“West Virginians just want us to do our jobs, and for me that means focusing full-time on the serious issues at hand. Politics can wait,” he said.
TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama meets with President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico at the White House.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think the Senate has been disastrously run over the last two years, not because of the rules but because of the operation.” — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during a debate on filibuster reform
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:
ILLINOIS: Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) is running to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) in the upcoming special election for his seat. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) set the dates for the special election to replace Jackson — the primary election will take place Feb. 26 and the general election will be held March 19.
NEW YORK: The House Ethics Committee is deferring to the Department of Justice in an investigation of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) for the possible violation of campaign finance laws.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Chris Christie filed documents to run for reelection as New Jersey governor.
President Obama’s economic team began its second-term makeover on Monday when Mary Schapiro announced she’ll step down as chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission on Dec. 14.
The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) — all but ensuring he will serve out his 13-year sentence for corruption charges.
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