Regardless of the motives, rank-and-file senators have employed a mix of unique techniques, old-fashioned threats and insider persuasion to spark debates that had been previously blocked or delayed.
Without ever taking a public position on the bill, the Senate majority leader has told President Trump and his colleagues that there is not enough time to take up the issue.
George H.W. Bush trusted the Wyoming Republican, who was willing to speak truth to power. Obama, Clinton, George W. Bush and Trump haven’t had a close congressional friend.
Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey won handily in the midterms with an election strategy that will be key for whomever the Democratic Party nominates for president in 2020.
She still faces intraparty resistance, and she’ll need to win over about half of the 32 Democrats who opposed her before the Jan. 3 vote in the full House.
Party lieutenants are itching to show their worth in new posts.
Nine new members are likely to join the caucus, presenting a generational challenge to the Democratic organization.
Without any course correction, only the wealthy will be able to afford to run for Congress and only the already well off will be able to staff the House and Senate.
Once combatants, Reps. Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn have set aside old rivalries as they look to quash a rebellion from a dissident group seeking new leadership.
Communications aide Kelly Sadler had said at a closed-door staff meeting that McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel as CIA director did not matter because “he's dying anyway.”