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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

June 17, 2015

National Air and Space Museum Repair Has ‘Huge’ Price

Peter Jakab, left, chief curator of the National Air and Space Museum, gives a tour to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Leahy took a family member to the museum who was visiting from out of town. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Patrick Leahy, right, tours the National Air and Space Museum with its chief curator in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Approaching its 40th birthday, the National Air and Space Museum is in need of a facelift.

Renovation of the building systems at the Smithsonian’s most popular attraction had long been part of the institution’s plan, acting Secretary Albert G. Horvath told lawmakers on the House Administration Committee during a Wednesday morning hearing on the state of the world’s largest museum and research complex. Full story

June 16, 2015

Watch Live: House Oversight Hearing on OPM Data Breach

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holds a hearing on an Office of Personnel Management data breach announced earlier this month. Reports have linked Chinese hackers to the breach, which may have exposed personal information of more than 14 million current and former government employees.

Witnesses from OPM and the Department of Homeland Security are expected to testify.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m. Full story

Capitol Police Encouraged Not to Go to Press With Problems

efore a Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee hearing in Dirksen Building on FY2016 budget requests for the Secretary of the Senate, Senate Sergeant at Arms, and the U.S. Capitol Police, March 12, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Larkin, left, has recently been attending Capitol Police roll calls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Within the institutional hierarchy of Capitol Hill, stepping outside the chain of command to tell your boss’s boss what’s on your mind might seem like a risky idea. But that’s exactly what Capitol Police sources say they have been encouraged to do recently — better that than go to the media. Full story

June 3, 2015

More Security Changes Coming at House Garages

Irving, left, r Center, July 10, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Irving, left, is working to enhance security at House garages. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Metal detectors and X-ray machines at the southwest door of the Longworth House Office Building stopped House intern Joshua Wheeler from allegedly carrying an unloaded 9mm handgun to work Monday.

As the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia moves forward with its case against the 25-year-old from Kansas, Capitol Hill law enforcement authorities are quietly implementing a plan to make sure every person who enters the complex undergoes the same level of screening. Full story

June 2, 2015

Mayor of Capitol Hill Convenes Oversight Hearing With House Officers

Candice Miller

Miller wants to look at Capitol Police chain of command and cybersecurity. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of her informal role as mayor of the chamber, House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., is ramping up oversight of some of the daily operations of the institution.

Three top officials who work largely behind-the-scenes in the House, handling everything from floor proceedings and Capitol security to office furnishings, payroll and cafeteria operations on a budget of around $150 million, will talk to Miller about their priorities during a Wednesday congressional hearing. Full story

May 27, 2015

Blimps Over Capitol: Just Hot Air?

The Office of Naval Research worked with Science & Technology International  to develop blimps for the war on terrorism. (Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

The Office of Naval Research worked with Science & Technology International in 2003 to test blimps for the war on terrorism. (Alex Wong/Getty Images File Photo)

Coming soon to a Capitol skyline near you: Giant blimps at 10,000 feet?

The woman at the helm of the House Administration Committee thinks the Capitol needs eyes in the sky, after authorities failed to detect Florida mailman Douglas Hughes’ April 15 gyrocopter flight.

Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., visited U.S. Customs and Border Patrol ground stations along the Southern border in January and was amazed at the clarity of the Tethered Aerostat Radar System, or TARS. She is suggesting the “sophisticated technology” might suit the Capitol. Full story

May 20, 2015

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

Congress Concerned by Capitol Police Conduct With Protesters

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: U.S. Capitol Police honor guard members salute during the Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service outside of DC Police headquarters on Monday May 11, 2015. The event held by the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary DC Lodge honored deceased local law enforcement officers, including U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Clinton J Holz. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Concern about inconsistent treatment of protesters  by officers sparked a letter to Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress has been critical of the Capitol Police this year when it comes to the department’s handling of protesters. Now, one member is demanding to see the department’s policies on removing demonstrators from House and Senate hearings.

It started in January, when Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain called one of the protesters who disrupted a panel hearing “low-life scum,” and later vowed he would be “raising hell” over their behavior toward 91-year-old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Full story

May 15, 2015

House Panel Calling Capitol Police Chief to the Hot Seat

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 11: U.S. Capitol Police chief Kim Dine speaks about U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Clinton J Holz during the Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service outside of DC Police headquarters on Monday May 11, 2015. The event held by the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary DC Lodge honored deceased local law enforcement officers. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Miller wants to talk to Dine about the challenges of defending the Capitol Complex. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Administration Committee has an exclusive witness list of one for an upcoming hearing: Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., predicted “a lot of engaged members and a lot of questions” at the May 20 hearing. The panel, which has jurisdiction over Capitol Police and other internal operations of the institution, plus federal elections, has never before called Dine as a witness. It could be some members’ first time coming face to face with the chief of the 1,775 sworn officers who protect the Capitol. Full story

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