| Dec. 4, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
As the race to pass his trade agenda heats up, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has signed fellow marathon runner and expert tax lawyer Jason Park to his team as international trade counsel.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 7 p.m.
Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will nominate his long-time confidant Ed Cassidy as chief administrative officer of the House when the second session of the 113th Congress convenes in January, CQ Roll Call has learned.
| Nov. 26, 2013, 5:06 p.m.
Journalists covering the Senate have a new home online, as well as an updated account of the Fourth Estate’s scandalous history in the chamber.
| Nov. 22, 2013, 3:13 p.m.
Twisters ripped through central Illinois around 11 a.m. on Nov. 17, flattening homes and knocking out power.
| Nov. 21, 2013, 5 a.m.
In workplaces across the country, federal law protects employees against discrimination based on a whole host of things—race, religion, sex, age, nationality and more. The list is pretty long, actually. But in 33 states that don’t explicitly have such a ban, people can be legally fired or harassed just for being gay or transgender.
| Nov. 20, 2013, 6:45 p.m.
The National Capital Planning Commission has retreated from a recommendation that might have given rise to some taller buildings on the fringes of the District, reopening the divide between federal and city planners on changes to the Height Act.
| Nov. 20, 2013, 6:19 p.m.
What do you do when your party casts you aside, strips you of committee assignments, discounts your legislative priorities and rolls its eyes at your meek fundraising numbers?
| Nov. 20, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
An army of nearly 400,000 workers made the steel industry a powerhouse in the 1980s. With a current workforce a third that size, the industry needs allies to widen its reach in Washington, D.C.
| Nov. 20, 2013, 3:29 p.m.
Offshoring became a mantra for corporate America in the past decade, as companies shifted production abroad to save on wages and overhead. Now, a halting recovery in manufacturing employment in the United States — fueled by low domestic energy costs and rising wages in emerging economies — has pushed the industry to the front of a new bipartisan drive to spur job creation before the 2014 elections.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 6:13 p.m.
The Congressional Black Caucus is fed up with Republican filibusters of President Barack Obama’s nominees, which several black lawmakers said they believe are motivated in part by race.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
Talk about trial by fire. When Helen Walker Tolar joined Sen. John Boozman as his chief of staff in the midst of the government shutdown, nothing was typical.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 3:59 p.m.
These are stressful times for congressional staff. In the past three years, congressional offices have seen their budgets cut by up to 20 percent. This has resulted in a significant reduction in performance bonuses and reduced staff size through attrition or furlough. Smaller staff size means the remaining staff have to do more with less. Additionally, the government shutdown affected all congressional offices and many congressional staff are experiencing changes to their health care benefits. While the implementation of the new health care exchanges has yet to occur, any change in employee benefits results in anxiety and stress.
| Nov. 19, 2013, 12:13 p.m.
The House Judiciary Committee, led by Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va., is making a well-intentioned play to reform patent litigation by reining in the frivolous and costly lawsuits that all too often act as a roadblock to innovation.
| Nov. 18, 2013, 6:58 p.m.
Not long after freshman Rep. Luke Messer won his seat in 2012, he was driving in Indiana with his family — three children, ages 10 and under — and asked them about moving to Washington, D.C.
| Nov. 18, 2013, 11:52 a.m.
Just two years since the enactment of the America Invents Act, the Obama administration and Republicans and Democrats in Congress are calling for further reforms of the patent system. These calls reflect growing bipartisan recognition that innovators are being increasingly harmed by the abusive behavior of patent trolls, also known as “patent assertion entities” or PAEs.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 3:45 p.m.
If the lobbying world of K Street was as powerful as its public image, earmarks would be back in full force in Congress — or, maybe, they never would have gone away.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 3:43 p.m.
The number of clients looking for help navigating the appropriations process has taken a sharp decline. Last year, about 3,500 clients retained lobbyists for help in budget and appropriations matters, according to Lobbying Disclosure Act data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 12:47 p.m.
Fifty years ago, the March on Washington and President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Centers Act marked two important milestones for equality and justice in the United States. Unfortunately, just as Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial and economic justice remains a dream unfulfilled, so too is our quest to help those with mental illnesses come out of the shadows and gain equal access to health care, jobs and housing without fear of stigma.
| Nov. 15, 2013, 5 a.m.
The Barack Obama White House made the correct decision when it agreed to allow the administration’s top technology officer, Todd Park, to testify before Congress about troubles with the Obamacare rollout.
| Nov. 14, 2013, 1:58 p.m.
The union representing Capitol Police officers is rejecting an internal review of the department’s response to questions about September’s Navy Yard shooting as biased and inaccurate, but the Capitol Police Board is standing by its findings and Congress is unlikely to intervene at this point.