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We have some interesting data for you from our most recent edition of The Canvass: Capitol Hill, our anonymous survey of senior congressional aides that we conduct with the Locust Street Group.
As we get closer to the midterms, there has been increasing chatter around the Hill on who will replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi once she vacates her post as the top House Democrat. Let’s be clear: We don’t know if Pelosi’s leaving, but most people think she will.
Here’s what senior staffers said:
→ A majority (82%) of Democratic senior staffers believe Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) will be the next House Democratic leader after Pelosi. No one else comes close to Jeffries in this poll. Notable here – only 3% of our respondents believe Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the current No. 2 House Democrat, will replace Pelosi.
→ Lawmakers’ office budgets – known formally as the Members’ Representational Allowance – received a 21% boost this year. The MRA is used for everything from office supplies to travel costs. But House leadership has strongly encouraged members to use the additional money to increase staff pay.
To further encourage more competitive pay, Pelosi set a new minimum annual salary for congressional aides earlier this month.
The vast majority of staffers surveyed have seen bigger checks hit their bank account following the MRA increase. Roughly 93% of Democratic staffers surveyed say their office has received raises, along with 76% of Republican offices.
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HOUSE DEM LEADERSHIP UPDATE
Paul Pelosi arrested for DUI
Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested for driving under the influence in Napa County, Calif., early Sunday morning, according to media reports. TMZ broke the story.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Paul Pelosi was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections at 4:13 a.m. Sunday after his 2021 Porsche crashed into a Jeep. More from the Chronicle.
The crash occurred north of the town of Yountville at State Route 29 and Walnut Lane, according to a CHP press release. The CHP said Pelosi drove a 2021 Porsche into the intersection, where he was struck by a 2014 Jeep. No one involved in the accident suffered injuries, and the driver of the Jeep was not arrested.
“The speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in a statement.
Pelosi gave the commencement address to Brown University Sunday.
The Pelosis have been married since 1963.
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→ Here’s the first post-primary ad from Katie Britt, the Republican running for Senate in Alabama. She says she will go show “Washington, D.C. what Alabama is made of.” The spot is running all over the state. Britt previously worked as Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) chief of staff. The runoff, between Britt and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), is June 21.
→ Here’s an ad targeting Florida GOP Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott on the Big Tech bill that’s moving through Congress. Ironically, the ad only shows the Democrats who are sponsoring the bill, not the Republican cosponsors like Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The spot, running in Ft. Myers-Naples, Fla., says that the bill would stifle innovation and encourages Rubio and Scott to stand with “American innovation” not “big government.”
8:25 a.m.: President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will leave Wilmington for D.C. They will arrive at the White House at 9:20 a.m.
10:30 a.m.: The Bidens will host a breakfast for Memorial Day.
Noon: The Bidens, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Gen. Mark Milley will lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.
12:15 p.m.: Biden will speak at Arlington.
1:45 p.m.: The Bidens will plant a tree at the White House in honor of service members who passed away.
Tomorrow: Biden will meet with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Biden will also meet with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell.
→ “As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?” by Steven Erlanger in Brussels
→ “For NATO, Turkey Is a Disruptive Ally,” by Michael Crowley and Steven Erlanger
→ “After losses in Ga., Trump sets sights on ousting Liz Cheney in Wyo.,” by Dave Weigel in Casper, Wyo., and Josh Dawsey in D.C.
→ “Biden Visits Uvalde, Texas, as Justice Reviews Law Enforcement Response to School Shooting,” by Alex Leary, Joseph Pisani and Rob Copeland in Uvalde
→ “Companies Rush to Cash In on EPA Rules for Capturing Methane Emissions,” by Katy Stech Ferek
The Philadelphia Inquirer
→ “Gun sales and permits surged during the pandemic in Philly and Pennsylvania,” by Max Marin, Ryan W. Briggs , and Dylan Purcell
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