Roll Call
CQ Roll Call July 31, 2014
WGDB

CIA: Yes, We Spied on Senate Investigators

CIA: Yes, We Spied on Senate Investigators
CQ Roll Call File Photo

218

House GOP Leaders Delay Recess, Try to Revive Border Bill

House GOP leaders ditched their plans to vote on a border supplemental Thursday after failing to secure the votes to pass it — but soon called an emergency 3 p.m. meeting and said votes are still possible before jetting out of town for the August recess.

218

Cantor Delivers Final Speech as Majority Leader (Video)

Eric Cantor delivered a somber farewell as majority leader Thursday, telling his House colleagues that he has “truly lived the American Dream.”

WGDB

Reid Warns of Weekend Work in September

Reid Warns of Weekend Work in September
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo

218

House Sends Highway Bill Back to Senate

In the frenetic legislative run-up to the August recess, House lawmakers sent their version of a highway bill back to the Senate, voting to disagree with the Senate amendment to the legislation.


Politics Scott DesJarlais' Re-Election Hopes Rise, Despite Abortion Scandal (Video)

Scott DesJarlais' Re-Election Hopes Rise, Despite Abortion Scandal (Video)

Two years is a lifetime in politics. Just ask Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

Hill Life

Harassment Complaints Up at the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol employees are reporting more claims of discrimination and harassment — a 20 percent increase from the previous year, according to a report released Thursday by the Office of Compliance.

Unemployment Extension: Still Dead

Long-term unemployed people still wondering if Congress will act on an unemployment extension restoring benefits for millions before going home for the August recess are going to be disappointed again.

Seersucker Thursday: Ladies' Fashion Do's and Don'ts

Seersucker Thursday: Ladies' Fashion Do's and Don'ts

After two years, Seersucker Thursday finally returns to the Senate. Back in June, when the House side hosted its own seersucker celebration, HOH ran an item Seersucker Day: Trent Lott’s Fashion Do’s and Don’ts.

Policy

Defense Industry Funds Flow to Contenders for Key House Chairmanships

In politics, money flows to power. Apparently it flows to the potential for power, too.

Policy New Benghazi Report Reaches 'Noncontroversial Conclusions,' Congressman Says

New Benghazi Report Reaches 'Noncontroversial Conclusions,' Congressman Says

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., said Thursday that a House Intelligence Committee investigative report on Benghazi that the panel voted to approve reaches “noncontroversial conclusions” and that it should be declassified swiftly. Schiff serves on the Intelligence panel as well as the new Republican-created select committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Libya.

Hill Life

D.C. Officials Plotting New Course to Keep Gun Control Intact (Updated)

Updated 7:30 p.m. | Though they won’t yet say how far they are willing to take their fight, District of Columbia officials plan to do everything in their power to limit the carrying of handguns in the nation’s capital, arguing that despite a court’s ruling that paves the way for more permissive laws, Washington is a unique place with heightened security concerns.

House Votes to Sue Obama (Updated) (Video)

House Votes to Sue Obama (Updated) (Video)

The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to authorize suing President Barack Obama, which Republicans called a principled move to rein in an increasingly lawless president and Democrats and the White House dismissed as a taxpayer-financed political stunt.

Policy

Medicare Payment Quirk Grabs Senate Panel's Attention

Senators on Wednesday mulled the impact of a restriction in Medicare payment policies that has riled both hospitals and patients. When a Medicare patient stays in a hospital under “observation status” the person does not qualify for certain Medicare coverage in a subsequent stay in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility — and may end up paying more in co-payments and drug costs.

Hill Life Digging In to the Kentucky Hot Brown

Digging In to the Kentucky Hot Brown

Thank you, Chris Pogue (wherever you may now be), for dispatching this food sleuth on one of the most delectable assignments to date.

Hill Life

The Calm Before the Pre-Recess Storm

As House and Senate leadership scrambled to reach agreements on legislation to address the Veterans Affairs backlog, reauthorizing transportation programs and the influx of Central Americans at the Southern border before they adjourned for recess, Barbara Halpern-Levin, wife of Sen. Carl Levin, paused calmly in the middle of the Capitol Crypt.

Politics Mark Pryor Up 2 Points in Democratic Poll

Mark Pryor Up 2 Points in Democratic Poll

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor led his Republican challenger by 2 points in a recent Democratic poll, which is the third survey on the race released in the last two days.

Policy

Bringing the Classroom to Court: The Battle for Teacher Protection

Two sets of lawsuits currently moving through the courts have the potential to upend the way teachers unions operate, first in California and potentially across the country.

VA Health Care Overhaul Passes House

VA Health Care Overhaul Passes House

Updated 5:04 p.m. | The House voted overwhelmingly to pass the compromise health care overhaul aimed at slashing wait times at Veterans Affairs facilities. The bill is expected to easily pass the Senate and head to President Barack Obama’s desk before Congress leaves for the August recess.

Policy

The Almost Invisible Final Days of a Once-Forceful Leader

Eric Cantor’s slow fade toward the exits of the House majority leader’s office is one day from its official completion. But as a practical matter he’s been almost invisible for several weeks.

Bill Foster, Congress' Science Guy

Bill Foster, Congress' Science Guy

Not everyone gets cards from Fermilab.

House Democrats Weigh Voting Down Highway Bill

Democrats are apparently considering a tactic of voting down the House highway bill in hopes that Republicans would have to accept the Senate measure that offers a different timeline for funding construction projects. Asked whether there would be new Democratic opposition to the bill on Wednesday, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland suggested it is possible.

Hill Life Maryland Delegation Muscling for FBI Headquarters

Maryland Delegation Muscling for FBI Headquarters

A District of Columbia site didn’t make the shortlist for the FBI’s new headquarters released Tuesday by the General Services Administration. But to the thrill of Maryland’s congressional delegation, possible locations included the Greenbelt Metro Station and Landover Mall, both located in Prince George’s County.

Politics

Greg Walden to Seek Second Term Running NRCC (Updated)

Updated 3:54 p.m. | National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden announced Tuesday he will seek a second term running the House GOP’s campaign arm.

Hill Life Hani Garabyare's Journey From Somalia to the Senate

Hani Garabyare's Journey From Somalia to the Senate

When Hani Garabyare was a little girl, she prayed that she would be an American.

Politics

Obama Lawsuit, Impeachment Threats Raise Cash for House Democrats

House Republican threats of suing or impeaching President Barack Obama have unleashed a flood of donations to House Democrats, their campaign chief told reporters Tuesday morning.

Politics NRSC Chairman: Senate Map Has Expanded to 12 States

NRSC Chairman: Senate Map Has Expanded to 12 States

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran said Tuesday the GOP’s pickup opportunities have expanded to around a dozen states — twice as many as needed to take control of the Senate.

Politics

Ex-Congressman Tacks to Center in GOP Comeback Bid

A former congressman is attempting a comeback by appealing to an unconventional bloc of GOP primary voters: moderates.

Politics In Kansas, Conservatives Suffer From Mississippi Hangover

In Kansas, Conservatives Suffer From Mississippi Hangover

As conservatives reel from a bruising loss in Mississippi, they are looking to the primary in Kansas to knock off an incumbent and salve their wounds.

Hill Life

How to Write — and Receive — Mean Emails

Before the age of emails, people would leave nasty voice mails. It was a quick and efficient way to get your message across without having the face-to-face encounter that so many people want to avoid. But now there is email. Don’t like the tone someone takes with a constituent? Put it in email. Saw some errors on that last press release? Fire off an email. Did something go through without your approval? Write that in an email and send it right off.

Hill Life Judge Stays D.C. Handgun Ruling for 90 Days

Judge Stays D.C. Handgun Ruling for 90 Days

A federal judge on Tuesday put a hold on the ruling that overturned the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public, effectively giving D.C. police and law enforcement some space to figure out how to respond.

Former Rep. M. Caldwell Butler Dies at 89

Former Rep. M. Caldwell Butler, a Virginian congressman who came to office in the midst of President Richard M. Nixon’s impeachment, died early Tuesday. He was 89.

Ted Poe Adopts Matt Salmon as a Lone Star Stater (Video)

Ted Poe Adopts Matt Salmon as a Lone Star Stater (Video)

Rep. Ted Poe has conferred upon Rep. Matt Salmon one of the highest honors his office can help provide: He’s made his fellow Republican lawmaker an honorary Texan.

Life on Sarah Palin’s Wavelength

After years of randomly popping up on cable new shows, conservative documentaries and in single-season series, one-time GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin is ready to build a programming empire all her own.

Bill Maher Flip a District Contest: Ellmers in Final Four

Bill Maher Flip a District Contest: Ellmers in Final Four

Bill Maher’s attempt to oust a Republican member of Congress is nearing its final stage, with the liberal comedian announcing July 25 on his HBO show that Renee Ellmers of North Carolina has made it to the final four of his viewer-driven “Flip a District” contest.

Politics

Chuck Schumer’s Dream: A Democratic Nightmare

New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer laid out his dream for a less partisan Washington recently. But the Democrat’s New York Times op-ed is giving some strategists in his own party nightmares.

As Ted Cruz Lifts Hold, Diplomats Have a Chance at Confirmation

As Ted Cruz Lifts Hold, Diplomats Have a Chance at Confirmation

There’s a chance at least some of the ambassadors caught in a legislative holding pattern might be confirmed before the August recess.

Politics

So You Want to Be a Political Handicapper? 2014 Edition

The thought of three candidate interviews over a four-hour period invariably fills me with dread.

Pete Gallego Saves Choking Child During Flight Home

Pete Gallego Saves Choking Child During Flight Home

Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, jumped into action during a flight home to Texas on Friday night to help a young boy next to him who was choking on a chicken nugget.

Wyden Ponders Release of CIA Torture Report Without White House Consent

A senior Senate Democrat is firing a warning shot at the White House against stalling the release of a report about the past use of torture by the U.S. intelligence community.

Politics Campaign Spotlight: Father Pitches Best (Video)

Campaign Spotlight: Father Pitches Best (Video)

How does a female Democratic candidate in the South distance herself from President Barack Obama? Call on Dad.

Hill Life

House Natural Resources Republicans Slam Ike Memorial Commission

The federal government has poured more than $65 million into creating a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to a new congressional report that alleges mismanagement by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and slams architect Frank Gehry’s plan.

Policy Speaker's Lawsuit Against Obama Is a Longshot | Procedural Politics

Speaker's Lawsuit Against Obama Is a Longshot | Procedural Politics

Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to sue the president for overstepping constitutional boundaries has produced a cascade of volume and verbiage in media echo chambers. In a memo to his colleagues, Boehner explained, “President Barack Obama has declined to faithfully execute the laws of our country — ignoring some statutes completely, selectively enforcing others, and at times, creating laws of his own.” The president in return has called the suit a “stunt” and waste of taxpayer dollars.

Politics

Congressman Says Gwen Graham's Dad 'Not on the Ballot'

Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., said he isn’t buying the hype around his opponent, attorney Gwen Graham, the daughter of Bob Graham, a former senator and governor.

Walsh on Plagiarism: 'I Made a Mistake' But Not Due to PTSD

Walsh on Plagiarism: 'I Made a Mistake' But Not Due to PTSD

Sen. John Walsh said he “made a mistake” when he plagiarized portions of his Masters’ thesis and dismissed possible affects of post-traumatic stress disorder possibly playing a role.

More Headlines

SIGN IN




OR

SUBSCRIBE

Want Roll Call on your doorstep?