shutterbugs

Snow Won't Stop Patrick Leahy

Leahy photographs the National Mall. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol campus was quiet Monday following a massive winter storm in the District of Columbia over the weekend, but snow didn't stop Sen. Patrick J. Leahy from heading into work.  

The Vermont Democrat was spotted entering the Senate around 2 p.m., with his camera in one hand and two bags of papers in the other. He had weathered the storm at his home in the suburbs, since he didn't want to risk getting stuck in Vermont while a family member was set to have surgery in the D.C. area.  

Exhibit Puts Focus on Child Migrant Crisis

The Children Don'’t Migrate, They Flee photo exhibit is on display in the Russell Senate Office Building this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking is using images of the child migrant situation to try to appeal to lawmakers.  

The caucus teamed up with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking and the Too Young to Wed nonprofit to sponsor a photography exhibit running from Tuesday through Friday, entitled "Children Don't Migrate, They Flee." “Human trafficking is one of the most critical human rights challenges of our time and we must work to raise awareness and protect the vulnerable among us, which too often means children,” Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, told HOH about the exhibit.  

Fleeting Bipartisanship in State of the Union Snapchat

Booker and Daines "snapchatted" in the Senate basement. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Sometimes on Capitol Hill, bipartisanship is there for one moment, and gone the next. On Tuesday, that fleeting moment took the form of a disappearing photo on social media. Late Tuesday afternoon, Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., paused in the Senate basement and decided to take a bipartisan selfie and post it to Snapchat, an app that sends photos to followers that quickly disappear.  

After a few moments of getting out their iPhones and making sure they got the right shot, they snapped what might actually  have been a video, since Sen. Daines said, "Bipartisan selfie!" into the camera.  

Taking Beyoncé's Picture, as Told by Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy gave some Instagram advice Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress looking to boost their Instagram followers might want to take a page from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's book and snap a picture of Beyoncé.  

At the second congressional hackathon Friday morning, the California Republican described how he exponentially increased his followers after posting a photo of the singer and her husband, rapper Jay Z, at President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration. McCarthy was explaining the value of members using social media themselves, rather than having their staffs manage the postings, when he recounted that fateful shot.  

Steve Scalise Swaps Whip for Cupid’s Bow
The Best Congressional Tweets on #Popeapalooza

After rolling into town late Tuesday in an armor-plated Fiat, Pope Francis made his public debut Wednesday via an early morning visit to the White House and a carefully choreographed lap around the Ellipse.  

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum seemed thrilled to have the head of the Catholic church around, sharing candid pics and heartfelt observations about the momentous occasion on social media. One-time seminarian Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., appeared to take the whole two-worlds-colliding thing in stride.

Worship Your Way During #Popeapalooza

   

Updated 11:45 a.m. | Ridiculously long lines. Highly intrusive security screenings. Terribly limited access.  

Licking Our Chops for Mystery Meat

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

Racing to get up to speed on House dining services is obviously taking a toll on Sodexo’s menu writers.  

The jury is still out on whether the food vendor tapped to replace Restaurant Associates will manage to win over congressional patrons (the promised Dunkin’ Donuts should help shore up support from displaced New Englanders). But it’s clear from a photo shared by one dumbfounded client that the pressure to be all things to all people is clearly getting to hospitality workers. As witnessed by a tipster, Monday’s dining options included a “Chicken Souvlaki on Flatbread.” (Sounds scrumptious.)  

Darin LaHood Inherits Plain Old House Office Space

As expected, the last traces of disgraced Rep. Aaron Schock’s ill-fated interior design scheme have been completely wiped away.  

“RIP blood red walls, pheasant feathers, and black candle sconces,” a tipster who snapped a pic Friday of the business-as-usual decor awaiting newly elected Rep. Darin LaHood shared with HOH.  

Kick It Live With FDR