Mike Pompeo testifies today at his Congressional confirmation hearing for U.S. secretary of state following President Trump’s firing of Rex Tillerson. Democrats will likely pose aggressive questions about hardliner views on the Paris climate accord and North Korea's nuclear program.
Tammy Duckworth has become the first U.S. Senator -- and one of just 10 women in Congress -- to give birth while in office with the arrival of a baby girl named Maile. It “isn't just a women's issue, it's an economic issue and one that affects all parents,” she said.
All 22 women in the Senate signed a letter demanding legislation to overhaul the sexual harassment complaint process in Congress, which can drag on for months. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand slammed leaders for stripping measures from a spending bill this week.
Rick Santorum suggested on CNN that Parkland students should learn CPR instead of marching the day after the March for Our Lives nationwide events in protest of gun violence. The republican senator’s comments prompted backlash from gun violence victims.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that she isn't running for president in 2020 and refused to take a DNA test to confirm her Native American heritage claim, saying “I never used it for anything.” President Trump has repeatedly referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”
VP Mike Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, announced new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear program. He also met with North Korean defectors and South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the opening ceremony.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor for 8 hours, reading personal ‘dreamer’ stories and citing the Bible, to force Republicans into action on immigration. The speech was intended to oppose a 2-year budget deal that fails to address immigration, which the House must pass Thursday to avoid a government shut-down.
Following a public endorsement of Roy Moore by President Trump, outgoing Republican senator Jeff Flake wrote a check to his democratic opponent. Eight women have accused Moore of pursing them romantically when they were in their teens and he his 30s.
Rep. Senator Tom Cotton disagreed with Dem. Senator Dick Durbin’s account of President Trump calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries” in an immigration meeting. Trump has denied Durbin’s accusation and said he is “not a racist.”