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CQ Roll Call Jan. 27, 2015
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House Freedom Caucus Might Present Challenge to RSC — Or Not

Conservatives announced Monday morning the formation of a new group, the House Freedom Caucus. But with only nine members to start, it’s unclear what such a caucus will mean for another conservative group: the Republican Study Committee.

Politics

Democrats Lose Candidate and Hope in New York Special Election

The date hasn’t even been set, but Republicans have all but won the special election in New York’s 11th District.

Heard on the Hill

House Staffer Keeps 'Em Guessing on 'Jeopardy!'

Quiz show junkie and Capitol Hill staffer Will Anderson raked in more than $23,000 in winnings and garnered comparisons to defending Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for engineering an astonishing, come-from-behind victory during his three-day run on “Jeopardy!”


Hill Life

Getting Beyond Budget Scorekeeper's Perennial 'Pissing Contest'

Can the new director of the Congressional Budget Office get “beyond the basic pissing contest” of how to score legislation? The former heads of the official scorekeeping agency hope so.

Policy Democrats Plan Police Body Camera Legislation

Democrats Plan Police Body Camera Legislation

Two similar Democratic proposals to equip more police officers with body-worn cameras should come into better focus within days, as details emerge on a White House initiative as well as a prominent African-American lawmaker’s legislation in the House.

HOH Word of the Week: Australian Ballot

“Australian Ballot: System employed in the United States in which all ballots are marked in secret.”

McConnell Shows He's the Boss

McConnell Shows He's the Boss

The honeymoon may be over for Mitch McConnell.

Politics

DCCC Announces Final Fundraising, Debt Figures for 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will report raising more than $206 million during the 2014 cycle — a record total, according to a committee aide.

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Mother Nature Threatens Congressional Movie Night

Possible encroachment by the blizzard battering the Northeast has the organizers of a tentative “Selma” screening on Capitol Hill worried that inclement weather may bury their plans.


Cuba CODEL Gets Firsthand Account of Dramatic Dealings

A relationship forged on Sen. Patrick J. Leahy’s first visit to Cuba some 15 years ago helped the Vermont Democrat take an unexpected step in support of the White House’s efforts to bring home Alan Gross and re-establish diplomatic relations with the island nation.

Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

Grassley to Ramp Up Oversight at Judiciary

When Loretta Lynch paid Sen. Charles E. Grassley a visit last month, the new Judiciary Committee chairman handed her a book — of all the unanswered letters he’s sent to the administration.

Hill Life

U.S. Conference of Mayors Moving Past Congressional Gridlock

Mayors from across the nation have a message for Congress: Gridlock means mayors have had to pick up the slack.

Politics Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

Hill Life

Driver in SOTU Police Chase Had No License, Police Say

An officer on the scene of the State of the Union night car chase through Capitol Police jurisdiction says the man briefly handcuffed by police, then allowed to drive away did not have a driver’s license.

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 19 (Video)

Members spent a short week in Congress learning about drones, women’s health and the difference between one trillion and one thousand billion.

Politics

Renee Ellmers May Face Primary Challenge

Rep. Renee Ellmers, the North Carolina Republican who led the charge to pull the House GOP’s 20-week abortion ban bill this week, could have a bruising primary from the conservative wing of her party in 2016.

Politics Democrats Could Face Primary Mess in Illinois Senate Race

Democrats Could Face Primary Mess in Illinois Senate Race

Democrats are driving toward a primary collision course in Illinois, where the party could endure a multimillion-dollar slugfest in a race essential to capturing Senate control in 2016.

Hill Life

Lawmakers Define Oversight Role in L'Enfant Metro Incident

Members of Congress are looking to flex their oversight muscles, after summoning national and local transportation officials to Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening to brief them on the recent deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.

Politics DCCC Chairman Says Majority Is ‘Definitely Going to Be in Play.’ Really?

DCCC Chairman Says Majority Is ‘Definitely Going to Be in Play.’ Really?

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray LujŠn declared the House majority would be up for grabs in 2016.

Senator on '#DeflateGate': Send Colts to Super Bowl

Sen. Dan Coats tweeted Thursday that the Indiana Colts, not the New England Patriots, should play in the Super Bowl, as the National Football League controversy surrounding the use of under-inflated game balls in Sunday’s AFC Championship continued to unfold.

Hill Life Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gohmert Over Spending Campaign Cash on Travel

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Gohmert Over Spending Campaign Cash on Travel

The most quotable member of Congress may have violated House ethics rules by using campaign cash to cover travel expenses for speaking engagements in England, a liberal watchdog group alleged Thursday.

Politics

Billionaire Passes on California Senate Race

Hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, the billionaire Democrat who has spent considerable cash on environmental causes and candidates, will not run for Senate in California, he announced Thursday.

Wendell Ford, Longtime Kentucky Senator, Dies at 90

Wendell Ford, Longtime Kentucky Senator, Dies at 90

Kentucky political legend and purveyor of Southern wit Wendell H. Ford has died.

Pelosi Accuses Boehner of 'Hubris'

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dinged Speaker John A. Boehner Thursday for not consulting with Democrats or the White House on the decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

#SOTU Pumps Up Democrats, Post-'Shellacking II'

#SOTU Pumps Up Democrats, Post-'Shellacking II'

“Barack Obama’s Back.” That was the three-word verdict from Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., after Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

Clyburn Offers Personal Perspective on the Relevance, Power of 'Selma'

“Selma” may have been snubbed by the Oscars, but Rep. James E. Clyburn gave the civil-rights movie a very personal endorsement Wednesday during a Democratic Party news conference on voting rights.

Hill Life McConnell's Sergeant-at-Arms Team's Time Together Goes Way Back (Audio)

McConnell's Sergeant-at-Arms Team's Time Together Goes Way Back (Audio)

The two men at the helm of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office first crossed paths nearly two decades ago as staffers on the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

Hill Life

Paid Maternity, Paternity Leave Coming for Congressional Staff?

Paid maternity and paternity leave could be coming soon for most federal employees.

Policy Congress, Obama Each Say 'You First' on War Authorization

Congress, Obama Each Say 'You First' on War Authorization

On the topic of authorizing the use of military force against the Islamic State, the state of play between Congress and President Barack Obama is reminiscent of some famous cartoon humor from a century ago.

Politics

Grassley Preps 2016 Re-Election

Sen. Charles E. Grassley doesn’t plan to be caught flat-footed if he faces a competitive, expensive re-election battle in 2016.

Hill Life Protesters Stage a 'Die In' in Longworth Cafeteria

Protesters Stage a 'Die In' in Longworth Cafeteria

Roughly 20 to 30 protesters staged a “die in” in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to bring attention to police militarization and racial profiling.

Politics

Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Elizabeth Warren

If Hillary Rodham Clinton does not run for president in 2016, I’d certainly put my money on Sen. Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic nomination. And I think Warren might be able to give Clinton a run for her money if the freshman senator would challenge the former secretary of State.

Policy The Real Big Speech? The Pope Might Visit Congress

The Real Big Speech? The Pope Might Visit Congress

Hours before he took the podium, whatever President Barack Obama said Tuesday night was getting eclipsed on the Hill by all the excited chatter about the next person likely to speak before a joint meeting of Congress.

Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia

SEMINOLE, Fla. — What happens when a member of Congress dies in office? There is no standard set procedure and the internecine melee that followed the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, perhaps best illustrated by the exhaustive search for a handful of pictures and one Pentagon-approved memento, has ruined decades-old friendships and frayed family bonds seemingly beyond repair.

Hill Life Former Staffer, Cancer Advocate Chip Kennett Dies at 34

Former Staffer, Cancer Advocate Chip Kennett Dies at 34

Bayard Winslow “Chip” Kennett II, a former Capitol Hill staffer whose personal battle with lung cancer helped push Congress to take action, died Saturday. He was 34.

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