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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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Council on American-Islamic Relations Receives Threat, White Powder in Mail

Dec. 10, 2015

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, located a few blocks south of the Capitol, was evacuated for a few hours Thursday afternoon. CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper told Roll Call that a white powdery substance was received in a letter and several staffers were quarantined inside the building.

9/11 Responder Health Care Renewal Gets a Boost

Dec. 10, 2015

The effort to renew health care programs for those who responded to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is moving closer to a resolution, with some New York Republicans saying Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., has assured his colleagues the renewal would be in the year-end spending package.

7 Senate Secret Santa Gifts

Dec. 9, 2015

Senators didn’t let contentious negotiations over how to fund the government dampen their holiday spirit Tuesday night, when they gathered to swap gifts with one another.

House Republicans Introduce 5-Day CR as Negotiations Continue

Dec. 9, 2015

House Republicans introduced a continuing resolution on Wednesday that would fund the government for an additional five days past when current funding runs out on Friday.

Capitol Food Workers Escalate Protests in Senate

Dec. 8, 2015

Dozens of Capitol food workers went on strike Tuesday, demanding to negotiate higher wages with their management and taking their message to other Senate workspace, specifically calling on Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the committee that oversees their contract, to support their push for better pay and union representation.

Congress Shrugs at Obama's War Request

Dec. 8, 2015

In his Sunday address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State. But the response from top congressional Republicans was essentially: Authorization for what?

Norton Vows to Testify at Capitol Arrest Trial

Dec. 8, 2015

Residents of the District of Columbia could witness the rare event of a member of Congress testifying in a criminal trial — a case stemming from a D.C. activist’s arrest at the Capitol.

Reid Calls for 'ISIS Czar' After Obama Address

Dec. 7, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., unveiled a litany of Democratic proposals to combat the Islamic State Monday, following President Barack Obama’s address to the country Sunday night.

New Yorkers Look to Avoid More 9/11 'Collateral Damage'

Dec. 7, 2015

“I wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning,” Rep. Peter T. King said, worrying that Congress is turning its back on 9/11 first responders. The Long Island Republicans added his biggest fear is that those exposed to Ground Zero’s horrors will be “collateral damage” because the expired Zadroga Act that funds their health care needs won’t find a way onto any of the year-end tax or spending bills.

Democrats Visit Mosque to Support Muslim Community

Dec. 6, 2015

Three members of Congress drove to a mosque in Northern Virginia on Friday afternoon, and sat attentively in the back while members of the congregation said their weekly prayers.

Congressional Judicial Backlog Creates Problem for D.C. Court

Dec. 3, 2015

The congressional backlog of judicial vacancies now extends all the way to District of Columbia local court, the only municipality where Congress has a say in its nominees.

Senate Rejects Paul Measure Aimed at D.C. Gun Laws

Dec. 3, 2015

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Biden Reunites with Senate Worker, Calls for a Raise

Dec. 3, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., was back in the Capitol Thursday and reunited with a Senate food worker. In a social media post, he said the workers deserve a raise.

Jon Stewart Returns to Fight for 9/11 First Responder Health Care

Dec. 3, 2015

Comedian Jon Stewart returned to Capitol Hill Thursday to urge lawmakers to renew health care programs firefighters, police officers, servicemen and women, and construction workers who responded to Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.

Busted! 10 Best Jokes From Cheney's Bust Unveiling

Dec. 3, 2015

The marble bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney was unveiled Thursday at the Capitol. And though there were no cracks in his marble likeness, there were plenty of wisecracks from the presenters.

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holiday Season

Dec. 2, 2015

As mist hung in the air Wednesday, the Capitol Christmas tree was illuminated, officially kicking off the holiday season on Capitol Hill.

9/11 Responder Health Care Renewal in Question

Dec. 2, 2015

A deal fell to renew health care programs for first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack fell through this week, sending congressional negotiators scrambling to find a solution and members in both chambers and parties pointing fingers of blame.

Sergeant-at-Arms Staffer Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to Capitol

Dec. 2, 2015

Updated 6:09 p.m. | Capitol Police arrested an employee with the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms for attempting to bring a loaded handgun into a Senate office building.

Capitol to Honor POW/MIAs With Commemorative Chair

Dec. 2, 2015

The Capitol will soon have a permanent commemoration to prisoners of war and servicemen and women missing in action.

O'Malley's Pitch to Be Second Choice

Dec. 1, 2015

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has a message for House Democrats: Let me be your second choice.

Secret Service Pressed on Latest White House Fence Jumper

Dec. 1, 2015

Members of Congress are demanding to know more about how a man was able to jump the White House fence on Thanksgiving. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., plans to meet with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday to find out why temporary improvements to the fence, including spikes on the top, did not prevent Joseph Caputo from scaling it on Nov. 26.

McCarthy Won't Speculate on Push to Defund Planned Parenthood

Nov. 30, 2015

In the wake of last week’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado, one GOP leader faced questions about whether congressional Republicans will continue their push to defund the organization.

McCarthy Shuts Down Shutdown Talk

Nov. 30, 2015

Heading into a tense negotiation period, the GOP’s floor leader is taking away one of the party’s most frequently used weapons, the threat of a government shutdown.

Democrats Won't Charge Press for 2016 Convention Seats

Nov. 30, 2015

The Democratic National Convention has opted not to charge print media for a seat in the convention hall in July, more than a month after the GOP decided to do so.

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