McConnell Says Gun Reform, if any, Is up to Trump

Congressional Republicans will wait for the White House to chart a path on gun violence legislation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, effectively putting the burden on President Trump to decide the Republican legislative response, if any, to the spate of mass shootings, including the latest mass murder in Texas.

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Freshmen House Dems Cut Different Paths Across Capitol Hill

The Democrats’ two paths within a 12-hour stretch this week demonstrated the dramatic differences emerging among members of the historic freshman class of House Democrats that — together — helped flip the House from Republican control in November’s elections. The celebrity-studded group includes a record number of women, a new crop of veterans and diversity never before seen in Congress.

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McConnell’s Year-End Wish: Getting Congress to Legalize Hemp

Pressed for time and pushed to move quickly on a border wall and criminal justice reform, the Senate’s top leader has his own priority in Congress’ lame-duck session: passing a farm bill that includes a full pardon for hemp, the non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana that’s making a comeback in his home state.

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