Thomas McKinless

Whitehouse Conducts Science Experiment on Senate Floor
 

As part of his tradition of speaking out on climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse received unanimous consent to conduct a science experiment on the Senate floor early Friday morning. Watch the video to see the Rhode Island Democrat’s results....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Ashton Kutcher and Valentine Puppies

The week of Valentine’s Day on the Hill saw senators gushing over actor Ashton Kutcher as he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as lawmakers playing with puppies and kittens up for adoption in Rayburn House Office Building. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano has more in her recap of the week in Washington....
Black History Month: Sen. Tim Scott Recounts Taking His Teary-Eyed Grandfather to Vote for Obama

Roll Call’s Black History Month series talks with lawmakers and Hill figures to explore the intersection of black history and life in Congress and the Capitol building itself....
HOH’s Valentine to You: Puppy Love 
 

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted their annual “Paws for Love” Valentine’s Day adoption event, which was attended by hundreds of Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday. In the Rayburn Foyer, dozens of puppies and a few kittens were brought in by six animal rescue groups to play with attendees. ASPCA’s fifth annual event was extremely popular – “puppies!” was routinely exclaimed throughout the halls of Rayburn during the day.

House and Senate Preview: Pouncing on Regulations, Obamacare and Considering the Cabinet
 

Roll Call reporters Lindsey McPherson and Bridget Bowman preview the week ahead in the House and Senate. With Republicans in the House working to further scale back Obama-era regulations through the Congressional Review Act and Senate Democrats continuing their fights against several Trump administration Cabinet appointees, this last week in session before the Presidents Day recess will be a busy one. See the video for more....
Black History Month: Roll Call Talks with Barry Black, the First African American Senate Chaplain
 

Roll Call’s Black History Month series talks with lawmakers and Hill figures to explore the intersection of black history and life in Congress and the Capitol building itself....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Smithsonian’s Obama Documentary and a Super Bowl Wager
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano attended a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s new Barack Obama documentary at the National Museum of American History. Watch for a brief look at the film, as well as tidbits about Rep. John Lewis’ losing Super Bowl bet, and Sen. John McCain’s mom’s 105th birthday.

Here’s the Video of Warren and McConnell Sparring Over Coretta Scott King Letter

After reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King protesting Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to the federal bench in 1986, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was barred from speaking on the chamber floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell said Warren’s speech violated an arcane rule that states senators cannot impugn a fellow senator. See the video for the heated exchange....
Hear Senate Democrats Reading Coretta Scott King’s Letter Opposing Sessions
 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren was barred from the floor Tuesday night for reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions when he was being considered for a federal position. Several of her Democratic colleagues defiantly read the same letter on the floor Wednesday. See the video for excerpts from the letter, as read by Sens. Sherrod Brown, Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders....
Watch Pence Cast the Historic Tiebreaking Vote to Confirm DeVos
 

For the first time ever, a U.S. vice president cast the tiebreaking vote on a presidential Cabinet nominee. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the Senate on Tuesday to break the 50-50 tie on the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education. See the unprecedented vote here....
Senate Democrats Plan an All-Nighter Against DeVos

Sen. Patty Murray said Monday that her fellow Democrats would hold the floor for an all-night session. Why? To bring attention to Betsy DeVos, an embattled Trump Cabinet nominee whose vote is scheduled for Tuesday. Watch for more....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Poodle Emergency and McConnell’s Dinner Plans
 

It’s been a long week on the Hill, but no one has had a more “ruff” go of it than Rep. Mark Meadows’ poodle Jolie, who had a minor puppy emergency and had to be tended to by former veterinarian Rep. Ralph Abraham. Watch the video for more from Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano, plus special guest Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski on his “Take 5” interview with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Who is Judge Neil Gorsuch?
 

Nearly a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Scalia’s seat on the bench. Roll Call gives a quick look at some facts about the conservative Colorado judge.

House and Senate Preview: Efforts Swirl on Border Wall, Obamacare and Trump’s Cabinet
 

The House and Senate are back in session Monday following last week’s GOP retreat in Philadelphia. Roll Call’s Rema Rahman and Bridget Bowman lay out what’s ahead in the coming days, including procedural votes on some of President Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments and efforts toward repealing the Affordable Care Act....
In Their Own Words: March for Life Attendees Take On Washington
 

Massive crowds of pro-life advocates marched from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court on Friday for the annual March for Life event. Roll Call spoke with event attendees on what motivated them to march....
A Recap of Sean Spicer’s First Week at the White House
 

Being the top spokesman for any president is a tough job, and press secretary Sean Spicer has had a rockier start than most. Roll Call takes a look at Spicer's first week on the job as President Donald Trump’s press secretary....
3 California Congressmen are Jan. 24’s Birthday Boys
 

 While they’re each in a different decade of life, three California congressmen celebrate their birthdays on Jan. 24. The Golden State birthday boys — Reps. John Garamendi, Mike Thompson and Lou Correa — sent each other video birthday wishes to mark the occasion....
Trump Protesters and Supporters in Their Own Words

While intense protests leading to arrests were taking place in downtown Washington, D.C., Roll Call talked to some calmer protesters and Trump supporters alike while they waited outside an inauguration security checkpoint at 7th and D Street NW....
Heard on the Hill This Week: Pence Borrows Reagan’s Bible
 

With Capitol Hill gearing up for the Inauguration all week, Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill Reporter Alex Gangitano shares how the Bible Ronald Reagan was sworn in on was delivered to D.C. for Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s inaugural oath. See the video for more, including an update on the saga of the controversial student painting that was removed from Cannon this week....
Perry’s ‘Fun on Your Couch’ Gaffe to Franken
 

In a lighter moment Thursday at Rick Perry’s confirmation hearing to be secretary of Energy, the former governor said to Sen. Al Franken “I hope you’re as fun on that dias as you were on your couch.”