D.A. Banks

Trump’s Clout on Gun Control is Limited, and House GOP Won’t Help
Connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

The Senate Majority Leader’s Superpower? Stopping Time
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

A Slice of Louisiana: Inside Scalise’s Leadership Office
 

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., shows Roll Call his leadership office in the Capitol, which included Mardi Gras decorations and a king cake, a view of the Washington Monument and a copy of the recently-passed tax bill. He also spoke about his recovery from being shot during a Congressional baseball practice last year....
Senate Leaders Discuss Immigration Debate Progress So Far

Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., discussed the amendment process going on this week on the Senate floor for immigration legislation and the likelihood of such amendments passing....
Trump’s Budget Request Won’t End the Cycle of Crisis Budgeting

White House correspondent John T. Bennett breaks down Washington, and the president’s, response to his own budget proposal for the next fiscal year....
Schumer Talks Immigration Debate ‘Gravity,’ and Senate’s ‘Special Obligation’
 

At the invitation of his Republican rival, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., spoke at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center about the Senate's special role in the coming debate over immigration....
Curbelo Talks Basketball and Bipartisanship at Eastern Market Spanish Joint
At the Table, where lawmakers show Roll Call their favorite place for a meal on the Hill

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo joined Roll Call reporter Eric Garcia at Joselito Casa de Comidas, a Spanish restaurant near Eastern Market, to talk Hispanic cuisine, bipartisanship and how working as a basketball referee prepared him for life in Congress....
From the Archives: A Boehner 2009 Protest on Floor Paved Way for Pelosi ‘Filibuster’
 

It appears John Boehner set the precedent for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s remarks on the House floor today. Back on June 26, 2009, then-Minority Leader John Boehner talked for over 20 minutes and received a ruling from the chair, when Democrats tried to interrupt him, that “it’s the custom of the House to hear the leader’s remarks” during morning hour speeches. Watch for more....
One Dramatic Week: Congress, Trump Spar Over Shutdown, Then Another Memo
 

Two challenges are center stage this week for President Donald Trump and Congress. The first one comes on Thursday, the deadline for a funding deal to avert another government shutdown. The next day, the White House must decide the fate of a memo drafted by Democrats that counters one released last week that Trump says exposed political bias at the highest levels of law enforcement. ...
Debate Over Sanctions Misses Real Issue: Lax Funding for Enforcement
 

Congress last year overwhelmingly passed tough sanctions to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 election — a bill that President Donald Trump grudgingly signed into law. But enforcing those and the many other sanctions required by law means more money and personnel, two things sorely lacking at the Treasury Department....
What You Won’t See On Camera at the State of the Union
 

The annual tradition of the president delivering the state of the union is a chaotic, busy and tiring day on Capitol Hill. Roll Call reporters who have lived it before give you insight into what goes on before and after the address and what the national cameras won’t catch....
A Die-Hard Senate Tradition: Pen and Paper to Record Votes
 

Watch the latest Undercover Capitol to learn more about an enduring — and endearing — tradition in the Senate: the paper ballot, still used by both the Senate clerk and reporters to record floor votes by the members....
Immigration, Budget Talks on Hill Could Be Just That — A Lot of Talk
 

White House correspondent John T. Bennett gives his take on the status of the immigration bill that was part of the shutdown-ending deal struck between Republicans and Democrats, as well as budget talks to raise spending caps. ...
House Harassment Bill on Fast Track, but Maybe Moving Too Fast?
 

Lawmakers seized on the #MeToo moment to push for sweeping changes to rules dealing with sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. Experts tell reporter Stephanie Akin the current legislation is flawed and could have used more debate and deliberation....