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January 11, 2016

D.C. Mayor One of Ryan’s State of the Union Guests


Bowser will be one of Ryan's guests at the State of the Union. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bowser will be one of Ryan’s guests at the State of the Union. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser will attend the State of the Union Tuesday as one of Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s guests, according to her spokesman. Full story

December 18, 2015

Congress Sends Omnibus to Obama


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 02: Morning fog covers the U.S. Capitol, December 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate passed a year-end omnibus package that combined a $1.1 trillion spending bill with a tax extenders measure, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature and wrapping up Congress’ 2015 legislative session.

The Senate voted 65-33 to pass the package, after a series of procedural votes Friday morning. Twenty six Republicans, including GOP presidential hopefuls Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, voted against the package, along with seven members across the aisle, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.

The year-end package passed with little drama in the Senate, after Senate leaders locked up votes on Thursday, heading off any effort to slow down the process. GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had threatened Thursday that he might used procedural methods to slow it down. But on Friday, Rubio was not present for the final vote. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was also not present for the vote.

At a press conference after the vote, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., touted the omnibus spending bill and tax extender package as a victory for his party. They argued the Senate has been able to function again because they are a more cooperative minority than Republicans were before them.

Earlier in the day, the House passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill, leaving the Senate to clear the omnibus for the president’s signature. Full story

December 7, 2015

New Yorkers Look to Avoid More 9/11 ‘Collateral Damage’


Stewart has been pressuring Congress to renew the first responders' health funding law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Stewart, right, has been pressuring members of Congress like Sen. Lindsey Graham, left, to renew the first responders’ health funding law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“I wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rep. Peter T. King said, worrying that Congress is turning its back on 9/11 first responders. The Long Island Republicans added his biggest fear is that those exposed to Ground Zero’s horrors will be “collateral damage” because the expired Zadroga Act that funds their health care needs won’t find a way onto any of the year-end tax or spending bills.

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December 6, 2015

Democrats Visit Mosque to Support Muslim Community


From right, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., address the members of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va., after Friday's prayers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Beyer, McCollum and Norton addressed members of the Dar Al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va., after Friday’s prayers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Three members of Congress drove to a mosque in Northern Virginia on Friday afternoon, and sat attentively in the back while members of the congregation said their weekly prayers.

The lawmakers visited the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., roughly 10 miles from the U.S. Capitol, to show support for the American Muslim community, which has faced threats and heated rhetoric, particularly since the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. Full story

November 30, 2015

McCarthy Shuts Down Shutdown Talk


McCarthy said the government would not shut down. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy said the government would not shut down. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heading into a tense negotiation period, the GOP’s floor leader is taking away one of the party’s most frequently used weapons, the threat of a government shutdown.

Congress faces a Dec. 11 deadline to pass an omnibus government spending package to avert a shutdown. In a Monday pen-and-pad briefing, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., not only dismissed the possibility of a shutdown — he gave his troops some extra time if lawmakers can’t meet their deadline.

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McCarthy Won’t Speculate on Push to Defund Planned Parenthood


McCarthy said he did not support funding Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCarthy said he did not support funding Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, one GOP leader faced questions about whether congressional Republicans will continue their push to defund the organization.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., did not rule in or out a move to strip the group’s funding in the must-pass government spending package. He told reporters during a pen-and-pad briefing Monday there will likely be debate on the subject.

Full story

November 19, 2015

House Staffer Takes Stand in Capitol Arrest Hearing


Eidinger was charged with "unlawful entry," (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Eidinger was charged with unlawful entry. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A House staffer took the witness stand in District of Columbia court Thursday, in a case that has raised questions about Capitol Police policy toward protesters.

Outgoing House Oversight and Government Reform staff director Sean McLaughlin testified that he acted in his professional capacity when telling protesters they would be asked to leave if they were disruptive, in a case stemming from an April arrest of D.C. activist Adam Eidinger during a committee markup.

“Generally I’m the person who is in control of the committee room,” McLaughlin, who has worked as staff director for about one year, told the court. Full story

Ethics Committee Defers to DOJ on Pittenger Probe


UNITED STATES - MAY 20: Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C,, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Pittenger is under a cloud related to possible ethics violations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:43 p.m. | The House Ethics Committee voted Wednesday to establish an investigative subcommittee to look into allegations that Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., “received compensation for his involvement with a fiduciary business, a real estate investment firm known as Pittenger Land Investments, Inc.” But, at the request of the Justice Department, the committee has recommended the subcommittee defer its investigation. Full story

November 18, 2015

Farenthold Sexual Harassment Case Is Settled Out of Court


UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 27: Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, leaves a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, October 27, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Farenthold and Greene have settled their case out of court. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The sexual harassment case against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, halted Wednesday because an agreement was reached by the two parties.

The details of the resolution that led to the parties’ suggestion the case be dismissed, which was first reported by the National Law Journal, are unclear. The lawyer for Lauren Greene, the former staffer who alleged harassment and discrimination, and Farenthold’s office, did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday night. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 7:30 p.m.
Ethics

House Honors Victims of Beirut Bombings


Issa led a moment of silence. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Issa led the moment of silence for the Beirut victims. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House paused Wednesday night to pay tribute to the lives lost at the hands of the Islamic State terror group in Beirut, Lebanon.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., stood with members of the US-Lebanese Friendship Caucus, which he chairs, in the Well of the House to lead lawmakers in a moment of silence to honor the 43 victims who were killed when two suicide bombers attacked Beirut on Nov. 12. Full story

November 17, 2015

Paris Attacks Highlight 9/11 Health Care Bill


Sen. Mark S. Kirk was among the lawmakers calling attention to the expired 9/11 health program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk was among the lawmakers calling attention to the expired 9/11 health program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Days after the terrorist attacks in Paris, first responders from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on American soil headed to the Capitol to push Congress to renew their health care programs.

New York firefighters and other first responders joined lawmakers at a Tuesday event calling for the World Trade Center Health Program, which expired on Sept. 30, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to be permanently extended. The Paris attacks and other potential attacks on the United States, they contended, demonstrate the need to prove the government is committed to taking care of first responders.

“It’s equally ironic that we sit here now, a few days after Paris had their 9/11, to take care of the folks who responded to ours,” Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said at the event. “What kind of message does it send to Americans if folks like this have to stand up in front of Congress and beg for health care support?” Full story

Lawmakers Hit Secret Service on ‘Disturbing’ Culture


When the Secret Service circulated Chaffetz's file, it set off alarms with his fellow lawmakers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When the Secret Service circulated Chaffetz’s file, it set off alarms with his fellow lawmakers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The U.S. Secret Service came under the congressional microscope once again Tuesday, with lawmakers seeking answers about agents who wrongly accessed a fellow congressman’s personnel file.

On Sept. 30, the agency’s inspector general released a report confirming that Secret Service employees accessed and circulated House Oversight and Government Affairs Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s 2003 application for a job at the agency, after Chaffetz’s probe of mishaps at the Secret Service. The incident prompted Homeland Security subcommittees of jurisdiction from the House and Senate to hold a joint hearing.

“The American people deserve answers,” said Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. “As disturbing as this incident is, it is only one example of other instances where Secret Service employees showed very poor judgment and leadership failed to act.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:26 p.m.
Oversight

November 16, 2015

Ryan Holds Moment of Silence for Victims of Paris Attacks


(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan held a moment of silence on the floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As members of Congress debated on television shows and in news statements how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris, they paused Monday night to pay tribute to the victims.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., held a moment of silence on the House floor Monday at around 7 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 7:22 p.m.
Paul Ryan

November 4, 2015

Howard Coble Dead at 84


Coble in June 2014. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Coble in June 2014. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 9:22 a.m. | Republican former Rep. Howard Coble of North Carolina died late Tuesday after an extended hospitalization. He was 84. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 8:08 a.m.
Obituaries

October 8, 2015

In Speaker Possibilities, a Lack of Women


Cathy McMorris Rodgers

McMorris Rodgers chairs the GOP Conference. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Look at the list of potential Republican candidates to be the next speaker of the House and one thing becomes clear: It’s male-dominated.

The highest ranking Republican woman, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is on the list, but not many members will cite her among potential candidates, noting they believe she will not run for the top spot. Full story

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