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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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Flint Aid Negotiations Continue as Time Runs Out

Feb. 9, 2016

Lawmakers and Senate staffers worked through the weekend to find a way to provide aid to Flint, Mich., and move forward on a bipartisan energy bill. But, as of Monday, negotiations were still ongoing.

Zika Virus Funding Met With Caution in Congress

Feb. 8, 2016

Capitol Hill leaders responded cautiously to President Barack Obama’s announcement Monday that he would ask Congress to provide $1.8 million in emergency funding to bolster the response to the Zika virus.

As Zika Virus Reaches D.C., Congress Calls for Action

Feb. 5, 2016

As the Zika virus reaches the United States and the nation’s capital, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are calling for an urgent response to prevent its spread, and are scheduling briefings and committee hearings to address it.

Flint Aid Triggers Partisan Battle Over Senate Energy Bill

Feb. 3, 2016

A bipartisan energy bill turned into a partisan battleground on Wednesday as party leaders in the Senate accused each other of sabotaging the measure for political purposes.

Rubio's Senate Backers Seek to Sway More Colleagues

Feb. 3, 2016

Florida Republican Marco Rubio’s strong third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses could accelerate his bid to secure Senate endorsements for his presidential campaign, supporters said Tuesday.

Vitter Threatens to Stall OPM Nominee Over Obamacare

Feb. 2, 2016

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is threatening to stall the Office of Personnel Management director’s nomination from moving forward unless he receives information on congressional enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Elizabeth Warren Releases Report Showing How Corporate Criminals Get Off Easy

Jan. 29, 2016

As Congress considers overhauling the criminal justice system, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is working to show that law enforcement is “shockingly weak” when it comes to corporate crimes.

Senate Food Workers Allege 'Raise Theft'

Jan. 29, 2016

After achieving an apparent victory with wage increases in a new contract, Senate food workers now say that a number of workers have been illegally barred from receiving a raise.

Obama to Meet With Ryan, McConnell on Tuesday

Jan. 29, 2016

President Barack Obama will meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., next week to discuss legislative priorities and potential areas of common ground in 2016.

Lawmakers Who've Led on Heroin Epidemic Get Hit on It Anyway

Jan. 28, 2016

The mood in the Senate hearing room Wednesday morning was somber as lawmakers pledged bipartisan support to combat the scourge of heroin and prescription drug addiction. But with two of the Senate’s most vulnerable Republicans testifying, the hearing offered the opportunity to demonstrate some passion for an issue voters care about intensely. It also gave Democratic opponents a chance to criticize them.

Heroin Epidemic Hearing Highlights Need for Resources

Jan. 27, 2016

Lawmakers, state officials, advocates and law enforcement officers attempting to mitigate the heroin and prescription drug crisis plaguing the country had a message for Congress: We need your help.

For One Day Only, the Senate's a Matriarchy

Jan. 26, 2016

“Now, this was not orchestrated in any way, shape, or form. We came in this morning, looked around and thought, something is different this morning. Different in a good way, I might add,” Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski said as she opened the session, with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, presiding. “But something is genuinely different, and I think it’s genuinely fabulous.”

Capitol Digs Out After Winter Storm Jonas

Jan. 26, 2016

It took 345 workers using 100 pieces of gear and “countless shovels” working through the weekend, but the Capitol campus’ roadways and sidewalks are now clear of the snow dumped by the weekend blizzard that walloped the region.

Senate Women Rule as Work Begins After Blizzard

Jan. 26, 2016

When the Senate reconvened Tuesday after a major winter snow storm, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski noticed something a bit unusual.

Snow Won't Stop Patrick Leahy

Jan. 25, 2016

The Capitol campus was quiet Monday following a massive winter storm in the District of Columbia over the weekend, but snow didn’t stop Sen. Patrick J. Leahy from heading into work.

Democrats Vow to Push GOP to Address Student Debt

Jan. 21, 2016

Senate Democrats pledged Thursday to prod the Republicans who control Congress to combat student loan debt this year, whether through legislation or floor amendments.

Campaign Venom Blocks Syrian Refugee Debate

Jan. 21, 2016

The rancorous politics of the presidential campaign spilled onto the Senate floor Wednesday and blocked debate on a bill that would effectively keep refugees from Iraq and Syria from entering the United States.

Politics Sink Refugee Bill in Senate

Jan. 20, 2016

The Senate rejected taking up a bill Wednesday to enhance screening of refugees, after Republican and Democratic leaders failed to strike a deal on politically charged amendments.

Before Republicans Move Forward, They Retreat

Jan. 19, 2016

Congressional Republicans emerged from a retreat in Baltimore last week committed to an agenda that navigates between the fierce rhetoric of the presidential campaign and the undeniable reality that Democrats can still block key legislation.

At GOP Retreat, a Commitment to Late-Night Votes

Jan. 14, 2016

BALTIMORE — Attention House lawmakers: You might want to pack a snack when you head to work this year.

GOP Lawmakers: Presidential Race Won't Set Our Agenda

Jan. 14, 2016

Lindsey McPherson contributed to this report.

Republicans Open to Some of Obama's SOTU Requests

Jan. 13, 2016

Although Republicans dismissed much of what President Barack Obama said in his final state of the Union address, they spoke Wednesday about pursuing at least one of the president’s asks: a vote to an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State.

GOP Ponders Senate Rules Changes

Jan. 13, 2016

Facing dismally low approval ratings and accusations that Congress is dysfunctional, some senators are looking at changing the rule book so they can get more things done.

Fleeting Bipartisanship in State of the Union Snapchat

Jan. 12, 2016

Sometimes on Capitol Hill, bipartisanship is there for one moment, and gone the next. On Tuesday, that fleeting moment took the form of a disappearing photo on social media.

SOTU Guests Obergefell, Davis Highlight Gay Rights Divide

Jan. 12, 2016

If there are two people who represent opposite poles in the gay marriage debate, it’s Supreme Court plaintiff Jim Obergefell and Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. And they’ll both be in the House chamber for the State of the Union on Tuesday night.

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