| Dec. 15, 2014, 3:58 p.m.
Wisconsin is a particularly significant test case for considering alternatives to the excise tax on fuel, especially considering the proposal that emerged in the days after Gov. Scott Walker won re-election.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 3:37 p.m.
How does a senator spend his only off-day during the end-of-session holiday rush? If you’re Charles E. Schumer, you go home to New York and hold a news conference about the high price of airline tickets.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 3:31 p.m.
One of the new Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says next year’s Senate should block President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 3:20 p.m.
He’s seen plenty of people — including his fair share of celebrities — come and go during his decade-plus tenure on Capitol Hill. But House Republican aide James Brandell wouldn’t trade his time in Congress for anything.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 2:26 p.m.
Dressing up for the holidays might not be on his list of official duties. But as House aide Andrew Noh demonstrated during the thick of “cromnibus” mania, sporting something snazzy is clearly a personal priority.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 1:35 p.m.
With holiday jet fumes in the air, Congress spent its final full week of 2014 on “The Colbert Report,” strategizing for bar fights and telling their favorite Dick Cheney quail hunting stories.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 12:23 p.m.
One lucky porn pusher will be able to exploit a whole new traffic stream this summer — just as soon as Rep. Blake Farenthold relinquishes control of blow-me.org.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 5:01 a.m.
One of three politicians who Democrats say is considering a challenge to Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., remained mum about his plans in an interview with CQ Roll Call last week — but he did not rule out the possibility.
| Dec. 15, 2014, 5:01 a.m.
“Clinker. n. An amendment or rider to a bill that is so out of place that it stands out like a wrong musical note. In November 1973, President Nixon complained about “a couple of clinkers” in the Alaska pipeline bill with which business groups were unhappy. See also joker.
| Dec. 14, 2014, 7:01 p.m.
All Congress wants for Christmas is, what exactly? That brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip.
| Dec. 14, 2014, 10:44 a.m.
It’s a question that will prove crucial next year when Mitch McConnell takes the reins of a new Senate: Just how big is the Ted Cruz caucus?
| Dec. 14, 2014, 1:20 a.m.
At the end of a rare Saturday session, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was direct when asked if Democrats, led by outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had gotten the better of Republicans.
| Dec. 13, 2014, 9:53 p.m.
Updated 11:05 p.m. | Ted Cruz’s proxy vote against President Barack Obama’s executive action ended in an overwhelming defeat Saturday night, splitting the GOP in half.
| Dec. 13, 2014, 7:06 p.m.
Thanks to the readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.
| Dec. 13, 2014, 5:53 p.m.
The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee thinks the current Congress should stick around long enough to consider an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State, and he’s reiterating that as the Senate wraps up its work.
| Dec. 13, 2014, 3:12 p.m.
The Dean of the House, retiring Rep. John Dingell, fractured his hip and will not be able to travel for weeks, according to his wife Debbie.
| Dec. 13, 2014, 1:03 p.m.
Updated 11:26 p.m. | The Senate has avoided a government shutdown, easily clearing the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” funding the government through September.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 11:06 p.m.
Updated Dec. 13, 12:15 a.m. | Conservatives stalled action on the Senate floor late Friday as leaders scrambled to wrap up the 113th Congress.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 5:47 p.m.
The House quietly passed another continuing resolution Friday that would fund the government through Wednesday, providing the Senate more time, if needed, to pass the longer-term “cromnibus” — but also raising questions about the procedure for a bill that was unexpectedly passed in a nearly empty House chamber.
| Dec. 12, 2014, 4:04 p.m.
Congress is in the process of allowing the Pentagon to spend nearly $721 million to recruit, train and equip a rebel army in Syria, and lawmakers have set strict limits on how the money can be spent, according to officials and documents.