Manu Raju

Manu Raju

Senior Congressional Correspondent, @CNN. Prowling the Capitol halls, covering the Hill and politics. Die-hard Chicago sports fan. Wisconsin Badger for life.

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216-208, House passes bill along party lines to make DC the 51st state. It lacks 60 votes in the Senate to clear a filibuster

Jordan wouldn’t say if he agreed with verdict. Brooks: “It has always been my practice to defer to the good judgement of American citizens who serve jury duty.” Rep. Paul Gosar told me that the jury has spoken. When asked if he agreed with verdict: “I’m a dentist, not a lawyer.”

“I’m consistent, man,” Adam Kinzinger told me when asked why he voted in favor of moving ahead with the censure resolution against Maxine Waters. “I think it's consistency. I wish everybody could be consistent.”

Just asked VP Harris if she's open to compromise on the issue of qualified immunity, a key sticking point in talks over policing bill. "I need to be fully briefed on it. I haven't made a decision about it. But as you know, I was part of the language - I helped write the language"

GOP senators offering plan tomorrow, worth around $600B, as their opening proposal on infrastructure. Capito told me it would be “fully paid for” and that “no taxes will be raised”

Manchin undecided on DC statehood bill  “I got so many things on my plate that I haven’t even gotten to that yet,” he told me when asked if he supports it.

New -- The prospect of Herschel Walker's #gasen  bid is so real that it's frozen the GOP field. But concerns abound if he's ready for a bruising campaign and if Trump thought through the implications of his endorsement McConnell tells us it's "wide open"

Hawley told @tedbarrettcnn  this about the bill earlier this week. “I’m just concerned the bill is hugely broad, hugely open-ended.  Mandates all this data collection in expansive categories that the federal government will collect and maintain.  That concerns me.”


NEWS: Several Republicans in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they couldn't attend "due to the ongoing public health emergency." But those members are scheduled to be at CPAC

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert were the lone two members to vote against a bill that would reauthorize the National Marrow Donor Program, which matches bone marrow donors and cord blood units with patients who have leukemia and other diseases The bill passed 415-2

Josh Hawley in this Congress has voted against all the Biden nominees and against the waiver for Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary. His lone two 'yes' votes so far have been to throw out the electoral results of Arizona and Pennsylvania.

Trump, who tweeted yesterday he canceled his NJ trip to ensure "LAW & ORDER is enforced,” just arrived at his Virginia golf club. It's the 271st time he has been at one of his golf clubs and 363rd time at one of his properties in his presidency, per CNN tally

Sen. Martha McSally, a Republican facing a difficult election race, lashed out when I asked if she would consider new evidence as part of the Senate trial. “You’re a liberal hack - I’m not talking to you. You’re a liberal hack.” She then walked into a hearing room.