Heard on the Hill

Ferguson Painting Coming Down Again
Controversial piece, subject of tug of war between Democrats and Republicans, determined to violate rules

The controversial painting by Missouri student David Pulphus depicts police officers as animals. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol high school art competition painting of police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri, which was the subject of a tug of war between Democrats and Republicans last week, is coming down.

The painting, which depicts police officers as animals, was ruled to be in violation of House Office Building Commission rules and will be taken down after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Washington GOP Rep. Dave Reichert said, accroding to CNN.

Maine Democrat to Trump: L.L. Bean Doesn't Need Your Help
Chellie Pingree sees no reason for liberals to boycott the retailer

Maine Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree thinks there's "absolutely" no reason for liberals to boycott L.L. Bean because one of its board members donated to a PAC supporting Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Liberals should not be boycotting L.L. Bean just because a board member supported Donald Trump, Maine’s sole Democrat in Congress, Rep. Chellie Pingree of North Haven, said Friday.

“It’s a great company and those are American-made boots,” said Pingree, who can often be spotted strolling through the House with one of the Maine-based company’s canvas totes slung over her shoulder.

Word on the Hill: One Week Out
Women’s March adds new partners

Dr. Ben Carson arrives in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee offices before his confirmation hearing to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday. Confirmation hearings continue into next week (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is only a week away.

Watch for our list of balls, counter-parties and other things to do around the District that day. And feel free to pass along any events you want to share with our readers — email AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com

Cummings Staffer in Critical Condition After Fire That Killed 6 Children
‘They didn’t have a shot,’ Cummings tells reporters about the victims

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cumming said he spoke with staffer Katie Malone’s husband on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ district staffer Katie Malone is in critical condition after a fire at her Baltimore home that killed six of her nine children. 

“It’s hard for me to imagine losing one child. But to lose six in an instant is very, very, very difficult," Cummings said at a news conference Thursday.

Inauguration Balls, Parties and Galas in D.C.
Events surrounding Donald Trump’s big day

Which balls will President-elect Trump and his wife Melania attend?. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Inauguration Day comes once every four years and is the biggest event that Washington, D.C., has to offer.

Surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s big day — Friday, Jan. 20 — state societies, organizations and nonprofits hold parties, balls and galas to celebrate.

Ryan Calls Ferguson Painting ‘Disgusting’
Reichert sends letter to AOC saying painting violates contest’s rules

Michigan Rep. John Conyers Jr. passes by Missouri artist David Pulphus’ painting after it was rehung on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is siding with his party and wants the painting of police-community relations in Ferguson, Missouri, that depicts police officers and others as animals to be taken down.

“This is disgusting and it’s not befitting the Capitol,” Ryan said Thursday on “The Mike Gallagher Show,” adding that “this isn’t a question of First Amendment rights.”

Lights Out at CIA Director Confirmation Hearing
Pepco says issue was internal to Senate office buildings

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, center, waits to be introduced by fellow Kansans Sen. Pat Roberts, left, and former Sen. Bob Dole during a power outage at his Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:20 p.m. | Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner had just brought up Russian hacking and the 2016 election during a high-profile Senate Intelligence Committee hearing when the lights went out.

If the scene Thursday morning in the Hart Senate Office Building didn’t exactly stoke paranoia, it at least elicited some chuckles during an otherwise dead-serious confirmation hearing for Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo to be the next director of the CIA.

Word on the Hill: How Will You Judge Trump’s Inauguration Speech
‘I’m also very much of a germophobe, by the way. Believe me’

President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is almost a week away. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re almost a week away to President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration and on Wednesday, he gave his first news conference since the election.

The Quote.com blog analyzed presidential inaugural addresses and ranked them by reading level. The analysis was part of a study of top American speeches, on eight different linguistic scales to figure out the complexity of their syntaxes. Of the inaugural addresses, the analysis found that President George H.W. Bushgave the easiest speech in 1989 while President John Adams gave the most difficult in 1797.

Young: GPO to Use ‘Hoosiers’ Because No One Says ‘Indianan’
‘Setting the record straight, we hope, for time immemorial’

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., reveals his favorite 'Hoosier' theory. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

People from Indiana will soon be referred to as Hoosiers in government documents, in part thanks to the state’s new junior senator, Todd Young

The Government Publishing Office is releasing information declaring the name change on Thursday, Young said.

A Heart for Africa
Staff group wants to be part of the conversation on Africa policies

The association's president Diana Konaté is the scheduler for Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

One Capitol Hill staff group attracts members who work in Washington but come from far away. No, not California. Try Africa.

The Congressional African Staff Association is “made up of people who have a heart for Africa,” according to Diana Konaté, the group’s president.

Vote-A-Rama: Democrats State Their Case, But Resolution Passes
Feinstein missing from votes; Sessions arrives at last minute

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, at top, rises to explain why he was voting against the budget resolution early Thursday morning. (C-SPAN)

At 1:05 a.m., Republicans began the final vote of a seven-hour Vote-A-Rama — the budget resolution that would begin the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, then departed the chamber as Democrats remained silently in their chairs.

But Senate Democrats didn't go quietly into the night. At 1:11 a.m., Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer stood up and stated his opposition to adopting the resolution. Other Democrats followed in what appeared to be an unprecedented move of rising to explain their opposition before casting their votes. 

Clay and First Amendment Scholar Ask Speaker Not to Remove Ferguson Painting
Missouri Democrat teams up with Maryland freshman

Reps. William Lacy Clay and Jamie Raskin wrote to Speaker Paul D. Ryan about a controversial painting by Missouri student David Pulphus depicting police as animals  that was hung in the tunnel connecting the U.S. Capitol to the Cannon House Office building as part of the annual student art exhibit. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Missouri Democrat William Lacy Clay really doesn’t want Speaker Paul D. Ryan to get his constituent’s painting removed from the Capitol’s high school art competition. 

[Controversial Ferguson Painting Removed From Display for Third Time]

Gohmert Gets Into Beef With Photographer During Sessions Hearing
Photographer says Texas congressman was blocking his view, Gohmert says photographer was breaking the rules

Rep. Louie Gohmert in front of photographer Jim Lo Scalzo’s camera. (Courtesy of Jim Lo Scalzo/ European Pressphoto Agency)

Texas Republican Louie Gohmert got into a beef with a photographer over blocking each other’s view during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions.

European Pressphoto Agency photographer Jim Lo Scalzo said Gohmert tried to obstruct him when he tried shoot protesters being led out of the hearing.

D’Amato Apologizes After Airline Incident
‘It was a total overreaction, probably on both parts,’ former senator says

Former Sen. Al D’Amato apologized for an incident on a JetBlue airliner in Florida on Monday night. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images file photo)

Two days after he was escorted from a JetBlue airliner, former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato said the incident was an “overreaction” on both sides.

The New York Republican tried to incite passengers to protest after sitting on a Fort Lauderdale to New York flight at the gate for five hours Monday night.

Press Secretaries Group Seeking to Welcome Senate Newcomers
Bipartisan organization gearing up for February trip to New York

The Senate Press Secretaries Association has existed for more than 40 years. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

Senators need to work across the aisle if they want to get much done.

The same can be said for their staff members, even the communications shops that alternate between partisan blasts and collaborating on news conferences, hearings and releases about bipartisan legislation.