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July 4, 2015

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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 15, 2015

Senators Working to Address Food Service Worker Issue

Schatz called for higher wages for Senate workers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schatz called for higher wages for Senate workers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

More than six weeks after reports of low-paid Senate food-service workers shocked lawmakers, senators are in the process of finding the best avenue to address the situation.

At a June 11 markup for the Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, the senators in charge of the subcommittee of jurisdiction said they will continue to work on the issue while the Senate’s food service contract is in flux.

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June 8, 2015

Return to Sender? House Rules May Thwart Delivery of Doug Hughes’ Letter

rthouse, May 21, 2015, after pleading not guilty to six counts regarding his landing of a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol in April. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional rules may stop the latest attempt to get Hughes’ letter to members of Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Connecticut man who wants to redress his grievances about campaign finance with a letter to Congress has learned security measures make it impossible to hand-deliver individually addressed mail to House members. In the Senate, he’ll need an armed escort. Full story

June 1, 2015

Rand Paul Campaign Video Taken Down (Video)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign videos that appeared to violate Senate rules has been taken down. But a new campaign video seems to be taking advantage of a gray area in the rule.

A video titled, “Rand Paul: Filibuster for the Fourth Amendment,” posted online last week used video footage and audio from the Kentucky Republican’s marathon Senate speech about government surveillance, seemingly violating the Senate rule that prohibits the use of footage of Senate proceedings for campaign purposes. The video is no longer online, after the Senate Rules Committee took action Monday. Full story

May 31, 2015

Rand Paul Campaign Video Appears to Violate Senate Rules (Video)

Paul's campaign video appears to violate Senate rules. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul’s campaign video appears to violate Senate rules. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul has lauded his fight against a Patriot Act extension in his presidential campaign, but one campaign video appears to violate Senate rules.

Senate rules state, “The use of any tape duplication of radio or television coverage of the proceedings of the Senate for political campaign purposes is strictly prohibited.” But a video posted by the Kentucky Republican’s campaign Friday appears to violate that rule.

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May 12, 2015

Senate’s Military Vets Weigh In on Capitol Police’s Lost Guns

Roberts says. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Roberts, a Marine, said there’s “no excuse” for Capitol Police losing their guns. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a West Point graduate and former infantry platoon leader, Sen. Jack Reed knows the weighty responsibility that comes with being routinely armed on duty and the necessity of strict accounting for weapons.

“I remember coming back from training; I would wait until the armorer ran through every weapon and made sure they were accounted for by serial number and then I could go home. Because if one of them were missing, I would be first calling my commanders — before someone else did — and then expecting serious consequences,” said the Rhode Island Democrat, a retired Army Ranger who commanded paratroopers in the 82nd Airborne Division. 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

April 27, 2015

Senators Call for Higher Wages for Senate Workers

Elections 2016

Sanders speaks during a rally with striking federal workers on the East Front of the Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A group of senators are pushing for Senate contract workers to be paid a “living wage” following reports of workers barely getting by.

“The U.S. Congress should be working to improve the economic security of middle class families across the country.  We should start right here in the U.S. Senate,” nine senators wrote in a letter sent Monday to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Full story

April 22, 2015

As Campaigns Heat Up, Candidates Mind Senate Rules

Paul's campaign video raised questions about a Senate rule governing floor footage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul’s campaign video raised questions about a Senate rule governing floor footage. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Juggling a grueling campaign schedule and work as a U.S. senator can be a daunting task for the ones running for president, but as election season picks up, they’ll also have to be mindful of the Senate rules for campaigning.

For example, speaking on the prestigious Senate floor about policies affecting the nation would be prime fodder for a campaign video, but the candidates are not allowed to use floor footage in videos — or are they? Full story

Senate Contractors to Join Federal Workers Strike at Capitol

Reginald Lewis (center), a CVC food services worker, goes on strike for higher wages in November. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reginald Lewis (center), a CVC food services worker, goes on strike for higher wages in November. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Contract workers in the U.S. Senate will walk off their jobs Wednesday to join contractors from across the District of Columbia in a strike calling for preference to be given to contractors who offer better wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights.

The Senate janitors and food service workers will join workers from the Capitol Visitor Center, the Pentagon, Union Station, the National Zoo and Smithsonian Institution at the rally on the West Front of the Capitol Wednesday morning.   Full story

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