Joe Wilson

Word on the Hill: Kushner Meets Congressional Interns
Dog Days of Summer Yappy Hour

Jared Kushner, the President’ Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, leaves the Hart Senate Office Building after his interview with the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee staff on Monday, July 24. (By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

First son-in-law Jared Kushner is scheduled to speak to interns on Capitol Hill today at 3 p.m. as part of the House Administration Committee and Senate Committee on Rules and Administration’s Intern Lecture Series.

It was originally scheduled for July 28 and then moved to today. The White House senior adviser’s lecture will take place in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium.

Town Hall Crowd Yells ‘You Lie’ at Joe Wilson
Famously yelled the remark at Obama in 2009

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., received a series of boos and chants of "you lie" at a town hall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson heard a series of boos and chants of “you lie” from attendees at a town hall back home in his district.

The crowd drowned the congressman out with boos and a 30-second-long chant of “You lie,” the phrase Wilson famously yelled at President Barack Obama in his joint address to Congress in 2009, the Post and Courier of Charleston reported.

Wine and Barbecue Sauce on the Line for Final Four Game
McMorris Rodgers and Wilson have a friendly wager on Gonzaga-South Carolina game

Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Joe Wilson of South Carolina made a friendly wager ahead of Saturday’s NCAA men’s basketball Final Four game between Gonzaga University and the University of South Carolina.

The two lawmakers announced their bet on Facebook Live on Thursday.

Congress on Edge Awaiting Unpredictable Trump
Trump addresses joint session of Congress for first time

President Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday promises to be dramatic theater for all involved. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

For most congressional Republicans, Donald Trump has, until now, been a faraway force. His rapid and unprecedented political ascent played out mostly on cable news — and Twitter — far away from the Capitol.

Very few members of the 115th Congress’ Republican caucus were asked to costar or even play bit roles in the reality show that was The Donald’s road to the White House. Though GOP leaders and backbenchers alike condemned some of his campaign-trail antics, they ultimately celebrated his victory and inauguration.

Inexperience Weakens Congress and the White House
A younger, less experienced Congress tackles some old and knotty issues

From left, President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Vice President Mike Pence talk as the president finishes his speech at the Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia on Jan. 26. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo/Pool)

For the first time in U.S. history, we have a president with no government experience. And he’s looking to work with a Congress that has lost members with significant legislative prowess on some issues in recent years.

President Donald Trump’s administration started off with a flurry of executive actions, reportedly without consulting Congress and some members of his own Cabinet. The episodes had one senior lawmaker shaking his head.

Grow up, Earl Blumenauer
Twitter rant against Trump by Oregon Democrat ill-advised

Jonathan Allen writes that Democrats would be wise not to emulate the Twitter rant against President Donald Trump by Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As my colleague Eric Garcia reported, Rep. Earl Blumenauer went on a Twitter rant against President Donald Trump Monday night. The Oregon Democrat used the hashtag #LiarinChief to call out the commander in chief for a string of statements that bent the bounds of truth.

The venue was much different, but that’s the same sentiment Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., rightly took a beating for, for expressing during an address by President Barack Obama to a joint session of Congress in 2009. Wilson’s a kind man who will nonetheless go down as the guy who yelled, “You lie!” at a sitting president in the House chamber. Appropriately, the House approved a resolution condemning Wilson’s behavior. Blumenauer voted in favor.

Wilson to Head House Subcommittee on Military Readiness

The State (South Carolina) reports that "Congressional Republicans are making rebuilding the U.S. military a focal point of the coming session, and South Carolina’s Rep. Joe Wilson on Wednesday was put into the heart of that effort."

"Wilson, a member of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee since he arrived in Congress in 2002, was named the chairman of the subcommittee on military readiness."

Word on the Hill: And They’re Off
115th Congress is underway

An aide walks on the fourth floor of the Russell Senate Office Building on the first day of the 115th Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It was the last Senate swearing-in for Joseph R. Biden Jr., and by now you’ve seen many photos and videos of the famously friendly vice president conducting the day. 

Word on the Hill’s favorite is a moment at the mock swearing-in in the old Senate chamber when Biden went in for a full kiss on the lips with Barbara Grassley, Iowa Republican Charles E. Grassley’s wife.

As a Senator, Hillary Clinton Got Along With the GOP. Could She Do So as President?
Democratic presidential nominee worked across the aisle on noncontroversial issues

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., at a 2005 press conference where they launched a bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus. (CQ Roll Call/File Photo)

(First appeared in CQ Magazine on May 16, 2016.)

It looks increasingly likely that voters this November will have a clear choice. In Donald Trump, they’d have a true Washington outsider seeking to upend the way of doing business in the capital. In Hillary Clinton, a creature of Washington, they’d have a politician with a lengthy government resume and an argument that her experience would enable her to grease the wheels of government after years of gridlock.

Photos of the Week: Rotunda Reopens, Kaine Lunches with Democrats and House Marks 9/11
Congress returned to Washington and Roll Call's photographers were there

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lead the procession of members of Congress for the ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 on Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is back in the nation's capital for at least a few weeks after a summer recess.

This week, the Capitol Rotunda reopened to the public after being closed for a portion of the summer to remove the interior scaffolding that shrouded the room for the better part of the building's renovation phase.