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House Spending Review: Do Members Need Accounting Lessons?

When Rep. Scott Rigell came to Congress in 2011, he wore two phones on his hip. One was government-issued for official use; the other was a personal phone.

Sodexo Takes Over the House

In one House cafeteria, closed doors and cardboard boxes. In another, red, white and blue balloons.

Material in House Chamber Tests Negative for Asbestos

The material found in the House chamber that prompted its closing Monday has tested negative for asbestos.

Hill Navigator Summer Reading List

August. Even the newest D.C. residents know it might be the best time to switch the smartphone to silent and head out of town to cooler and less-humid places, preferably with beaches. (Mountains work too.)

White House Staffer, Capitol Police Officer Suspended After Shooting (Updated)

Updated 2:48 p.m. | Capitol Police have placed a dignitary protection agent on administrative leave after a White House staffer allegedly fired the agent’s own gun at him in Maryland during a domestic dispute. The staffer has also been suspended.

House Chamber Closed as AOC Investigates Unknown Material (Updated)

Updated 12:35 p.m. | The House chamber was closed Monday morning after Architect of the Capitol workers discovered a potentially hazardous substance during ongoing restoration work.

This Congressional Recess Brought to You by Capitol Quip

It’s going to be quiet around here now that Congress has left town until the day after Labor Day, maybe too quiet . . . but maybe not too quiet for Capitol Quip.

An Undebatable Capitol Quip Winner

Congratulations to this week’s winner, and thanks to the readers who contributed captions to our Capitol Quip contest.

Chaffetz Calls for Removal of OPM CIO (Updated)

Updated 12:50 p.m. | Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, reiterated his call Thursday for the chief information officer at the Office of Personnel Management to step down in the wake of data breaches that affected millions of federal employees.

Vote for Your Favorite GOP Debate Capitol Quip!

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Senate Democrats Call for Higher Wages for Capitol Food Workers

Nearly all members of the Senate Democratic Conference are calling for Capitol food service workers to receive higher wages and improved working conditions, according to a letter obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Marine Had Two Loaded Guns, 114 Live Rounds Outside Capitol, Police Say

Updated 4:44 p.m. | The Marine Corps congressional fellow arrested Tuesday on Capitol grounds was carrying two loaded guns, 114 rounds of live ammunition, a military ballistic vest and two knives in his car, court documents state. Following an arraignment, he appears headed for a new assignment, off the Hill.

Gyrocopter Pilot Looks to Crowdfund Defense Counsel

Florida mailman Douglas Hughes is looking to crowdfund a First Amendment legal defense against the six felony and misdemeanor charges he faces from his April 15 gyrocopter landing on the West Front.

An Easy Fix for Members Who Want Overtime for Staff

Even if Congress takes no action on amending the Congressional Accountability Act to add overtime protections for staff, individual offices can lead the way and implement changes for their own staff, much as they have done for workplace protections such as maternity and paternity leave.

Capitol Police Board Aims to Replace Chief Quickly

Two former Secret Service agents and an architect walk into a board room. They’re charged with finding a replacement, and soon, for outgoing Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Marine Corps Fellow Arrested for Having Gun on Capitol Grounds

Updated 6:35 p.m. | Capitol Police arrested a member of the Marine Corps congressional fellowship program Tuesday afternoon for having a loaded gun on congressional property.

Richard Schweiker, 1926-2015

Richard Schweiker, a Pennsylvania Republican who served in the House, Senate and the Cabinet, then headed one of Washington’s most powerful associations, died on July 31. He was 89.

Fattah Could Have Avoided Some Trouble Through Possible Student Loan Repayment

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., was one of five members present in July 2002 when the House Administration Committee made the Student Loan Repayment Program a reality for the House of Representatives.

NLRB Finds Retaliation After Capitol Food Worker Strike

The National Labor Relations Board has found that the Capitol’s food-service vendor likely violated labor laws when supervisors retaliated against workers who went on strike.

Second Hill Langar Raises Awareness About Sikh Faith

For the second time on Capitol Hill, staffers, lawmakers and citizens gathered in the Rayburn foyer, removed their shoes, donned orange head scarves and participated in a centuries-old Sikh tradition.

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