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May 26, 2015

Police Evacuate Capitol, CVC After Fire Alarm Goes Off

Capitol Police stand guard Tuesday outside the Capitol. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police stand guard Tuesday outside the Capitol. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:24 p.m. | Police evacuated the Capitol Tuesday after a fire alarm went off in the Capitol Visitor Center.

According to a source close to the investigation, “exhaust fan issues” caused the smoke to appear in a room in the CVC around 12:20 p.m., prompting Capitol Police officers to evacuate both that building and the Capitol. Full story

May 21, 2015

Foster Youth Shadow Day Shows Power of Personal Stories

Briana Smith, 19, of Los Angeles, talks with Bass about her experience in three foster care. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Briana Smith, 19, of Los Angeles, talks with Bass about her experience in three foster care homes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Karen Bass took to the House floor Wednesday for a one-minute speech, standing next to a picture of a smiling young woman. That same young woman sat in the gallery above as Bass told her story.

“Briana became an open case with child services at the age of 15 due to abuse by her father,” the California Democrat said. “Multiple placements, neglect and instability defined her foster care experience.” Full story

May 20, 2015

Gyrocopter Pilot Indicted on Six Charges

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Florida man who landed a gyrocopter on the Capitol lawn in April has been indicted by a federal grand jury and faces a maximum of nine-and-a-half years in prison.

On April 15, Douglas Hughes of Ruskin, Fla., flew a gyrocopter from Gettysburg, Pa., and landed on the West Front of the Capitol, sparking questions about national security. Hughes worked as a mail carrier, had a Postal Service decal on the gyrocopter, and trekked to the Capitol to deliver letters to lawmakers relating to campaign finance. Full story

Watch: Capitol Police Chief Testifies Before House Committee

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine testified Wednesday before the House Administration Committee on security at the U.S. Capitol. Dine’s appearance followed a CQ Roll Call report earlier this month that Capitol Police have, on multiple occasions, left loaded firearms unattended around the Capitol campus.

You can watch the whole hearing below.

Full story

May 13, 2015

D.C. Activist Vows to Fight Capitol Arrest

Adam Eidinger said police should not have arrested him in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Adam Eidinger said Capitol Police should not have arrested him in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Adam Eidinger went to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee markup a few weeks ago, he didn’t expect to be arrested.

On April 21, Eidinger and a handful of other District of Columbia activists sat in on the panel’s markup of a resolution aimed at blocking a D.C. law. During the proceedings, some of the activists stood up, chanting, “D.C. votes no!” and were asked to leave the room, though Eidinger and one other woman remained seated. Full story

May 11, 2015

McCain Takes Swipe at Cannon Refurbishment

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers discusses the Cannon House Office Building renewal project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ayers discusses the Cannon project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As crews refurbish the Cannon House Office Building, Sen. John McCain says the project is wasting taxpayer money.

As part of his “America’s Most Wasted” series, the Arizona Republican listed the Cannon Renewal Project as one of 10 examples of unnecessary spending. The $752.7 million, 10-year project will revitalize the oldest congressional office building, but McCain said the price is concerning. Full story

May 6, 2015

Capitol Dome Workers Pause for ‘Safety Stand-Down’

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Construction workers who scale the Capitol Dome each day gathered Wednesday morning to learn about safety procedures and fall prevention.

Dozens of workers in their neon vests and hard hats listened to a number of technical experts and government officials as part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s second annual National Safety Stand-Down, encouraging construction companies across the country to take a break from work and discuss fall prevention strategies. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:58 p.m.
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May 4, 2015

Congress Is for Hackers

Thune checks out augmented reality glasses after speaking at a "hack-a-thon" hosted at Google's office in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Thune tries out augmented reality glasses after speaking at a “hack-a-thon” hosted at Google’s office in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In fewer than two days last week, more than 100 hackers — coders, business analysts, former congressional staffers and grass-roots advocacy specialists — developed 11 projects aimed at helping Congress function more effectively and transparently.

It’s the kind of efficiency the legislators who spoke to those assembled at Google’s Washington, D.C., office can only dream of.

The winning project was something called “Coalition Builder,” which stemmed from Sen. Cory Booker’s challenge to develop a program to make it easier to find potential legislative partners.

Full story

April 29, 2015

Gyrocopter Looked Like a Kite or Balloon on FAA Radar

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The gyrocopter that landed on the West Front Lawn and sparked questions about Capitol Hill’s airspace security could have been mistaken for a kite or balloon on Federal Aviation Administration radar.

Crowded together Wednesday in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, seven witnesses from the spectrum of agencies that defend D.C. airspace compiled a timeline of what they knew about 61-year-old mailman Doug Hughes before his April 15 Capitol landing. Full story

Watch Live: House Oversight Gyrocopter Hearing

Six witnesses will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a gyrocopter that landed on the West Front of the Capitol on April 15.

Witnesses include Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine and Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy, who will discuss how the gyrocopter flew and landed in restricted airspace.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m.

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