A wild and woolly opening for 116th Congress

The Senate convened at noon and adjourned at 5 p.m. with no recorded votes. Among its routine business, the Senate confirmed

  • Robert S. Brewer, Jr., of California, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of California for the term of four years.
  • David L. Anderson, of California, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of California for the term of four years.
  • Earle D. Litzenberger, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Lots of noise in the House. Democratic members of the House of Representatives did their best imitation of triumphant toddlers.


Freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib spoke with a crowd of supporters, making no bones about her desire to impeach President Trump:

She (apparently) spoke to her son in this fashion.

As one of the last actions prior to adjournment for the night, the House announced Speaker’s policies and inserted same in the Congressional record. The sixth such policy concerned “decorum in debate.” Let’s hope that the Speaker’s decorum policy rules out foul language when speaking on the record in Congress.


Congressman Steve Cohen, who represents Memphis, Tennessee and its immediate surroundings, introduced two bills, each a Constitutional amendment.

One is to throw out the Electoral College. The other is to limit the pardon power of the President.

They both amount to banging a spoon on his high chair tray.

New York

Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who represents White Plains, New York, north of Manhattan Island, had the honor of introducing an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that pointedly excluded any funding for a southern border wall. The official description of the bill:

Making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

At least one of the “other purposes” is to throw a Bronx cheer in the direction of 1600 Pennsylvanian Avenue.


Congressman Brad Sherman, representing the San Fernando Valley, submitted House Resolution 13, impeaching President Trump. No text of the resolution is currently available. It was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Our own Congressman, Alan Lowenthal, has not put out a news release since the middle of December. For the record, he voted in support of Rep. Lowey’s appropriations bill.

Using our own list of Orange County Congressmembers (all Democrats since the November election), here is how each voted on that appropriations bill:

District Name Vote
38 (map) Linda Sánchez aye
39 (map) Gil Cisneros  NEW  aye
45 (map) Katie Porter  NEW  aye
46 (map) Lou Correa aye
47 (map) Alan Lowenthal aye
48 (map) Harley Rouda  NEW  aye
49 (map) Mike Levin  NEW  aye