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July 31, 2015

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July 8, 2015

Lawmakers Disturbed by Suspension of Suspected Capitol Police Whistleblower

Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a matter of policy, members of Congress usually refrain from commenting on personnel issues related to the force of 1,775 officers sworn to protect them. But when it comes to fallout for bodyguards who protect top GOP leaders leaving their guns in publicly accessible bathrooms, some lawmakers are criticizing Capitol Police’s top brass.

“We need to do everything we can to protect whistleblowers,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., reacting to CQ Roll Call’s report that Capitol Police have suspended a sergeant in the Capitol division, allegedly in retribution for a suspected leak. 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

Norton Picks Gun Fight With Sergeant-at-Arms, GOP

UNITED STATES - MARCH 4: Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., heads to the House floor for votes on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schweikert argues D.C. would be a safer place with fewer gun restrictions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.

“Even though we have a lot of folks on this issue that speak emotionally, we have really good data sets from at least our state that show from experience,” said Rep. David Schweikert, an Arizona Republican who endorsed a bill supporters say would take away the D.C. Council’s ability to enact gun control measures. Full story

June 23, 2015

Leave the Guns at Home, House Official Warns

UNITED STATES - MARCH 13: President Barack Obama arrives to the Capitol for a meeting with the House Republican Conference to discuss the upcoming expiration of the debt limit. House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, appears at right. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Irving, right, warned against bringing a firearm to the Capitol, even if the owner has a license to carry in another jurisdiction. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Daggers, dirks, brass knuckles — leave them at home when you come to the Capitol, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving cautioned members and staff Tuesday.

“This is a reminder that certain items that are legal in a Member’s district are prohibited in the District of Columbia,” Irving stated in the memo obtained by CQ Roll Call. Full story

June 16, 2015

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 29, 2015

Internet Squatter Trolls Capitol Police (Updated)

(Screenshot, courtesy Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

(Screenshot Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 8:20 a.m. | Typing into a Web browser reveals a toxic takedown of Congress’ own law enforcement agency that appears to have been created by someone who wears — or recently wore — a Capitol Police badge.

A cybersquatter who is full of vitriol for Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine, his inner circle and the senior House and Senate officials in charge of security established an “Independent News, Opinion and Commentary” site to troll the department. A former employee of the Capitol Police brought the site to Roll Call’s attention Thursday morning. Full story

May 5, 2015

GOP Leaders Not Briefed on Bodyguards’ Lost Guns

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., might never have known their bodyguards left guns in the bathroom without CQ Roll Call’s report, which has launched a Capitol Police investigation into the source of the leak.

Spokesmen for the two GOP leaders on Tuesday made their first comments on the security lapses that were revealed May 1, in a report featuring a photo of the Glock a member of McConnell’s detail allegedly left hanging out of a toilet seat cover dispenser in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Senate office space. A CVC worker found the gun on Jan. 29, resulting in a recommendation of six days of unpaid suspension for the officer. Full story

May 4, 2015

Glock Photo Sparks Firestorm on Capitol Hill

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol Visitor Center. (Courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

A firestorm sparked by CQ Roll Call’s May 1 report on three instances of Capitol Police leaving loaded guns in problematic places has put top law enforcement officials on edge, launched a hunt for the source behind the photo of one unattended Glock and drawn fresh scrutiny from Congress.

“It’s unacceptable that firearms were left unattended by Capitol Police officers,” Rep. Tom Graves, the Georgia Republican who wields the gavel on the House Appropriations panel with jurisdiction over the agency, said in a Monday email. “While each of these incidents is under investigation by the Capitol Police’s Inspector General, the Subcommittee will take an active role in oversight efforts to help ensure similar incidents don’t happen in the future.” Full story

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