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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

January 16, 2015

New Bike Rules, Restrictions for Uber Hit on Tuesday

Cyclists, including Blumenauer, have to comply by new rules beginning on Jan. 20. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police announced that cyclists, including Blumenauer, have to comply by new rules beginning Tuesday. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New traffic regulations for the Capitol campus go into effect on Jan. 20, impacting Uber and Lyft drivers and bicyclists, the Capitol Police announced Friday evening.

Bicycles will no longer need to be equipped with bells, bringing the rules into line with a District of Columbia law that permits use of a vocal signal as a warning noise.

Full story

Work Begins on 10-Year Cannon Renewal Project

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

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

Preparations for the first phase in renewing the Cannon House Office Building have begun, launching a construction project that will continue over the next 10 years.

The $757.7 million project is revitalizing the oldest congressional office building, which, according to Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, is “showing its age.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 2:37 p.m.
AOC, Campus

January 15, 2015

Chaffetz Allowed to Move Oversight Chairmen Portraits

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Chaffetz, right, took the portrait of Issa, left, off the walls of the Oversight and Government Reform panel’s hearing room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The walls of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room were bare Thursday afternoon, with a handful of tiny holes where portraits of past committee chairmen once hung.

Reports that new Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, took down the committee chairmen portraits had the gossip mill buzzing Thursday. The Hill first reported the news, along with comments from disgruntled staffers who took the move as a swipe at former Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Issa’s portrait had only been hanging since mid-November before it was moved out of the room. Though the Office of the Clerk is responsible for displaying works of art on the House side of the Capitol, Chaffetz is allowed to move the paintings. According to an aide with the House Administration Committee, the chairman controls the committee room decor. Full story

January 13, 2015

L’Enfant Metro Incident Raises Questions About D.C. Emergency Response

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Monday’s L’Enfant Plaza Metro incident has raised questions about Metro’s response to the situation, whether swifter action could have prevented the injuries and how Washington’s vast law enforcement network communicates in an underground transit disaster.

On Monday afternoon, a Yellow-line train from L’Enfant Plaza came to a halt inside the tunnel and the station and train filled with smoke, killing one woman and hospitalizing dozens more. Full story

January 12, 2015

21 Guantánamo Protesters Arrested in the Capitol (Updated) (Video)

Protesters outside of the Hart Senate Office Building in July 2013. Some of the demonstrators arrested Monday were also wearing an orange jumpsuit and black hood. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Protesters outside of the Hart Senate Office Building in July 2013. Some of the demonstrators arrested Monday were also wearing an orange jumpsuit and black hood. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:31 p.m. | Nearly two dozen protesters from “Witness Against Torture,” a group dedicated to closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were arrested in the Capitol Building Monday afternoon, after demonstrating in the Senate gallery and the Capitol Visitor Center.

According to the U.S. Capitol Police, 21 protesters were arrested: 11 in the Senate and 10 in the CVC. The gallery protesters were charged with disorderly conduct, while the CVC demonstrators were charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.” Full story

January 9, 2015

Police Supporters Planning ‘Sea of Blue’ March on Capitol

Thousands of protesters marched in Washington against police violence on Dec. 13. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thousands of protesters marched in Washington against police violence on Dec. 13. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hundreds of police officers are expected to converge on the Capitol later this month, in a rally planned to show support for law enforcement and counter what organizers view as an anti-police climate.

Three officers’ wives are coordinating the Jan. 17 “End the Madness” event, also referred to as “Sea of Blue,” in coordination with the Fraternal Order of Police lodges in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. They say the peaceful action is not really a response to the protests against police-involved killings that have marched through D.C., though their language echoes the “black lives matter” slogan of those demonstrators. Full story

January 6, 2015

Ceremonies, Reflection and Chaos Define the First Day of Congress

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., gets on the Senate subway. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., gets on the Senate subway. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For new members of the 114th Congress, their first day was a blur — and not just because the view of the Capitol was obscured by falling snow.

New members juggled ceremonies, open houses in their offices and receptions, not to mention taking their oaths of office as they navigated the labyrinth halls of the Capitol Tuesday. Full story

December 16, 2014

Legislative Counsel Staffer Remembered as Funny, Positive

(Courtesy of the family of Ed Leong)

(Courtesy of the family of Ed Leong)

Edward Leong, 61, a staffer in the Office of Legislative Counsel for 36 years, died on Dec. 7 at his home in McLean, Virginia, after a nine-year battle with lung cancer.

“He was funny, caring, and brilliant,” said Sandra Strokoff, the legislative counsel of the House. “We work totally behind-the-scenes and he was completely OK with that. He was all about making sure that the legislation drafted was as good as it could possibly be.” Full story

By Clark Mindock Posted at 2:57 p.m.
Campus, Staffers

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