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February 12, 2015

Immigration Protests in Capitol Offices Strain Police

Tears welling in her eyes, Maria Sotomayor explained to a staffer in the office of Rep. Lou Barletta how the Pennsylvania Republican put her family at risk by attempting to dismantle President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

“It’s not about politics,” chanted Sotomayor echoed by four other protesters. “But it’s about the people that they’re hurting. It’s about our grandmothers, our grandfathers, our mothers and fathers.”  The 22-year-old, representing the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, was one of 300 protesters who descended Wednesday on Capitol Hill to stage sit-in demonstrations in the offices of Republican leaders and outspoken anti-immigration critics. Full story

February 11, 2015

Barry Goldwater Statue Unveiled in the Capitol

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The bronze likeness of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday, becoming the latest addition to the 50-state statue collection in the Capitol.

“He earned the nickname ‘Mr. Arizona’ because he had a love affair with our state. It’s magnificent beauty and its freedom loving people. And Arizona loved Barry back, in part because Arizonans saw themselves in him,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said at the ceremony. “Our state never had a better champion than Barry Goldwater. And we’re so very proud that his rich legacy will continue to be honored here at the United States Capitol.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 5:49 p.m.

February 9, 2015

New House Cybersecurity Policies Show Ongoing Threat

Miller has announced new cybersecurity procedures. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Miller’s panel has announced new cybersecurity policies. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of recent cyberattacks, the House has instituted new policies to strengthen cybersecurity, but some lawmakers acknowledge more must be done to address the ever-changing threat.

The Committee on House Administration sent an electronic “Dear Colleague” letter to congressional offices recently, detailing the new policies aimed at bolstering staff cybersecurity training and centralizing the security structure. Full story

February 4, 2015

Stabbing Delays Metro Trains at Federal Center SW

A stabbing incident related to a snatch-and-run theft delayed trains Wednesday afternoon at Federal Center SW station, Metro officials said.

Metro Transit Police responded around 3:30 p.m. to a report of a cell phone snatch at L’Enfant Plaza, according to Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye. Full story

February 3, 2015

Lawmakers Line Up for Throat Blessings in Speaker’s Lobby

(Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Nearly one third of Congress is Catholic, and that made Tuesday, the feast day of Saint Blaise of Sebaste, a busy one for House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.

The Jesuit priest, decked out in a scarlet stole to commemorate the martyred bishop, stationed himself in the ornate Speaker’s Lobby during House votes to celebrate the sacramental Blessing of the Throats. When Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva approached, Conroy pressed two red candles just below the turquoise bolo tie of the Arizona Democrat and prayed that he be cured of any throat ailments. Full story

January 29, 2015

McCain Outraged by CodePink Protesters, Police Response

Sen. John McCain’s reaction to protesters who disrupted a hearing, calling one “low-life scum,” garnered media attention Thursday, but the incident also has sparked calls for an investigation into the Capitol Police’s response to the rowdy CodePink activists.

“We’ve got a letter going to the police,” the Arizona Republican said in the Senate Subway. “And I’ve already talked to [Sen. Roy Blunt], who’s the chairman of the Rules Committee, about the sergeant-at-arms being involved. No, we’re raising hell about it.” Full story

January 27, 2015

Cannon Parking Garage Now for Members Only (Updated)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:15 p.m.| New parking rules adopted Tuesday dictate that only members of Congress will be allowed to park in the Cannon House Office Building parking garage.

“Due to the Cannon construction, only members with a Cannon-designated member plate can now park in the Cannon garage, which is new this year,” House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said at the committee’s organizational meeting Tuesday morning, where the new rules were adopted. Full story

January 26, 2015

White House Drone Raises Questions About D.C., Capitol Policy

Sen. Leahy brings a drone to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy brought a drone to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A small drone found on the White House lawn caused some lawmakers to question the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone policy in the District of Columbia Monday.

“The Secret Service cannot handle the threat of drones without further Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations that update the interpretation of the no-fly zone to include such unmanned aircraft,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said in a statement Monday. Full story

January 21, 2015

Protesters Stage a ‘Die In’ in Longworth Cafeteria

Protesters participate in a "die in" in the Longworth cafeteria. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Protesters participate in a “die in” in the Longworth cafeteria. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Roughly 20 to 30 protesters staged a “die in” in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to bring attention to police militarization and racial profiling.

The protest, first reported by The Washington Post, began at approximately 12:30 p.m. According to a cafeteria worker present for the demonstration, the protesters laid down on the ground between the cash registers and tables for about five minutes. Full story

January 20, 2015

(Don’t) Put Another Log on the Fire for SOTU

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As President Barack Obama makes his State of the Union address Tuesday, no one will be cozying up to a fireplace in the Capitol to listen to the speech.

One element of a multi-faceted security process involves closing down the Capitol fireplaces to avoid the smell of smoke, which would presumably cause alarm, during the president’s speech. Workers were spotted taking away firewood Tuesday and notices were posted explaining the fire’s absence. Full story

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