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CQ Roll Call Aug. 4, 2015
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Democrats Vote to Filibuster Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill

Democrats Vote to Filibuster Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill
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Defense & Foreign Policy

Cybersecurity Opponents Gird for Senate Floor Debate

The Senate will take up a cyber bill this week that already has critics promising a rigorous debate over what they say is little more than a surveillance measure dressed in the guise of cybersecurity legislation.

Hill Blotter

Capitol Police Chief to Retire

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine plans to retire in January 2016, capping three years as head of the agency, multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

WGDB

What's McConnell's Next Move on the EPA's Clean Power Plan?

The Obama administration’s final Clean Power Plan unveiled Monday sets aggressive goals for reducing carbon pollution — but the first challenge on the road to implementation will be working around Republican opposition on Capitol Hill.


Ethics Committee to Investigate Chaka Fattah

The House Ethics Committee did its due diligence Monday evening.

Politics

In Senate Race, Alan Grayson Could Be Own Worst Enemy

In his bid for Senate in Florida, the biggest thing standing in Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s way is . . . Alan Grayson.

Hill Life

Azerbaijan Travel Probe Shows Strained Ties Between Congress' Ethics Cops

By the looks of the most recent report from the Office of Congressional Ethics, the first six months of 2015 were some of the busiest since the agency launched six years ago, at the beginning of the 111th Congress. But lawmakers remain lax about policing themselves.

Ted Cruz Defers to House Members on Bid to Boot Boehner

Ted Cruz Defers to House Members on Bid to Boot Boehner

Upending the “Washington cartel” of career politicians may be the theme of Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for the White House, but the Texas Republican is not weighing in on a bid to oust John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, from his role as speaker.

Pot Bills Stalled Despite Increased Support

Even though Senate support for a medical marijuana bill is building, it’s not getting the backing it needs to advance.

Wide Political Fallout Expected From Massive Nuclear Bomber Deal

Wide Political Fallout Expected From Massive Nuclear Bomber Deal

In a few weeks, the Pentagon will announce the companies picked to develop America’s next bomber jet, sparking a budget war that will last for years and reshape the defense industry, experts say.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 27, 2015 (Video)

Members wrapped up the last week in July with rhetorical questions, pipe smoke and empty toothpaste tubes.

That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe (Video)

That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe (Video)

Long before the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a Minneapolis dentist triggered an international outcry over the illegal hunting, one U.S. Congressman confidently bragged about killing — and eating — his own conquests.

Politics

Democrats Hope Baron Hill Can Follow Donnelly's Path to the Senate

Former Indiana Rep. Baron P. Hill’s road to the Senate won’t be any easy one, but Democrats think they have a roadmap to get him there.

Congress Goes to the Dogs

Congress Goes to the Dogs

Life on Capitol Hill was good for a few fleeting moments Thursday, as members and staff wandered from wet-nosed critter to furry-faced charmer in pursuit of the perfect cuddle.

Politics

Onetime DCCC Prospect Greitens Running as Republican in Missouri

Depending on how things shake out, Missouri voters could face a bizarro world next fall: A former Democrat running as the Republican nominee for governor against a Democrat who used to be a Republican.

Hill Life

Whistleblower Day, but Not for Hill Staff

The Senate approved a resolution Thursday declaring July 30, 2015, “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day,” though senators’ own staffers are not afforded the same protections as other federal workers.

Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Bill, Short-Term Extension

Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Bill, Short-Term Extension

The Senate passed its long-term highway bill shortly after noon Thursday, and then agreed to a House-passed three-month extension before completing work for the day.

64 Lawmakers Rally Behind Alexander Hamilton

As the House headed for August recess, a group of 64 lawmakers is uniting against reducing the role of Alexander Hamilton on the 10-dollar bill.

Takoma Park Feels the Bern

Takoma Park Feels the Bern

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — Thousands of “house parties” gathered throughout the country Wednesday night to collectively #feelthebern.

Josh Earnest: Planned Parenthood Videos 'Fraudulent'

Strong words today from the White House over those Planned Parenthood videos showing officials with the nation’s leading abortion provider discussing the sale of aborted body parts. But not for Planned Parenthood.

Hill Life Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

Congressional Couches Test Positive for Toxic Retardant

As Congress considers an overhaul of toxic chemical regulations, a new analysis has brought the issue close to home — perhaps a little too close for comfort.

Obama's Late Night Lobbying on Iran Deal

President Barack Obama has been working late to ensure he gets to votes on the Iran deal.

Politics A Brief Electoral History of Recently Indicted Congressmen

A Brief Electoral History of Recently Indicted Congressmen

It might be easy to scoff at Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania for talking about his re-election bid on the same day he faced a 29-count indictment on corruption charges, but the most recent members of the House to be indicted held their own at the ballot box, at least initially. The last two members of the House to be indicted won their next election.

Hill Life

Lawmakers Look to Enhance Unpaid Intern Protections

House Democrats introduced three bills to protect interns from sexual harassment and discrimination Tuesday, notably extending protections to the scores of interns in congressional offices.

Politics Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

Will a Candidate Emerge From Baltimore in Maryland Senate Primary?

While two candidates from the D.C. suburbs are running for the Democratic nomination for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, no candidate has emerged from Baltimore.

Hill Life

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

“But if you‘ll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.”

Future of Tele-Town Halls Unclear to Lawmakers

Future of Tele-Town Halls Unclear to Lawmakers

The Federal Communications Commission was in damage control mode on Wednesday, trying to ratchet back comments made by the agency's chairman, Tom Wheeler, in testimony to a House Energy and Commerce panel earlier this week.

Chamber Plans August Outreach as Export-Import Bank Stays Expired

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a key White House ally on reviving the Export-Import Bank — plans a blitz to rebuild momentum with state and local chambers as members head home for the August recess.

Politics Democrat to Detractors: I'm Doing Better Than Your Guy

Democrat to Detractors: I'm Doing Better Than Your Guy

Seeking to avoid a contentious primary, some national Democrats have been working behind the scenes to force Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider out of a competitive open-seat House contest in California’s 24th District.

Policy

Congress Regulates Internal Speech for Good Reason | Procedural Politics

It is often noted there are two kinds of members in Congress: the showhorses and the workhorses. That’s probably an oversimplification, since most members consider themselves workhorses, but with a flair for show. Politics, after all, is a lot like show business, with public attention and appreciation focused on those actors who are able to entertain and project their roles in a convincing and effective manner. On Broadway, the payoff is in audience acclaim and good reviews. In Congress, it is in media attention and re-election.

Hill Life On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

On Unattended Guns, Questions Linger for Capitol Police

Called before Congress for an oversight hearing after a tumultuous few weeks of reports of loaded service weapons left in problematic places around the Capitol and an ongoing hunt for employees who may have leaked internal information, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine promised the acts would be dealt with “firmly and effectively.”

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