Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: Week Wrap Up
Tennis tournament results, Baby Desk report, bossy staffers

A Capitol employee pushes a cot towards Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suite of offices in the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s the end of a very long congressional week.

Senators spent the night in the Capitol and I’m sure many of you reading this now are running on little — or no — sleep.

Rep. Hollingsworth Welcomes First Child
Indiana Republican and wife Kelly have new son

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind., sought advice from other members, friends and family on being a father. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind., is a new father. He and wife Kelly welcomed a son, Joseph Hollingsworth, early Thursday morning.

Joseph was born at 1:38 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces. 

How One Ex-Chief of Staff Went From Taking Meetings to Asking for Them
Former aide to Rep. Joe Wilson organized 300-person fly-in for NAMA

Eric Dell, seen here at last year’s National Automatic Merchandising Association fly-in, left the Hill in 2013 for a job with the trade group. (Courtesy NAMA)

For nine years, Eric Dell met with lobbyists hoping to get some face time with his boss. Now, he’s the one looking for face time.

Dell, senior vice president for external affairs at the National Automatic Merchandising Association, on Wednesday staged his third fly-in for the group, where more than 300 NAMA members flew in to D.C. to talk to lawmakers about issues impacting the vending and refreshment services industry.

Word on the Hill: This Isn’t ‘House of Cards’
Girls Nation, tennis and whisleblowers

Actor Paul Sparks spoke about being diagnosed with diabetes at 28-years-old at a Senate Aging Committee hearing Wednesday. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

The author writing a book about Frank and Claire Underwood in Netflix’s “House of Cards” was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday — well, the actor who plays him was.

Paul Sparks, who plays Tom Yates on the show and also stars on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” testified before the Senate Aging Committee on diabetes research.

Flooding Closes Part of Rayburn
Oversight hearing moved and escalator closed

The corner closed off pictured just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. (Alex Gangitano/ CQ Roll Call)

A corner of the Rayburn House Office Building and an escalator were closed on Wednesday after a broken pipe flooded the area.

Several Architect of the Capitol employees taped off the area and worked on mopping and vacuuming up the water.

Rep. Costello Welcomes Second Child
Caroline Costello was born on Monday in Pennsylvania

Rep. Ryan Costello and son Ryan Jr. hold Caroline, the newest addition to his family. (Rep. Ryan Costello's office)

Rep. Ryan Costello and his wife Christine welcomed their second child, Caroline, on Monday in West Chester, Penn.

The couple has a son, Ryan Jr., who is three and a half. Costello, 40, was first elected to Congress in 2014.

Take Five: Ro Khanna
California Democrat recalls lessons learned from political rival and mentor

California Rep. Ro Khanna knocked on doors for former President Barack Obama’s 1996 state Senate campaign in Illinois. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Ro Khanna, 40, a California Democrat, talks about campaigning for President Barack Obama, getting mentored by former Rep. Tom Lantos, and his grandfather’s role in the independence movement in India.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: ADA Anniversary
Little Lobbyists and staffer shuffle

Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin speaks during a news conference as part of a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2010. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images file photo)

Today marks the 27th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Office of Compliance is commemorating the occasion with online training for Capitol Hill staffers.

Training videos entitled “Preventing Disability Discrimination in the Congressional Workplace” are available on the agency’s website, featuring introductions from Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., for Senate staffers, and from Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., for House staffers.

App Challenge Brings Congress, Young Coders Closer
162 members now sponsor district winners in annual competition

Melissa Medina, left, and Arkansas Rep. Bruce Westerman listen to a student demo her winning app in the 2016 Congressional App Challenge. (Courtesy Melissa Medina)

The third annual Congressional App Challenge, in which members feature their young constituents’ entrepreneurial work in the technology field, launches Wednesday.

Student coders have until Nov. 1 to submit entries to their participating members of Congress. 

Word on the Hill: Staffer Corrects 200-Year Mistake
Religion, soccer, cats and dogs as sharks

Staffer Ryan Martin and his family check out the Utah flag before it goes up in the Kennedy Center's Hall of States. (Kennedy Center)

House staffer Ryan Martin noticed at The Kennedy Center that the Utah flag in the Hall of States display wasn’t quite right. A manufacturing error on the flag showed 1647 as the year Mormon pioneers settled in the state, 200 years off from the actual year.

Martin informed the center and a new flag was ordered. The new flag, with the correct year, was raised Monday at a ceremony in the Hall of States. 

Swalwell’s Weekend: Baggage Handler and Barista
California Democrat’s continues ‘In Your Shoes’ initiative

(Rep. Eric Swalwell’s office via Twitter)

One member of Congress spent his Saturday slinging bags and pouring coffee.

As part of Rep. Eric Swalwell's, D-Calif., #InYourShoes initiative, he worked as a Southwest Airlines baggage handler at Oakland International Airport and a Starbucks barista in Dublin, Calif.

Word on the Hill: Week Ahead
Your social schedule for the week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican Conference continue debate over health care this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Welcome back to another full legislative week.

It won’t be as hot as it has been after the temperature drops tonight, so you might actually want to get outside tomorrow.

Stupak Shares Insider Look at Obamacare Debate in New Book
In a timely release, Michigan Democrat recalls his amendment that saved bill

Former Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak has a new book on his experiences during the 2010 health care law debate. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Bart Stupak didn’t plan the release of his new book on his crucial vote for the 2010 health care law to coincide with the current debate over repealing it. 

“Timing was fortuitous,” the Michigan Democrat said. “I thought by now, the Republicans would have their bill done and there wouldn’t be a book.”

Perdue’s Fellows Connect Congress to the Corps
Maj. Simba Chigwida is a national defense fellow this year

Georgia Sen. David Perdue poses with Maj. Jim Purekal, left, and Maj. Simba Chigwida in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. (Courtesy Perdue’s office)

Georgia Sen. David Perdue’s office has had the unique opportunity of having two active-duty Marine Corps officers working there.

The Marine Corps affords some Marines the opportunity to apply for congressional fellowship positions and, if accepted, assigns them to a House or Senate office. Of the roughly 100 Marine fellows currently on the Hill, Perdue’s office has been assigned two back-to-back, which is pretty rare.

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

A reality show is seeking staffers from both parties. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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

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