Congressional Affairs

Congressional Staffers Speak Out
Podcast, Episode 124

Ep. 36: Congress Set to Revoke Last-Minute Obama Regulations ... But There's a Risk
The Big Story

CQ Roll Call's Senate leadership reporter Niels Lesniewski walks us through how the GOP-controlled Congress can roll out the Congressional Review Act to rescind some of President Barack Obama’s last-minute regulations.

Show Notes:

How to Watch the Quirky Congressional Opening Day
Look for unusual traditions, cacophony and a few moments of bipartisanship

Congressional opening day collegiality may devolve into partisan posturing almost as soon as the swearing-in Bibles are shelved. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If the last fall’s orientation period for the newest lawmakers was the Capitol Hill equivalent of freshman days at college, then the formal convening of the 115th Congress on Tuesday is the first day of school.  

And so it may be useful, for the congressional community as well as the throngs of well-wishers in town just for the festivities, to be reminded of some of the curious ways in which the customs of the day are different from all the others.

Congressional Buddies Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble Talk Friendship

Retiring Reps. Scott Rigell and Reid Ribble have been close friends since their first days in office. The two Republicans look back on their relationship, look forward to riding motorcycles together and visiting one another’s home states.

Roll Call sat down with the Republican duo to hear about how they became buddies at the Capitol.

Boehner Joins Tobacco Company Board
Ex-Speaker likes to puff on the product

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner, center, is a longtime smoker. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner has parlayed a habit into a paying gig: The longtime smoker is joining the board of tobacco company Reynolds American Inc.

The Ohio Republican will serve as a Class II director on the board’s governance, nominating and sustainability committee, Reynolds announced Thursday. Reynolds is the parent company of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the second-largest tobacco company in the United States.

Puerto Rico Bill Delayed Again
Committee still 'working through' issues on debt crisis plan for the territory

Congressional efforts to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis have hit a number of obstacles. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Release of a House bill that seeks to rescue Puerto Rico from its $72 billion debt crisis will be delayed at least a day because of "technical" discussions, a committee spokesman said Wednesday.  

"We’re working through some technical stuff and minor refinements that will take us through today," said Parish Braden, spokesman for the House Natural Resources Committee. The committee had expected to release the measure on Wednesday.  

Quiz: Match the Member of Congress With the Landmark, Part II
Which members get to represent these iconic American attractions ?

Faneuil Hall (Credit: istockphoto)

There's a member of Congress for every monument and historic place in the United States. But can you figure out which goes with which? Match your wits against CQ Roll Call's experts, and see how you do!  


Quiz: Which Member Of Congress Represents This National Landmark?
Some Members of Congress are especially lucky

Exterior view of the historic Alamo shortly after sunrise.

The Empire State Building, the Alamo, the Gateway Arch - they've all got a member of Congress proud to count those national landmark as a part of their district. Can you guess who represents which one?  

Quiz: What Jobs Did These Members Of Congress Have?
Test your Congressional knowledge