Telephone lines were open for urban viewers to respond to the question, “What is your message to Washington, D.C.?” The topic was drawn from President-elect Donald Trump’s statement that his selection of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development would allow the administration to work on urban renewal and economic revival efforts in inner cities.
Alex Rogers was interviewed by phone about the Senate’s previous-day votes on a medical innovation bill. He also discussed the latest on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and planned floor tributes for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) talked about efforts to reverse a federal court’s 2010 ruling in SpeechNow.org v. FEC, that allows individuals to make unlimited contributions to super political action committees (super PACs) that do not directly support a party or candidate.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Deputy Director William Werkheiser testified at a hearing on cases of data manipulation at his agency between and 1996 and 2014. An internal investigation of a Lakewood, Colorado, USGS laboratory confirmed the misconduct and also identified personnel and management problems. Mr. Werkheiser stated that scientific integrity is essential to his agency and outlined steps to enhance data quality assurance to prevent future misconduct.
Jason Miller, Communications Director for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Transition Team, and Sean Spicer, Chief Strategist & Communications Director for the Republican National Committee, held a conference call with members of the press to provide an update on the transition efforts. Following their remarks, Mr. Miller and Mr. Spicer answered questions from the media.
Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), whose state houses some Boeing facilities, came to the House floor to chastise President-elect Donald Trump for his comments regarding a federal government contract with the aircraft company to build a new fleet of Air Force One planes. Representative McDermott also criticized Mr. Trump for his calls to foreign leaders.
Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry, co-chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates, as well as ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Fox News’s Chris Wallace, two of the 2016 presidential debate moderators, discussed lessons learned from the most recent election cycle and talked about potential future debate format changes. Longtime broadcast newsman Marvin Kalb moderated the discussion at the National Press Club in Washington.