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CQ Roll Call July 22, 2014
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Rothenberg

'Simple' Doesn’t Equal 'Easy' in N.H. Senate Race

Having written about House and Senate races for the past 30 years, I’ve seen plenty of press releases, polling memos and campaign strategy emails. But rarely have I received anything as silly as a July 9 press release from New Hampshire Republican Senate hopeful Scott P. Brown’s campaign, which presented the challenger’s alleged “Path To Victory.”

Hawkings

Elizabeth Warren's Summer of Surrogacy Helps Keep 2016 Talk Alive

If Rand Paul is taking this summer’s most prominent turn in the Republican spotlight, then the same must be said for his Senate colleague Elizabeth Warren among the new generation of national Democratic players.

WGDB

Nomination Backlog Frustrates Democrats as August Looms

A pileup of nominations — particularly for scores of would-be U.S. ambassadors — has the Obama administration pushing hard for Senate action ahead of the August recess, while senators want to get home to campaign before the midterms.


Federal Judge Tosses Ron Johnson's Obamacare Lawsuit

A federal judge based in Green Bay has tossed a Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit targeting the health benefits for members of Congress and their staff.

Politics The Re-Education of Rick Nolan

The Re-Education of Rick Nolan

Minnesota Democrats have two problems: The 8th District has changed, and Rep. Rick Nolan doesn’t want to change with it.

Hill Life

Capitol Police Complete Investigation of Suspicious Substance in CVC

Capitol Police sealed entrances to the Capitol Visitor Center shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in response to a suspicious substance, which later tested negative.

Politics Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

Georgia Runoff: Republicans Pick Senate and House Nominees Tuesday

Georgia Republicans will pick their nominee for Senate in a runoff Tuesday, ending Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn’s nine-week wait for an opponent in the open-seat contest.

Hill Life

Ryan Shucard Case Highlights Gun Law Discrepancies

Staff in Rep. Tom Marino’s office are convinced that Ryan Shucard, the press secretary that arrived at the Cannon House Office building toting a 9 mm handgun on Friday morning, was not planning to harm anyone with the gun.

Hill Life Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

Dads on Capitol Hill: House Paternity Leave Varies Widely

Matt Dennis wasn’t used to making reporters wait for a response. But when he was on paternity leave, his newborn son Jonah took priority over his boss, Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York, so he put the BlackBerry aside.

Oklahoma Republicans to Obama: No More Child Migrants at Fort Sill

The Oklahoma congressional delegation is proud of its Fort Sill Army Base, but that doesn’t mean it wants to play host to thousands more unaccompanied child migrants awaiting deportation proceedings.

Hill Life Muslim on Capitol Hill: Staffers Look to Rebuild

Muslim on Capitol Hill: Staffers Look to Rebuild

As rain pelted the capital, more than 200 Muslim Americans gathered in the Cannon House Office Building to break their daily fast.

Hill Life

Queen Bee Hawking Jewelry for the 'Powers That Bee' on Capitol Hill

A jewelry designer with a knack for brightening up Washington’s prim business attire brings her signature necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings to Capitol Hill this week for an exclusive trunk show and sale.

Hill Life Segs in the City: They're Just Not That Into You

Segs in the City: They're Just Not That Into You

There are things worse than being small, electric and self-balancing in Washington. Such as: Being small, electric and self-balancing and having your tour guide’s speech regulated in Washington.

Take Five: Rep. Cheri Bustos

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

Policy Rand Paul 2016 Buzz Is Buzzier Than Senate Colleagues

Rand Paul 2016 Buzz Is Buzzier Than Senate Colleagues

The most wide open Republican presidential contest in modern times is shaping up, so a thousand things could change in the 80 long weeks before the first scheduled caucuses and primaries take place. And a couple hundred of them surely will.

Politics

Megachurches Prove Mega-Influential in GOP Primaries

The influence of religious conservatives might be waning nationwide, but the movement only stands to grow in Congress.

Obama Wants 'Immediate' Cease-Fire in Gaza

Obama Wants 'Immediate' Cease-Fire in Gaza

President Barack Obama called for an “immediate” cease-fire in Gaza Monday, after an invasion and air assault by Israel in response to rocked attacks by Hamas left hundreds dead.

McCarthy Takes Over Visible Leader Duties as Staff Transitions

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy does not officially step into his new job as majority leader until August, but for all intents and purposes, the California Republican has already assumed the visible duties of his next leadership role.

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday banning discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people — without a broad religious exemption included in the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Politics

Florida Congressman Makes $1.4 Million Ad Buy for Re-Election

Rep. Patrick Murphy’s campaign made its first ad buy Monday in Florida’s 18th District, reserving $1.4 million in cable and broadcast in the West Palm Beach-Treasure Coast media market, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Mark Kirk Says Obama Iran Policy is Path to Nuclear War (Video)

Mark Kirk Says Obama Iran Policy is Path to Nuclear War (Video)

Sen. Mark S. Kirk said in a jarring video circulated late Friday that President Barack Obama’s Iran policy is leading to nuclear war.

Policy

With Senate Action Stalled, Continuing Resolution Looks Likely for Fall

With the Senate’s regular appropriations work all but dead and an unexpected supplemental spending request for child migrants consuming time and energy on Capitol Hill, a government-wide continuing resolution now appears to be a near certainty for the fall.

close

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of July 14 (Video)

As members discuss bathroom breaks, candy and The People’s Court, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., refuses to yield the Senate floor.

Anger on Capitol Hill Grows as Details on Flight MH17 Emerge

Members of Congress from both parties and chambers took to the airwaves, to social media and the Internet Friday to express a growing anger over indications of Russian involvement in the missile attack that took down an airliner and all 298 aboard over Ukraine on Thursday.

Central American Presidents to Meet Obama on Immigration Crisis

Central American Presidents to Meet Obama on Immigration Crisis

Hoping to stem the child migrant criss, President Barack Obama will meet next Friday with President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.

Politics

DCCC Adds Congressman to Endangered Incumbent Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee moved Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota to its Frontline program — a reflection of growing concern over his re-election prospects.

Politics Republicans Bet Housework Over NRCC Dues Collection

Republicans Bet Housework Over NRCC Dues Collection

Four House Republicans — who are also roommates — aren’t messing around with collecting dues for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Politics

DSCC Raised More Than NRSC in June

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $7.2 million in June — just about a million dollars more than its Republican counterpart.

Hill Life Scarce Prospects for Senate Shooting Down D.C. Gun Control

Scarce Prospects for Senate Shooting Down D.C. Gun Control

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is optimistic about Senate support for an appropriations rider that would dismantle local gun laws in the District of Columbia, but he doubts the chamber will consider the measure.

Carter and Goodlatte Put Down Their Own Markers to Solve Border Crisis

The specially appointed House GOP border surge working group is poised to submit its formal policy recommendations to party leaders, while two of its members appear to be pursuing alternate tracks.

Democratic Leaders Plan to Bypass Wyden on Internet Sales Tax Combo Bill (Video)

Democratic Leaders Plan to Bypass Wyden on Internet Sales Tax Combo Bill (Video)

Senate Democratic leaders plan to do an end run around Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden and combine House-passed legislation extending a moratorium on taxing Internet access with a Senate-passed proposal to require online retailers to collect sales tax.

Politics

DNC Chair Predicts Party Will Exceed Expectations in 2014

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the strength of individual candidates will help her party outperform expectations in the upcoming midterms.

Politics U.S. Chamber Backs Justin Amash Primary Opponent

U.S. Chamber Backs Justin Amash Primary Opponent

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s primary challenger in Michigan’s 3rd District.

Policy

The Republican Civil War Takes a Turn for the Cheekily Uncivil

It’s rare, but sometimes an advertisement in Roll Call says as much about the state of congressional political infighting as our coverage.

Politics Kingston Counts on Hill Connections in Senate Runoff

Kingston Counts on Hill Connections in Senate Runoff

Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston’s Senate campaign is benefiting from the help of countless friends on Capitol Hill, eschewing the relentless efforts of David Perdue to paint him as a big-spending insider.

Policy

Extenders Are Part of the Long Game in Tax Overhaul

As the debate over renewing dozens of expiring tax breaks unfolds this year, House Republicans are making an unusual sales pitch: Congress needs to cope with the fact that the grab bag of reductions is much more costly than lawmakers like to admit.

Hill Life D.C. Pot Decriminalization Takes Effect, but Don't Bring Bud to Capitol Hill

D.C. Pot Decriminalization Takes Effect, but Don't Bring Bud to Capitol Hill

Despite House Republican attempts to derail decriminalization, marijuana possession becomes a civil offense in the District of Columbia on Thursday, punishable by a $25 fine.

Rep. Ruiz Assists Passenger During Flight Home

Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., was called into action while flying home Thursday when a young woman a few rows in front of him began having a seizure.

Policy Who Has Time for Legislating Anyway? | K Street Files

Who Has Time for Legislating Anyway? | K Street Files

Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services panel, was in a rush to recess a lengthy markup so he and the other lawmakers could make it across the street to the Capitol for evening floor votes.

House Lawmakers Critical of Proposed Counterterrorism Fund

Pentagon leaders faced heavy opposition from the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday to the Obama administration’s requested counterterrorism partnership fund, with members from both parties raising concerns that the proposed $5 billion account amounts to little more than a slush fund for the Defense Department.

Reid Doubts Unemployment Extension Will Come Up in Highway Bill Debate

Reid Doubts Unemployment Extension Will Come Up in Highway Bill Debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would work as quickly as possible to advance a highway funding patch, but an unemployment extension isn’t likely to get a chance to hitchhike on it.

Wicker, Feinstein Seek to Revive 'Seersucker Thursday'

One of the Senate’s great summer traditions will make a comeback shortly before August recess.

House Backs Financial Services Bill With Steep Cuts to IRS

House Backs Financial Services Bill With Steep Cuts to IRS

The House on Wednesday passed its seventh fiscal 2015 appropriations measure, backing a Financial Services spending bill that would make steep cuts in funding for the Internal Revenue Service.

CDC Chief Pledges to Improve Safety After Biohazard Lapses

A recent incident during which staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was potentially exposed to anthrax is part of a larger pattern of “an insufficient culture of safety,” Director Thomas R. Frieden told a panel of House lawmakers Wednesday.

Hill Life Maloney Calls for Investigation Into Threats From Pro-Gun Leader Larry Pratt

Maloney Calls for Investigation Into Threats From Pro-Gun Leader Larry Pratt

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., wants Capitol Hill law enforcement officials to investigate a prominent gun rights advocate’s praise for threats on her life, calling them evidence of “just how outrageous the extreme pro-gun movement has become.”

Birth Control Legislation Stalls in Senate

Senators blocked legislation Wednesday that would have required Hobby Lobby and other private employers with religious interests to pay for birth control.

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