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Lamar Alexander Pines to Play Piano Man

Nothing worse than watching plans for a nice, leisurely long holiday weekend dashed by the political ambitions of contrarian colleagues.

Senate Passes Trade Promotion Authority (Updated)

Updated 10:20 p.m. | The Senate passed President Barack Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority package Friday, sending the precursor to major trade deals with Asia and Europe to the House.

After Rand Paul's Objections, Patriot Act Lurches Toward Expiration (Updated)

Updated May 23, 2 a.m. | The Senate failed to advance even a one-day extension of the Patriot Act surveillance authorities early Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leading bipartisan objections to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in an extraordinary sequence.

Currency Amendment Killed on Trade Promotion Authority Bill (Updated)

Updated 9:21 p.m. | The Senate approved the “fast track” trade legislation by a vote of 62-37 late Friday evening.

Currency Amendment Could Derail 'Fast-Track' Deal

Supporters of the Senate’s “fast-track” trade bill that will be voted on sometime Friday are taking seriously the threat of one amendment they fear will derail the whole thing.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of May 18, 2015 (Video)

Members prepared for the holiday weekend by asking rhetorical questions, spit-shining their boots and potty-training the Capitol Police.

Hillary Clinton Chugs Along

Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton Friday is dragging campaign reporters — kicking and screaming, no doubt — to one of the happiest places on earth. (No, it’s not Disney World.)

Jimmy Kimmel Pokes Fun at Capitol Police 'Potty Training'

The SNAFU over their lost guns has launched Capitol Police into the ultimate pop-culture orbit: Being the butt of a late-night TV joke. After Chief Kim C. Dine told Congress officers would now undergo special training on weapons handling, Jimmy Kimmel panned the department’s “potty training” with a mock instructional video, “So You Want to Use the Bathroom While Carrying a Firearm.”

Cruz, Rubio Team Up on Iran

Rival Republican presidential candidates Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are teaming up on Iran.

Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.

Moderate Democrats Get Leadership's Ear on 2016 Messaging

There’s some good news for the moderate House Democrats who believe they’ve been marginalized in discussions on party messaging: Leadership might be starting to listen.

Administration Ramps Up NSA Pitch as Burr Makes New Offer

As the Senate Intelligence chairman floated a new proposal, the Obama administration is warning senators against doing anything other than clearing the USA Freedom Act.

Trade Deal Tees Up Export-Import Bank Vote

Trade proponents could exhale a small sigh of relief Thursday as a trade bill, supported primarily by President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans, cleared another procedural hurdle.

McConnell Says Senate Could Finish Friday 'With Cooperation' (Video)

The senior senator from Kentucky might need to have a little chat with the junior senator from Kentucky.

Intelligence Chairman Doubts Either NSA Bill Has 60 Votes

“Fortunately, I’m not the one that’s responsible for counting the votes,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday when asked about Congress possibly moving a shorter-term extension of expiring Patriot Act surveillance powers.

Marijuana Foes, Friends Agree on Need for Research

House appropriators have a bipartisan curiosity about pot.

Quid Pro Nope: Boehner, Cantwell and the Ex-Im Bank (Video)

The only commitment Speaker John A. Boehner is making on the Export-Import Bank is this: If the Senate is able to pass a bill on the export credit agency’s future, there will be an “open amendment debate.”

One Staffer's Personal Connection to American Fighter Aces

For one Hill staffer, Wednesday’s ceremony to honor the American Fighter Aces with the Congressional Gold Medal had special significance.

Obama to Havana? Would 'Relish' Cuba Trip

President Barack Obama’s bucket list for his remaining time in office has at least one sunny destination on it: Havana, Cuba.

Four Texas Republicans Endorse Cruz for President

About a month ago, Sen. Ted Cruz’s chief of staff made a request of some House-side colleagues: Would their bosses be willing to say nice things about the Texas Republican’s 2016 presidential bid? Or, even better, would they be willing to endorse him?

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