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SmL: "The nomination of Tom Perez says to me that the President is comfortable with public servants ignoring the rule of law." 

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Today on the Hill, Sen. Pete Grant (D-CA) announced legislation aimed at making hospitals more energy efficient. 'The Healthy Hospitals Act' is expected to garner bi-partisan support.

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Around the Senate: Nom of MG Sanderson as Sec of Def passed Senate ASFJ Cmte by UC. Nom of Tom Perez as Labor Sec enters home stretch and Motion to Refer controversial Israel act back to Cmte goes to vote.

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Notable Legislation Intro'd this wk: Keystone XL Pipeline bill introduced by Sen Robert Diaz (R-Tx),  Life at Conception Act by Sen Gerald Hatfield (R-NH). Both expected to face uphill battle in DNC controlled Senate.

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Notable legislation this wk: Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking expected to pass Sen. HELP Cmte, authored by Sen Moreno (R-AZ), Equal Rights Amdt Ratification by SML S.D. Sartoris of Nevada hits the PPT Hopper.

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Notable Legislation This Wk: GOP Jobs bill nears a final vote in the Senate. In ASFJ, nom of VP-Nom Gov. Marcus Swanson (D-MI) has begun and in HELP a vote on the NIB has also begun.

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No easy confirmation for Gov. Marcus Swanson as questions about tenure as Michigan Gov begin coming in from both sides of the aisle.

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Perez out as Labor Sec Nom. Asst. Sec for Operations at Labor, Edward Hugler has accepted nomination from Pres. Kline to serve as next Sec. of Labor.

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BREAKING: US House votes down Senate budget deal, the inevitability of a government shutdown looming as federal agencies send notices of shutdown protocol.

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GOP sources expect SML Krol to support SoS Nominee Kobayashi-Diaz. Same for Locke. 

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GOP starts Senate debate on Balanced Budget, Healthcare Reform, National Infrastructure Bank. #114th 

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State of the Union begins receiving praise across Washington. Expect updates on national reaction. #POTUS #LeClavers 

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@C-SPAN: House split on passage of National Infrastructure Bank Act. #NIB

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@C-SPAN: House has passed National Infrastructure Bank Act. #NIB

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Have Republicans shut down the Senate? Committee/Floor silence raising concerns. 

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@C-SPAN: House split on passage of Fruit and Vegetable Access for Children Act of 2015. 

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@C-SPAN: House passes continuing resolution to keep government open. Resolution has been sent to the President's desk.

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@C-SPAN: House insiders claim dark horse candidates have emerged in both leadership contests.

 

@C-SPAN: McCarthy (R-CA) and Hoyer (D-MD) have reportedly both bowed out of their respective contests.

 

@C-SPAN: Jordan (R-OH) and Ellison (D-MN) have reportedly stepped aside for alternative candidates within their caucuses.

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@C-SPAN: House insiders report an unusually strong showing for Dent (R-PA) as conservatives mobilize to stop his candidacy.

 

@C-SPAN: Blue Dogs have been shut out of the Democrat leadership contests as Ryan (D-OH) bows out with lackluster support.

 

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@C-SPAN: Liberty Caucus reportedly fielding Justin Amash (R-MI) for Speakership as deadlock continues.

 

@C-SPAN: Progressives reportedly coalescing behind Barbara Lee (D-CA) as their choice for HmL.

 

@C-SPAN: Progressives reportedly drafting Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) for HmW.

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@C-SPAN: Insiders report that Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has entered the Speakership contest against Amash and Dent.

 

@C-SPAN: Linda Sánchez (D-CA) has jumped into the race for HmL against Lee.

 

@C-SPAN: One source claims Sánchez has the backing of @POTUS.

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@C-SPAN: Blackburn and Amash split vote giving Dent a plurality but not a majority.

 

@C-SPAN: Blackburn reportedly had the support of the RNC Chairwoman but has stepped down.

 

@C-SPAN: Insiders report conservatives are searching for a compromise candidate to rally behind.

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@C-SPAN: Sánchez reportedly has the votes within her caucus to become Minority Leader.

 

@C-SPAN: Sánchez and Lee reportedly meeting behind closed doors.

 

@C-SPAN: Conservatives reported to have found a compromise candidate to challenge Dent.

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@C-SPAN: Insiders report that compromise candidate Pete Sessions (R-TX) has achieved narrow majority in the Speakership contest.

 

@C-SPAN: Dent (R-PA) expected to run for HML against Amash (R-MI) after losing the Speakership contest.

 

@C-SPAN: Blackburn (R-TN) unopposed in her new bid to serve as the next HMW.

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