Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Take Your Dog to Work Day, Cohen’s advice for Trump, and Bustos and Speier headline Purple Campaign event

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Drones with flames, Takano's take on ‘summer camps,’ and John Fleming’s new gig

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Irish Interns Learn About Bridging Gaps in Divided US
Political students learning to ‘stand up and lead’

During a pivotal time in U.S. politics, students from Ireland are learning how things work — and don’t work — in Washington, and how to apply that knowledge to their studies back home.

The Washington Ireland Program, or WIP, has been a coveted student development program for more than 20 years. Alumni include Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, former Northern Ireland Justice Minister Claire Sugden and former Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister.

Members Fail to Beat the Press — and the Rain — at the Congressional Softball Game
 

Female Democratic and Republican lawmakers took on the women of the Washington press corps on Wednesday in the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. Rain ended the game five innings in, with the press team declared the winners for the third straight year. Proceeds from the event go to the Young Survival Coalition, which supports young women with breast cancer....
First-Ever Home Run Punctuates Congressional Softball Game
Rep. Mia Love, Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman were game MVPs

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman hit the first out of the park home run in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game’s 10-year history Wednesday just as the skies opened up in the fifth inning.

The triumphant Bad News Babes and the members’ team hurried off the softball field as soon as the coaches agreed to call the game.

Ros-Lehtinen Won’t Be Playing in Her Last Softball Game
Retiring Florida congresswoman can’t take the field with two broken ribs

Retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will be cheering very loudly from the members’ team dugout at the Congressional Women’s Softball Game on Wednesday because she won’t be playing.

The Florida Republican, 65, broke two ribs last weekend.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Kids take over the House floor, it’s time to play ball, and a Taste of West Virginia

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Take Five: Al Green
Texas Democrat never thought he would be the leading voice on impeachment of a president

Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green, 70, is the loudest voice in Congress calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment. He talks to HOH about bad dating advice from a friend and who in the House he would leave a million dollars with.

Q: Compared to when you first came to Congress almost 15 years ago, what has changed?

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Massie is sassy, Huffman with a burn, and McCain is a proud friend

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Beat the Press: Lawmakers Look to Break Media Team’s Softball Streak
‘We get to get a little physical and we get to do something really good’ in charity game

After months of strong female voices challenging male-dominated institutions, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand is eager to direct that fervor onto the softball field.

“I think there’s a lot of energy on our team right now and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for women and women’s voices,” the New York Democrat said at practice for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game last week.

Members of Congressional Softball Team Talk About the Cancer Survivors They're Honoring
 

Members of Congress are getting ready to play in the annual Congressional Softball Game, which will take place on June 21. Lawmakers will play against members of the press in the game. Proceeds go toward the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that provides support to young women diagnosed with breast cancer....
Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
‘Hamilton,’ Moulton and wife expecting their first, and Schwarzenegger is back

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Illustrations Help Tell the Story of Early Capitol Hill in New Book
Pamela Scott started working on ‘Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People’ a decade ago

Pamela Scott, an author of “Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors and People,” is worried the book may not be seen as a serious historical project. 

She uses a number of photographs in the book — maybe too many — and is concerned that some historians will “think it’s a coffee table book,” she said.

Bad Dad Jokes for Father’s Day
Ryan and McHenry face off with lame puns

Now we know what goes on in the Ryan and McHenry households for Father’s Day.

To mark the day, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Rep. Patrick T. McHenry faced off across a table and traded some pretty lame dad jokes, trying to make the other laugh.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Andres and Alexander bond over tomatoes, Bennet's father dies, and Stanley Cup payoff

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Summer Isn’t So Easy for Staffers Who Are Parents
And cuts to August recess have complicated family vacation plans

When school’s out for summer, the lives of congressional staffers who are parents get a bit more complicated.

They have to juggle summer camps, vacations, and monitoring their children at home — all while trying to work through their busy Hill schedules and their bosses’ needs.

Pete Olson on Respect in Congress: ‘We’ve Lost That’
Texas Republican shares what he learned as a staffer

Rep. Pete Olson tries to make sure his staffers get home at a reasonable hour because he remembers long nights on the Senate floor, endless debates and the chaos of 9/11.

Before he ran for Congress in 2008, the Texas Republican worked for Sen. Phil Gramm and his successor John Cornyn, now the majority whip.

Softball, the Hill’s Social Lubricant
House and Senate softball league players share what they get out of the games

June in D.C. for congressional staffers means creeping humidity and long working hours. For some it also means reliving their Little League days.

The Senate and House softball leagues are staples of summer on Capitol Hill. Members and staffers say they play for the fun of it, to meet new people, and to foster relationships both within and outside their offices.

Flashback Friday: Recess Cancellations
Other times when Senate recesses were either scrapped or interrupted

The Senate has taken an August recess since the so-called Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 provided for it.

The legislation, which aimed to “improve the operation of the legislative branch of the Federal Government,” overhauled internal procedures for both the House and the Senate.  

Floor Charts for the Floor Show
Our favorite visual aids from a month of congressional floor-watching

Lots of members of Congress bring along floor charts to help make a point. Here and there, some stand out.@FloorCharts posts some of the daily highlights, and Roll Call rounds up the best of the best.

On June 8, the morning after the Washington Capitals won their first  Stanley Cup, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, sporting a Capitals jersey, brought a copy of The Washington Post to the House floor.