As Donald Trump signed a defense spending bill named in honor of John McCain, the president didn’t mention the 81-year-old Arizona senator once. Trump even thanked Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, among others -- a snub which McCain chose not to mention on his website.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions limited asylum for domestic violence victims, overturning the immigration case of a Salvadoran woman who was raped and beaten by her former husband. Sessions said gang violence and domestic abuse should no longer serve as a basis for asylum.
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.
New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer introduced a bill to federally decriminalize and regulate marijuana, taking pot off of the Controlled Substances Act while still allowing states to determine their own laws. It’s “simply the right thing to do,” he said.
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.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell may force a vote to make temporary tax cuts for individuals permanent, according to Politico. Meanwhile, he’s reportedly stalled sexual harassment reform in Congress over a provision making individuals financially responsible for settlements against them.
President Jackson’s portrait was prominently featured at a White House event honoring Native Americans; he’s known for an act resulting in thousands of Native American deaths. Trump also called Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” considered by some a racial slur.