Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
‘Hoo-boy,’ Whitehouse says of White House nominee, ‘We are not f---tards,’ and Seranno smacked by sign of the times

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., talks on the phone in the tunnel to Cannon Building on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

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.

Revealed: An Exclusive Ways and Means Secret Tradition
Committee members whose names start with P have passed along guardianship of a cactus for 25 years

The Pease Cactus sits in the Rayburn Building office of Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., on Thursday after it was given to him by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is an institution full of secret traditions, but perhaps the most secret is the 25-year-old bipartisan one of handing down a cactus to certain members of the Ways and Means Committee.

Owners of the Pease Cactus, named for Ohio Democrat Don Pease and called the “Ps Cactus” for short, are an exclusive group of seven past and present committee members. So exclusive that Chairman Kevin Brady didn’t even know about the tradition until now.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Spielberg film and Wawa debut, Warren gets a comic book sequel

From left, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.,  chats with Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, at the Senate-House Conference Committee meeting in the Capitol on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

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.

Why Pups Push Partisanship Aside on the Hill
‘These little animals here, they don’t care about political parties’

Riggins from Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s office attended the holiday party dressed as an elf. (Screenshot from Roll Call's Facebook Live)

It seems like Sen. Thom Tillis started a trend.

Office dogs have always been part of the culture on Capitol Hill, but the North Carolina Republican raised the bar when he hosted a Halloween party for dogs.

Brooks Announces He Has High-Risk Prostate Cancer
‘Losing the Senate race may have saved my life. Yes, God does work in mysterious ways.’

Rep. Mo Brooks said he found out about his cancer in October. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Mo Brooks announced on the House floor Wednesday he has high-risk prostate cancer.

He will be receiving surgery Friday.

Word on the Hill: Special Election Special Edition
Democrats spike the ball after historic upset win in Alabama

Supporters of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones celebrate his victory over Judge Roy Moore at the Sheraton in Birmingham on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

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: Karen Handel
‘One of the greatest moments ever’ was when Donny Osmond called her about Mitt Romney

Rep. Karen Handel, R-Ga., says there’s a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde syndrome in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Karen Handel, 55, a Georgia Republican, talks about her friendship with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, her intense race for the House and her love of football. 

Q: What has surprised you so far about Congress?

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Pups on parade, Scalise on next year’s Congressional Baseball Game starting lineup, and more holiday parties

Carter Reardon, 5, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, checks out the U.S. Botanic Garden's annual model train exhibit which features roadside attractions from around the nation including Rhode Island's Mr. Potato Head on Monday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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

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 Around the Capitol
Graham hits one out of bounds and more cute dogs on the Hill

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks as Democratic candidate for Senate Doug Jones and Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., claps during a campaign rally for Jones at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

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.

Nuts About Nutcrackers
‘I believe in celebrating every year, but this year, more than ever, we need some holiday cheer,’ Debbie Dingell says

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., said her husband, John Dingell, didn’t decorate when he was in office. (Bian Elkhatib/CQ Roll Call)

HOH went looking for a winter wonderland on Capitol Hill and found one on the first floor of the Cannon House Office Building.

Rep. Debbie Dingell takes decorating very seriously.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
The duckie pajama pledge, playing spot the member, and DNC interns to get paid

Seats are reserved for FBI staff in the House Judiciary Committee before the hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

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.

Wasserman Schultz Marks 10 Years Since Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Florida Democrat shares what her “cancer-versary” milestone means to her

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz shows a softball signed by participants in the Congressional Women's Softball Game. (Bian Elkhatib/ CQ Roll Call)

Dec. 7 is no ordinary day for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. On this day in 2007, the Florida Democrat was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Dec. 7th for me is always emotional but having reached 10 years since I was diagnosed, which is the milestone for any cancer survivor — it’s your cancer-versary — it’s pretty overwhelming,” she said.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Dogs on the Hill, Franken’s emotional speech, and who was most retweeted on the Hill

Immigration protesters, including Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., center, stand in  line after being arrested for staging a demonstration on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday. Rep. Judy Chu was also arrested in the protest. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

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.

Why Is Eliot Engel a Rock Star in Kosovo?
New York Democrat has his name on street signs and his image on a stamp

New York Rep. Eliot L. Engel was recently honored by the Kosovo government with his image on a stamp. (Courtesy Engel's office)

When Rep. Eliot L. Engel walks down the street in the tiny Balkan republic of Kosovo, he often gets the celebrity treatment.  

“I became very well-known in the country because people saw me on TV, were told what I was doing in Washington,” the New York Democrat said. “Today … it’s not uncommon for people to stop me in the streets and ask to take pictures with me.”

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol
Bernie in bronze, Moore opponent says he can't hold a job, and job prospects for federal workers

Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., leaves Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's holiday-bedecked office in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

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.