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CQ Roll Call July 10, 2014
Hawkings

Politics, Not Policy, Shape Bridge Over Highway Cliff

Thursday will see this year’s most consequential vote in the once-mighty House Ways and Means Committee — to propose one of the more assertive legislative punts in recent memory.

WGDB

DOJ Declines to Open Probe of CIA 'Spying' on Senate (Updated)

Updated 1:01 p.m. | The Justice Department is declining to open a formal investigation into the sparring between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA.


Pelosi Slams Boehner Lawsuit of Obama

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had stern words for Speaker John A. Boehner’s, R-Ohio, developing lawsuit targeting the president Thursday, dismissing the proposed action as “subterfuge” and “totally irresponsible.”

Politics Former Congresswoman Loans $500,000 to Her Comeback Campaign

Former Congresswoman Loans $500,000 to Her Comeback Campaign

Former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., has injected hundreds of thousands of dollars into her campaign to defeat freshman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.

Hill Life

GPO Might Turn Employee Parking Lot Into Commercial Development

In addition to plans to trim 100 workers from its ranks, the Government Printing Office is considering commercial development of an employee parking lot about a block west of Union Station.

Hill Life House Side of U.S. Capitol Reopens After Asbestos Spill

House Side of U.S. Capitol Reopens After Asbestos Spill

The House side of the U.S. Capitol reopened at 9 a.m. after being briefly closed this morning so that Capitol Police and a hazardous materials team could address an asbestos spill that had occurred overnight. Portions of the building, though, will remain closed throughout the day. House leaders decided not to convene morning hour at 10 a.m. due to the accident, but were expected to go ahead with legislative business at noon.

Rubio Calls for Obama to Help Vet in Mexican Jail

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., voiced concerns Thursday about a Mexican judge’s decision to return Afghanistan war veteran Andrew Tahmooressi to jail for breaking Mexico’s strict gun laws.

CBO Score Continues to Vex Veterans Bill Talks

CBO Score Continues to Vex Veterans Bill Talks

The sky-high CBO score for a veterans’ health care overhaul continues to stall progress weeks after separate bills blitzed through the House and Senate.

Hill Life

House Subcommittee Votes to Eliminate Funds for Eisenhower Memorial

Funding for the Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial would be eliminated in fiscal 2015 under a bill advanced Wednesday by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment.

Politics Howard Coble Wields Influence in North Carolina Race

Howard Coble Wields Influence in North Carolina Race

Outgoing Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., has become a fixture in the GOP runoff to determine his successor in the 6th District.

Hill Life

Health Insurance for Congress and Staff: It's Complicated

As members of Congress and their staffs head into their second year of enrollment in D.C.’s health exchange, they’ll decide among plans that range from a double-digit increase to a double-digit percent decrease in premiums, even as providers go in different directions that will result in fewer overall plans to choose from.

Policy Cuban Conspiracy Aside, Menendez Troubles Remain

Cuban Conspiracy Aside, Menendez Troubles Remain

In the short term, anyway, the tide of good news seems to have turned in favor of Robert Menendez.

Democrats' Hobby Lobby Response Would Curtail Religious Freedom Law (Video)

If Sen. Patty Murray and fellow Democrats get their way, employers wouldn’t be able to use a 1990s-era law to avoid Obamacare health coverage mandates for contraception.

Woodall Wins Unopposed Election to Interim RSC Chairman

Woodall Wins Unopposed Election to Interim RSC Chairman

Rep. Rob Woodall of Georgia was unanimously selected to be the chairman of the Republican Study Committee for the remainder of the 113th Congress.

Hill Life

Embezzlement Charges Against Capitol Police Officer Stir Up Criticism of Department Hiring

A guilty plea to embezzlement charges from the head of the Capitol Police’s Office of Diversity provoked U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Richard J. Leon to exclaim, “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 12 years here.”

Obama's $4B Bill for Border Surge Gets Frosty Reception on the Right

Obama's $4B Bill for Border Surge Gets Frosty Reception on the Right

Reaction to President Barack Obama’s request for almost $4 billion in emergency funds to deal with the Texas border crisis was met with skepticism Tuesday by most Republicans, but especially by hard-liners who have consistently blamed White House policies for the surge in illegal immigration.

Politics

Mitch McConnell: It's Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide.

Politics

RNC 2016 Convention Heads to Cleveland

The Republican National Convention is headed to The Cleve in 2016.

Policy Members in Waiting: The 20 Candidates Headed to D.C.

Members in Waiting: The 20 Candidates Headed to D.C.

Perhaps by design, and maybe because of circumstance, Jim Risch remains among the least recognized senators after almost six years on the job. But, given the course of his path to Congress, he was at a big disadvantage from the start — if getting noticed was his desire.

Policy

Did House Travel Disclosure Rules Change? | A Question of Ethics

Q. I am hoping you can clear up some confusion about the controversy over news that the House Ethics Committee changed the rules to limit Members’ disclosure of gifts of free travel on annual financial disclosure forms. The reactions seemed all over the place. Some said that it was a big step backwards. Others said that nothing really changed. So, what’s the story?

Policy Postmortem on the 'Patent Troll' Bill: Leahy Says Reid Killed It

Postmortem on the 'Patent Troll' Bill: Leahy Says Reid Killed It

When Sen. Patrick J. Leahy abruptly shelved legislation targeted at companies that file abusive patent infringement lawsuits back in May, the Vermont Democrat said it was because of a lack of consensus from stakeholders. But in an an interview with a home-state newspaper Leahy said he was “furious” that Majority Leader Harry Reid effectively shelved the bill.

Hill Life

Waiting for the 'SuperJob'

Like your job? But what if there is something out there even better for you — fancier title, higher tax bracket, maybe even a MacBook Air? How do you decide when to leave a good job for something that could be better? Hill Navigator discusses.

Hill Life D.C. Activists Declare Independence From Andy Harris

D.C. Activists Declare Independence From Andy Harris

If you face less traffic on your July Fourth escape to Ocean City, you can thank the activists at DC Vote. The champions of local autonomy are recruiting D.C. residents to boycott the beach in defense of Home Rule.

Politics

Could Upbeat Economic News Help Obama, Democrats?

Last week’s news that the U.S. economy gained 288,000 jobs in June seems to confirm the upbeat economic assessments coming from many of the nation’s economists and Wall Street analysts.

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