Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: Capitol Hill Reality Show Casting Call
Congressional tennis roster update and brunch plans

There’s a casting call next week for Capitol Hill staffers for a new reality show about working in Congress.

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Word on the Hill: Whipping Votes for Tilly
Emgage, White Ford Bronco, and hip hop

Roll Call’s Bridget Bowman spotted a bipartisan pup moment Wednesday.

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., brought seven-month-old Boston terrier Tilly around with him on Wednesday, whipping votes for her in a cutest dog contest, and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., stopped to say hello.

Baseball Coaches’ Bill Would Provide for Injured Capitol Police Officers
Barton and Doyle see ‘silver lining’ from GOP baseball shooting incident

The congressional baseball coaches aren’t done talking about the positive outcomes of this year’s game: bipartisanship and support for the Capitol Police.

Reps. Joe L. Barton of Texas and Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, the respective Republican and Democratic coaches, introduced a bill Wednesday that would expand the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to allow donations to go to officers injured in the line of duty.

Word on the Hill: D.C. Job Fair Announced
Veggie dogs and ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., announced Tuesday that her annual job fair for residents of the District will be on Aug. 2. The event is free and includes employers from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“Whether you are a D.C. resident looking for a job, or even a new, better job, our Fair is the place for you,” she said in a news release. 

Take Five: Jimmy Gomez
California Democrat reflects on his first week in Congress

Freshman Rep. Jimmy Gomez, 42, a California Democrat, talks about the time between his being elected and being sworn in, returning as a former Hill staffer, and his welcome to Washington compared to Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte’s.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Ex-Staffer Started CrossFit Newsletter Because He Loved Talking About CrossFit
Justin LoFranco moved back to California to launch Morning Chalk Up

The first rule of CrossFit is you have to talk about it and one former Capitol Hill staffer has devoted his career to doing just that.

Justin LoFranco spent seven years working in communications while also trying to make time for his favorite workout.

Word on the Hill: Rooney to Hunt Pythons
Grassley challenges reporter to pushup contest

So far, it appears Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., will be the lawmaker with the best story to tell about what he did during the August recess.

The freshman congressman announced Monday that he is going to hunt pythons in Florida on Aug. 10, part of “Python Elimination Program,” which targets the invasive Burmese python.

Pentagon First Responder Painted His Way Through Post-9/11 Darkness

Federico A. Ruiz, a U.S. Capitol Police officer for 15 years, led a U.S. Army search and rescue team into the Pentagon in the first hours of 9/11. He found solace in art, painting his way through his nightmares before finding a happy place from his childhood. His work has been included in dozens of art shows, and now he has his own solo exhibition....
Capitol Police Officer Paints to Heal
Federico Ruiz searched for survivors in the Pentagon on 9/11

Sitting in his garage just a few miles from the Capitol, where his job is to protect the building and those in it, Federico A. Ruiz is surrounded by splatters, brushes stiff with dried paint, and the rattling of a fan mounted on the wall.

The Capitol Police officer is an artist when he comes home and his garage is his studio. Painting is a way for him to cope with his memories from the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Word on the Hill: The Week Ahead
Your social calendar for the week

Welcome back to another busy full week of Congress.

Health care is the talk of the town and starting today, an assortment of liberal groups are holding “People’s Filibuster” rallies on Capitol Hill to oppose the Senate Republican effort to repeal the 2010 health care law.

‘The Originalist’ Is a Modern Story of a Cultural Icon
Play returns to D.C.’s Arena Stage for first time since Scalia’s death

The concept of watching the portrayal of a polarizing and legendary 21st-century figure, who died just last year, is more difficult to grasp than initially predicted.

“The Originalist,” a political drama about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, returned to D.C.’s Arena Stage this month, more than two years after its 2015 debut when the justice was still alive.

Looking For Free Things to Do in D.C.? Eleanor Holmes Norton Has Some Suggestions

Washington D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton tells Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano about places to go in her hometown: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Eastern Market, and more....
Word on the Hill: Women’s March From NRA to DOJ
Happy Bastille Day

There’s another Women’s March today and this time, organizers are inviting protesters to march from National Rifle Association headquarters in Virginia to the Justice Department in D.C.

Organizers said the goal of the 17-mile march is to “to protest NRA’s incendiary & racist actions.”

Male Rompers Allowed in the Capitol? Sen. Young Hopes So
Indiana Republicans banter on twitter

Romphims could be coming to the Capitol ... maybe.

Just when you thought the Hill was old-guard, two lawmakers show they at least know what a “Romphim” is.

Reps. Gallagher and Murphy Talk Bipartisanship Among Younger Members
Millennial Action Project hosts vice co-chairs of the Congressional Future Caucus

Freshman Reps. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican, and Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat, represent the sentiment that the younger members in Congress strive to be more bipartisan.

Vice co-chairs of the Congressional Future Caucus, a group of members under the age of 45, Gallagher and Murphy spoke together Wednesday at a panel hosted by the Millennial Action Project.

Couple Wants to Make Lobbying Accessible and ‘Good’
Billy and Callie DeLancey left their jobs to start nonprofit

On one D.C. couple’s first date, they discovered that they both shared a goal of starting a nonprofit.

Less than a year after their wedding, Billy and Callie DeLancey kicked off Lobbyists 4 Good.

Word on the Hill: Learn How to Reduce Stress
Travel advice and play-in demonstration

With Senate staffers getting a shorter August recess this year, the Senate Wellness Fair might be coming at a good time.

There will be demonstrations on stress-reducing breathing techniques, as well as posture improvement and acupuncture from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Senate Hart Office Building, Room 902.

Word on the Hill: More Paws in the Capitol
Game show night in Rayburn

The annual “Paws for Celebration” pet adoption event on Capitol Hill is today, which means you can play with dogs and cats in the middle of the work day.

Hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with the support of Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., six local rescue groups will bring in animals in need of permanent homes.

Take Five: Trey Hollingsworth
Indiana Republican and wife are expecting first child within the week

Freshman Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, 33, an Indiana Republican, talks about owning his own business, preparing for fatherhood, and running daily.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: Free Bananas
McCain’s reading list, Gosar issues Facebook warning

It’s Amazon Prime Day, which means staffers can get some free fruit for breakfast.

Amazon’s D.C. banana stand is giving out free bananas from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. outside Union Station, so staffers can grab one on their commute.