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January 30, 2015

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January 29, 2015

Congress’ Top Travelers Say Globetrotting on Private Dime Essential

McDermott says Congress needs to travel to do its job more effectively. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McDermott says Congress needs to travel to do its job more effectively. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As one of the top travelers in Congress, Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette likes to give this advice to incoming House freshmen: “Pick one or two countries and really get deeply involved in the politics and culture.”

For DeGette, that nation is Japan. The lawmaker, who was born in Tachikawa, explained her “long cultural and personal connection” in a recent interview. “My district, in Denver, has a huge business and cultural connection to Japan,” she said, adding that the head of the local chamber of commerce is excited by the ties. Full story

January 27, 2015

Conviction of Reid Bundler Upheld, Next Stop: SCOTUS?

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A prominent Nevada lobbyist convicted of making illegal contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2010 re-election campaign is preparing to ask the Supreme Court to revisit campaign finance limits, following a Monday federal appeals court decision.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the convictions of F. Harvey Whittemore, 62, of Reno, Nev., for two counts of violating federal campaign finance law, and one count of causing a materially false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission. Reid was not accused of any wrongdoing in the case, though the Nevada Democrat was required to amend his campaign finance reports. Full story

Protesters Arrested at Fast-Track Trade Hearing

Capitol Police arrested three sign-carrying, slogan-shouting demonstrators who disrupted a Tuesday morning Senate Finance Committee hearing on the president’s trade policy agenda.

The protesters wore shirts reading “No Fast Track” and greeted U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman with signs stating, “Froman lies” — a response to his statement to the committee that trade promotion authority “is Congress’s best tool to ensure that there is ample time for public scrutiny and debate on U.S. trade agreements.” Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 1:03 p.m.
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January 26, 2015

Getting Beyond Budget Scorekeeper’s Perennial ‘Pissing Contest’

Former CBO acting director Donald Marron, a potential Elemendorf successor, testifies during 2006 Senate Budget hearing. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former CBO acting Director Marron, a potential Elmendorf successor, testifies during Senate Budget Committee hearing in 2006. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Can the new director of the Congressional Budget Office get “beyond the basic pissing contest” of how to score legislation? The former heads of the official scorekeeping agency hope so.

As Washington awaits the identity of a new CBO director, fiscal policy wonks are delving into a pending rule change that will require Douglas W. Elmendorf’s successor to incorporate a contentious way of estimating economic effects into the official price tags of major pieces of legislation.

Full story

Driver Arrested in SOTU Car Chase

Police in Maryland’s Prince George’s County have arrested the driver who skirted Capitol Hill on State of the Union night in a high-speed chase.

District Heights, Md., Police Chief Elliott W. Gibson said officers arrested the man — who entered the District via the John Phillip Sousa Bridge in a white Crown Victoria, passed through 17 traffic lights at speeds of up to 80 mph, and came to a stop in traffic on a street adjacent to the Rayburn House Office Building — on Jan. 23, around 11:33 p.m. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 1:48 p.m.
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January 23, 2015

Driver in SOTU Police Chase Had No License, Police Say

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

An officer on the scene of the State of the Union night car chase through Capitol Police jurisdiction says the man briefly handcuffed by police, then allowed to drive away did not have a driver’s license.

Capitol Police officers and a pursuing officer from the city of District Heights, Md., witnessed the driver of the white Ford Crown Victoria violating multiple traffic laws  blowing through red lights, racing around the Hill at speeds of 60 mph  then resisting arrest. However, no arrest was made. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:34 p.m.
Capitol Police

January 22, 2015

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gohmert Over Spending Campaign Cash on Travel

Gohmert says his trip was political. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Gohmert says his trip was political. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The most quotable member of Congress may have violated House ethics rules by using campaign cash to cover travel expenses for speaking engagements in England, a liberal watchdog group alleged Thursday.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Rep. Louie Gohmert, asking for an investigation into the Texas Republican’s use of more than $6,000 in campaign funds to for a late November trip CREW believes was not for campaign or political purposes. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:17 p.m.

McConnell’s Sergeant-at-Arms Team’s Time Together Goes Way Back (Audio)

Deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms James W. Morhard, left, and Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin, are interviewed by Roll Call in the Capitol, January 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Deputy Senate Sergeant-at-Arms James W. Morhard, left, and Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin, are interviewed by Roll Call in the Capitol, January 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The two men at the helm of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office first crossed paths nearly two decades ago as staffers on the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

In 1997, freshly-minted SAA Frank J. Larkin began a congressional fellowship with the subcommittee in charge of Treasury Department funding, bringing his unique perspective as a Secret Service agent and former Navy SEAL to the turbulent and often arcane process of crafting appropriations bills. Full story

January 21, 2015

Capitol Police Ordered Not to Arrest Driver in SOTU Car Chase

The driver was detained briefly and then released, according to police. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

The man who engaged police in a high-speed Capitol Hill car chase as the president delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night was allowed to drive away from the scene after being briefly detained in handcuffs, CQ Roll Call has learned.

Capitol Police officers were ordered by superiors to release the driver of a white Ford Crown Victoria, according to multiple sources. The driver ran seven red lights and raced through streets south of the Capitol at speeds of up to 60 mph, said one source who responded to the scene. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:15 p.m.
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January 20, 2015

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near Capitol During SOTU


(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

A man allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Prince George’s County, Md., picked the wrong night to lead police on a car chase to Capitol Hill.

About 20 minutes into President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, reports came in over Capitol Police radios of an armed robbery suspect driving erratically toward the Capitol. The driver was trailed by police cars from two Maryland jurisdictions on streets north of the Hill.

Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:18 p.m.
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