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CQ Roll Call Dec. 18, 2014
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Sessions Yields to Enzi for Budget Gavel

Sessions Yields to Enzi for Budget Gavel
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Sen. Michael B. Enzi will be the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee in the next Congress.

Rubio Threatens To Unravel Obama Cuba Deal

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., excoriated President Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba and threatened to hold up efforts to confirm an ambassador and fund an embassy.

Hill Blotter

From 'Printing' to 'Publishing': The GPO Has a New Name

The U.S. Government Printing Office has officially become the Government Publishing Office, after President Barack Obama signed the year-end “cromnibus” spending package late Tuesday night.

Politics

N.H. Democrats Prep Kelly Ayotte Challenge

New Hampshire is set to play a far more pivotal role in deciding Senate control next cycle than it did in the midterms.


Hill Life

Before You Go, a Short To-Do List for Hill Staffers

There are a couple weeks of recess in front of you, with time to tap out some constituent mail and take long lunches, perhaps even a take few days off to spend with family. But not everyone is as happy about their job prospects this holiday season, and lots of transition affects people in different ways. So before you head out, Hill Navigator has a short list of recommended to-do items.

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight

If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made just one thing clear Tuesday, it’s this: The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is not Darrell Issa’s anymore — in fact, Issa won’t even be on the committee next year.

Democrats Close Out Majority With Wins on Nominations

The Senate’s end-of-session mechanics kicked into high gear Tuesday, with the chamber confirming a slew of President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive nominations and clearing a one-year retroactive extension of lapsed tax breaks that will resolve the issue for just weeks.

Hill Life A Tribute to Michele Bachmann (Video)

A Tribute to Michele Bachmann (Video)

Would it surprise you if I disclose that one of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten came from Rep. Michele Bachmann?

Politics

14 Congressional Republicans Jeb Bush Helped Last Cycle

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday he is exploring a bid for president in 2016 with help from a new leadership PAC.

Hill Life Marijuana Legalization in D.C.: What Happened and What Happens Next

Marijuana Legalization in D.C.: What Happened and What Happens Next

District of Columbia officials and activists are grappling with a new thorn in their sides: an amendment attached to a year-end spending package targeting marijuana legalization in the District.

Politics

House Democratic Losses Deplete Bench of 2016 Senate Recruits

Sweeping House losses have not only pushed Democrats into a historic minority, they’ve depleted the bench of potential Senate recruits for the 2016 elections.

Hill Life Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent a letter to House Republican leadership Tuesday asking that she be granted a vote on the House floor in the 114th Congress.

New Governing Coalition Emerges

In the wake of the “cromnibus,” a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.

Dingell's Condition Improving at Washington Hospital

Dingell's Condition Improving at Washington Hospital

Retiring Rep. John D. Dingell, hospitalized last week after a hip fracture, will likely spend the holidays at George Washington University Hospital recuperating, according to a Facebook update from the congressman’s wife.

Hill Life

Legislative Counsel Staffer Remembered as Funny, Positive

Edward Leong, 61, a staffer in the Office of Legislative Counsel for 36 years, died on Dec. 7 at his home in McLean, Virginia, after a nine-year battle with lung cancer.

Hill Life Bipartisan Bedfellows Push Overhaul of Prison, Sentencing Systems

Bipartisan Bedfellows Push Overhaul of Prison, Sentencing Systems

With Republicans set to have control of both chambers of Congress, there has been no shortage of talk of leaving the dysfunction of the 113th Congress behind and focusing on areas of compromise in the coming year.

Coburn Faces Blowback Over End-of-Session Blockade

Sen. Tom Coburn faced renewed criticism Monday evening over his blockade of bipartisan measures aimed at preventing veterans from committing suicide, improving energy efficiency and extending terrorism insurance.

Politics Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOP’s biggest feats in last month’s near sweep of the 2014 elections.

Cruz Doesn't Believe Governors Have Edge Over Senators

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, doesn’t believe governors have an advantage over senators when it comes to winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Kirk Backs Murthy, Defies NRA

Kirk Backs Murthy, Defies NRA

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., defied the National Rifle Association to confirm Vivek Murthy as surgeon general.

From New Committee Seat, David Vitter Seeks to Stop AG Nomination

One of the new Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says next year’s Senate should block President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.

Exit Interview: James Brandell Shares Greatest Regret, Memories of Pop Stars

He’s seen plenty of people — including his fair share of celebrities — come and go during his decade-plus tenure on Capitol Hill. But House Republican aide James Brandell wouldn’t trade his time in Congress for anything.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Dec. 8 (Video)

With holiday jet fumes in the air, Congress spent its final full week of 2014 on “The Colbert Report,” strategizing for bar fights and telling their favorite Dick Cheney quail hunting stories.

Hill Life

Rep. Jeb Hensarling Mourns Loss of His Father

Rep. Jeb Hensarling is mourning his father, Charles “Chase” Hensarling, who died Sunday at the age of 86.

Incoming House Budget Chairman Hopes for Legislative Gains in New GOP Congress

Incoming House Budget Chairman Hopes for Legislative Gains in New GOP Congress

Rep. Tom Price might not have the same star power as Rep. Paul D. Ryan.

Schumer Passes on Top Democratic Banking Spot

Wall Street is losing the opportunity for a Democratic ally to take the party’s top spot on the Banking Committee, but the financial sector seems to be banking on that friend playing an even bigger role in leadership.

Paul and Rubio Spar Over Foreign Policy, ISIS AUMF

Paul and Rubio Spar Over Foreign Policy, ISIS AUMF

The nation may have gotten a little taste of 2016 Republican presidential politics Thursday as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky squared off with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on foreign policy.

Hill Life

Radici Takes Root on Capitol Hill

Whisked away to Italy by love 18 years ago, Bridget Thibodeau Sasso returned to Washington with a piece of Italy she has now established on Capitol Hill — her Italian market Radici at 303 Seventh St. SE.

Hill Life Hill Staffers Demonstrate in Wake Of Garner, Brown Protests

Hill Staffers Demonstrate in Wake Of Garner, Brown Protests

Hill staffers gathered on the steps of the Capitol Thursday for a demonstration of solidarity with those rallying over the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.

Hill Life

Tom Petri Off the Hook With Ethics Committee

The House Ethics Committee delivered some good news to Rep. Tom Petri on his final day of legislative business in Congress: Their review of allegations against the Wisconsin Republican has closed, with no wrongdoing found.

McConnell Chief Sharon Soderstrom Wields Influence Behind the Scenes

McConnell Chief Sharon Soderstrom Wields Influence Behind the Scenes

In her first stint in a majority leader’s office, Sharon Soderstrom, chief of staff to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, used to sit quietly in the back of the chamber watching the floor.

GOP to Bring Up Bill Blocking Obama Immigration Action — Next Year

While it may be little consolation to conservatives, House Republicans announced their intention Wednesday to vote on an amendment — in January, when the new Congress is sworn in — that would block the president’s executive action on immigration.

Ohio Democrat Pushes Healthy Eating as Fiscal Issue

Ohio Democrat Pushes Healthy Eating as Fiscal Issue

Rep. Tim Ryan’s ideal world would contain children snacking on salad at the school lunch table, local farmers supplying organic fruit to universities and community gardens replacing even the most dilapidated urban centers.

Senate GOP Wrestles With Whether to Undo the Nuclear Option

After crying foul when Democrats used the nuclear option to essentially eliminate the filibuster for most nominations, Senate Republicans are wrestling with whether to change it back.

Politics Exclusive: DSCC Chairman Makes Recruitment Pitch for 2016

Exclusive: DSCC Chairman Makes Recruitment Pitch for 2016

Montana Sen. Jon Tester sees a world of opportunity when he looks at the 2016 Senate map — and a mountain of work to capitalize on it.

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