The Hill has been busy all week with confirmation hearings on several of President-Elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominations, including attorney general, secretary of State, secretary of Defense, secretary of Housing and Urban Development and CIA director. In continuing the trend of breaking political norms, Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) was the first sitting senator to testify against a senator's cabinet nomination. Booker explained he thought the stakes were too high in regards to voting rights not to break Senate tradition. Many political pundits believe this may be Booker's opening act in a potential 2020 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.|
Other members of Congress are also considering promotions this week. Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan (MN-08) has been asked to consider running for governor in 2018 to replace current Democratic Governor Mark Dayton, who has decided not to run for re-election. So far, Nolan has demurred, explaining he is happy representing the 8th district and leaning toward staying on as a member of Congress. The Democratic Party of Minnesota is hoping his appeal to rural Minnesotans in his district would help in a statewide race.
Nolan has consistently had one of the most expensive races in the country. Republicans have consistently targeted the seat, with GOP businessman Stewart Mills losing twice to Nolan now. Nolan won re-election by less than a point in a district that Trump carried by 16 points. National Democrats would like Nolan to stay put, as the seat would likely fall into Republican hands if he gave it up. A second potential Democratic nominee for governor, Senator Amy Klobuchar, has already expressed her intention to run for re-election instead of running for governor.
Members of the House had a scare on Wednesday night when Republican freshman Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) collapsed on the House floor just eight days after being sworn in as a member of Congress. Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-02), another freshman member and surgeon, rushed to his aid and tended to Rutherford until medical personnel arrived on the scene and transported him to George Washington University Hospital. It was initially reported that Rutherford had suffered a heart attack but on Thursday morning his chief of staff tweeted that the Congressman experienced an "acute digestive flare up" and "is on his way to a full and swift recovery." Rutherford replaced former Republican Rep. Ander Crenshaw, who decided not to seek re-election this year.
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…that you could mingle with members of Congress and fellow NAHU members at the Annual HUPAC Congressional Reception on Tuesday, February 14, at 5:00 p.m.? Enjoy the view of DC from the Minuteman Ballroom of the Reserve Officers Association “Top of the Hill” while sipping on your favorite drink. We expect 15to 20 members of Congress to attend, representing membership from across the country.
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