Heard on the Hill

Take Five: Cathy McMorris Rodgers
‘If I can do it, you can do it,’ Washington Republican says to GOP mothers thinking about running for office

Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., says her first year in office was the most challenging. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 48, a Washington Republican and the GOP conference chairwoman, talks about being a lawmaking mom, putting together the member retreat and surviving the House schedule.

Q: What advice would you give to a Republican mother who is hesitant about running for Congress?

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Constructive criticism for Ryan, shithole vs. shithouse, and McSally belts it out

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., is seen during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Riding Shotgun: Steve Cohen’s 1986 Cadillac
Tennessee Democrat’s ride sports campaign stickers from his run for governor

Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen gives Capitol Police officers a peace sign as he drives his Cadillac on to the Capitol grounds. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police officers know who can drive onto the Capitol grounds by the “115th Congress” plates displayed in their windshields.

But officers don’t need to look for Rep. Steve Cohen’s plate — they can see him coming.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Grassley kicks off 99-county tour, Speier’s State of the Union guest, and a long weekend ahead

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters as he leaves the Capitol after voting on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Exit Interview: Rep. Pat Tiberi
Ohio Republican looks forward to seeing his daughters’ sporting events

Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi says Congress needs to work in a bipartisan way. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

10 members of the House have either resigned from the 115th Congress or will be before the end of this term. Some are returning to their home districts for good while others will stay in Washington for other jobs.

Ohio Republican Pat Tiberi, 55, was first elected in 2000. He announced in October that he would resign to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable. His resignation goes into effect Monday.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Collins and Murkowski in beer, campaign name-calling, and paying off some football bets

A Capitol worker hauls a load of firewood through the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Women’s Congressional Staff Association Looks Back at 10 Years
WCSA is holding a conversation with members on sexual harassment to kick off 2018

Colleen Carlos, president of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association, is a legislative assistant for Rep. Robert A. Brady, D-Pa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As the Women’s Congressional Staff Association passes the 10-year mark, it is emerging as a resource for sexual harassment issues.

It’s a “hallmark year” for the group, which was founded by four female staffers a decade ago, new president Colleen Carlos said. 

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Stable Genius Act, celebrating a perfect season, and save the Capitol Hill Circulator route

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks with reporters before the Senate policy luncheons in the Capitol on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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: Doug Jones
Alabama Democrat wishes his campaign against Roy Moore hadn’t gotten “bogged down” by distractions

Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., wishes the campaign would have started after deer season. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Sen. Doug Jones, 63, an Alabama Democrat, talks about his love of hunting, hatred for intolerance and working for former Alabama Democratic Sen. Howell Heflin on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Q: What has surprised you so far about Congress?

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Rubio, Warren on Oprah 2020, Ivanka vs. Oprah, and new life for the Capitol Christmas Tree

A visitor from Vietnam poses for a picture on the frozen Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on Monday. A member of the National Park Service subsequently told people to leave the ice and said that 12 people had recently fallen through. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.

Frankel: ‘2018 Will Be the Year of the Woman’
Congresswoman says Golden Globes was a preview of what Democratic Women’s Working Group plans this year

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., center, is hopeful that 2018 will be a big year for women. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Women in Congress fighting to bring attention to sexual harassment got a boost from women in Hollywood at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

“I just texted my girlfriends in Congress, ‘I’m for Oprah!’” Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, said Monday.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Like, really smart, 'The Post' screening, Mast goes behind the scenes, and culinary Cornyn

Tourists walk past the U.S. Capitol as snow flurries blow in heavy winds in Washington on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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.

North Dakota Senator Isn’t Closing Office — or Wearing a Coat — for Any D.C. Weather
‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes,’ Heidi Heitkamp says

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., talks about cold weather back home in North Dakota outside her Washington office in a freezing wind. (Bian Elkhatib/ CQ Roll Call)

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp recalled her first D.C. winter.

“‘Are you kidding?’ That’s what I kept thinking, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she said, standing outside her Hart Senate Office Building Thursday, coatless and holding an iced coffee in 25 degree-weather and an icy wind.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing Around the Capitol?
Brown’s bus building on hold, Schumer wants hero soldier recognized

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., helps his son Thatcher, 6, with a shoe in Gardner's Russell Building office on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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 Around the Capitol?
Curtis packs for return to D.C., Scott sleds South Carolina-style, and the fight to save the Circulator

Vice President Mike Pence, left, and former VP Joe Biden, talk after a swearing-in ceremony for Sens. Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.