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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.
With members of Congress back home or traveling overseas during the congressional recess, District of Columbia activists headed to Capitol Hill to encourage staffers to respect District autonomy. What happened? The answer ranges from what one person described as a “deposition” to what another said was a “productive dialogue.”
Judicial Watch, a national watchdog group, has inserted itself into the District of Columbia court case surrounding the Budget Autonomy Act, arguing the mayor and the District Council are wrong to support the act and are playing “corrupt political games.”
The standoff between District of Columbia officials over the Budget Autonomy Act continued this week, with parties solidifying their positions in court filings and exposing a rift between the mayor and the attorney general.
Two Government Accountability Office reports released Tuesday revealed “management weaknesses” in the Library of Congress’ information technology divisions as the Library is working to bolster its digital collection and cataloging processes.
Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are calling for an update of Senate technology policies to make better use of digital technology.
In the course of eight days, two Senate Republicans eyeing the presidency introduced measures to strike down District of Columbia laws, causing local officials and activists to accuse them of using the District for their own political gain.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting D.C. officials and employees from approving official travel to Indiana in response to the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, 26 bikers in green jerseys turned off of First Street and headed straight toward the Capitol Dome.
The Committee on House Administration announced Friday it is reviewing regulations governing lawmaker spending. The announcement comes in the wake of Illinois Republican Aaron Schock’s resignation due to improper spending of his congressional funds.
Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening the District of Columbia’s gun laws.
After Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval to block two District of Columbia bills from becoming law, the D.C. Council chairman took his argument in support of the bills directly to Lankford.
“We talked about madness in March — this is as mad as it gets!”
Robert McAlister didn’t know anything about the coffee business. But he knew he enjoyed drinking coffee.
As part of his ongoing investigation into congressional enrollment in Obamacare, Sen. David Vitter is taking on the House of Representatives, asking Speaker John A. Boehner to push House officials to comply with his inquiry. But neither the speaker’s office nor other House officers seem likely to do so.
The Capitol Rotunda will close for six weeks this summer for scaffolding installation as part of the $60 million Dome restoration project.
U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions Tuesday from members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents.
Clancy, who has deferred to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general investigation, often opted not to comment on specifics of the March 4 incident where two senior agents allegedly drove their car into White House barricades during investigation of a suspicious package, which infuriated Chairman Jason Chaffetz when Clancy could not answer why it took 11 minutes for Secret Service to alert the Metropolitan Police Department of the bomb investigation.
“How do you not — this is what’s so infuriating! You’re the director of the Secret Service. It’s almost three weeks after the incident and you don’t know why it takes 11 minutes to pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, Metro Police Department, we’ve got a problem down here, we need you to help,’” Chaffetz said. “This is the United States of America! The threat is real. But I don’t feel it, I don’t see it, and it’s unacceptable.”
An emotional Jack Nicklaus received the Congressional Gold Medal Tuesday, honoring his achievements on and off the golf course.
For the third time in a week, U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy faced pointed questions from members of Congress about officer misconduct and a lack of accountability for rank-and-file agents, but defended his beleaguered organization.
Rep. Adam Smith is recovering from his second hip surgery, placing the Washington Democrat on the disabled list for the upcoming 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.
The email landing in Capitol Hill inboxes was simple enough — a personalized note thanking congressional staffers for their service.
Influential Catholic leaders sent a letter to senators Friday urging them to support Republican Sens. Ted Cruz’s and James Lankford’s effort to block two D.C. bills.
When Rep. Aaron Schock leaves Congress on March 31, his “Downton Abbey” office will remain, though the days of the pheasant feathers and paintings could also be numbered.
In the Capitol Visitor Center, behind the replica of the Statue of Freedom, a small address book sits in a glass case.
Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and James Lankford of Oklahoma introduced resolutions of disapproval Wednesday to strike down two D.C. bills they say violate religious freedom.
Dressed head to toe in colonial garb, a handful of District of Columbia activists went to Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s office Tuesday afternoon to ask the Utah Republican to respect D.C. laws.