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Congress’ Compliance Watchdog: Settlement Payouts Highest in 10 Years
OOC handles harassment, discrimination and other workplace complaints



U.S. taxpayers paid out more than $900,000 in the most recent fiscal year to settle claims on Capitol Hill, the highest amount in 10 years. 

Rand Paul to Return to Senate Monday Evening
Kentucky senator suffered broken ribs in alleged attack by his neighbor

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he suffered six broken ribs in the alleged assault by his neighbor. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will return to Washington, D.C., on Monday evening after sustaining several major injuries earlier this month from a brawl with a neighbor in Kentucky, an incident his office has described as a blindsided attack. 

“While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks,” he wrote in a Twitter post Monday morning. 

15 Protesters Arrested at Rally in Hart for DACA
The group was asking for the GOP to pass a clean DREAM Act by December

Protesters crowded the walkways chanting and hanging banners demanding a clean Dream Act in the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday. Protesters hung large banners from the upper floors and crowded the atrium before Capitol Police moved in to make arrests. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Immigration activists held a large rally in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday, calling on Congress to help undocumented immigrants who received deferred action.

The protesters flooded the hallways of the building, hanging signs with calls to GOP leadership, before heading down to the center of the building, which has a lower floor that opens up into an atrium. There, several protesters were arrested.

Rand Paul Doing ‘Fine’ After Being Assaulted at Kentucky Home
Incident took place on Friday, arrest made

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was allegedly assaulted at his Kentucky home on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Rand Paul ‘is fine’ after facing a surprise attack at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Friday.

“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault. The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police,” a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Republican told Roll Call. “Senator Paul is fine.”

Capitol Police Tighten Security on Media Access
Hill reporters grumble

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, and Vice President Mike Pence make their way to the Senate Policy luncheon in the Capitol on June 27, 2017. U.S. Capitol Police barred reporters Tuesday from staking out the hallways leading to the lunch room. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional reporters faced unexpected access restrictions Tuesday on the second floor of the Senate as they waited for weekly party luncheons to end.

A number of reporters tweeted that the U.S. Capitol Police shooed them away from their usual stakeouts outside the rooms where GOP and Democratic leaders meet separately to set the agenda for the upcoming week. Vice President Mike Pence ate with GOP senators Tuesday.

The Congressional Football Game, In Photos
Members of Congress and former NFL players played Capitol Police officers

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., and NFL star Herschel Walker watch along the sidelines during the Congressional Football Game at Gallaudet University in Washington on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

The Capitol Police team, known as the Guards, bested the Mean Machine, a team of members of Congress and former NFL players in a Wednesday evening matchup in Northeast Washington. This is the fourth win in a row for the officers’ team in a game that occurs every other year on non-election years.

Here’s the night in photos:

Scalise to Appear on ‘60 Minutes’ on Sunday
Interview will be House majority whip’s first public appearance since he was shot at Congressional Baseball practice

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has been on a long road of recovery after being shot through the hip at the Republicans’ Congressional Baseball Game practice in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s  first public interview since he was shot at a Congressional baseball team practice in June will air on Sunday.

The interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell will air on “60 Minutes” as part of a feature on Scalise’s experience during the shooting and his recovery from it. The Louisiana Republican’s wife and the doctors who saved his life were also interviewed for the story, according to “CBS This Morning.”

Full-Body Scanners Appear Outside House Chamber’s Gallery
Capitol Police are tightening security measures

Two security points on the third floor of the Capitol now feature full-body scanners like the one above at the Capitol Visitor Center in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police is working on increasing Hill security, and one obvious addition includes two new, large body scanners on the third floor of the Capitol.

The third floor is usually occupied by tourists, journalists, Capitol Police officers, and the occasional member of Congress escorting tourists. There are a few security points on both the House and Senate sides from where tourists can enter the respective chamber’s gallery but must walk through metal detectors. 

Woman Arrested in House Office Building After Handgun Found in Suitcase
Suspect was trying to enter Cannon on Friday afternoon

Capitol Police say Kimberly Barber, 34, of Washington was arrested after she tried to pass through security at the Cannon House Office Building with a handgun in one of her suitcases. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Washington, D.C., woman was arrested Friday while trying to bring a loaded handgun into the Cannon House Office Building as members were getting ready to leave for their August recess.

At 12:21 p.m., Capitol Police found the handgun at the bottom of a suitcase that was carried through security by Kimberly D. Barber, according to a Capitol Police weekly arrest summary released Wednesday.