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March 26, 2015

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

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Farr fed up with Capitol Police curtailing fun around the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the House’s most liberal Democrats vowed to be the “squeaky wheel” if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

“This building belongs to the people, not to the Capitol Police, and they ought to accommodate the people who own this building, the American people, so they can come and visit their Capitol,” Rep. Sam Farr of California said Thursday, telling CQ Roll Call that the March 12 proposal ticked him off. Full story

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

While lawmakers dismissed past proposals to limit access to the so-called “people’s house,” such as building a fence around the 276-acre complex, as former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer recently suggested, this most recent recommendation might prove more popular. Full story

March 12, 2015

Capitol Expecting ‘Mass of Humanity’ for Pope Visit

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin (left) said he has experience protecting the pope. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Larkin, left, said he has experience protecting the pope. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The officials in charge of Capitol security are preparing for Pope Francis’ address to Congress in September, and the masses of people that are expected to descend upon the District of Columbia to get a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church.

“The papal visit will be significant in planning and scope. Almost similar, literally, to an inauguration. But perhaps even surpassing that,” Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine said Thursday at a Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. “We anticipate very, very large crowds all during that day, much earlier than even before the Pope coming to the Capitol, lining all of the streets. It’s a huge and very significant event.” Full story

March 11, 2015

Capito Steps Into Legislative Branch Chairmanship

Capito is the new chairwoman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capito is the new chairwoman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., stepped into the limelight Tuesday, highlighting her new role as head of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Capitol complex and introducing herself on the floor with her maiden speech.

“This is our first run at the show,” Capito said at the start of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, referring to herself and new ranking member Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. “And I speak for myself, and I think I speak for the senator, that really we’re excited about having this responsibility. ” Full story

March 4, 2015

Craigslist for Congress? Farr Makes Far-Fetched Pitches

Farr, right, wants to streamline tour booking for staff assistants. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Farr, right, wants to streamline tour booking for staff assistants. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Trying to find housing near the Capitol? Selling a bike? Need to locate lost jewelry?

Right now, cork bulletin boards outside the Hill’s cafeterias serve as the only official space for staffers to post such notices. But Rep. Sam Farr wants the House to follow the lead of other large employers by creating an online system to make such transactions simpler.

Full story

February 25, 2015

Officer Morale a Hot Topic for Capitol Police at Appropriations Hearing

The U.S. Capitol Police Recruit Officer Class 177 is sworn in during a ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Wasserman Schultz worries low morale among Capitol Police could distract from protecting the complex. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Low morale among Capitol Police was a hot topic for law enforcement officials on Wednesday during a series of panels convened by the House lawmakers who set the department’s budget.

Both House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine fielded questions about low officer morale from longtime Legislative Branch appropriator Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the subcommittee’s top Democrat. She professed a “notable uptick” in the number of officers pulling her aside on the Hill to chat about internal department issues. Full story

February 4, 2015

GPO Cuts Workforce to Lowest Levels in 100 Years

The GPO publishes the president's budget each year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The GPO publishes the president’s budget each year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The U.S. Government Publishing Office announced Wednesday it has achieved its goal of reducing its workforce, amounting to the lowest number of GPO employees in 100 years. But the GPO also said the reduction will not hamper the office’s functions.

“GPO continues to better position itself to respond to the 21st century digital information needs of Congress, federal agencies, and the public,” GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks said in a statement. “Reducing costs and improving efficiency … are ongoing GPO objectives.” Full story

December 10, 2014

GPO Name Change, Dome Restoration in Legislative Branch Funding

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.,  discusses the dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoeven discusses the Dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Legislative branch spending in the year-end spending bill includes a slight increase from fiscal 2014, allocating $4.3 billion to agencies and instituting a number of policy changes, including changing the name of the Government Printing Office and developing online sexual harassment training for staffers.

Under the bill, the GPO would be re-named the Government Publishing Office “to acknowledge that the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond print.” GPO spokesman Gary Somerset said Wednesday the office is pleased with the change and hopes Congress will pass the bill. Full story

December 2, 2014

Legislative Branch Funding Takes Shape

Hoeven is confident legislative branch funding is all set. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoeven is confident legislative branch funding is all set. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As House and Senate appropriators negotiate the structure and content of a government funding package, funding for legislative branch agencies appears to be all set.

“As far as our piece, we’re in good shape,” said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., ranking member on the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. “We’ve, you know, pretty much closed out everything other than some of the things that some of the leadership wants to have a say on, but … it’s more technical.” Full story

November 19, 2014

Capitol Dome Braces for Next Phase of Restoration

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.,  discusses the dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John Hoeven discusses the dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With frigid winds whipping around the 288 foot-tall Capitol Dome, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers said the next phase of the nearly $60 million restoration project has begun.

Ayers told reporters gathered on the roof of the Capitol Tuesday that the scaffolding surrounding the Dome was complete, which he said was “a significant milestone.”

“The purpose of the scaffold is a very practical one,” said Ayers. “With its completion, workers are now able to access the Dome freely and can use the equipment necessary to begin the restoration work in earnest.” And those workers will be spotted on the 25 levels of scaffolding throughout the winter months, according to restoration construction manager Joseph Abriatis. Full story

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