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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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From 'Printing' to 'Publishing': The GPO Has a New Name

Dec. 17, 2014

The U.S. Government Printing Office has officially become the Government Publishing Office, after President Barack Obama signed the year-end “cromnibus” spending package late Tuesday night.

Norton Asks GOP Leaders for House Voting Privileges

Dec. 16, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., sent a letter to House Republican leadership Tuesday asking that she be granted a vote on the House floor in the 114th Congress.

D.C. Council Chairman: Marijuana Rider Doesn't Block Transmittal to Congress

Dec. 16, 2014

District of Columbia Council Chairman Phil Mendelson plans to send the D.C. initiative legalizing possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana to Congress in January, and he does not anticipate any confrontation with lawmakers over transmitting the bill.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling Mourns Loss of His Father

Dec. 16, 2014

Rep. Jeb Hensarling is mourning his father, Charles “Chase” Hensarling, who died Sunday at the age of 86.

Marijuana Legalization in D.C.: What Happened and What Happens Next

Dec. 16, 2014

District of Columbia officials and activists are grappling with a new thorn in their sides: an amendment attached to a year-end spending package targeting marijuana legalization in the District.

CRS Report Details Perks for Outgoing Members of Congress

Dec. 15, 2014

Even though lawmakers who will not be returning to Congress in January might feel downtrodden, they can find solace in the fact that they retain some congressional perks.

Surviving a Saturday in the Senate

Dec. 13, 2014

Cars packed the East Front of the Capitol Saturday, as senators returned for a surprise weekend session. Even as the first vote of the day was underway, lawmakers were still making their way back to the Senate.

D.C. Attorney General Unsure How Marijuana Rider Affects District

Dec. 12, 2014

Interim District of Columbia Attorney General Eugene Adams has still not determined the implications of an appropriations rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District.

National March Against Police Violence to End Near Capitol

Dec. 12, 2014

The National March Against Police Violence, led by Rev. Al Sharpton, will culminate just outside the U.S. Capitol grounds Saturday afternoon, and the U.S. Capitol Police are ready in case the protest comes to the Capitol.

D.C. Activists Make Last-Ditch Senate Lobbying Effort

Dec. 12, 2014

Activists are making a final lobbying push Friday to rally senators to oppose a rider targeting marijuana legalization in the District of Columbia that was attached to the year-end spending package “cromnibus.”

Capitol Agencies Monitoring Budget Developments, Not Worried About Shutdown

Dec. 11, 2014

As members of Congress scrambled to gather enough votes to avert a government shutdown Thursday night, Capitol Hill agencies were keeping on eye on developments, but were not particularly worried about history repeating itself.

Overheard: You're a Good Man, Santa

Dec. 11, 2014

“You’re a good man, Santa.”

GPO Name Change, Dome Restoration in Legislative Branch Funding

Dec. 10, 2014

Legislative branch spending in the year-end spending bill includes a slight increase from fiscal 2014, allocating $4.3 billion to agencies and instituting a number of policy changes, including changing the name of the Government Printing Office and developing online sexual harassment training for staffers.

Norton Raises Questions About D.C. Pot Rider in 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 10, 2014

Updated 4:45 p.m. | Just hours after news broke that the House and Senate spending package included a rider targeting the District of Columbia’s marijuana policy, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., raised questions as to how the rider’s specific language would actually affect the District.

Norton: Negotiations Continue for D.C. Pot Rider

Dec. 9, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., on Tuesday responded to reports that negotiators have agreed to an appropriations rider targeting the District’s marijuana policy by saying nothing’s decided yet.

'Cromnibus' Would Ban D.C. From Legalizing Recreational Pot

Dec. 9, 2014

Congress would block the District of Columbia from legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but preserve its decriminalization law, under the spending package released Tuesday night.

Negotiators Strike Deal to Target Tax and Sale of Marijuana in D.C.

Dec. 9, 2014

Congress plans to block the District of Columbia from implementing a system to tax and regulate sales of legalized marijuana in the city, a source close to appropriations negotiations said Tuesday.

McConnell to Nominate Julie Adams as Secretary of the Senate

Dec. 8, 2014

Updated 6:08 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that longtime aide Julie Adams would become secretary of the Senate when he becomes majority leader next year.

As D.C. Bids Farewell, a Look Back at Marion Barry's Battles With Congress

Dec. 8, 2014

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was likely the most surprising name in the program at Marion Barry’s funeral service on Dec. 6, considering the former District of Columbia mayor’s tumultuous relationship with Capitol Hill.

Bowser Joins Mayors in NYC to Develop Immigration Strategy

Dec. 8, 2014

Two days after House Republicans took a largely symbolic vote condemning the president’s executive immigration action, District of Columbia Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser joined mayors from around the country in New York City to discuss strategies for implementing the order.

Chassé Away: Norton to Perform in 'The Nutcracker' Ballet

Dec. 5, 2014

Politicians can sometimes be charged with tap-dancing around questions, but one member of Congress will be putting on actual dancing shoes this weekend.

Pelosi: Respect D.C. Home Rule on Marijuana Policy (Video)

Dec. 5, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pledged support for District of Columbia autonomy Friday, as House and Senate lawmakers negotiate a policy rider targeting legalized marijuana in the District. But she was reluctant to say that including the amendment in a year-end spending bill would be a deal breaker for Democrats.

Veterans March on Capitol Hill to Bring Suicide Prevention Bill to Floor

Dec. 4, 2014

A group of veterans marched with American flags in hand to the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday to urge the Senate to act on a bill to prevent veteran suicides.

Incoming Committee Chairmen Talk D.C. Oversight

Dec. 4, 2014

When the 114th Congress begins its first session in January, Washington residents will have two new chairmen at the top of committees with jurisdiction over the District.

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