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Past articles by Emily:

US House Members Get Huge Break With Living-Cost Reimbursements

House members can claim reimbursement for lodging, meals and incidentals this year, a major change for lawmakers who have struggled to keep a residence both in their district and in Washington. → Read More

House Republicans’ Agenda on Hold as Speaker Battle Continues

Republicans spent the last two years crafting a legislative plan in the event they recaptured the House, proposing bills to take to the floor and investigations of the Biden administration they would pursue. → Read More

Your Complete Guide to Election Night—and Beyond (Podcast)

Election Day is finally here! With so many competitive races, and control of the House and Senate up for grabs, there will be a lot to watch on Tuesday and the days that follow. → Read More

Nevada Races Show Democrats’ Struggle to Find Economic Message

Rep. Steven Horsford wandered through the food stalls at the outdoor Broadacres Marketplace in Las Vegas, shaking hands, bumping fists, and doling out high-fives. → Read More

House Subcommittee Leaders in Tough Races Have Two Jobs At Risk

Committee and subcommittee leadership roles are one of the key indicators that a lawmaker has made it — yet in the November midterms, several holders of those offices find themselves at risk of losing their seats and prompting a cascading series of openings. → Read More

The 12 Races to Watch in 12 Minutes — With an Airhorn (Podcast)

Bloomberg Government’s Emily Wilkins and Greg Giroux could talk about congressional campaigns all day. But as you likely have other things to do, the latest episode of Downballot Counts features the program’s first lightning speed round. → Read More

Midterm Ad Messages Show Contrast in Party Approaches (Podcast)

If you’re already sick of campaign ads, Greg Giroux knows how you feel. He’s watched about 500 political ads that have aired since Labor Day to get a sense of what the big issues are and each party’s strategy to win the election. → Read More

Oversight Panel Opening Spurs Competition Among Democrats (1)

The race to lead Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee next year has already begun with Reps. Gerry Connolly and Stephen Lynch both announcing they will run, and Jamie Raskin considering joining the mix. → Read More

Democrats View Biden as Campaign Asset Despite His Unpopularity

Many Democrats are cautiously welcoming President Joe Biden on the campaign trail, banking on his assets outweighing his unpopularity in the party’s bid to retain control of both chambers of Congress. → Read More

Mental Health, Drug Bill Driven by Lawmakers’ Personal Stories

For many lawmakers, Wednesday’s vote on a package of addiction and mental health legislation will be personal. → Read More

Hispanic Democrats Warn Party to Learn From South Texas Loss

Hispanic Democrats in Congress are warning that a lack of investment in outreach to Hispanic voters will cost the party more seats after Republicans flipped a Texas border district in a special election Tuesday. → Read More

Republican Fred Upton, Who Voted to Impeach Trump, Retiring (1)

Rep. Fred Upton, first elected in 1986 and a former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, announced Tuesday he won’t seek re-election. → Read More

House GOP Aims to Broaden Appeal With Focus on Policy, Not Trump

House Republicans have a plan for winning in 2022: focus on the policy, not on Donald Trump. → Read More

Hill Staff Trying to Unionize Need Bosses’ Approval First (1)

Unionizing House staff, who got a huge boost last week with Nancy Pelosi‘s endorsement of their effort, could move closer to their goal this week with the introduction of a measure that would sanction the action. → Read More

Moderate Republicans Struggle to Hold the Center as Fringe Grows

Internal blowback and external death threats over supporting the bipartisan infrastructure bill has the most moderate House Republicans sounding the alarm over their future in the conference, as well as the ability to ever work across the aisle. → Read More

House Boosts Maximum Pay for Hill Staff Above Lawmaker Salaries

House staffers can now make more than their lawmaker bosses, Democratic leaders announced Thursday. → Read More

Immigration Faces Challenging Path to Spending Package Inclusion

Democratic lawmakers are tailoring several provisions they hope to include in a forthcoming social spending package to focus on how they affect the tax code and funding government programs in an effort to meet the requirements of reconciliation. → Read More

Congress Eager to Increase Staff Pay But Fear Voter Backlash (1)

A group of House lawmakers are preparing to tackle a politically toxic issue many members see as necessary: increasing Capitol Hill staffer pay. → Read More

Democrats With Science Resume Recruited to Run in Covid-19 Era

An organization advocating for more lawmakers with science backgrounds is ramping up fundraising and training to draw candidates to address the pandemic and counter what it says were the anti-science attitudes of the Trump years. → Read More

Reparations Get Brighter Spotlight in House After 2020 Protests

Lawmakers took the first step Wednesday in considering whether to provide reparations for Black Americans. → Read More