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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 Ballon 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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April 28, 2015

CVC Workers Allege Retaliation After Strike (Video)

Duckett, third from the left, alleges that her manager cut her hours after the strike. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Duckett, third from the left, alleges her manager cut her hours after the strike. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two Capitol Visitor Center contract workers have filed an unfair labor practice complaint against their employer for allegedly retaliating against employees who participated in a strike last week.

“When I went into work on Thursday I was being harassed,” CVC cashier Kellie Duckett, 30, said in a Tuesday phone interview. “[The manager] cut my hours, she cut me and a co-worker’s hours, she was just pretty much following me around Thursday. And Friday is when she took me in her office and she threatened my job.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:31 p.m.
Campus, CVC

Flat Funding Could Hurt the Congressional Research Service

CRS is an agency within the Library of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The CRS is an agency within the Library of Congress. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As appropriators work to keep spending for the legislative branch stagnant, the flat funding could have an adverse effect on an agency that affects virtually every office and committee: the Congressional Research Service.

“CRS is here to help Members and their staffs with the information and analysis that they need,” CRS spokesman Ellis Brachman wrote in an email to CQ Roll Call. “We are committed to doing that as thoroughly and efficiently as possible with the resources Congress provides.” Full story

April 27, 2015

Senators Call for Higher Wages for Senate Workers

Elections 2016

Sanders speaks during a rally with striking federal workers on the East Front of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A group of senators are pushing for Senate contract workers to be paid a “living wage” following reports of workers barely getting by.

“The U.S. Congress should be working to improve the economic security of middle class families across the country.  We should start right here in the U.S. Senate,” nine senators wrote in a letter sent Monday to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Full story

April 23, 2015

Is God Angry With Capitol Police? (Video)

Compounding a series of dark days for Capitol Police, a bolt of lightning struck a post on the south side of the Hill this week while an officer was stationed inside.

Full story

April 22, 2015

Suspicious Substance Leads to Partial Cannon Lockdown (Updated)

Doyle, left, chats with other lawmakers outside his office. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Doyle, left, chats with other lawmakers outside his office. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:01 p.m. | Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., returned from an afternoon series of votes to find a surprising scene outside his office on the second floor of the Cannon House Office Building.

A Capitol Police officer was blocking the corridor, telling about a dozen onlookers that the department’s hazardous materials team was suiting up to investigate a suspicious substance. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 3:14 p.m.
Campus

Senate Contractors to Join Federal Workers Strike at Capitol

Reginald Lewis (center), a CVC food services worker, goes on strike for higher wages in November. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reginald Lewis (center), a CVC food services worker, goes on strike for higher wages in November. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Contract workers in the U.S. Senate will walk off their jobs Wednesday to join contractors from across the District of Columbia in a strike calling for preference to be given to contractors who offer better wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights.

The Senate janitors and food service workers will join workers from the Capitol Visitor Center, the Pentagon, Union Station, the National Zoo and Smithsonian Institution at the rally on the West Front of the Capitol Wednesday morning.   Full story

April 17, 2015

Boko Haram Survivors Renew Push to #BringBackOurGirls

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, hugs Nigerian student Saa, as Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., looks on during a news conference at the House Triangle, April 15, 2015, to draw attention to the plight of girls who have been kidnapped by terrorists. Saa and another girl, Patience, were held captive by Boko Haram but were able to escape. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Jackson Lee hugged Nigerian student Saa, on the one-year anniversary of her kidnapping. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two schoolgirls who escaped the terrorist group Boko Haram solemnly marked the one-year anniversary of their kidnapping by climbing the steps of the Capitol to tie a red ribbon around one of its stately columns.

As part of the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign, Saa, 19, and Patience, 18, joined House lawmakers pleading for the U.S. government and the international community to intervene in and assist Nigerian efforts. During the April 15 press conference on the East Front, Democrats talked about bipartisan efforts underway to provide more resources and Saa shared her resolve to escape from Boko Haram. Full story

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