During a jaunt Wednesday through the Senate subway, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a rolling interview with a reporter, who yelled out a question about why the chief executive of the nation’s largest city was on Capitol Hill. Bloomberg responded that he wanted to see how the country worked. The reporter followed up by asking the mayor’s thoughts on that topic. “I’m impressed,” the billionaire responded.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.