Rep. Dana Rohrabacher laughed when a reporter from The Hill newspaper asked Friday whether he is getting paid by Russia.
"Am I getting money from Russia? No," the Huntington Beach Republican said.
The question stemmed from a Washington Post story this week that disclosed an audio recording from last year in which House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said he thought Rohrabacher and then-candidate Donald Trump were being paid by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and his wife Brittany announced the birth of their first child Friday, a boy.
The couple named their son Eric Nelson Swalwell and plan to call him Nelson, according to the congressman's Instagram. He was born in San Ramon, Calif. Swalwell reports that mom and baby are healthy and well.
Swalwell is serving his third term in Congress and is head of the Future Forum, a group of younger House members focused on issues millennials care about, such as student loan debt.
The official record will show that the state Assembly passed all of the bills related to a new state budget on Thursday, almost a month before the constitutional deadline to do so.
But the record will also show those bills were devoid of any language related to the budget. They were, like ones passed last week by the Senate, empty legislative vessels.
As in, one-page bills with placeholder language: "This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2017," reads one. "It is the intent of the Legislature to enact statutory changes relating to the Budget Act of 2017," reads another. That's all that is in Assembly Bill 137 and 39 other bills that will ultimately carry the contents of a fiscal plan negotiated between Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown.
Thousands of California's Democratic activists, party leaders and others on the front lines of the "resistance" against President Trump are gathering in Sacramento this weekend for their spring convention.
The annual confab, which runs Friday to Sunday, is expected to help chart the course for one of the nation's most influential state political parties at a time when California seeks to be a liberal bulwark against the Trump administration.
The tweet came in response to an earlier story from The Times that discussed how some lawmakers were considering pushing forward with only a majority vote, which could make it easier to reach a deal but would leave the program vulnerable to legal challenges.
A coalition including the National Rifle Assn. on Thursday filed a second lawsuit challenging California’s new gun laws, this time arguing a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines is unconstitutional.
NRA attorneys representing the California Rifle and Pistol Assn., the group’s state affiliate, filed the lawsuit in federal court in San Diego, maintaining that the law banning possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition violates the due process and takings clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
“Legislators in California routinely enact laws that only affect the law-abiding and do nothing to enhance public safety,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This lawsuit, and others that will follow, is an effort to ensure the rights of law-abiding gun owners are respected in California.”
For most of the debate in Sacramento over extending California’s cap-and-trade program, the goal has been reaching a two-thirds vote in both houses of the Legislature to get the job done.
That’s the target set by Gov. Jerry Brown and the threshold that nonpartisan legislative analysts believe would insulate the program from legal challenges.
However, there’s increasing interest among some key lawmakers in requiring only a majority vote. That would lower the political hurdles to reaching an agreement but leave one of the state’s most important efforts on climate change vulnerable to lawsuits.