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Bridget Bowman


Bridget Bowman is a campus reporter for Roll Call, covering the Capitol Hill community, House and Senate administration, legislative agencies and congressional oversight over the District of Columbia.

Prior to covering the Capitol campus, Bridget worked as a Roll Call intern where she contributed to “Hill Life” and assisted the House, Senate and politics teams. Bridget was a broadcast desk assistant at PBS NewsHour before joining Roll Call. She worked with the politics unit to coordinate broadcast segments and contributed to the “Morning Line,” a daily political newsletter.

Bridget’s other journalism experience includes internships at NBC's "Meet the Press" and WBBZ-TV’s "Political Buzz," a weekly political talk show in her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

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Judge Dismisses Obamacare Lawsuit Targeting Congressional Health Care

Feb. 27, 2015

A D.C. Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging congressional health care enrollment in the D.C. small business exchange Wednesday, ruling that federal regulations allow members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in the exchange.

DC Will Legalize Marijuana Despite Congressional Warnings

Feb. 25, 2015

As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials.

“Our government is prepared to implement and enforce Initiative 71 in the District of Columbia,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a briefing Wednesday, where D.C. officials presented a united front against congressional opposition. Bowser was joined by District Attorney General Karl Racine, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, and eight members of the D.C. Council, including Chairman Phil Mendelson.

“We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned about overturning what 7 out of 10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia,” Bowser later added.

D.C. Stands Up to Congress on Marijuana Legalization (Updated)

Feb. 25, 2015

Updated 5:41 p.m. | As of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the District of Columbia will legalize marijuana, despite warnings from two congressional Republicans that doing so would break the law and could lead to possible prison time for D.C. officials.

Congress Investigating D.C. Marijuana Legalization

Feb. 25, 2015

One day before the District of Columbia is set to legalize marijuana, members of Congress are launching an investigation into D.C.’s decision to do so, and warning that implementing legalization would break the law.

Norton: Don't Tread on the Right to Sled

Feb. 24, 2015

After reports that Capitol Police had stopped children from sledding on the Capitol grounds, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is taking a stand.

Court Gives Bowser Budget Autonomy Deadline

Feb. 21, 2015

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals has paused an ongoing case over budget autonomy, giving Mayor Muriel Bowser until March 16 to solidify her position in the case, public court documents filed Friday show.

Vitter Extends Deadline for Obamacare Documents From D.C., House, Senate

Feb. 20, 2015

Sen. David Vitter is continuing his investigation into congressional health care enrollment, and he was not satisfied with recent responses from the D.C. government and House and Senate officials.

Shadow Senator Visits Iowa, Leaves Trip Open to Speculation

Feb. 19, 2015

When senators head to Iowa, speculation about presidential aspirations heats up — a fact one shadow senator who traveled to Des Moines over the weekend kept in mind.

Staffers Get to Know 'the Real Washington'

Feb. 19, 2015

Hundreds of staffers crowded into the Cannon caucus room Wednesday afternoon to learn about what the District of Columbia has to offer outside of Capitol Hill — and to fill their “D.C. Stuff” bags with some capital swag.

Fate of D.C. Budget Autonomy Case Uncertain

Feb. 18, 2015

The ongoing case over a law granting the District of Columbia control over its local budget could be stalled as the mayor solidifies her position, raising questions about the future of the case.

Senate Committee Cuts a Reversal of Trend

Feb. 12, 2015

As the House Administration Committee deliberated committee funding over the past week, its counterpart across the Dome, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee adopted its funding resolution in a two-minute markup Thursday morning.

Bowser Talks Metro and Marijuana on Capitol Hill

Feb. 12, 2015

Two weeks after meeting with Speaker John A. Boehner, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser was back on Capitol Hill Thursday to meet with Democratic leaders and others to discuss D.C. issues, including Metro funding, marijuana legalization and autonomy.

Immigration Protests in Capitol Offices Strain Police

Feb. 12, 2015

Tears welling in her eyes, Maria Sotomayor explained to a staffer in the office of Rep. Lou Barletta how the Pennsylvania Republican put her family at risk by attempting to dismantle President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.

Barry Goldwater Statue Unveiled in the Capitol

Feb. 11, 2015

The bronze likeness of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday, becoming the latest addition to the 50-state statue collection in the Capitol.

D.C. Metro Hearing to Address L'Enfant Incident and Broader Problems

Feb. 11, 2015

Members of Congress will examine the safety of the capital region’s Metro system this week to let local and federal transportation officials know Congress is keeping an eye on the response to the deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza metro stop in January.

After Years of Cuts or Freezes, Committee Leaders Hope to Bolster Budgets

Feb. 10, 2015

After several years of budget cuts, congressional committees are looking to rebuild in the 114th Congress, and have been making their case over the past week for more funds.

New House Cybersecurity Policies Show Ongoing Threat

Feb. 9, 2015

In the wake of recent cyberattacks, the House has instituted new policies to strengthen cybersecurity, but some lawmakers acknowledge more must be done to address the ever-changing threat.

Hearing or Discussion? D.C. Council Event Underscores Marijuana Dispute With Congress

Feb. 9, 2015

Though some legal confusion surrounds the fate of the District of Columbia’s marijuana legalization initiative, the D.C. Council defied Congress Monday by discussing a system to regulate the tax and sale of marijuana.

Former Rep. Wes Cooley, Lightning Rod From Oregon, Dead at 82

Feb. 6, 2015

Former Rep. Wes Cooley, R-Ore., who served one term in Congress, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

Congress Extends NFL Season, at Least in Washington

Feb. 6, 2015

Congress has once again jumped into the National Football League controversy over the Washington Redskins’ team name, with one member introducing a bill to formally declare the name a derogatory term that cannot be trademarked, and other members questioning why the league should continue as a non-profit, tax-exempt institution.

Congress Before the World Wide Web

Feb. 4, 2015

With computers in every congressional office and smartphones attached to lawmakers’ and staffers’ hands, it might be hard to remember what Congress was like before the Internet.

Vitter Requests Obamacare Documents From D.C., House and Senate

Feb. 4, 2015

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is continuing his legal battle over congressional members’ and staffers’ health care enrollment in the D.C. small business exchange by demanding answers to questions raised by an ongoing Obamacare lawsuit.

GPO Cuts Workforce to Lowest Levels in 100 Years

Feb. 4, 2015

The U.S. Government Publishing Office announced Wednesday it has achieved its goal of reducing its workforce, amounting to the lowest number of GPO employees in 100 years. But the GPO also said the reduction will not hamper the office’s functions.

Former Lawmaker Recounts Start of Congressional Email

Feb. 4, 2015

Former Rep. Jim Coyne called in to WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Tuesday to reminisce about the early stages of computer technology on Capitol Hill to bring a "historical perspective" to the discussion.

"Back in 1982 I set up the first email system for folks, constituents, to contact their congressman, 33 years ago," Coyne said. "So I heard a comment earlier that Congress was a little slow to embrace new technology, but we did our best back in the early ‘80s to open up.”

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is partnering with Roll Call, WAMU's Metro Connection and the Folger Shakespeare Library for a weeklong stint on Capitol Hill. Tune in from 12-2 p.m. this week for more.

Obama's Budget Includes D.C. Marijuana, Budget Autonomy Provisions (Updated)

Feb. 2, 2015

Updated 5:49 p.m. | President Barack Obama waded into the debate about marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia, as well as budget and legislative autonomy, with a few provisions tucked into the fiscal 2016 budget proposal released Monday.

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