House Floor Speeches

Karen Bass honors Nipsey Hussle on House floor
 

Gritty on the Hill, a Louisiana greeting and tributes to the legendary John Dingell: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Feb. 4, 2019

President Donald Trump wasn’t the only big name to stop by the Capitol this week. Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty graced the Hill with his presence ahead of the congressional hockey game. This week also saw discussions of a tangled-up FAFSA prop, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer struggling with arithmetic and heartfelt tributes to the longest-serving member Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday.

Thumbnail photo: A lighting crew sets up TV lights in Statuary Hall in preparation for the State of the Union on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Ocasio-Cortez decries shutdown as ‘erosion of American democracy’ in first floor speech
 

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave her maiden House floor speech Wednesday evening, highlighting a federal air traffic controller from her district who is working without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

“It is terrifying to think that almost every single air traffic controller in the United States is currently distracted at work because they don’t know when their next paycheck is coming,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

‘Down with NDP,’ dabbing in the House and the ‘club soda of beers’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 31, 2018

The 116th Congress began on Jan. 3, 2019, in the midst of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi took over as speaker, Rep. Daniel Lipinski brought a Schoolhouse Rock toy to the House floor and Sen. Elizabeth Warren opined about her New Year’s Eve beer choice.

2018 in 5 Minutes: The Best of Congressional Hits and Misses
 

As the 115th Congress limps across the finish line with several unfinished spending bills and a partially shutdown federal government, Hits and Misses takes a look back at our favorite funny, awkward and downright bizarre moments from the House and Senate in 2018.

McCarthy Gives Hoyer a Gift on the House Floor

New Lame Duck, Same Lame Congress: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 12, 2018

It’s a new day on Capitol Hill with the 2018 elections finally (mostly) in the past. Incoming members from across the country poured into D.C. this week for their first glimpse of their new jobs, while leadership elections began and incumbents returned to the House and Senate floors following a month of recess. See the video for Sen. Charles E. Grassley feeling shy, Rep. Liz Cheney talking about advice from her former vice-president father and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse deconstructing a Senate desk.

Texts, Baseball Bombshells and Snapper Fish: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of July 9, 2017

It was a busy couple of days on Capitol Hill this week, with the blitz to get to know Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in full swing, plus a House hearing on the 2016 texts of embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok and Speaker Paul D. Ryan talking about his car getting eaten by woodchucks.

Kids, Flags, Bizarro World and the Excremental Product of a Bull: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of May 21, 2018

Kids always get bored watching adults at work, even if that workplace happens to the U.S. House of Representatives, as Rep. Greg Walden and his pint-sized guests learned on Tuesday. See this week’s Congressional Hits and Misses for that plus flag-waving, a Superman reference and a euphemistic way of swearing during a news conference.