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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.  

Ted Lieu Introduces Himself

Hello! Is it Lieu you're looking for? (Tom Wiliams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the freshman Democrat who needs no introduction.

Next Generation Dingell Jingle Unveiled

Christmas Nutcrackers frame the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell in the Cannon House Office Building. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Freshman Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., continues to carry on the tradition of writing the “Dingell Jingle,” which she released Friday.  

Her husband, former Dean of the House John D. Dingell, wrote a holiday jingle  every year and the congresswoman, who succeeded him after he retired last year, is keeping up the tradition complete with clever links and jabs. She mentions presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio and his desire to stall the omnibus, Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s beard, former Speaker John A. Boehner’s reputation for crying and the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day when the University of Michigan, her home-state school, will take on the University of Florida in football.  

Take Five: Rep. John Katko

Katko, skating with the puck, keeps in rink shape. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week, Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., talks about playing in the beer leagues and his love of "Dumb & Dumber."  

Kaine Prepares to Defend Spelling Bee Crown

Kaine cramming for the spelling bee? (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers are of very different minds as to what’s going to help them carry the day Wednesday, when they face off against political scribes at the National Press Club’s biennial spelling bee.

The “Politicians vs. Press ” showdown, the third such meeting of its kind, is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the club's downtown headquarters.  

Take Five: Rep. Brendan Boyle

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week, freshman Rep. Brendan F. Boyle, D-Pa., talks about Philadelphia foods, a magical week and the time he was on Russian TV. Q: When it comes to the Philly cheesesteak, is Pat’s or Geno’s your favorite — or do you have a different restaurant you go to? A: As a true Philadelphian, I would say that my local neighborhood place is the best and not necessarily Pat and Geno’s. ... As a good Philadelphian too, you have one place where you order your cheesesteak, a different place where you get your pizza and potentially a third place for the best cheese fries, and I take care of all of them.  

Take Five: Rep. Lee Zeldin

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.  

This week, freshman Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., talks about his vice, putting his twin daughters in time out and the biggest difference between serving in the military and serving in Congress. Q: Did you have a first goose bump-causing moment in Congress? A: I would say literally the very first time I stepped onto the House floor. I had seen the chamber on the TV, but literally that first moment of stepping on, and it really meant a lot to me.