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November 11, 2015

‘HillVets House’ to Bring More Veterans to Capitol Hill


(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Less than 3 percent of Capitol Hill staffers are veterans — and one group is looking to change that.

HillVets, which focuses on fostering veterans’ participation in government, launched a new fellowship program Monday to assist veterans who want to work on Capitol Hill and live in the District of Columbia. Full story

November 4, 2015

Senate Leaders Join Dining Boycott


Schumer and Brown pose with Senate workers. (Photo courtesy of Good Jobs Nation)

Schumer and Brown pose with Senate workers. (Photo courtesy Good Jobs Nation)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, made a surprise appearance in a Senate cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to join a boycott of the Senate’s food service vendor. Full story

October 28, 2015

Senate Staffers Rally Behind Capitol Food Workers


(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

(Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

A group of Senate staffers are organizing in solidarity with Capitol food service workers, joining the workers’ push for a union and higher wages.

More than two dozen staffers, donning stickers that read “Senate Staff Solidarity,” took up two tables in the Dirksen Senate Office Building cafeteria Wednesday afternoon. The “brown bag boycott” sought to bring attention to the plight of Senate workers and show support for the workers’ push for union representation. 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

October 20, 2015

Hill Staffer Deploying to Middle East


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Sgt. Ryan Croft (Courtesy of Grothman’s office)

In June 2001, a young Ryan Croft watched as President George W. Bush dedicated the National D-Day Memorial in his hometown of Bedford, Va., which suffered the highest percentage of casualties per capita on June 6, 1944.

Croft, a Capitol Hill staffer, is now being deployed to the Middle East with the same regiment — the 116th Infantry Regiment with the Virginia National Guard — that “The Bedford Boys” made famous. Full story

October 13, 2015

Levin Staffer Arrested for Allegedly Beating Lover With Shovel


Baltimore City Police arrested an aide to Rep. Sander M. Levin, D-Mich., at around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 8 for criminal domestic violence charges.

Tim Foster, a native of Henderson, Ky., brutally beat his male lover with a small black and red shovel, according to a police report obtained by CQ Roll Call, leaving the victim hospitalized with abrasions and bruises on his upper back, neck and torso. Full story

October 6, 2015

Bridging Technology and Policy, One Fellow at a Time


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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When National Security Agency surveillance became a top issue on Capitol Hill, Travis Moore realized he didn’t have the knowledge base to understand the technology — and neither did anyone else in Congress. Now he’s working to change that.

In conjunction with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, Moore launched a new technology fellowship for Congress on Oct. 1 known as “TechCongress,” which is designed to bring technology experts to Capitol Hill to bridge the technology-policy divide. Full story

September 30, 2015

Gridlock to Governing: Staffer Joins D.C. Council Office


Austin is excited about her move from Capitol Hill to D.C. government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Austin is excited about her move to D.C. government. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Keenan Austin’s work day now begins by climbing the steps of the John A. Wilson building, instead of the Cannon House Office Building.

Austin recently became the latest congressional staffer to depart the gridlocked institution for the District of Columbia government, joining At-Large Councilmember David Grosso’s office as his new chief of staff in September.

Full story

September 22, 2015

Bipartisan Pair Pushes for Federal Pay in Shutdown


Federal workers protested at the Capitol in 2013 to call on lawmakers to end the government shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Federal workers protested at the Capitol in 2013 to call on lawmakers to end the government shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With just over a week until the government funding deadline, one Democrat and one Republican are banding together to ensure federal workers aren’t adversely affected by a shutdown.

Virginia lawmakers Don Beyer Jr., a Democrat, and Rob Wittman, a Republican, circulated a letter to their House colleagues Tuesday, urging them to co-sponsor a bill that would guarantee any workers who are furloughed or continue working during a shutdown would receive retroactive pay. Beyer and Wittman represent roughly 12o,000 federal workers combined. Full story

September 17, 2015

Democrats Push Guaranteed Federal Pay in Shutdown


Federal parks closed during the 2013 shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Federal parks closed during the 2013 shutdown. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Congress hurtling toward a Sept. 30 deadline to fund the government, some lawmakers are working to ensure federal workers will be paid in the event of a shutdown.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and a handful of other Democrats, including those representing scores of federal workers in Maryland and Virginia, introduced a bill Thursday to ensure federal workers furloughed in the event of a shutdown would be paid as soon as possible. Full story

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