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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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Stories by Bridget Bowman:

Congress Is for Hackers

May 4, 2015

In fewer than two days last week, more than 100 hackers — coders, business analysts, former congressional staffers and grass-roots advocacy specialists — developed 11 projects aimed at helping Congress function more effectively and transparently.

Cruz Makes Ill-Fated Pitch to Block D.C. Law

May 1, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, made a last-ditch push for the Senate to block a District of Columbia law Friday, but his statement was almost certainly made in vain.

Capitol Police Investigating Gun Report Leak

May 1, 2015

After two CQ Roll Call reports Friday called attention to safety lapses involving firearms in the Capitol and raised eyebrows among concerned members of Congress, police officials announced a new investigation — into how CQ Roll Call got the story.

House Votes to Block D.C. Law

April 30, 2015

In a largely symbolic move, the House voted mostly down party lines late Thursday night to block a District of Columbia bill that D.C. officials say would combat workplace discrimination.

Pelosi on House Voting to Reject DC Law: 'How Dare They?'

April 30, 2015

With the House set to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combatting employer discrimination based on reproductive health decisions, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday lashed out at Republicans, calling the vote “Hobby Lobby on steroids,” referring to Hobby Lobby's refusal to provide contraception health coverage to employees based on religion.

“Republicans need to recognize that your own health care choices are not your boss’s business,” Pelosi said. “This is not your boss’s business. How dare they? Especially those who are so anti-government, to all-of-a-sudden have government making decisions about reproductive health.”

Boehner: Voting on DC Law About 'Conscience Protections'

April 30, 2015

At his weekly news conference Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner pushed back against critics of House Republicans’ plan to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combatting employer discrimination base on reproductive health decisions, saying

“We have a number of members who are concerned about this issue and the issue is one of religious liberty,” Boehner said. “This is about conscience protections that the president says he supports but really hasn’t put regulations in place to protect the conscience clause that’s been frankly a part of our laws and statutes for decades and decades.”

Members Urge Capitol Police to Allow Sledding

April 30, 2015

Through an amendment to a spending bill, lawmakers are urging the Capitol Police to allow D.C. residents to sled on Capitol Hill.

Graves Brings Conservative Focus to Legislative Branch Funding

April 30, 2015

For Rep. Tom Graves, his role as chairman of the subcommittee that doles out funds for the legislative branch is an opportunity to put his fiscal conservative principles into practice.

Sanders Presser May Flout Ethics Rules (Updated)

April 30, 2015

Updated 10:55 a.m. | Running for president is hard. But it’s even harder to do while balancing the ethics rules of your day job on Capitol Hill.

House Appropriators Face Backlash on WMATA Cuts

April 29, 2015

House appropriators looking to cut funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority are facing a backlash from regional lawmakers.

#Hack4Congress Comes to D.C.

April 29, 2015

Hackers are descending on the District of Columbia with their sights set on Congress, but not to break into the congressional computer system.

House to Vote Friday to Block D.C. Law (Video)

April 29, 2015

For the first time in 25 years, the House is set to vote Friday to strike down a District of Columbia law.

Schumer Backs Wage Hike for Capitol Restaurant Employees

April 28, 2015

A complaint filed by two Capitol Visitor Center employees alleging unfair labor practices by their employer is catching the attention of Senate Democrats, who in a letter on Monday pushed for administrators to give preference to contractors who pay a “living wage,” provide benefits and allow for collective bargaining.

On Tuesday, the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said he would support raising the wage to $15 an hour for Restaurant Associate workers but would not address whether privatization of congressional food services was a mistake.

“I’m not going to go into what happened — it happened before I was rules chair — but we do support a living wage for all of the restaurant workers,” Schumer said. "We’ve made that clear to the chairman of the Rules Committee and we hope we can work something out to get that done.”

Gay Marriage Plaintiffs Receive Warm Reception on Capitol Hill

April 28, 2015

After wrapping up two-and-a-half hours of same-sex marriage arguments at the Supreme Court, two plaintiffs and a number of advocates crossed First Street to head to Capitol Hill.

Flat Funding Could Hurt the Congressional Research Service

April 28, 2015

As appropriators work to keep spending for the legislative branch stagnant, the flat funding could have an adverse effect on an agency that affects virtually every office and committee: the Congressional Research Service.

CVC Workers Allege Retaliation After Strike (Video)

April 28, 2015

Two Capitol Visitor Center contract workers have filed an unfair labor practice complaint against their employer for allegedly retaliating against employees who participated in a strike last week.

Celebrities Schooled in D.C. Statehood on Capitol Hill

April 24, 2015

Celebrities walked the halls of the Capitol Friday to advocate for funding for arts in education, but they also received a lesson themselves: in District of Columbia statehood.

Norton Rips Vitter for 'Mean-Spirited' Obamacare Probe

April 23, 2015

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., applauded a Senate committee for declining to subpoena the District of Columbia government Thursday, but not before saving some choice words for its chairman, Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Republicans Vote Against Vitter's Obamacare Subpoena

April 23, 2015

Sen. David Vitter’s quest against the government contribution to congressional health care hit a road block Thursday, as a number of Republicans on the panel he chairs declined to support his effort to subpoena the District of Columbia government for health care documents.

Vitter's Obamacare Probe Continues With Subpoena Vote

April 22, 2015

Sen. David Vitter’s crusade against government contributions to congressional health care plans continues this week with a vote to subpoena documents from the D.C. government, but he may have some dissenters in the Republican ranks.

Senate Contractors to Join Federal Workers Strike at Capitol

April 22, 2015

Contract workers in the U.S. Senate will walk off their jobs Wednesday to join contractors from across the District of Columbia in a strike calling for preference to be given to contractors who offer better wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights.

As Campaigns Heat Up, Candidates Mind Senate Rules

April 22, 2015

Juggling a grueling campaign schedule and work as a U.S. senator can be a daunting task for the ones running for president, but as election season picks up, they’ll also have to be mindful of the Senate rules for campaigning.

House Committee Approves Resolution Blocking D.C. Law

April 21, 2015

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Tuesday evening to strike down a D.C. bill.

Another Schock Staffer Served Grand Jury Subpoena

April 20, 2015

Another staffer for ex-Rep. Aaron Schock has been served with a grand jury subpoena to testify as part of the investigation into the Illinois Republican’s spending.

Norton Warns GOP: Don't Tread on D.C.

April 20, 2015

For the first time in more than two decades, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is set to take up a resolution aimed at blocking a D.C. bill Tuesday, to the chagrin of the District’s congressional delegate.

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