Heard on the Hill

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?

Word on the Hill: How Do You Spell Cloture?
Edison statue, childhood education panel and opioid awards

Virginia Democrats Rep. Don Beyer Jr., left, and Sen. Tim Kaine, right, are reigning champs of the spelling bee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Three years ago, vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., was on a different kind of big stage.

Kaine was the victor of the 2013 “Politicians vs. Press” Spelling Bee, an honor shared by few others. Last year, fellow Virginia Democrat Don Beyer Jr. took home the gold.

Word on the Hill: Pet Night
Bowling for sick kids and honoring federal workers

California Rep. Jeff Denham holds his French bulldog, Lily, during the Animal Health Institute's Pet Night on Capitol Hill, in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffers and members have yet another opportunity to see cute animals at work.

The annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill is at 5:30 p.m. in the Cannon Caucus Room and features therapy animals for petting and playing.

Congressional Buddies Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble Talk Friendship
The retiring Republicans look back on their time in Congress

Retiring Reps. Scott Rigell of Virginia and Reid Ribble of Wisconsin have been close friends since their first days in office. The two Republicans look back on their relationship and look forward to riding motorcycles together and visiting each other’s home states.

Rigell: It was actually the day that we were being sworn in. Right before my name and the clerk calls out, “Ribble” and it was a little obscure but there was no response. I genuinely was thinking, as was my family, that she had mispronounced my name and I was at that time supposed to say, “Mr. Boehner.” And my mind was processing. And then, Mr. Ribble actually said, “Boehner!” And I went, “Phewf!”

Pay Woes Persist for Some Senate Food Workers
Vendor owed $1 million following labor law violations

Senate food workers have gone on strike several times. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Some food workers claim they are not getting the money they're due after a Labor Department investigation found the company that operates cafeterias for the Senate owed more than $1 million in back pay.

The Labor Department announced in July that for the past six years, Restaurant Associates had failed to pay proper wages. Nearly 700 workers were affected.

Word on the Hill: Byrd is Back
McGinty and Ross join senators in New York; Lewis honored in Philadelphia

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., travels through the walkway from the Russell to the Capitol in May 2010, just one month before he died. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

The traveling exhibit on the life of late West Virginia Democrat Sen. Robert C. Byrd has made it to Capitol Hill.

From Sept. 19 to Sept. 23, the exhibit will be in the Russell Rotunda. The exhibit is full of digital representation of documents and photographs of the former senator in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2017.

Your Boss Lost the Primary, Now What?
Most say they wouldn't wait for their last payday before bolting for another job

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, left, lost her primary in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With primary season essentially over, some offices full of Capitol Hill staffers know they won’t have jobs after January.

If your boss lost his or her primary, your paycheck ends on Jan. 2, 2017.

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Hawaii Lawmakers
Capitol Police and FBI agents arrested the man Friday.

Hirono was one of the man's targets. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police and FBI agents arrested a Tennessee man Friday for threatening to kill Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, both Hawaii Democrats.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Middle District of Tennessee announced that Keahiokahouna Stewart, 36, of Murfreesboro, was taken into custody and charged with "threatening to murder a United States official and transmitting in interstate commerce, a communication containing a threat."