- Rep. Rick Nolan announced that his daughter Katherine has Stage IV non-smoking, non-small cell lung cancer. The congressman went with her to her appointment at the Mayo Clinic.
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On this day
- Former Sen. Hattie Caraway was elected to office on Jan. 12, 1931 and was the first woman elected to serve a full term as a United States Senator. Rep. Carolyn Maloney noted the date and pushed to build a Smithsonian Women's History Museum.
- Rep. Mark Pocan wondered why Speaker Paul Ryan had not condemned President Donald Trump's vulgar statements about immigration on Thursday. Minutes later, Rep. Jim McGovern asked the same question.
- Sen. Chuck Grassley posted a video on his Instagram announcing that he is launching his 38th annual 99 county meetings, which are question and answer sessions in each county in Iowa conducted over the year.
“I enjoy this very much because this is the best way to know what’s on people’s minds and have dialogue with my constituents,” he said.
Grassley’s first stop is Carter Lake, from where he filmed the video on Friday morning.
- While some congresswomen will be wearing black to the State of the Union later this month in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, others are bringing advocates on the issue as their guests. Rep. Jackie Speier will bring the #MeToo movement's founder Tarana Burke as her guest.
“I have invited Tarana Burke, who is the founder of the #MeToo movement and she's trying to change her schedule so she can be here," Speier said on MSNBC on Thursday.
Happy MLK weekend!