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November 25, 2015

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November 10, 2015

Capitol Worker Strike: More People, New Target One Year Later

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Roughly 100 Capitol workers went on strike Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Last November, seven Capitol workers walked off their jobs to push for higher wages and a union. A year later, more than 10 times as many workers went on strike with the same mission, but a different target.

The seven original strikers from the Capitol Visitor Center marked the first time workers from the U.S. Capitol joined the push for higher wages. On Tuesday morning, roughly 100 workers from the CVC, the Senate and the Capitol went on strike, joining workers from other areas of the federal government to push for $15-an-hour wages and a union. Full story

Donnelly: ‘Heartbreaking’ Military Suicide ‘Has to End’

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donnelly spoke at the panel Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maj. Gen. Mark Graham stood in front of the handful of people gathered in a Senate office building Tuesday and recited a phone number.

“855-838-8255. Don’t wait. Don’t wait. Call,” Graham said. He was listing the number of Vets4Warriors, a 24/7 call center where veterans provide support to service members and their families. Full story

Capitol Workers to Strike Ahead of GOP Debate

Sanders will once again join the workers at a strike on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanders will once again join the workers at a strike on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hours before a Republican primary debate, workers in the U.S. Capitol are going on strike and calling on the GOP senators running for president to help the workers who serve them.

Senate food-service workers and some cleaning staff are set to walk off their jobs Tuesday morning to call for higher wages and a union. The event is set for Tuesday to highlight GOP presidential contenders who, in the opinion of the striking workers, have been silent on the Capitol workers’ low wages. Full story

November 4, 2015

What a Paul Ryan Speakership Means for D.C.

Ryan became speaker on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan became speaker on Oct. 29. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., adjusts to his new role in the House, he also takes on a little-recognized responsibility: oversight of the District of Columbia.

Ryan has not served on any of the spending or oversight committees with jurisdiction over D.C., so it is tough to gauge his record. But he has spent nearly half his life as a professional in Washington, and he goes to great pains to distance himself from the capital city. On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, he told Martha Raddatz: “I don’t live in Washington, D.C. I never really wanted to live here. I just — I just work here,” a talking point he reiterated throughout the day’s media blitz.

Congress exercises unique power over the District, dictating how it spends local and federal dollars and approving its laws. As a top leader, Ryan has the power to shape that agenda as well, but it’s unclear how he might do so. Full story

October 30, 2015

Library of Congress Case Highlights Questions of Oversight

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The case of a fired Library of Congress staffer is prompting questions about whether the institution is being properly overseen by Congress and whether library employees have a fair process to appeal personnel decisions — including from members of Congress. Full story

October 29, 2015

Carper Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Clinton Endorsement

UNITED STATES - October 6: Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speaks during a news conference to call on Congress to pass the Lautenberg Act to "protect families from dangerous chemicals," outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Carper endorsed Clinton after Joe Biden announced he would not run for president. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Endorsing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president has landed Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., in the crosshairs of a conservative watchdog group.

A complaint filed Wednesday with the Senate Ethics Committee pertains not to whom Carper endorsed on Oct. 26, but how he did it. Full story

October 23, 2015

Hoyer, McCarthy Host 2nd Congressional Hackathon

Hoyer, McCarthy and Cantor worked to put on the hackathons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoyer, McCarthy and Cantor worked to put on the hackathons. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional staffers, information technology specialists, Web developers and activists gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center Friday for the second congressional hackathon.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., hosted the event to brainstorm and develop ways to use technology to help Congress function more effectively and efficiently. Full story

DOJ Clears Lois Lerner, Closes IRS Investigation

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Lerner in a House Oversight Committee hearing in in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congress wanted to jail her, but the Justice Department closed its investigation Friday into the IRS’s handling of tax-exemption applications from political groups without pursuing criminal charges against Lois Lerner.

In a letter to congressional committees probing the allegations that Lerner knowingly presided over the improper targeting of conservative organizations, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik said the DOJ “found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.” Full story

Congress’ Selfish Reason for Not Sharing CRS Reports

"I could see Hannity having fun with this," Shays said.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“I could see Hannity having fun with this,” Shays said. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress are selfish.

That’s one reason Capitol Hill continues to resist bipartisan prodding to make Congressional Research Service reports public, speculated former Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., during an Oct. 22 panel on transparency. Full story

October 21, 2015

GPO Goes Under Congressional Microscope

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Government Publishing Office faced congressional scrutiny Wednesday for its process for producing secure credentials for government agencies, and lawmakers appeared open to re-examining the agency’s statute.

“GPO certainly knows how to print, but do they have the capacity to innovate and provide reliably secure credentials?” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked at a hearing. Full story

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