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March 28, 2015

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March 27, 2015

After Schock: House to Review Spending Rules

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Committee on House Administration announced Friday it is reviewing regulations governing lawmaker spending. The announcement comes in the wake of Illinois Republican Aaron Schock’s resignation due to improper spending of his congressional funds.

House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said in a statement that the committee “will review current House regulations and explore ways to strengthen the regulations governing official expenses, as well as ways to enhance the training and educational opportunities available to assist each office with compliance.” Full story

March 26, 2015

Rubio, Jordan Target D.C.’s Local Control Over Gun Regulations

Rubio wants to loosen D.C. gun laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rubio wants to loosen D.C. gun laws. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbia’s gun laws.

The Republican lawmakers’ bill, titled the Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015, states that D.C. “remains one of the most dangerous large cities in the United States.” The text states that D.C.’s regulations prevent citizens from protecting themselves against violent crime. Full story

Mendelson to Lankford: D.C. Bills Don’t Violate Religious Freedom

Mendelson, left, sent a letter to Lankford arguing the bills do not violate religious freedom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mendelson, left, sent a letter to Lankford arguing the bills do not violate religious freedom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval to block two District of Columbia bills from becoming law, the D.C. Council chairman took his argument in support of the bills directly to Lankford.

“There is no intent on our part to violate the rights of others, such as freedom of religion,” Council Chairman Phil Mendelson wrote in a two-page letter sent to Lankford on March 20. Full story

Former Staffer Is Off the Hill, but Still On the Grind

(Courtesy Robert McAlister)

(Courtesy Robert McAlister)

Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.

“People from New Orleans, and Louisiana in general, tend to really be coffee lovers, so I already was. And I had an interest in it and just really wanted to know more about the coffee industry,” McAlister said, explaining his move from Capitol Hill to become head of wholesale sales for a burgeoning coffee company. Full story

March 25, 2015

House Officials Not Impressed With Vitter’s Obamacare Probe

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vitter is investigating congressional health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of his ongoing investigation into congressional enrollment in Obamacare, Sen. David Vitter is taking on the House of Representatives, asking Speaker John A. Boehner to push House officials to comply with his inquiry. But neither the speaker’s office nor other House officers seem likely to do so.

“I am writing to advise you of my efforts and also to request any assistance that you or your office can offer in obtaining the cooperation of the House of Representatives in this important investigation,” the Louisiana Republican wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Boehner. Full story

Rotunda to Close for Six Weeks This Summer

Floor and art protection will once again be installed in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Floor and art protection will once again be installed in July. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Rotunda will close for six weeks this summer for scaffolding installation as part of the $60 million Dome restoration project.

According to a recent update on the Architect of the Capitol’s website, the Rotunda will be closed from July 25 through Labor Day on Sept. 7 so workers can install scaffolding to repair the Rotunda’s interior. Damage to the Dome has caused water to leak through the more than 1,000 cracks onto the Rotunda, damaging the interior. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 10:40 a.m.
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March 24, 2015

A Gold Medal for the Golden Bear

The Golden Bear was honored Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Golden Bear was honored Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An emotional Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal Tuesday, honoring his achievements on and off the golf course.

“I played the greatest game of all and somehow, over the course of 65 years of playing, I ended up here today,” the golf legend told the crowd of family members, lawmakers and staffers gathered in the Rotunda. Full story

Secret Service Director: ‘We Are Not a Perfect Agency’ (Video)

For the third time in a week, U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions from members of Congress about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents, but defended his beleaguered organization.

“The president, the White House, the first family is safe. Absolutely. I’ve protected four presidents. Four presidents who apparently respect the work that I’ve done,” Clancy told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a three-and-a-half hour hearing Tuesday. “I know what it takes to protect presidents and their families. And I know that we are not a perfect agency. … We know what we’re doing. But do we make mistakes? Yes we do. We make mistakes and we follow up on them.” Full story

March 23, 2015

Finding Nick Ryan: The Case of the Mysterious Email

Who sent the Nick Ryan email?

Who sent the Nick Ryan email? (Screenshot)

The email landing in Capitol Hill inboxes was simple enough — a personalized note thanking congressional staffers for their service.

What wasn’t clear was where it came from.

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March 20, 2015

Catholic Leaders Backing Cruz’s D.C. Resolution

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Cruz D.C. resolution is getting attention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Influential Catholic leaders sent a letter to senators Friday urging them to support Republican Sens. Ted Cruz’s and James Lankford’s effort to block two D.C. bills.

This week, Cruz introduced two joint resolutions of disapproval, with Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, as a co-sponsor, aimed at striking down the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act, which the D.C. government approved in January. The senators say the bills violate religious freedom and the Catholic leaders agree.

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