FL-27: Knight Foundation Program Director Matt Haggman (D) announced raising more than $402,000 in the fourth quarter for his bid for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R) seat. That brings his total fundraising to $914,000. (Florida Politics)
IL-17: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D) announced raising more than $535,000 in the last three months of 2017 and ended the year with $2.8 million in the bank. (release)
MA-03: Former congressional Chief of Staff Lori Trahan (D) reported raising more than $310,000 in the fourth quarter, ending 2017 with more than $500,000 on hand. Nearly 75 percent of donations were from Massachusetts and more than half came form inside the district. (release)
State Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D) raised $320,000 in the fourth quarter, her first since entering the race to replace retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas (D). (Lowell Sun)
SC-05: 2017 nominee Archie Parnell (D), who is seeking a rematch with Rep. Ralph Norman (R), announced that he raised $340,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Parnell lost a special election in June by three points. (Twitter)
TX-07: Physician Jason Westin (D) “reported $123,369 in fourth-quarter fundraising, bringing him up to a total of $421,303 for the election so far. He goes into the final primary stretch with $218,773.” Activist Laura Moser (D) “said she raised about $215,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing her total to about $616,340.” (Houston Chronicle)
WI-06: Rep. Glenn Grothman (R) announced raising “$241,000 in the final three months of 2017 and had $510,000 cash on hand.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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"House Republican leaders are further delaying a vote on a compromise immigration bill, planning to make changes to the legislation for a vote next week. The news comes after a two-hour Republican Conference meeting Thursday, in which authors of the bill walked through its contents and members raised concerns about issues the bill doesn’t address, multiple GOP lawmakers said. Many members requested the addition of a provision to require employers to use the E-Verify database to cheek the legal status of their employees."
After a conservative-backed immigration bill failed in the House, 193-231, leaders "postponed a vote on a 'compromise' immigration proposal until Friday. ... GOP leaders, however, are under no impression that they'll be able to secure the 218 votes needed in the next 24 hours to pass the text. Rather, the delay is to give members more time to read the bill."
OMB Director Mick Mulvaney today announced a plan to restructure the federal government, calling it part of the administration's efforts to "drain the swamp." In addition to merging the departments of Labor and Education—a detail which leaked earlier today—the proposal would privatize the Postal Service, begin moving federal workers out of the Washington area, and merge social programs into a department of Health and Public Welfare. The role of the Office of Personnel Management would also be largely phased out.