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Hill Life Archive

Capitol Lens: Honey, I Blew Up the Tulips

Red tulips on the West Lawn of the Capitol frame the Dome on Monday.

Senate Contractors to Join Federal Workers Strike at Capitol

Contract workers in the U.S. Senate will walk off their jobs Wednesday to join contractors from across the District of Columbia in a strike calling for preference to be given to contractors who offer better wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights.

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Staff on Chopping Block

One of the more generous benefits for congressional staffers might be on the chopping block in this year’s budget. The House and Senate budgets include cuts for education, employment and training, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The program forgives all federally backed student loans for those working for 10 cumulative years in public service — including time spent on Capitol Hill.

House Committee Approves Resolution Blocking D.C. Law

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Tuesday evening to strike down a D.C. bill.

Cárdenas: FBI Has Not Contacted Me — 'That Is the Truth' (Audio)

Things are getting weird for Rep. Tony Cárdenas.

Tim Ryan Goes 'Planetary' (Video)

One of Congress’ foremost messengers on mindfulness is set to lend his voice to an Earth Day after-movie discussion of “Planetary” Wednesday night at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Md.

Top Cárdenas Staffer Subpoenaed; FBI May Be Investigating (Video)

The district director for sophomore Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas notified the House Thursday that she’s been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury conducting an investigation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Delivering on the Free Exercise Clause

Two centuries before there were debates over insurance coverage for contraception or cakes for gay weddings, Congress spent two decades — off and on — debating religious freedom in a somewhat more esoteric context: delivery of the mail on Sunday.

Fired Staffer Files Ethics Complaint Against Baldwin

A former deputy state director for Sen. Tammy Baldwin has lodged a complaint, asking the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the Wisconsin Democrat for “making false statements and representations to cover up actions by her chief of staff” and protect the first-term senator’s political career.

Kim Dine Will Stay On as Capitol Police Chief

It appears Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine is staying in place as the head of the department, with a new No. 2 to help iron out some of the discord within the ranks.

Sen. Robert Griffin, 1923-2015

When Sen. Robert Griffin died on April 17, much of the news coverage that followed focused on his filibuster against the nomination of Abe Fortas to be chief justice of the United States and his political alliance with Gerald Ford, a fellow Michigan Republican who rose through the House ranks to become minority leader, vice president and eventually president after Richard M. Nixon resigned.

Congressman Can't Use Franked Mail to 'Thank a Veteran'

The folks in charge of franked mail in the House refuse to allow members of Congress to send official mail for the sole purpose of encouraging their constituents to “thank a veteran,” a policy one Illinois Democrat calls “a disservice to the brave men and women who sacrifice so much for this country.”

Another Schock Staffer Served Grand Jury Subpoena

Another staffer for ex-Rep. Aaron Schock has been served with a grand jury subpoena to testify as part of the investigation into the Illinois Republican’s spending.

Norton Warns GOP: Don't Tread on D.C.

For the first time in more than two decades, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is set to take up a resolution aimed at blocking a D.C. bill Tuesday, to the chagrin of the District’s congressional delegate.

Hill Staffer Student Loan Perk Comes With Caveats

Have student loans and want a $10,000 raise? The Student Loan Repayment Program, offered through both the House and Senate, can shoulder the student loan burden for up to $10,000 per staff member per year.

What About #ThatTown?

This is the week #ThisTown lives for, the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner and its multiple party-time events. But what about #ThatTown, the folks who won’t be picking up the tux or cocktail dress from the cleaners?

Capitol Lens: What's Up Doc (Fix)?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks with Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer on April 16, after a signing ceremony in the Capitol’s Rayburn Room for a bipartisan bill to “strengthen Medicare and fix its payment formula for doctors.”

Gyrocopter Capitol Quip Defense System

Given all the gyrations the White House and Congress have gone through over legislation to give lawmakers a say in a nuclear deal with Iran, we wonder if there might be a simpler way to patrol Capitol airspace — which brings us to the gyrocopters in this week’s Capitol Quip.

Suddenly, a Capitol Quip Winner!

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

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