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CQ Roll Call May 3, 2015
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Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms

When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.

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Trade Deal on Hold While Obama Woos Democrats (Video)

On Thursday there were indications the president is stepping up his efforts to woo Democrats on TPA and TPP.

At the Races

Robin Kelly Met With DSCC on Possible Illinois Senate Bid

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible Senate bid, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.


Corker Predicts No More Amendments to Iran Bill

Corker Predicts No More Amendments to Iran Bill

Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker predicted there was no hope for additional amendments to his bill to provide for review of the Iran agreement — and that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s next step would be to limit debate.

Hill Life

Cruz Makes Ill-Fated Pitch to Block D.C. Law

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.

Politics Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

Koch-Backed Conservative Group Seeks to Woo Latinos

A Koch brothers-backed group is making a new push to persuade Hispanics to vote for conservative candidates in the 2016 elections.

Politics

Exclusive: NRCC Adds 8 More Vulnerable Members to Patriot Program

The National Republican Congressional Committee added eight more members to its Patriot program Friday, according to a list provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Policy Sanders Asks Democrats to Pick Proud Non-Democrat

Sanders Asks Democrats to Pick Proud Non-Democrat

When Bernard Sanders declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, he joined a lengthening roster of gadflies who have run in order to push the party to the left. So will it matter that he is not now, never has been and does not plan to become an actual Democrat?

Hill Life

Graves Brings Conservative Focus to Legislative Branch Funding

For Rep. Tom Graves, his role as chairman of the subcommittee that doles out funds for the legislative branch is an opportunity to put his fiscal conservative principles into practice.

From the Archives: Presidential Candidate Scolds Senators for Playing Hooky

With the Senate attendance record of the three Republicans who recently announced presidential campaigns now gaining some notice in the press, this gem from the archives seemed remarkably applicable.

Politics

Good News for Democrats Courting Millennial Voters

If Democrats can turn out millennial voters for the presidential race in 2016, their down-ballot candidates may just get the boost they’re looking for from the 18-to-29-year-old crowd.

Abe Speech Checks All but 1 Conspicuous Box

Abe Speech Checks All but 1 Conspicuous Box

It was a perfectly acceptable address: reverent, touching, even a little funny. But Shinz┼Ź Abe’s speech to Congress Wednesday will be remembered less for any applause line and more for what was left unsaid.

Hill Life

Senate Aide Pleads 'Not Guilty' to Drug Charges

In a federal courtroom blocks from the Capitol, a Senate aide who spent the past three decades working for Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two serious drug charges related to methamphetamine and date rape drugs.

Policy Members Face Off on Online Sales Tax Bills

Members Face Off on Online Sales Tax Bills

Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has assembled a bipartisan rump group around a proposal to empower states to collect sales taxes from online sellers outside their borders. At the same time, a loose coalition of retailers, state officials and allied groups is trying rally support for the plan in both chambers of Congress.

Hill Life

Pat Roberts: 'Nothing Less Than Full Victory' on Ike Memorial

The senator who made headlines for quoting a Disney movie earlier this month adopted on Wednesday the words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on Wednesday, declaring he would “accept nothing less than full victory” in the long slog to build a memorial to the 34th president.

Politics Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

“Perpetually in motion, Kasich is a whirlwind of restless energy and is sometimes criticized for being cocky,” reads the 1996 Politics in America profile of the then-Ohio congressman.

Paul Seeks to Block FCC on Net Neutrality

Sen. Rand Paul has launched an effort that could get a bill to the White House to upend net-neutrality efforts.

Politics Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

The nascent Maryland Senate race will likely take on a new focus, as the state’s largest city works to heal its wounds following the death of a young black man in police custody and the sometimes violent expressions of anger that followed.

McCain Sets Stage for Fight Over Drones

Sen. John McCain is planning to shift the CIA’s secretive drone program to the Defense Department through the National Defense Authorization Act, setting the stage for a fight later this year with Senate Intelligence leaders and making him an unlikely ally of President Barack Obama.

Policy What Gay Marriage Briefs Tell Us About Congress

What Gay Marriage Briefs Tell Us About Congress

Though only a few lawmakers participated in the rallies during Tuesday’s oral arguments, more than half the members of Congress had already formalized their views on the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

Hill Life

Can Hill Staffers Be Successful MBA Applicants?

Graduate school is a common career trajectory for Capitol Hill staff, many of whom are fresh out of college and sit, at least at this point of their lives, at the tip of their careers.

Hill Life CVC Workers Allege Retaliation After Strike (Video)

CVC Workers Allege Retaliation After Strike (Video)

Two Capitol Visitor Center contract workers have filed an unfair labor practice complaint against their employer for allegedly retaliating against employees who participated in a strike last week.

Policy

Back in BRAC: Advocates Say It's Been Too Long

Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, was trying again this week to persuade his colleagues that they should allow a round of military base closings and realignments in the interest of saving money.

Iran Bill Sponsors Face Down Amendments

Iran Bill Sponsors Face Down Amendments

As senators look to start processing amendments to the bipartisan bill ensuring congressional review of an Iran nuclear deal, the bill’s level of support has reached a magic number of sorts.

Hill Life

What Rules Apply When Members of Congress Date Lobbyists?

Confronted with questions about how his relationship with an aviation industry lobbyist might impact his chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said he has “gone above and beyond what the rules require, what the law requires to make sure that we’re doing things appropriately.”

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