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May 21, 2015

Doug Hughes: Congress Must Honor Vows to ‘We the People’

Hughes soaks in the support at the courthouse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hughes soaks in the support at the courthouse. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Florida mailman Douglas Hughes got a hero’s welcome when he returned to Washington Thursday to face six charges related to his April 15 landing on the West Front of the Capitol.

In a lofty speech to supporters and about two dozen reporters, Hughes called on lawmakers to “honor the vows of fidelity implicit in the Constitution.” The 61-year-old advocate for campaign finance reform clarified, that’s “fidelity to ‘We the People.'” Full story

May 15, 2015

Obama Honors Fallen Officers at Capitol Memorial

Hundreds of officers and their families gathered at the memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Officers and their families attended the memorial. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families from every corner of the country gathered at the Capitol Friday to honor their fallen brethren.

At the 34th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, the local, state and federal officers, dressed in full uniforms, gathered on the West Front lawn for the solemn ceremony, which included remarks from President Barack Obama.

“Your jobs are inherently dangerous; the reminders are too common,” Obama said. “We cannot erase every darkness or danger from the duty you’ve chosen. We can offer you the support that you need to be safer.” Full story

Lawmakers Take D.C. Vouchers Debate to Local High School

Cummings and Chaffetz held a field hearing on D.C. vouchers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cummings and Chaffetz held a field hearing on D.C. vouchers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Federal lawmakers used the backdrop of a private D.C. high school to delve into the D.C. school voucher program and found themselves amid debate about the propriety of Congress’ role in local affairs.

The chime of school bells occasionally interrupted the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s May 14 field hearing at Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast D.C. to examine the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The program’s authorization expires this year, and a partisan divide over education funds threatens its future. Full story

May 14, 2015

Watch: Oversight Hearing on Latest Secret Service Incident

Chaffetz, right, and Cummings held yet another hearing on oversight of the Secret Service. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chaffetz, right, and Cummings held yet another hearing on oversight of the Secret Service. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing Thursday to examine the conduct of Secret Service officers who were allegedly driving under the influence and interfered with a bomb investigation on March 4. Full story

Pedestrian Struck By Train in Northeast D.C.

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A train struck a pedestrian Thursday morning in Northeast D.C., about three miles northeast of Union Station on a line of tracks shared by Amtrack, MARC and CSX.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services dispatched to the 1600 block of New York Avenue Northeast around 9:50 a.m., responding to reports of a pedestrian struck by a train, spokesman Tim Wilson said. First responders remained on the scene for more than an hour and a half. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, NBC 4 reported.

MARC reported its Train 414, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. departure from Washington, stopped just north of Union Station due to police activity, with severe delays expected. Train 425 out of Baltimore was holding at New Carrollton station. Later, all MARC train service was suspended, canceling a 10:30 a.m. train out of D.C.

Authorities reported trains back in service by 11:20 a.m., but MARC trains from Baltimore would terminate at New Carrollton.

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May 13, 2015

House Panel Approves Bill to Cut WMATA Funding

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two days after thousands of Metro riders were stranded due to reports of smoke in a tunnel, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut a third of Washington Metro Area Transit Authority funding.

In a 30-21 vote, the committee approved the Transportation-HUD spending bill Wednesday, granting WMATA $100 million in 2016 — two-thirds of the typical allotment. The bill originally cut funding in half, prompting a backlash from lawmakers in the District of Columbia and surrounding regions. Full story

Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself

Before there were Capitol Police to protect Congress (and leave their guns stashed in bathrooms), lawmakers tended to their own security — and their own weaponry.

And through much of the first half of the 19th century, whenever political tensions began to run high, guns were likely to appear on the hips of members. Full story

May 12, 2015

D.C. Officials Break Ground on ‘Capitol Crossing’

D.C. officials break ground on Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call).

D.C. officials break ground on the Capitol Crossing project. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Donning construction hats displaying a blue Capitol Dome, District of Columbia officials gathered under a tent adjacent to Interstate 395 Tuesday to break ground on the Capitol Crossing project.

The $1.3 billion project, privately funded by Property Group Partners, will install five mixed-use buildings over the next four years in what is now just air above I-395. The project includes housing, restaurant, office and retail space, as well as new interstate entrance and exit ramps. Full story

May 8, 2015

WWII Air Parade to Fly Over National Mall (Updated)

The flyover begins with a World War II Memorial ceremony featuring veterans and dignitaries(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The flyover begins with a World War II Memorial ceremony featuring veterans and dignitaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:01 a.m. | Look toward the National Mall around noon Friday to catch some unusual activity in the restricted airspace above the National Mall. No, the Capital region is not expecting another gyrocopter. This time it’s an air parade, featuring World War II bombers and fighters, such as Lockheed’s historic P-38 Lightening. Full story

May 5, 2015

Area Lawmakers: Don’t Change Reagan Airport Rules

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the Virginia and District of Columbia delegations are urging Congress not to change the rules governing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, citing an increasing imbalance between the region’s two major airports.

Six members of Congress sent a letter to the House and Senate Transportation committees Tuesday, urging them not to alter the rules governing Reagan National in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, arguing recent changes have led to undue congestion. Full story

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