John Garamendi

Take Five: Cindy Hyde-Smith
The first woman to represent Mississippi in the Senate wants to be an example for others

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., says former Sen. Thad Cochran left her some big shoes to fill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, 59, a Mississippi Republican, was sworn in on April 9 to replace Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned for health reasons. The new senator talks about why her dog is named Pence, where she was when she heard she was going to be appointed senator and a hobby that might surprise her colleagues.

Q: What is different about Congress that you didn’t expect?

Take Five: John Garamendi
California Democrat says Congress started ‘unraveling’ in 2010

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., says knowing yourself is key to running for Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

California Democratic Rep. John Garamendi, 73, talks about campaigning in a deep purple district, watching Dodd-Frank unravel and how he hit the ground voting.

Q: What was your first-ever vote in Congress in 2009?

Three Members Who Could Question Zuckerberg Hold Facebook Shares
Social media exec faces questions about Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, under fire over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

Nearly 30 lawmakers hold stock in Facebook — including three who could soon be grilling its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, about a British company that usurped his firm’s data without user consent to possibly help steer elections.

Twenty-eight members listed stock in the social media giant, according to Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress project. Among them, Democratic Reps. Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Joseph P. Kennedy III of Massachusetts sit on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, while Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island sits on Senate Judiciary.

Bears, Broken Podiums and Poster Malfunctions: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of March 5, 2018

Space Corps Proposal Has Military Brass Going Orbital

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, center, seen here with Gen. David L. Goldfein, right, chief of staff of the Air Force, is opposed to the creation of Space Corps, seeing it as within the purview of her service branch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It was, to be sure, a bold and audacious move from a relatively unknown member of Congress, who moved forward despite fervent objections from both the Defense Department and the White House and not so much as a full committee hearing or debate.

Alabama Republican Mike D. Rogers nevertheless used his perch atop a House Armed Services subcommittee to slip language into the annual Pentagon policy bill to create an entirely new military service focused on space.

Congressional Republicans Criticize Trump’s Comments About TV Anchor
President tweeted he turned down meeting as Mika Brzezinski was ‘bleeding badly from a face-lift’

Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins said President Donald Trump’s remarks about MSNBC host Mike Brzezinski were “not okay.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 5:59 p.m. | Republican members of Congress criticized President Donald Trump for his comments about TV host Mika Brzezinski on Thursday.

Trump tweeted early in the day that he turned down a meeting with Brzezinski and her “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough because she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift.”

Word on the Hill: March for Life Planning
School Choice Week rally

Last year’s March for Life went ahead as planned despite blizzard warnings issued for the D.C. area. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual anti-abortion rally in Washington, the March for Life, is this Friday.

While everyone was preparing for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, march organizers released its list of speakers, which includes counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, the highest-ranking White House official to ever address the event in person. Also scheduled to speak are Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, and Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J.

Water Bill With Flint Aid Passes Senate
Momentum grows for House action

Virginia Mitchell, right, and her daughter-in-law Tiara Williams leave the the Sylvester Broome Center in Flint, Mich., after receiving cases of bottled water in February. Legislation to renew the Water Resources Development Act, which included aid for Flint, passed the Senate Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A $10.6 billion water projects authorization bill — including $220 million in loans and grants to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild and recover from its lead-tainted drinking water system — passed the Senate Thursday, 95-3.

The legislation to renew the Water Resources Development Act authorizes 30 water projects, including watershed restoration efforts, repairs and improvements to waterways and flood-control systems, and EPA drinking-water infrastructure programs.

Sikh American Interns Share 'Langar on the Hill'
'Heads covered, shoes off' at annual shared meal for Hill denizens

Langar was established by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, to have communities come together and enjoy a simple meal. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

The Kennedy Caucus Room was a different event space than the usual historical Senate meeting room on Wednesday evening.  

White cloth covered the ground of the room, and upon entering, guests were asked to do two things: cover their heads and remove their shoes.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Martin Shkreli is featured in this week's edition of Congressional Hits and Misses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers spent the week ashamed of their ties, reflecting on Blockbuster and repeating Groundhog Day.