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CQ Roll Call Jan. 25, 2015
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McConnell Shows
He's the Boss

McConnell Shows <br> He's the Boss
Mandel Ngan/AFP

The honeymoon may be over for Mitch McConnell.

Hill Blotter

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 say the man briefly handcuffed by police, then allowed to drive away, did not have a driver’s license.


Graham: Anti-Abortion Bill Will Return, but 'Nobody's for Rape'

The lead Senate sponsor of anti-abortion legislation that was pulled from the House schedule late Wednesday said Thursday it should not move forward without changes to the rape provision.

Hill Blotter

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.


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.


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.

Harry Reid 'Intending to Run,' Expects Swift Recovery (Video)

Harry Reid 'Intending to Run,' Expects Swift Recovery (Video)

The venue was different, and his face was bruised and bandaged, but Harry Reid was still Harry Reid.

House, Senate Republicans Meet in Secret to Discuss Border Security Bill

Two days after Sen. Jeff Sessions bashed a House border security bill, Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul crossed the Dome Thursday to clear the air and try to secure the support of one of Congress’ most ardent immigration critics.

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.


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.


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'

“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.


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.

Hill Life

Norton: Union Bill Is 'First Attack' on D.C. Autonomy in 114th Congress

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said Tuesday that Republicans have launched their “first attack” on District of Columbia autonomy in the 114th Congress in a bill that would make violence from labor union organizing a federal crime.

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Texans Rally to Give Charlie Wilson His Due

Reps. Gene Green, D-Texas, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Wednesday were expected to kick-start the process to nominate fellow Lone Star Stater Rep. Charlie Wilson for a Congressional Gold Medal.


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 The Two-Second Shot

The Two-Second Shot

Photographer Tom Williams explains how he captured one of the week's funniest moments on the Hill.

Hill Life

Best Fly-In Ever: How to Make the Most of Your D.C. Visit

Washington would be a less exciting place without its out-of-town visitors. And “fly-ins” — when interest groups bring their members to town to lobby legislators and agency officials — do more than just keep the hotels full and the Metro lines long. They can draw attention to an issue, rally stakeholders and even move the dial on legislative priorities.

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.

Former Congressman Will Lead Baylor University's Efforts on Capitol Hill

After nearly 35 years representing Northern Virginia in Congress, former Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf plans to lead Baylor University’s efforts on Capitol Hill.

Politics When a House Member Should Retire

When a House Member Should Retire

If you’re a member of Congress thinking about retiring, you might want to spend some time listening to Kenny Rogers.

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