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CQ Roll Call March 5, 2015
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Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race.

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Rubio, Lee Unveil Tax Code Overhaul, Welcome Critics

The Republican Senators presented an outline for overhauling the tax code Wednesday that — scored statically and in a vacuum — would be sure to reduce the government’s revenue by tens of billions of dollars and eliminate or restrict a slew of popular tax credits and deductions.

Hill Navigator

Full FMLA Benefits? Not So for Congressional Staff

Capitol Hill employees are in limbo when it comes to workplace rights, or at least when it comes to a key update to the Family and Medical Leave Act.


McConnell Discourages States From Crafting Clean Power Plans

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting states shouldn’t act on their own to implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean power plans.

Hill Life Norton: Let My People Sled (Updated)

Norton: Let My People Sled (Updated)

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., has asked for a waiver on the Capitol Hill sledding ban for the coming weekend, ahead of expected snowfall in the District of Columbia.

Politics

Top Democratic Campaign Staffers Chart 2016 Paths

With Democrats relegated to the minority in both chambers for the first time since 2006, the two top staffers at the party’s House and Senate campaign arms charted a path back to the majority during an EMILY’s List event Tuesday.

Hill Life

Craigslist for Congress? Farr Makes Far-Fetched Pitches

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

Netanyahu Speech Lives Up to Controversial Expectations (Video)

Netanyahu Speech Lives Up to Controversial Expectations (Video)

In January, when Speaker John A. Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, it caused the type of controversy and media attention normally reserved for a declaration of war, not a speech that’s little more than a glorified press release.

Hill Life

When No One in Your Office Likes You

On some level, we all want to like our co-workers. Eight hours a day (or more) sitting next to someone is certain to go a lot more smoothly if you enjoy the company. But what happens when the relationship among staff has more animosity than amicability? And worse yet, what happens when it’s directed at you? Hill Navigator discusses.

McConnell's Turn to Iran Legislation Surprises Democrats (Video) (Updated)

McConnell's Turn to Iran Legislation Surprises Democrats (Video) (Updated)

In between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress and Netanyahu’s meeting with Senate leaders, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to move full speed ahead with legislation to give Congress a say in any potential nuclear deal with Iran.

Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus.

Harry Reid Sticks Up for Capitol Police Leadership (Video)

Harry Reid Sticks Up for Capitol Police Leadership (Video)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, asked Tuesday about lingering concerns over the Capitol Police Department’s handling of a controversial State of the Union night car chase, said the force does a “masterful job.”

Wicker Dubious of Obama's Commitment to Promoting Trade

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker pushed back Tuesday against the suggestion the Obama administration is sending mixed messages about its commitment to a deal on Trade Promotion Authority.

Politics Pat Toomey Is a Strong Candidate. Will That Be Enough in 2016?

Pat Toomey Is a Strong Candidate. Will That Be Enough in 2016?

Yes, I know Pennsylvania Democrats don’t have a 2016 Senate candidate who excites the entire party yet. I also know the election is 20 months away — plenty of time for them to rally around a nominee.

Policy

Mikulski Legacy Is Beyond Longevity

The most obvious distinction Barbara A. Mikulski will take into retirement is that she’s spent more time in Congress than any other woman, and that’s a record worthy of significant recognition. But, especially at a Capitol so deeply mired in dysfunction and partisanship, the meaning of her service is deeper than mere longevity.

Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

Is the Senate Where It's At for Ambitious House Democrats?

The next generation of House Democratic leaders sees opportunity for advancement — in the Senate, that is.

Politics

Both Parties Monitoring Impact of Arizona Redistricting Case

The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday on an Arizona redistricting case that could have implications for congressional elections beyond the Southwestern state’s borders.

Politics Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans.

Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Graham: Senate Could Overcome Veto of Iran Deal Review Legislation

Graham: Senate Could Overcome Veto of Iran Deal Review Legislation

Could Congress overcome a promised veto of legislation designed to compel the Obama administration to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Capitol Hill for approval? At least one of the bill’s champions seems to think so.

Politics

Russ Feingold, Joe Sestak and the Improbable Senate Race Rematch

The Senate is filled with members who lost previous races. But Democrats Joe Sestak and Russ Feingold are trying to pull off a rare electoral feat: defeating the people who defeated them six years prior.

Hill Life Hill East Redevelopment Moves Forward With Land Agreement

Hill East Redevelopment Moves Forward With Land Agreement

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an agreement Monday launching the redevelopment of the Hill East District, with construction expected to begin next year on a project that includes additional apartments, a public village square and green space.

Hill Life

Judge Dismisses Obamacare Lawsuit Targeting Congressional Health Care

A D.C. Superior Court judge dismissed on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging congressional health care enrollment in the D.C. small business exchange, ruling that federal regulations allow members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in the exchange.

Politics CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amethyst Archer probably wasn’t the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.

Politics

Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.

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Jim Inhofe Throws a Snowball (Video)

Sometimes you just can’t resist the urge to start a snowball fight.

Activist Toques Scour Capitol Hill for Food Aid

Just under a dozen renowned hospitality professionals looked to carve up both chambers of Congress, pressing their respective lawmakers to support the realignment of outdated global assistance provisions.

Policy Presidential Hopefuls Skirt FEC Rules | Rules of the Game

Presidential Hopefuls Skirt FEC Rules | Rules of the Game

With only a couple of exceptions, the nearly 20 hopefuls eyeing the Oval Office are "likely violating" Federal Election Commission regulations that impose strict limits on candidates testing the waters of a White House bid, said Paul Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center.

3 Republicans Defy Ted Cruz, Back Loretta Lynch (Updated)

It’s starting to look like yet another loss under the Dome for Ted Cruz.

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Boehner Reminds Members Again to Dress Appropriately (Video)

Eleven months to the day after Speaker John A. Boehner reminded members to wear “appropriate business attire” on the House floor, the Ohio Republican was singing a familiar tune Wednesday.

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