Oct. 6, 2015

Hill Life Archive

How D.C. Paid Leave Could Affect Capitol Hill Staff

In a dramatic move in the push for paid leave, the D.C. government has introduced legislation that would provide 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave — even for D.C. residents who work for the federal government, including on Capitol Hill.

Bridging Technology and Policy, One Fellow at a Time

When National Security Agency surveillance became a top issue on Capitol Hill, Travis Moore realized he didn’t have the knowledge base to understand the technology — and neither did anyone else in Congress. Now he’s working to change that.

Capitol Hill: It’s Not for Everyone

Working on Capitol Hill may be a dream job for some, but others may find the esoteric workplace a hard place in which to succeed. So what do you do if you decide Capitol Hill is not for you, and how long should you wait it out? Hill Navigator discusses.

Cotton Blocks Nominees After Secret Service Chaffetz Probe

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., announced Monday he would place a hold on three ambassadorial nominations until there are consequences — and a criminal investigation — for Secret Service agents who allegedly accessed a congressman’s private records.

John Boehner Introduces D.C. Vouchers Bill (Updated)

Updated 5:31 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner is poised to end his speakership the way he started it, by introducing a measure to reauthorize the District of Columbia school voucher program.

Congress Ponders Changes to Library of Congress Under New Leader

The Library of Congress will have a new leader for the first time in nearly three decades, creating an opening for Congress to make some changes at the 200-year-old institution.

Inspector General Reopens Secret Service Probe of Chaffetz Leak

The Department of Homeland Security inspector general’s office reopened its investigation Monday into allegations that Secret Service agents circulated embarrassing personal information about House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

The Select Committee on the Select Committee on Benghazi

From Watergate to Whitewater to Benghazi, it’s fair to say that, in Washington, the real scandal is the cover-up. But on the rare occasion the real scandal isn’t the cover-up, it’s probably the admitting of the real motive for an ongoing, never-ending investigation into the possibility of a cover-up.

Bye-Bye Boehner | Capitol Quip Winner

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

Committee to Consider D.C. School Voucher Measure

House Republicans will work to to cement a part of Speaker John A. Boehner’s legacy next week by taking up a measure aimed at reauthorizing one of his pet projects.

Secret Service Targeting of Chaffetz Alarms Lawmakers

A Secret Service official’s allegedly deliberate decision to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz could “give pause” to other lawmakers who have applied for federal jobs, cautioned former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.

D.C.'s Spotlight on 'Spotlight'

David Simon was right at home on stage at the National Portrait Gallery, moderating a post-screening panel of people who made the film “Spotlight” happen.

9/11 Health Program Expires Amid Funding Showdown

Congress averted a government shutdown Wednesday, but allowed another funding deadline to pass unfulfilled.

What's Next for John Boehner’s Staff?

Many things will change in the House when Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, resigns at the end of October, including employment prospects of his current staff.

Secret Service Criticism Made Chaffetz a Target (Video)

Forceful questioning of then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson helped Rep. Jason Chaffetz earn the notice he needed to grab the House Oversight and Government Reform gavel in the 114th Congress.

GOP Staffer Agrees to Testify in D.C. Superior Court (Updated)

Updated 4:03 p.m. | Outrage over Capitol Hill’s meddling in the District of Columbia’s affairs could soon come full circle.

Safety Board Urges Federal Oversight Over D.C. Metro

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued two urgent recommendations that the Washington, D.C., Metro system be placed under federal oversight in the wake of safety issues.

Vote for Your Favorite Bye-Bye Boehner Capitol Quip!

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

Gridlock to Governing: Staffer Joins D.C. Council Office

Keenan Austin’s work day now begins by climbing the steps of the John A. Wilson building, instead of the Cannon House Office Building.

Farenthold Case Prompts Talk About Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

“What do you do if you’re being sexually harassed in your office?” one user asked Monday morning on the anonymous Capitol Hill social-networking app Cloakroom.