#TBT: D.C. Press Throws 'Circus' to Welcome New Congress

(CQ Roll Call File)


On Feb. 12, 1989, Roll Call published a photo page recounting the Washington Press Club Foundation's party to welcome the 101st Congress. The club hosted a "circus," hiring the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to entertain new and returning members.  

Leahy Sticks With Judiciary, Supports Mikulski at Appropriations

Grassley, left, and Leahy will reverse roles at the Judiciary Committee next year. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy has put to rest any speculation that he might seek to assert seniority to become ranking member on the Appropriations Committee in the next Congress.  

The Vermonter, who is the most senior member of the Democratic caucus, is sticking around as his party's leader on the Judiciary panel.  

Senate Approps Wants You! (To Talk About Research)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate Appropriations Committee took to Twitter to solicit ideas for an upcoming hearing on federal investments in innovation.  

The panel is seeking written testimony from the public on the subject of how federal research dollars can help drive innovation in existing and new fields. Materials should be submitted in accordance with committee guidelines no later than April 24, for an April 29 hearing with the heads of several departments and agencies that spent quite a bit of their budgets on federally backed research.  

Come Memorial Day, Mikulski Wants the Floor

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski signaled again Tuesday that she intends to bring spending bills to the floor this year.  

The Maryland Democrat outlined her proposed schedule at a Tuesday morning hearing of the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs subcommittee, before pushing Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki about efforts to fight the department's claims backlog.