Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Two House Republicans announced on Friday that they are leaving a bipartisan group aimed at passing immigration reform.

Reps. Sam Johnson and John Carter, both from Texas, cited "politics" and President Barack Obama as the reasons they are leaving the group.

"After years of hard work and countless meetings, we have reached a tipping point and can no longer continue working on a broad approach to immigration. We want to be clear. The problem is politics," the two congressmen said in a statement. "Instead of doing what’s right for America, President Obama time and again has unilaterally disregarded the U.S. Constitution, the letter of the law and bypassed the Congress – the body most representative of the people - in order to advance his political agenda. We will not tolerate it. Laws passed by Congress are not merely suggestions, regardless of the current atmosphere in Washington. Laws are to be respected and followed by all – particularly by the Commander-in-Chief. "

In June, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) left the group, which had originally been a "gang of eight." The group had quietly been working on a bipartisan immigration reform proposal for years and over the last few months following the introduction of an immigration reform proposal by a counterpart group of lawmakers in the Senate, said they were close to introducing their own legislation.

The remaining members of the group are Democrats Zoe Lofgren (CA), Luis Gutierrez (IL), John Yarmuth (KY), Xavier Becerra (CA) and Republican Mario Diaz-Balart (FL).

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has decided to run for reelection in 2016.

Grassley made the announcement on the Iowa Press public television show on Friday according to The Des Moines Register.

"I'm planning on running for reelection," Grassley said according to the Iowa newspaper. The Republican senator said he had decided a few months ago and was motivated by Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) decision not to run for reelection.

"If Iowa had to start over two years from now with two very junior senators it would hurt Iowans’ opportunities to get anything done in the Senate," Grassley said.

Grassley is expected to win reelection. If he does, he will be 89 by the time he finishes his next term (which would be his seventh).

In February Grassley said he was undecided about running for reelection. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) has canceled a Friday afternoon appearance in support of Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker's (D) Senate campaign and is flying back to Chicago to respond to a shooting that left more than a dozen people wounded.

Emanuel's office confirmed the cancellation to TPM on Friday morning.

The shooting Thursday night resulted in 13 injured, including a 3 year old, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Emanuel had been planning to appear at a campaign rally for Booker in Newark, N.J.

The Democratic Congressional Committee is fundraising off of House Republicans' continuing resolution proposal that would also defund Obamacare.

The campaign arm sent a fundraising email out to supporters warning that House Republicans are putting everything not he line to defund President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

"Now that Republicans have put everything at stake over Obamacare, the only way to avoid a government shutdown is for us to do the same," the email reads.

The fundraising email also noted that Obama "vowed to stand up to Republicans' extortion tactics."

On Thursday House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he expects Senate Republicans to go all out to try and defund the healthcare law.

"I expect my Senate colleagues to be up for the battle," Boehner said at a press conference.

The House is expected to pass its continuing resolution that also defunds Obamacare on Friday. That spending bill is unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

"I expect my Senate colleagues to do everything they can to stop this law," Boehner said. "It's time for them to pick up the mantle and get the job done."

Many Republicans think GOP lawmakers' new continuing resolution budget proposal that would also defund Obamacare is a bad idea, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said Thursday at a press conference alongside Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). 

The New York Democrat said that he believes there's a "widespread view among" Republican lawmakers that the proposal "is a dumb idea." 

Ultra-conservatives don't have the numbers on their own to pass the proposal, Schumer said. 

"The fact is the hard right doesn't have the numbers to stand on their own," Schumer said. 

Schumer added that there's a strong incentive for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to instead push a continuing resolution proposal that does not defund Obamacare. 

"Speaker Boehner will end up doing the right thing sooner or later," Schumer said. "It would be better for him, his party and his country if he did something sooner."

In the clearest language possible, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said any continuing resolution bill that also defunds Obamacare is going nowhere.

"I want to be absolutely crystal clear: Any bill that defunds Obamacare is dead. Dead," Reid said at a press conference on Thursday. "I'm disappointed that he's decided, from what I've heard, he's going to move forward with the full knowledge that it's a futile effort."

Reid was flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), two members of the Democratic leadership in the Senate.

Reid said Republicans were just trying to make an ideological point by pushing a continuing resolution that also defunds Obamacare.

"They're really putting the nation's economic recovery at risk to make an ideological point," Reid said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urged the Senate to make another attempt at passing legislation addressing the nation's gun laws. 

"I'd like the Senate to take another shot so that we can win on it," Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday.

Pelosi said that there's "certainly" reason to believe that the legislation could pass her chamber as well.

"I think that the support is there. What's more, 90 percent of the American people support background checks," Pelosi said.

Pelosi's comments follow earlier remarks in which she said that Congress could still pass new gun legislation, despite a failed attempt to pass new gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

A number of lawmakers have called on Congress to pass new gun laws in response to a shooting massacre at Washington D.C.'s Navy Yard on Monday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed House Republicans latest proposal to defund Obamacare through a continuing resolution (CR).

At a press conference on Thursday Pelosi estimated the new proposal, which House Republican leadership said on Wednesday that they planned to move forward with, could cost as much as "1.6 million jobs."

"It's a terrible appropriations bill, the CR. But it's also a bill that puts insurance companies back in charge of medical decisions for Americans' families," Pelosi said.

Republicans are hoping to pass the continuing resolution legislation by the end of the week. The Senate is almost certain to reject the proposal in which case the House will then pass a "clean" continuing resolution bill that strips out the Obmacare defunding provision. 

Updated: September 19, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

Former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R) weighed in on the Alabama special election race Wednesday endorsing Republican candidate and businessman Dean Young, who has taken criticism for anti-LGBT remarks. Angle made the endorsement through her political action committee, Our Voice PAC. Our Voice Pac also made a $10,000 ad buy supporting Young, according to Roll Call on Thursday. In the endorsement Angle took aim at former state Sen. Bradley Byrne (R) and Quin Hillyer, who have both led the special election field in fundraising.

The email endorsement, obtained by TPM, was sent on Wednesday:

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Rep. Paul Broun's (R-GA.) Senate campaign bashed Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA.) for complaining about his congressman's salary.

Gingrey is running against Broun and other Republican candidates in the Senate primary in Georgia.

"While most Americans are struggling to make ends meet and battling higher healthcare costs, it's disappointing that Congressman Gingrey, whose reported net worth exceeds $3 million, complains about being 'stuck here (in Congress) making $172,000 a year,'" the Broun campaign said in a statement released Wednesday. "Congressman Paul Broun is fighting to exempt all Americans from Obamacare, to get Georgians back to work, and to jump start the economy so that our country can return to the path to prosperity. Georgians needs a senator who understands what it’s like to balance a budget, not one who is more concerned with their salary than the needs and economic challenges faced by most Georgians."

Earlier on Wednesday National Review reported that during a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans Gingrey complained that while his staff has the option of jumping ship for lobbying jobs that pay $500,000 he is "stuck" in Congress making just "$172,000 a year."

The comment reportedly came during a discussion on an Obamacare requirement that pushes members of Congress and their employees into participating in federal health care exchanges. In a follow-up interview with the magazine, Gingrey said he did not recall his precise comments but the point he was trying to make is that "it is completely unfair for members of Congress and Hill staffers to get this special treatment that the general public are not getting."