Heard on the Hill

'SNL' Reunion for Cleaning Product Transparency
Maya Rudolph on her ad campaign: 'You picked the right lady to not have any shame'

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and actress Maya Rudolph, arrive for a briefing at the Reserve Officers Association building to express support for the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

"Saturday Night Live" alums Maya Rudolph and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., teamed up on Tuesday to push legislation for full disclosure of chemicals in institutional and household cleaning products.

“Maya and I were just discussing this. She has four — wow — four kids. Wow,” Franken said to kick off the panel. “I have two children and three grandchildren now and I want to make sure that they’re not exposed to toxic chemicals and the people that work with cleaning products day in and day out, especially, shouldn’t have to worry about the long term exposure and their own health and safety.”

Rubio on Fernandez: 'Jose’s Story Was Our Story'
Senator pays tribute to Miami baseball star killed over the weekend

Sen. Marco Rubio recalled Floridians watching Jose Fernandez pitch: "We said to ourselves, 'This is what the American dream looks like.' And boy, is the American dream alive and well.”. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A humble and heartbroken Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio paid tribute on Tuesday to Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins pitcher who was found dead on Sunday.

“Jose’s story was our story because he reminds so many in my community of someone they know,” Rubio said.

Congress' 'Athletics Director' Kicks Off College Football Caucus
Roger Williams brings together members passionate about college football

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, is hanging up his baseball jersey for the time being to talk about football. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams has found another way to bring his love of sports to his work in Congress — this time teaming up with Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell to launch the College Football Caucus.

“Between the baseball caucus, football caucus and coach of the baseball team, guys are starting to call me the athletics director of Congress,” Williams said.

Word on the Hill: Roll Out the Blue Carpet
Maya Rudolph talks legislation on Capitol Hill

The 2015 National Youth of the Year Whitney Stewart, center, with singer Kelly Rowland and actor Denzel Washington at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America gala last September. (Courtesy of Boys & Girls Club)

A star-studded event in Washington today will award $1 million in college scholarships to outstanding young people, as decided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Ballerina Misty Copeland, singer Ashanti, model Damaris Lewis, retired football player Andre Reed and ABC’s Paula Faris will celebrate the six young finalists at the 69th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year gala. One of them will be honored as the Youth of the Year.

Tuesday Trivia: Female Testimony
How well do you know your women's rights advocates?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testified during a House Select Committee on Benghazi in October 2015. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Who was the first woman to testify before a congressional committee?

A. Susan B. Anthony

What to Do When You Think Your Boss Is Going to Lose the General Election
House staffers have until Jan. 2, Senate staffers until March 2

Congressional staff stand along the aisle during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The polling numbers aren’t looking good. Your boss has been consistently listed as vulnerable. Do you send out your resume?

Well, there are different routes you can take.

Word on the Hill: Team Poe
Donate books and watch tonight's debate on the Hill

(Courtesy Rep. David Cicilline via Twitter)

No matter the party, members of Congress will root for their colleagues in times of need.

#TeamPoe bracelets are making their way through the Capitol. The office of Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is handing them out to members to show their support for the congressman who has leukemia.

Hoyer on African American Museum Dedication: 'That’s Inspiration'
Minority whip joins lawmakers at official opening of newest Smithsonian museum

The Washington Monument is seen behind the sharp edges of the National Museum of African American History and Culture exterior. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama dedicated the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday as the doors to the newest Smithsonian building on the National Mall officially opened to the public.

The ceremony — which included remarks from former President George W. Bush and Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as well as readings from Oprah Winfrey and actor Will Smith — featured a 31-minute speech by Obama.

Word on the Hill: Staffers Share Resumes
Paul plays with babies and where to watch Monday's debate

Prepare for staffer movements this election season with the resume bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Democrats’ official online resume bank has been relaunched, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., announced. Staffers can not only submit their resumes but they can also browse new job openings on the announcements board as the transition to the 115th Congress approaches.

First launched in 2012, the site has received 7,000 resume submissions in the years since, and has helped increase diversity in hiring with more than 2,600 queries performed on the demographics data field when House staff browse resumes, according to Hoyer's press release. 

Press Victorious Over Politicians in Spelling Bee
Ted Deutch was last politician standing, while Don Beyer struck out first

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer, far left, and Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, far right, talk with co-champions of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee Jairam Hathwar, 13, left, and Nihar Janga, 11, before the Politicians vs. Press Spelling Bee at the National Press Club on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Journalists beat the reigning champion lawmakers in the “Politicians v. Press Spelling Bee” at the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, the last politician standing, lost in Round 12 by misspelling “jambalaya” with a “g”, while Art Swift of Gallup won for the journalists by correctly spelling “apothecary.”

Word on the Hill: Debate Prep
McCaul and Van Hollen honored at Golden Toast

The Ballot Box Dozen. (Courtesy Georgetown Cupcake via Twitter)

In order to fully embrace debate season, OPI and Georgetown Cupcake have some treats for every political junkie out there.

In your preparation for Monday’s debate, check out nail polish company OPI’s Washington collection, which includes colors like ‘Madam President,’ ‘Squeaker of the House’ and ‘Pale to the Chief.’

Veterans Work on And off the Hill for One Staffer
Staffer Ami Sanchez is a member of Team Red, White and Blue

Ami Sanchez deals with veteran entrepreneurship issues as minority general counsel on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For Ami Sanchez, military veterans represent the intersection of her work inside and outside her Capitol Hill office.

Sanchez, 35, is minority general counsel for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she is a member of Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit that connects veterans through physical and social activities.

Edison Revealed — By Accident
Sheet covering new Edison statue falls off just before the dedication ceremony

After fabric covering the Thomas Edison statue prematurely dropped, members of the U.S. Capitol Police Honor Guard help cover the statue of Thomas Edison before the start of the unveiling ceremony. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Guests at the dedication of the Thomas Edison statue in the Capitol on Wednesday got a sneak peak — by mistake.

Five minutes before the start of the Statuary Hall ceremony, the fabric covering the statue accidentally dropped.

Senate Staffer Suffers Cardiac Arrest at Charity Basketball Game
Jim Lyons is a longtime staffer on the Senate Finance Committee

Keith Urgo, center, associate head basketball coach for Penn State, and other players look on, as Jim Lyons of the Senate Finance Committee, is administered CPR after collapsing during a charity basketball game at George Washington University on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A Senate Finance Committee staffer who collapsed during a charity basketball game Tuesday was being treated at the intensive care unit at a District hospital, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Wednesday during a markup.

Hatch said that longtime staffer Jim Lyons suffered a “massive episode of cardiac arrest.” Information about his condition was not immediately available. 

Take Five: Sen. Gary Peters
Michigan Democrat drove a motorcycle across his state

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the ranking member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, shows off his in-office model of an Orion spacecraft. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, 57, talks motorcycles, his childhood paper route and Michigan’s breweries.

Q: What’s your favorite hobby?