Nov. 12, 2014, 4:27 p.m.
Embattled Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu announced her support for an immediate vote on the Keystone XL pipeline on the floor Wednesday, as House Republicans moved forward with an identical measure to help Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is in a runoff with Landrieu. "This has been a project that has lingered far too long," Landrieu said. "I believe it is time to act.”
Nov. 12, 2014, 3:40 p.m.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned President Barack Obama Wednesday about taking widely expected unilateral moves on immigration while laying out agenda items for the lame-duck session. “There’s a lot both parties can accomplish together over the next couple years. I hope that happens. I’m optimistic. But working together requires trust,” McConnell said on the floor. “I think President Obama has a duty to help build the trust we all need to move forward together, not to double-down on old ways of doing business.” “That’s why I think moving forward with the unilateral action on immigration he’s planned would be a big mistake,” McConnell said.
Nov. 12, 2014, 3:09 p.m.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid congratulated Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans on the floor Wednesday for regaining the majority, adding, "Senate Democrats are ready to work in good faith" with Republicans. "I saw firsthand how a strategy of obstruction was debilitating to our system, and I have no desire to engage in that manner," Reid said. "I've been able to strike compromise with my Republican colleagues, and I'm ready to do it again. ... Although the desks in this great chamber may move around, and change, our duty to help working American families never will.”
Nov. 11, 2014, 12:43 p.m.
Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad and Photo Editor Bill Clark give you on-the-ground analysis on key Louisiana races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 11, 2014, 12:38 p.m.
Roll Call Photo Editor Bill Clark and Staff Photographer Tom Williams give you on-the-ground analysis from key races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 11, 2014, 12:29 p.m.
Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad and Staff Photographer Tom Williams give you on-the-ground analysis on key Mississippi races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 11, 2014, 12:17 p.m.
Roll Call Photo Editor Bill Clark gives you on-the-ground analysis on key West Virginia races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 11, 2014, 10:48 a.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Abby Livingston gives you on-the-ground analysis on key West Virginia races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 11, 2014, 10:45 a.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Alexis Levinson and Staff Photographer Tom Williams give you on-the-ground analysis on key Iowa races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:57 p.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Emily Cahn gives you on-the-ground analysis on key Nebraska races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:52 p.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Alexis Levinson gives you on-the-ground analysis on key Kansas races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:46 p.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Emily Cahn gives you on-the-ground analysis on key Pennsylvania races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:40 p.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Abby Livingston gives you on-the-ground analysis on key Florida races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:31 p.m.
Roll Call Staff Writer Emily Cahn gives you on-the-ground analysis on key Illinois races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:25 p.m.
Roll Call Photo Editor Bill Clark gives you on-the-ground analysis on key Arizona races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:17 p.m.
Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad and Photo Editor Bill Clark give you on-the-ground analysis on key Georgia races before the 2014 midterms.
Nov. 10, 2014, 5:02 p.m.
As news outlets tracked the best campaign ads of the 2014 cycle over the past seven weeks, HOH kept tabs on the other activities which kept your elected officials busy, including arguing with constituents, reciting Greek history and reading mean tweets.
Nov. 6, 2014, 5:47 p.m.
C-SPAN abruptly cut off a viewer call-in on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program Thursday when the viewer, who was discussing how Republican overreach in the 114th Congress could help Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, said "Republicans hate that n***** Obama." C-SPAN Senior Executive Producer and Washington Journal Host Steven Scully quickly apologized to viewers, saying the language "crossed the line."
Nov. 6, 2014, 4:54 p.m.
Speaker John A. Boehner pushed back Thursday on speculation of an expanding "hell no" caucus in the Republican party following Tuesday's Midterm Elections, instead calling on President Barack Obama to rebuild trust by not acting unilaterally on issues like immigration. "Yes we have some new members who have made some statements, I'll give you that," Boehner said, responding to CBS News' Nancy Cordes, "but when you look at the vast majority of new members who are coming in here, they're really solid members." When challenged by Cordes on Boehner's inability to pass immigration legislation, the Ohio Republican blamed inaction on the child migrant crisis while adding "hope springs eternal" moving forward.
Nov. 6, 2014, 4:10 p.m.
Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that regardless of its prospects of passage in the Senate, the House would continue to vote to repeal President Barack Obama's signature health care law when the 114th Congress convenes next year. "The House, I'm sure, at some point next year will move to repeal Obamacare, because it should be repealed, it should be replaced with common sense reforms," the Ohio Republican said at his weekly news conference. "Now, whether that can pass the Senate, I don't know, but I know in the House it'll pass. But we're going to pass it. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't do other things. ... Just because we may not be able to get everything we want, doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to get what we can.”
Nov. 6, 2014, 3:42 p.m.
In his first news conference after Tuesday's elections, Speaker John A. Boehner had stern words for President Barack Obama and his expected executive action on immigration, telling the president he was inviting "big trouble" if he continued to act without Congress on issues such as immigration. Asked whether the president would be "poisoning the well" with Congress if he issued an executive action on immigration, Boehner offered this advice: "When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself. And he's going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path." "The American people made it clear on Election Day," Boehner said, "they want to get things done — and they don't want the president acting on a unilateral basis."
Nov. 3, 2014, 5:15 p.m.
Join us Tuesday at 6 p.m. for Roll Call's first election night live stream. Featuring analysis, road reporting and up-to-the-minute results, Roll Call will be the go-to destination for political professionals, campaign junkies and Hill staffers.
Oct. 30, 2014, 12:05 p.m.
The midterms are two weeks away and promise to be the most exciting - and difficult to predict - in years. But no matter what happens, we'll lend some clarity to what happened, what's next and what it all means at CQ Roll Call's Post Election Impact Conference on Nov. 6 - just two days after the elections. Register: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1561470
Oct. 23, 2014, 2:10 p.m.
With less than two weeks until Election Day, Heard on the Hill's tribute to members continues this week with Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, who pays homage to the Cuyahoga River, analyzes sheep journals and shows off his favorite tie.
Oct. 23, 2014, 12:09 p.m.
Members of the Canadian Parliament are praising as a hero House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a former police superintendent, for his reported role in taking down the gunman who entered the building. Capitol Hill may be wondering if its own sergeants-at-arms usually pack heat. “I didn’t carry it all the time," former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer said on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" Thursday morning. "I had it close at hand in a locked compartment." Gainer, who served as chief of the Capitol Police before his seven-year gig in the Senate, said he frequently relied on the uniformed officers of the department. "We have concentric circles of security around here and so they are the first line of defense, but as the chief law enforcement officer, I was armed when I needed to be or thought it was appropriate," he said.
Oct. 10, 2014, 3:33 p.m.
As election season rolls on, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to Rep. Don Young, the self-described "alpha wolf" of Alaska politics who loves cranes, beanies and the Anchorage Daily News.
Oct. 3, 2014, 12:18 p.m.
Heard on the Hill continues its salute to members, focusing this week on the Texas Rules Committee chairman and his love for America, microphones and cleavers.
Oct. 3, 2014, 11:34 a.m.
Minutes after repeating his familiar warning that sometimes he does not know when to stop saying all that he means, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. let out quite a quip at Harvard’s Institute of Politics Thursday night. When a questioner identified himself as the vice president of the Harvard student body, Biden chimed in, “isn’t it a bitch, I mean … that vice president thing?” Knowing what had just come out of his own mouth, Biden quickly added ”I’m joking. I’m joking. I’m joking. The best decision I ever made. “That was a joke. That was a joke,” he continued.
Oct. 2, 2014, 11:18 a.m.
The businessman who is challenging Democratic Rep. John Barrow for Georgia's 12th District visited Roll Call on Sept. 9.
Oct. 1, 2014, 8:26 p.m.
President Barack Obama and Mexico each took a tongue-lashing at a rare mid-recess Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday on the case of a U.S. Marine imprisoned for six months in Mexico on questionable charges. Talk-show host Montel Williams, a former Marine who has become a leading advocate for the release of the Afghanistan veteran, urged Obama to call Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto to free Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who has been held in Mexico since March. “If this hearing’s going to stop in 10 minutes, I think the president needs to pick up the phone in 15," Williams said, his voice breaking with emotion. "Make the call. Make the call today."
Oct. 1, 2014, 7:26 p.m.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could not resist the urge to discuss the MLB playoffs and her television-watching habits with the press as she was leaving her news conference Wednesday. "Well you know my father brought the Orioles to Baltimore, ... I'm happy to see them doing so well," Pelosi said, referring to the team's playoff berth. "Because that's the only TV I watch is sports. I'm not interested in anybody's opinion. In fact, I don't even listen to the commentator's opinion. I just want to watch the score, and the team and watch sports that way.”
Oct. 1, 2014, 6:40 p.m.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., touted Democrats' opportunity to pick up seats this November at a news conference Wednesday, saying Republicans' "days are numbered." "I know that in two years there will be a Democratic Congress and a Democratic president. I'd like it to be in two months," Pelosi said. "So this fall, it's important for us to come as close to that as possible."
Oct. 1, 2014, 5:54 p.m.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reiterated her enthusiasm Wednesday for Congress to debate and vote on an Authorization for Use of Military Force to combat the Islamic State terrorist group. "Congress has a role in defining how our country degrades and defeats ISIS," Pelosi said at a news conference, referring to the insurgent terrorist organization that's also known as ISIL. She said there have been "conversations among members informally about what form an authorization should take that will secure our national security interests as well [one that] could pass in both houses of Congress. "These conversations should be moved from the informal to the official," she said.
Oct. 1, 2014, 3:05 p.m.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short on Wednesday of demanding Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resign, but called for an "independent investigation" into the disturbing protocol breaches within the agency that she said were "inexcusable." "The challenge may be more than one person," the California Democrat told reporters at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "Whether she [resigns] or not, I think we need an independent investigation. Her leaving doesn't end the need to learn more."
Sept. 30, 2014, 9:31 p.m.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson took a beating from nearly 20 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers who traveled back to Washington for Tuesday's rare, three-and-a-half hour recess hearing. Droves of photographers packed into the panel's Rayburn meeting room to capture Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., demanding succinct responses from Pierson about botched security and the Sept. 19 incident in which Iraq war veteran Omar J. Gonzalez jumped the White House fence and made it into the building.
Sept. 30, 2014, 9:26 p.m.
A Florida Republican brought a prop to illustrate his point during Tuesday's hearing on the Sept. 19 security breach at the White House. After asking about broken glass following a 2011 shooting at the White House, Rep. John L. Mica held up a the blue shield of ADT Security Systems and asked, "Have you ever heard of these guys?" The congressman plugged ADT as a solution for the 2011 incident, when a window broken by a bullet went undiscovered for at least three days.
Sept. 30, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., hammered Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday over a 2011 White House shooting, asking her to rehash what a jury had learned about the case in light of new revelations in a Washington Post article. "Director, I'm actually a big fan of law enforcement and I don't take any delight in asking the questions I'm going to ask you, but law enforcement are given unique powers in our society and with those unique powers come unique responsibilities," Gowdy said. "So as I understand it, several agents [in 2011] believed that shots were fired and a supervisor concluded that it was a vehicle backfiring. Even if that were true, given the very small investment of resources, why not investigate the shots fired?"
Sept. 30, 2014, 5:39 p.m.
"I'm Candidate X, and I approve this message." Despite being the bane of political admakers everywhere, campaigns creatively weave messaging around this legal disclaimer. Roll Call has compiled the best from this year's election cycle, featuring mom and dad, dramatic music and cows.
Sept. 29, 2014, 7:14 p.m.
Following his death Saturday, Heard on the Hill pays tribute to the colorful career of James A. Traficant Jr. — a lawmaker who regularly reminded C-SPAN audiences of manure studies, his "weed-whacker" hair and his ability to kick liars in the crotch.
Sept. 29, 2014, 3:27 p.m.
Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla., sings Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" on the campaign stump.
Sept. 26, 2014, 12:47 p.m.
With Congress out until after the midterms, Heard on the Hill kicks off election season by saluting the members who go the extra mile to make Capitol Hill such a unique place to work. This week, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., teaches us about outer space, drywall and how to win a football game.
Sept. 25, 2014, 7:10 p.m.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. likes to wink, apparently.
Sept. 25, 2014, 6:09 p.m.
President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at the White House Thursday, praising Holder's track record during his six-year-tenure. Holder thanked Obama for allowing him to serve in, what he called, "the greatest honor of my professional life." "I will leave the Department of Justice, but I will never -- I will never leave the work," Holder said. "I will continue to serve and try to find ways to make our nation even more true to its founding ideals."
Sept. 25, 2014, 12:47 p.m.
African-American Congressional leaders expressed shock at the news of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s resignation today during a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel over African-American voters and the midterm elections. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., delivered the news. Representatives Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., and John Lewis, D-Ga., along with legal advocates were on the panel.
Sept. 23, 2014, 8:01 p.m.
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Sept. 23, 2014, 11:36 a.m.
During a Tuesday speech on airstrikes launched against the terrorist organization ISIS, President Barack Obama touted bipartisan congressional support and said the United States will do "what's necessary to take this fight to this terrorist group." "I've spoken to leaders in Congress, and I'm pleased that there's bipartisan support for the actions that we're taking," Obama said before heading to New York for meetings at the United Nations. "America's always stronger when we stand united, and that unity sends a powerful message to the world that we will do what's necessary to defend our country." Obama touted the Arab coalition that joined in the strikes — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar — while also pointing to the vote Congress took to support Syrian opposition forces that oppose ISIS, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.
Sept. 19, 2014, 6:26 p.m.
With Congress set to leave for seven weeks, members spent their final work week forgetting names, talking baseball and discussing the bad food at their uncle's house.
Sept. 19, 2014, 11:57 a.m.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., slammed the Obama administration and Congress Thursday for waging a "dishonest" war in Syria based on the 2001 AUMF. "Listen carefully: Your representatives are sending $500 million to people who will tactically ally with al-Qaida," Paul said. "We voted to go to war in Afghanistan and I supported going into that war because we were attacked and we had to do something about it. But the thing is, that vote had nothing to do with this. Absolutely nothing to do with this. You are a dishonest person if you say otherwise." The Senate later passed a continuing resolution 78-22, funding the government through Dec. 11 and arming and training Syrian rebels to fight the terror group ISIS.
Sept. 18, 2014, 10:06 p.m.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued an impassioned plea for U.S. weaponry Thursday to help his country’s defense against Russia and the Ukrainian separatists that Moscow has been supporting for the past year. Speaking before a rare joint meeting of Congress, the Ukrainian leader acknowledged the non-lethal military aid that the Obama administration has provided Ukraine so far. But he said Ukrainian soldiers needed weapons. “They need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal,” Poroshenko said to loud applause and one of many standing ovations from lawmakers assembled in the House chamber. “Blankets and night-vision goggles are important, but they can’t win the war with blankets.”
Sept. 18, 2014, 8:37 p.m.
President Barack Obama praised Congress Thursday for passing a measure to fund the federal government through Dec. 11 and to arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. "I'm pleased that Congress, a majority of Democrats and a majority of Republicans in both the House and the Senate, have now voted to support a key element of our strategy: our plan to train and equip the opposition in Syria so they can help push back these terrorists," Obama said. "I want to thank leaders in Congress for the speed and seriousness with which they approached this urgent issue."