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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:

Legislative Branch: Eyeing 10 Percent Boost

Feb. 2, 2015

Lawmakers and congressional agencies are eyeing small jumps in fiscal 2016 legislative branch funding, even though President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes billions in spending increases and a rollback of sequester cuts.

5 Potential Scenarios for D.C.'s Marijuana Initiative

Jan. 30, 2015

The ongoing battle over the District of Columbia’s marijuana policy is currently at a standstill, but several scenarios over the coming weeks could alter its fate.

McCain Outraged by CodePink Protesters, Police Response

Jan. 29, 2015

Sen. John McCain’s reaction to protesters who disrupted a hearing, calling one “low-life scum,” garnered media attention Thursday, but the incident also has sparked calls for an investigation into the Capitol Police’s response to the rowdy CodePink activists.

Heritage Action Urges Congress to Reject D.C. Bills

Jan. 28, 2015

Heritage Action for America, a conservative advocacy group, is calling on Congress to reject two District of Columbia Council bills, which, the group argues, infringe upon religious liberty. It is the first time the group has weighed in on a District initiative.

Bowser Talks Marijuana, Statehood With Boehner

Jan. 27, 2015

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss local issues with lawmakers, including Speaker John A. Boehner.

Cannon Parking Garage Now for Members Only (Updated)

Jan. 27, 2015

Updated 5:15 p.m.| New parking rules adopted Tuesday dictate that only members of Congress will be allowed to park in the Cannon House Office Building parking garage.

White House Drone Raises Questions About D.C., Capitol Policy

Jan. 26, 2015

A small drone found on the White House lawn caused some lawmakers to question the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone policy in the District of Columbia Monday.

Periodical Press Committee Takes Shape for 114th Congress

Jan. 26, 2015

As the 114th Congress goes into full swing, the congressional press corps is also getting situated, electing new representatives to ensure they have access to lawmakers throughout Capitol Hill.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Moving Past Congressional Gridlock

Jan. 23, 2015

Mayors from across the nation have a message for Congress: Gridlock means mayors have had to pick up the slack.

Standing Committee of Correspondents Election Decided by Coin Toss

Jan. 23, 2015

The late-night Senate votes weren’t the only drama on Capitol Hill Thursday. Up in the Senate Daily Press Gallery, an election to fill a spot on the Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Daily Press came down to a coin toss.

Lawmakers Define Oversight Role in L'Enfant Metro Incident

Jan. 22, 2015

Members of Congress are looking to flex their oversight muscles, after summoning national and local transportation officials to Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening to brief them on the recent deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station.

Protesters Stage a 'Die In' in Longworth Cafeteria

Jan. 21, 2015

Roughly 20 to 30 protesters staged a “die in” in the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to bring attention to police militarization and racial profiling.

Norton: Union Bill Is 'First Attack' on D.C. Autonomy in 114th Congress

Jan. 21, 2015

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said Tuesday that Republicans have launched their “first attack” on District of Columbia autonomy in the 114th Congress in a bill that would make violence from labor union organizing a federal crime.

(Don't) Put Another Log on the Fire for SOTU

Jan. 20, 2015

As President Barack Obama makes his State of the Union address Tuesday, no one will be cozying up to a fireplace in the Capitol to listen to the speech.

D.C. Hoping Obama Will Address Statehood in State of the Union Address

Jan. 20, 2015

It’s been nearly 50 years since a president mentioned District of Columbia autonomy in the State of the Union address, but D.C. activists and leaders are hoping 2015 will be the year President Barack Obama brings the D.C. statehood effort to the national stage.

Work Begins on 10-Year Cannon Renewal Project

Jan. 16, 2015

Preparations for the first phase in renewing the Cannon House Office Building have begun, launching a construction project that will continue over the next 10 years.

Chaffetz Allowed to Move Oversight Chairmen Portraits

Jan. 15, 2015

The walls of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee room were bare Thursday afternoon, with a handful of tiny holes where portraits of past committee chairmen once hung.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to Attend State of the Union

Jan. 15, 2015

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser will attend the State of the Union Tuesday as a guest of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.

Norton Introduces D.C. Statehood Bill Despite New Hurdles

Jan. 14, 2015

In the face of likely opposition from the Republican-led 114th Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., reintroduced the “New Columbia Admission Act” Tuesday, which would make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

Lawmakers Demand Answers About Deadly L'Enfant Metro Incident (Updated)

Jan. 14, 2015

Updated 4:14 p.m. | The deadly incident at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station Monday has raised questions about the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s emergency response procedures, and has some members of Congress demanding answers.

D.C. Marijuana Initiative Transmitted to Congress

Jan. 13, 2015

Day one of the standoff between the District of Columbia and Congress over marijuana legalization in D.C. kicked off Tuesday, as the initiative legalizing possession and cultivation of small amounts of marijuana was transmitted to Congress for review.

Pelosi: GOP Effort to Defund Obama Immigration Moves 'Frivolous'

Jan. 13, 2015

House Democrats gathered on the steps of the Capitol Tuesday morning with a group of immigration activists to voice their opposition to a Republican tactic to defund the president’s executive actions on immigration.

L'Enfant Metro Incident Raises Questions About D.C. Emergency Response

Jan. 13, 2015

Monday’s L’Enfant Plaza Metro incident has raised questions about Metro’s response to the situation, whether swifter action could have prevented the injuries and how Washington’s vast law enforcement network communicates in an underground transit disaster.

D.C. Joins States Defending Obama’s Immigration Action

Jan. 12, 2015

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Monday he is joining 12 other states in calling on a federal judge to uphold President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

21 Guantánamo Protesters Arrested in the Capitol

Jan. 12, 2015

Nearly two dozen protesters from "Witness Against Torture," a group dedicated to closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were arrested in the Capitol Building Monday afternoon, after demonstrating in the Senate gallery and the Capitol Visitor Center.

According to the U.S. Capitol Police, 21 protesters were arrested Monday: 11 in the Senate and 10 in the CVC. All of them were arrested for demonstrating in an area where it is unlawful to demonstrate.

The protesters in the Senate gallery were arrested after causing a disturbance as Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., was speaking on the floor. The protesters began yelling, "U.S. torture, it's official! Prosecute now!" during his speech, halting action on the floor for about a minute and a half. Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was presiding at the time.

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