting against recent Democratic-backed legislation to end the government shutdown without funding for a border wall — a demand by President Donald Trump that prompted the closure. The ads, which come on the day that federal workers will miss their second paycheck under the shutdown, feature an image of a helicopter rescue mission over the water, accompanied by text reading, “The Coast Guard, Border Patrol, & [Transportation Security Administration] just missed another paycheck thanks to” the targeted member of Congress.
The DCCC said the ads “will be geo-targeted and featured on Facebook for swing voters,” backed by a “significant” buy.
Perhaps more notable, however, is what the ad campaign says about how Democrats see the 2020 battlefield in Texas, where they flipped two seats in November, defeating Republican U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston and Pete Sessions of Dallas. The seats held by Roy, Olson and Carter were among the DCCC’s Red to Blue targets last year in Texas, and each Republican won by less than 5 percentage points. Marchant and McCaul survived by similar margins in contests few had been watching nationally.
Of the 25 districts targeted by the digital ads, no state has more on the list than Texas.
The group does not include U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, who represents a regular battleground district and repeatedly has broken with his party to cast votes to reopen the government without wall money. But Hurd is sure to be targeted again this cycle after winning a third term by 1,150 votes in November, and his Democratic opponent from then, Gina Ortiz Jones, has said she is “very likely” to run again.
Responding to the DCCC ad campaign, Republicans said Democrats were seeking to reassign blame for the state of the shutdown, which reached its 35th day Friday.
“[Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats need to stop playing politics and start doing their jobs so federal workers can get paid and get back to work,” Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement. “Voters are seeing the extreme measures Pelosi is willing to take to please her radical caucus of Trump haters and won’t forget Democrats put political games before the nation’s security.”
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U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who represents Katy in Washington, D.C., will return to Capitol Hill with a different position than the one he held before the elections. McCaul was selected by the House Republican Conference to serve as the senior member of the GOP on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress. In … ContinuedRead More
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, who represents Katy in Washington, D.C., will return to Capitol Hill with a different position than the one he held before the elections.
McCaul was selected by the House Republican Conference to serve as the senior member of the GOP on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress. In a statement released by his office, McCaul said he was honored to be selected and saluted the outgoing chairman, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R- Calif.) who will retire from Congress.
“I’d also like to recognize my fellow candidates, Congressman Joe Wilson and Ted Yoho, for all of their hard work on behalf of the American public,” McCaul said in a statement.
McCaul was previously Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Although he won reelection in the last election, enough Democrats were victorious to shift the balance of power from the Republicans in the House of Representatives. However, McCaul wouldn’t have returned to the Homeland Security leadership in any case before of a GOP term limit rule.
With the Democrats in power, McCaul will be leading Republican on the Foreign Affairs committee – known as the “Ranking Member.”
“It will be my mission to partner with (Secretary of State Michael Pompeo) and my colleagues to advance a foreign policy that promotes American leadership on the world stage,” McCaul said on his official Twitter page.
U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, will be chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. McCaul said he will be working alongside Engel in his new role as Ranking Member.
“This is a humbling opportunity and I look forward to hitting the ground running on day one,” McCaul said.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, will be the next senior Republican on McCaul’s former Homeland Security Committee.
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Texas Rep. Kay Granger will likely take over as the House Republicans’ lead appropriator in January after the GOP Steering Committee recommended her on Thursday. The full House GOP Conference is expected to ratify the decision Friday. While it’s possible the conference could overrule the Steering panel recommendation, conference approval is typically a formality. The closed-door decision … ContinuedRead More
Texas Rep. Kay Granger will likely take over as the House Republicans’ lead appropriator in January after the GOP Steering Committee recommended her on Thursday.
The full House GOP Conference is expected to ratify the decision Friday. While it’s possible the conference could overrule the Steering panel recommendation, conference approval is typically a formality.
The closed-door decision ends months of speculation about who would take the helm following the retirement of Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who announced in January that he would be leaving Congress at the end of this term — after just two years as top GOP appropriator.
Within days of his decision there was a five-way race between Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert B. Aderholt of Alabama; Energy-Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson of Idaho; Financial Services Subcommittee Chairman Tom Graves of Georgia; and Labor-HHS-Education Chairman Tom Cole, as well as Granger, who leads the Defense Subcommittee.
Simpson decided not to continue on after Republicans lost control of the House during the midterm elections and the race for chairman became one for ranking member.
Granger was first elected to Congress in 1996 and became a member of the Appropriations Committee in 1999. She became ranking member of the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee in 2009. When Republicans gained control of the House in 2011, she moved into the role of subcommittee chairwoman until 2017, when she became chairwoman of the Defense Subcommittee. Granger is second in seniority among the eligible candidates for the top GOP slot on the panel, behind Aderholt.
Once the 116th Congress convenes in January, Granger will become one of the “four corners” of the Appropriations Committee — tasked with working out partisan differences with New York Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey, expected to become the panel’s first chairwoman, making for a historic all-female duo at the helm of the powerful committee. Their counterparts across the Capitol will be Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama and ranking Democrat Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont.
Lowey and Granger are no strangers to working together; they formed a mutual understanding during eight years as their parties’ respective negotiators on the State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee. A House committee hasn’t had a chairwoman and a female ranking member at the same time since the Select Committee on the Beauty Shop was eliminated in 1977.
But before that happens, the Texas Republican will be in charge of a significant reorganization of subcommittee ranking members. Republicans are losing Commerce-Justice-Science Chairman John Culbersonof Texas and Homeland Security Chairman Kevin Yoder of Kansas after both lost re-election bids. And Granger is unlikely to hold the role of both full committee and Defense Subcommittee ranking member, opening up one of the most coveted subcommittee assignments in Congress.
That will lead to a game of musical chairs in which GOP lawmakers currently chairing committees with smaller allocations or less prestigious titles compete for the more desirable ranking member assignments.
The reshuffling will also provide three Republican appropriators who do not currently have titles with a ranking member job. Based purely on seniority that would likely be Reps. Steve Womack of Arkansas, Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. Womack, currently top Republican on the Budget Committee, would either need to step aside from that role or receive a waiver from the Standing Committee to hold both roles.
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