GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2016)

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Sure you've been hearing about a certain election…

But there are lots more on deck that affect you and how you're represented in Congress. Learn more!

Speaker Race  |  Elections  |  Congress Goes Home   
Around the Capital  |  Around the Country  |  Around the World  


 Rep. Paul Ryan said he will seek Speakership

Lots of speculation this week as to whether Rep. Paul Ryan will resign the Speakership or run again. Well today he put rumors to rest and said he will run for a full two-year term. So how's that election work anyways? We've got you covered.

More elections to come

So elections are over on Tuesday, right? Nope, there's still plenty of elections on deck to select new caucus and committee chairs. In fact, there will probably be 17 prominent roles up for grabs, and elections will begin during the lame-duck session. Check out this useful guide from Roll Call


What were your lawmakers up to this week?

House Energy and Commerce Democrats called for Department of Transportation investigation into Colonial Pipeline, the operator of a pipeline that exploded in Alabama earlier this week.

Sen. Angus King [I, ME] learned about a new approach to clean energy.

House Ways and Means Republicans sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, urging the Treasury Department to withdraw recently proposed regulations regarding estate taxes on family-owned businesses. 

Rep. Brad Ashford [D, NE-2] promoted his legislation to provide on-the-job training for young African American males. 

Rep. Tom Emmer [R, MN-6] wrote about the importance of adoption while celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI] discussed bipartisan legislation to lower prescription costs. 

Sen. Rob Portman [R, OH] delivered the eulogy for his friend Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.

Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-3] met with Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, the Consul General of Japan in New York.

Rep. Kelly Ayotte [R, NH] worked the drive thru at Burger King.

Sen. Bernie Sanders [I, VT] gathered stories about how increasing insulin prices have affected people. 

Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8] wrote an op-ed on why the tax code should encourage companies to support philanthropies. 

Sen. Al Franken [D, MN] sang "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" to calm an upset baby.

House Freedom Caucus held a not-so-secret meeting, an unusual pre-election strategy session.

#ICYMI: Around the Capital

#ICYMI: Around the Country

#ICYMI: Around the World

Congress is back home working, and we're sending a recess version of Gavel Down — full of how current events relate to Congressional happenings, as well as updates on major legislation. Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill does not imply POPVOX endorsement in any way. As always, our goal is to offer one more way to help you stay informed about the complex U.S. legislative system.