Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, refused to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election on Tuesday, part of a pattern of the past two years in which she downplays her support for Trump but ultimately backs his agenda. Collins, who is running for a fifth term in a state Trump lost in 2016, has voted with Trump 94 percent of the time, according to a CQ analysis.
A Virginia state senator who voted against removing Confederate monuments is a member of a hate-filled conservative Facebook group, an affiliation that has dogged other Republicans in recent months. State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, who represents a district around Richmond, has been a member of the simply named Facebook group Tea Party since June, even as other politicians faced criticism for their links to the group, where users cheerlead President Donald Trump alongside anti-semitic and racist posts.
Ernst Keeping Salary During Shutdown Because She’s ‘Working’ As 400,000 Federal Employees Work Without Pay
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told constituents Wednesday that she was still taking her salary during the government shutdown because she is “working” during it, as more than 400,000 federal employees are being compelled to work without pay.
With the House in session Wednesday looking for a way out of the longest-running government shutdown in U.S. history, Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., was in his home state holding a fundraiser for his gubernatorial run with a campaign donor.
A Senate aide for Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, already facing an ethics complaint over doing political work was quoted on Twitter on Tuesday discussing the senator’s political campaign.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has involved in racist controversies for years, and Republicans in Washington and Des Moines have been with him the whole way — shrugging off his racist and xenophobic remarks or issuing muted criticism when they came at politically inconvenient times. Now, following a narrow re-election win in November, King is under significant fire from his own party for the first time in his 16-year Washington career after defending white supremacy.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., held a fundraiser for his re-election campaign at a lobbying firm's Washington office Wednesday as a partial government shutdown that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks entered its 26th day.