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CQ Roll Call Sept. 18, 2014
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Odd Coalitions, Unusual Fractures in Syria, CR Votes

The House fractured along untraditional lines Wednesday, voting 319-108 to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government and 273-156 to adopt an amendment arming Syrian rebels.

WGDB

Tom Coburn Won't Be Going Away Quietly

Sen. Tom Coburn is retiring at the end of this Congress, but the Oklahoma Republican has put the word out that he isn’t likely to let the Senate have its end-of-session legislative feeding frenzy.

At the Races

The 'Cory Booker of California' Leaps to Safer Ground

It’s a story even Hollywood couldn’t concoct.


Hill Life

Stockman Tweets Photo From the House Floor, Violating Chamber Rules

Rep. Steve Stockman got a little too excited following a floor vote Wednesday and made a move that violates House decorum.

Hill Life

Critics of Washington Team Name Target NFL Nonprofit Status (Video)

The NFL, facing multiple public relations fiascos regarding domestic violence issues, can expect some more heat coming its way from Congress as Native American groups and members from both chambers are promising a multipronged attack to pressure Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change his team’s name.

Politics

House Democrats Raise $10.2 Million in August for Midterms

House Democrats raised more than $10 million in August, according to figures obtained first by CQ Roll Call from a committee aide.

Politics

The Amazingly Static House Playing Field

After a year of campaigning, television ads, a government shutdown, and a botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the House playing field is virtually unchanged from where it was 12 months ago.

Reid, Heller Push Proper Hygiene at Capitol Event

Reid, Heller Push Proper Hygiene at Capitol Event

Nevada’s senators appeared together Wednesday afternoon to promote hand-washing and proper hygiene.

Parties' Shared Benghazi Goals: Win the Hearings, Control the Narrative

Reps. Trey Gowdy and Elijah E. Cummings say they don’t want the Select Committee on Benghazi to be driven by partisanship, and both have made overtures over the past four months to prove they mean it.

Michele Bachmann and the Right to Bare Arms

Michele Bachmann and the Right to Bare Arms

When Michele Bachmann came to the floor Wednesday afternoon to preside over the House chamber, there was one problem: She was wearing a dress — without sleeves.

Hill Life

Press Galleries Pushing McCarthy for 'Pen and Pad' Briefings

Members of the Capitol Hill press corps are pushing for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to reinstate weekly “pen and pad” briefings to discuss the agenda, a tradition that ended with former Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.

Policy On Ebola, Obama's Bold Move Is Greeted on Hill With Eager Assent

On Ebola, Obama's Bold Move Is Greeted on Hill With Eager Assent

Contrary to what seemed certain as the week began, American military boots will soon be on the ground to combat a societal scourge on the other side of the world. And virtually no one in Congress sounds opposed to the idea.

Politics

Cotton's Softer Side Displayed in Senate Race (Video)

Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign kicked off the final sprint to November with advertising designed to soften the image of one of the GOP’s most-touted Senate recruits.

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

The Maine Attraction: Getting a Taste of the Chellie Pingree Experience

ROCKLAND, Maine — Once aboard the boat that will speed us to North Haven, a Connecticut man opens up about his affinity for the Pine Tree State.

At Final Stakeout Before Election, Senate Leaders Bullish on Chances (Video)

At what’s expected to be their final appearances before the cameras in the Ohio clock corridor before the midterm elections in November, the two political strategists leading the Senate offered predictably upbeat assessments for their respective parties’ chances.

Hill Life Bigger and Better Things: Staffers Who Run for Office

Bigger and Better Things: Staffers Who Run for Office

Think being a congressional staffer can lead to bigger and better things? What about public office? You’re in good company: 75 of the current House and Senate members previously served as congressional staff, according to CQ Roll Call Member Information and Research. Hill Navigator discusses what aspects of the job may serve you well.

Policy

Can Answering a Campaign Call Break the Law? | A Question of Ethics

What are the rules for campaigning in a congressional office? Could answering a campaign call break the law?

Mark Warner Still Pushing Grand Bargains on the Stump

Mark Warner Still Pushing Grand Bargains on the Stump

FAIRFAX, Va. — How often do you hear a Democrat on the campaign stump tell a largely partisan audience that some of the attendees might be well-advised to vote for a Republican?

Policy

First Clinton, Now Biden Offer Iowa Their Versions of 2016 Populism

She went out to grill some beef, and now he’s going out to help some nuns.

Politics Scott Brown's Path Back to D.C. Widens

Scott Brown's Path Back to D.C. Widens

Former Sen. Scott P. Brown’s path to victory in the New Hampshire Senate race has widened.

Politics

The Republican Brand's Recovery Tour — Sort Of

There was a time, a little less than a year ago, when Democrats salivated at the thought of running against the GOP brand and demonizing Republican candidates by attacking them and their party for “shutting down the government.”

Hill Life

D.C. Statehood Hearing Explores Other Options

Washington, D.C. residents crowded into a hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building Monday to witness the first hearing on D.C. statehood in two decades, though enacting statehood in the 113th Congress is not likely anytime soon.

Gingrich, DeLay and Republicans of '94 to Reunite on Capitol Hill

Gingrich, DeLay and Republicans of '94 to Reunite on Capitol Hill

Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay had a rocky relationship when they served together in House GOP leadership nearly two decades ago.

Politics

Democrats Sound the Alarm on Southern California Race

Democrats are sending warning signals on a previously sleepy southern California House race — a tangible sign of an increasingly tough midterm for the party.

Wyden Cites Oregon Wine in Effort to Spark Extenders Action

Wyden Cites Oregon Wine in Effort to Spark Extenders Action

Oregon wine grapes could go unpressed and it’s Congress’ fault, said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden on Monday.

Policy

Influence Industry Remembers 'Unique' Thomas H. Boggs Jr. | K Street Files

Thomas H. Boggs Jr. had the clout of an oracle, the air of a senator and a joie de vivre that gleefully declared his family’s Louisiana roots.

Hill Life House Ethics Committee Probing Paul Broun

House Ethics Committee Probing Paul Broun

Rep. Paul Broun, the Georgia Republican who lost a Senate primary in May, is being investigated for alleged ethics violations.

Politics

Democratic Poll Shows Dead Heat in New Jersey Race

A new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll shows a dead heat in a competitive New Jersey House race.

Policy Amtrak Looks for Balance Between Serving Northeast Corridor, the Rest of the Country

Amtrak Looks for Balance Between Serving Northeast Corridor, the Rest of the Country

A traveler wishing to ride the rails in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C., and Boston can choose from dozens of trains per day. Anyone wishing to ride the Sunset Limited from New Orleans to Los Angeles, however, has more limited options: There’s one train on Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Saturday.

Reid Moves NRC Nominations as Fight Over Yucca Mountain Continues

It helps to be the majority leader when you’re trying to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

Politics Rand Paul Sets Timeline to Decide Presidential Bid

Rand Paul Sets Timeline to Decide Presidential Bid

Sen. Rand Paul will announce whether he’ll run for president by next spring, the Kentucky Republican said Monday.

Policy

Nuclear Option Helped Obama Refashion Bench

Ten months after his fellow Democrats “went nuclear” in the Senate on his behalf, President Barack Obama is done putting his stamp on the federal judiciary — at least for the year, but maybe forever if Republicans take control of the place.

Using Social Media to Showcase the Speaker's Lighter Side

What do Speaker John A. Boehner and a windup toy monkey have in common?

Politics Democrats Have a Plan to Overcome Obama in Red States

Democrats Have a Plan to Overcome Obama in Red States

As national analysts say the odds are increasingly against them, Democratic senators and senior operatives remain optimistic the party’s most vulnerable incumbents can survive stiff re-election challenges, even in red states where the president’s popularity is sunk.

Hill Life

A Hard Rock Day's Night

If there is an epicenter of the Washington Tourist-Industrial Complex, it may very well be the Hard Rock Cafe in Penn Quarter.

Hill Life Beth Plemmons, the Capitol Visitor Center's Guide to Southern Hospitality

Beth Plemmons, the Capitol Visitor Center's Guide to Southern Hospitality

North Carolina native Beth Plemmons, CEO of visitor services at the Capitol Visitor Center, is a pro at Southern hospitality.

Politics

Democratic Poll Shows Dead Heat in New Jersey Race

A new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll shows a dead heat in a competitive New Jersey House race.

Mark Sanford Calls Off Engagement in Epic Facebook Post

Mark Sanford Calls Off Engagement in Epic Facebook Post

In an epic Facebook post, Rep. Mark Sanford announced he is calling off his engagement with Maria Belén Chapur because of the stress of an ongoing custody dispute with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

Capito Mourns Loss of Mother Shelley Riley Moore

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announced Saturday the passing of her mother, former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Riley Moore. She was 88.

Mulvaney Says Outside Groups Won't Define Conservative Credibility

Mulvaney Says Outside Groups Won't Define Conservative Credibility

Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina, a front-runner in the race for chairmanship of the Republican Study Committee in the next Congress, is vowing to guard the independence of the GOP's right wing from influential outside groups like Heritage Action.

Bill Maher Names Flip a District Pick

Updated: 3:44 p.m. | From now until Election Day, comedian Bill Maher has made it his mission to ensure Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., does not come back to Congress.

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