Carl Higbie stepped down from his post after CNN uncovered discriminatory comments he'd made on various radio segments.
The process of appropriating government funds is often about compromise.
Senate Republicans need to convince weary Democrats to vote their way on a temporary spending bill, or the government will likely shut down.
The Supreme Court blocked a lower court's order to redraw North Carolina's congressional map by Jan. 24.
Members want time to work with the White House, which is reportedly telling witnesses to limit what they say.