House Floor

The ‘Fun’ in Dysfunction, iPhone Confusion and the Sound of Silence: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 10, 2018

It was a non-stop few days of news in Washington with lawmakers grilling Google CEO Sundar Pichai about how iPhones work, a handful of farewell speeches in the Senate and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles E. Schumer joining President Donald Trump and a stoic Vice President Mike Pence for a hectic Oval Office chat.

A Look Back at Paul Ryan’s Career in the House

Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Wednesday morning he would not be running for re-election, citing his desire to spend more time with his family. Here’s a look back at Ryan’s two-decade career in the House.

Ryan On House Dress Code: Time to Modernize

Democrats Take to House Floor on Gun Violence (Again)

Democrats lined up at the podium Wednesday seeking unanimous consent on a bill that would expand background checks for firearm purchases. After several attempts to bring votes on gun control to the House floor this summer, did Republicans budge?

Democrats Stage House Sit-In For Gun Vote

Following the rejection of four gun control amendments in the Senate earlier this week, House Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday.

Leading the charge was Rep. John Lewis, who took to the floor with an impassioned plea for members of Congress to take up legislation to address gun control in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.

Takai Wants Aloha Shirts on House Floor

Takai observes the tradition of Aloha Fridays (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hawaii Rep. Mark Takai delivered a letter to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., Friday asking that “Aloha wear” be allowed on the House floor on Fridays. “Among partisan divide, the message of friendliness and compassion is an excellent reminder that we should rise above the bickering and pass real, meaningful legislation that benefits the American people,” the Democrat, whose office observes his state's Aloha Friday, said in a statement to HOH.  

“Mr. Speaker, I urge you to allow Aloha shirts to be worn on the House floor on Fridays. Embracing the Aloha shirt will allow members to embrace the Aloha Spirit — something that Washington could use a little more of,” he added. The letter was also dated on a day the chamber was voting.  

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.