Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI 01) “told House Republicans that he would match what members collectively raise for National Republican Campaign Committee in March.” He made his remarks “during a conference at the Republican National Committee on Wednesday.” (Roll Call)
HEALTH CARE DEBATE. “The two dozen House Republicans who outran President Donald Trump at home — in some cases surviving even as Hillary Clinton won their districts — are now facing a vote on health care that could put their political careers on the line. Republican members in swing districts are likeliest to feel the squeeze — and would be taking the greatest political risk to back the president and the party.” Still National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers (OH-15) “said he hasn’t detected deep worry among moderates about the political ramifications of the health care bill.” (Politico)
Before the 2010 midterms, “Republicans … regularly won the short-term fights in advertising wars and election debates, simply calling it a ‘government takeover’ of an industry that would lead to ‘death panels’ for the elderly. Fair or not, those simplistic explanations broke through to the public in a bigger way than Democrats’ complex explanations of the broad and complicated way in which the health-care system would change. … Democrats are betting that Republicans are heading straight into the same quagmire that the left faced in the early years of Obama’s presidency.” (Washington Post)
BY THE NUMBERS. “Eleven House Republicans, who will be expected by party leadership and the White House to support their party’s replacement plan, represent districts where at least 6 percent of their constituents are enrolled in government insurance exchanges set up by the 2010 health care law.” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) has 13.7 percent of her constituents in the health care exchange and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) has 13.2 percent. In both districts, nearly 97 percent of their constituents receive income-based federal subsidies, “which the new health care plan would change to an age-based system.” (Roll Call)
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The arrest warrant has been in place since September of 2016, and covered "the entirety of Gorka's White House stint," a Hungarian media outlet reported. It could be related to an incident from 2009, although not much is known about the details of the warrant. The former Trump counterterrorism advisor "has been outspoken about his love of firearms" and was once stopped by police for attempting to bring a handgun into an airliner at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Gorka, who was never able to gain a security clearance, declined to comment on the story.
"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
"Senior House negotiators are set to unveil as soon as Thursday a bipartisan plan to shake up Capitol Hill’s workplace harassment system — and to force lawmakers found liable for misconduct to pay settlements with their own money. ... The Hill's Office of Compliance, which adjudicates workplace harassment claims, would release a report every six months on misconduct settlements, including the identities of the offices involved."