Sarah Ferris
Sarah Ferris
Sarah Ferris covers the House for POLITICO’s Congress team, focusing on the Democratic caucus. She has covered Capitol Hill for six years, including stints focused on budget and health care policy for POLITICO Pro and The Hill newspaper.Source
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Biden bets that he can change how America thinks about migration

Biden bets that he can change how America thinks about migration

The president is facing a political pinch over the border. His solution for it: more nuance.President Joe Biden delivers brief remarks to the press during a meeting with members of his cabinet and immigration advisors in the State Dining Room on March 24. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesUnder growing political pressure over an increase in migrant children and crowding at the southern border, the Biden administration is betting big on nuance.They don’t just want to push back on their critics, they want to change the very way Americans view migration.President Joe Biden and his aides have...

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Dems sound alarm at prospect of overturning Iowa race

Dems sound alarm at prospect of overturning Iowa race

Some of House Democrats’ most vulnerable members are blanching at potentially unseating GOP Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks.Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks won her congressional seat in November by six votes. | Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via APThe prospect of a floor vote to overturn a contested congressional race in Iowa has suddenly become a real dilemma for House Democrats' most vulnerable members.Moderate Democrats are privately squirming over the possibility that they could be forced to choose a winner in the race for Iowa’s 2nd district, where the GOP candidate, now-Rep....

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‘Behave like grown-ups’: Conservative rebellion boils over in House

‘Behave like grown-ups’: Conservative rebellion boils over in House

If GOP lawmakers refuse to relent in their delay tactics, it would mean a slog of votes on mundane issues.“I didn’t think anything was heated. People are passionate,” Rep. Andy Biggs said after the meeting, though he declined to discuss what happened inside. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoA leading Republican hard-liner clashed behind closed doors with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday, exposing a rift in the Republican conference and suggesting that a chamber-rattling floor protest by the far right isn't fading anytime soon.During a closed-door conference meeting, House Freedom...

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Mar 17
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'Not quite ready yet': Democrats won’t take up Biden immigration plan this month

'Not quite ready yet': Democrats won’t take up Biden immigration plan this month

A dismal whip count came back this week showing House leaders don’t yet have the votes to pass the bill on the floor.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi listens to other members speak during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesTop House Democrats have promised to put key immigration bills on the floor this month — but President Joe Biden’s sweeping overhaul won’t be one of them.The issue of what to do with Biden’s comprehensive immigration plan has bedeviled Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team, particularly after a...

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House scraps work schedule amid security threat

House scraps work schedule amid security threat

Federal authorities and the sergeant-at-arms warned of discussions by “militia violent extremists” to seize control of the Capitol complex on or around March 4.U.S. Capitol Police protective agents stand watch as Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers hold a news event on the steps of the House of Representatives at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. | J. Scott Applewhite/APTop House Democrats are abruptly wrapping up all work on Wednesday and sending members home — a day earlier than planned — as congressional leaders grapple with another potential threat to the Capitol, nearly two months...

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House Democrats settle income debate for direct payments

House Democrats settle income debate for direct payments

Joint tax filers making $150,000 would qualify for direct payments, with that eligibility phasing out for earners making up to $200,000.Sen. Bernie Sanders listens during committee hearing. | Graeme Jennings/Pool via APHouse Democrats plan to move ahead with a coronavirus stimulus package that would keep the existing income limits for Americans who receive stimulus checks, while tightening eligibility for higher-earning Americans — a major win for progressives.The plan, to be released later this week, would keep stimulus checks flowing to Americans making up to $75,000 a year — rather than...

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Trump won’t testify at his second impeachment trial

Trump won’t testify at his second impeachment trial

The former president “will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding,” his spokesperson says.Impeachment managers Reps. Jamie Raskin, Diana DeGette, David Cicilline, Joaquin Castro, Eric Swalwell, Ted Lieu, Stacey Plaskett, Joe Neguse and Madeleine Dean leave the Senate floor after delivering the article of impeachment. | Melina Mara-Pool/Getty ImagesDonald Trump will not testify in the Senate’s upcoming impeachment trial, a spokesman for the former president said Thursday, explicitly rejecting a request from House Democrats.Jason Miller, a spokesperson for the former president, said...

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House votes to speed stimulus passage after Biden meets with Dems

House votes to speed stimulus passage after Biden meets with Dems

The House took the first step toward pushing Biden's relief package through Congress without GOP support.President Joe Biden makes brief remarks in the Oval Office at the White House. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden met with Democrats on Wednesday as the House took its first step toward passing his sprawling $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package through Congress without any Republican help.The lower chamber approved a budget measure in 218-212 vote, directing a dozen committees to start drafting the pieces of Biden’s bill, including $1,400 stimulus checks, $350 billion...

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'Hate in their heart': Lawmakers fear more violence after Capitol attacks

'Hate in their heart': Lawmakers fear more violence after Capitol attacks

"What do we do to protect members of Congress and the staff and the police from this insurgency?”House of Representatives members leave the floor of the House chamber as protesters try to break into the chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. | AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteAfter freshman GOP Rep. Nancy Mace announced she would be opposing President Donald Trump’s bid to overturn the election, the single mother of two feared so much for her life that she applied for a concealed carry permit and sent her kids hundreds of miles from D.C.Democratic Rep. Al Green...

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Dems' ambitions narrow as political reality sets in

Dems' ambitions narrow as political reality sets in

After a Trump era that emboldened its left flank, the party’s legislative agenda is gliding down from loftiness to pragmatism.Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal argued that the issue of D.C. statehood is hardly “extraneous” to the Democratic Party's goals. | Susan Walsh/AP PhotoSen. Angus King is still undecided on whether to support D.C. statehood, an important goal for many of the Democrats he aligns with. And the independent Mainer is in no rush.“I’m still kind of pondering it,” King said on Wednesday. “There are just other issues I’m engaged in at this...

Apr 21
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