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July 2, 2015

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July 1, 2015

Donald Trump Is Coming to D.C., One Way or Another

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One way or another, Trump will be able to take residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The current controversy surrounding businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is not having an effect on at least one of his business ventures  redevelopment of the Old Post Office Pavilion. Full story

Capitol Police Chief Responds to Hearing Arrest Questions

Dine responded to questions about congressional hearing arrests. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dine responded to questions about congressional hearing arrests. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine has clarified the process for removing demonstrators from congressional hearings, ahead of a Thursday court hearing for one activist who alleges he was unlawfully arrested.

In April, local activist Adam Eidinger was arrested during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee markup on a resolution blocking a D.C. law, and charged with “unlawful entry.” His arrest prompted Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to ask the Capitol Police for clarification on policies regarding removing demonstrators from congressional hearings. Full story

June 30, 2015

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit

Boehner invited Pope Francis to address Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner invited Pope Francis to address Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ schedule for his September visit to the United States, where he will spend five days and address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24.

“It is with humility and deep gratitude that we will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol in September for a Joint Meeting of Congress,” Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “His visit to the U.S. Capitol is unprecedented, and it is with open ears and hearts that we will welcome his address to the Congress.” Full story

June 26, 2015

SCOTUS Scene Contrasts With Quiet Capitol

UNITED STATES - JUNE 26: Madeleine Troup, of Houston, wipes tears of joy away after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide on Friday, June 26, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Madeleine Troup, of Houston, wipes tears of joy away Friday after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Except for some reporters and cameras on the East Front, the Capitol grounds were fairly quiet Friday morning, standing in stark contrast to the electric crowds across the street.

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing in the majority opinion that same-sex couples “ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” Full story

June 25, 2015

Confederate Flag Debate Comes to the House

The Mississippi flag in the Senate subway tunnel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Mississippi flag in the Senate subway tunnel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As lawmakers reflected on Confederate symbols in the Capitol, members of the House began to take legislative action on the hotly debated issue.

Two measures were discussed in the House chamber Thursday: one pertaining to Confederate Battle Flag imagery in the U.S. Capitol, and another banning the iconography from the South Carolina Capitol and any government property. Full story

SCOTUS Decision Met With Anger, Joy and Relief

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

If you stood outside of the Capitol’s East Front just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday, you could hear cheers emanating from across the street.

“A-C-A is here to stay!” chanted the crowd outside the Supreme Court, applauding the high court’s 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell to uphold health insurance subsidies for federally run exchanges, a key component of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Minutes before in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, staff began muttering behind the dais at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing as news broke that the Supreme Court had issued its decision. Full story

Lawmakers Reflect on Capitol’s Confederate Symbols

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Tourists pass the statue of Jefferson Davis in Statuary Hall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As attention on the Confederate flag shifts from South Carolina to Mississippi and Alabama, federal lawmakers began looking around the halls of their own workplace and questioning whether flags and other symbols of the Confederacy have a place in the U.S. Capitol.

“This Capitol represents the United States of America and to give people a prominent place in this Capitol, and they did everything they did to split away from this government, is not the right thing to do,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said Wednesday. Full story

June 22, 2015

AOC Details July 4th Concert Security Protocols

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As lawmakers rush to check items off their legislative to-do list before the Independence Day recess, Capitol administrators are busy preparing for the annual July 4th Concert on the West Lawn.

“A Capitol Fourth,” the live concert broadcast on PBS, is set for Saturday, July 4, at 8 p.m., and the Architect of the Capitol announced Monday that the concert will result in a familiar series of street closures. Full story

June 18, 2015

Staff, Lawmakers Gather to Pray for Charleston (Video)

Senate Chaplain Barry Black offers a prayer at the vigil. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Chaplain Barry Black offers a prayer at the vigil. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

More than 100 staffers and members of Congress gathered on the East Front of the Capitol shortly after noon Thursday to bow their heads in prayer for the victims of the shooting in Charleston, S.C.

A gunman opened fire during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday night, killing nine, including the pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. Shortly before the vigil, news broke that police in North Carolina had apprehended the suspected gunman: 21 year-old Dylann Roof. The shooting shocked the nation and the staffers and lawmakers from the region were visibly shaken as they gathered Thursday. Full story

June 11, 2015

NYC Firefighters Flock to Capitol, Fighting for 9/11 Health Program

Joe Marcello, a NYC firefighter, attends a news conference to urge passage of the "James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act" which would continue, expand, and improve the federal government's response to the health effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Nov. 18, 2009. Marcello was a first responder at ground zero and now suffers from lung and stomach conditions.

In 2009, NYC firefighters descended on the Hill to urge passage of the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act,” which must be reauthorized this fall. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With benefits for 9/11 first responders set to expire at the end of September, dozens of firefighters descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to talk about cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and respiratory diseases contracted at Ground Zero.

The World Trade Center Health Program “fills a unique need” for thousands of first responders by connecting them to medical providers who have a depth of experience with the physical and mental challenges they face dating back to 2001, said National Institute for Occupational and Safety and Health Director John Howard, testifying to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. Full story

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