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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:

Hoyer Supports Pay Raise for Lawmakers

May 19, 2015

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., agreed Tuesday morning that congressional salaries should increase.

Lawmaker: Members of Congress Need a Pay Raise

May 18, 2015

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings made the politically tone-deaf case for raising salaries for members of Congress Monday, pointing to the high cost of living in the District of Columbia.

“Members deserve to be paid, staff deserves to be paid and the cost of living here is causing serious problems for people who are not wealthy to serve in this institution,” the Florida Democrat said at a Rules Committee meeting, referring to the average member’s $174,000 annual salary. “We aren’t being paid properly,” he later added.

The committee was considering the fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch appropriations bill, which sets the spending levels for Congress and legislative branch agencies. The bill includes a freeze on member pay, continuing one that has been in place since 2010 — and last year drew the ire of then-Rep. James P. Moran.

Hastings: Members of Congress Need a Pay Raise (Video)

May 18, 2015

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings made the politically tone-deaf case for raising salaries for members of Congress Monday, pointing to the high cost of living in the District of Columbia.

GPO Parking Lot Development Moves Forward

May 18, 2015

Facing an ever-shrinking budget, the Government Publishing Office is moving forward with a plan to develop an employee parking lot for commercial real estate. But the real estate firm in charge of the plan faces questions about its management capabilities.

Obama Honors Fallen Officers at Capitol Memorial

May 15, 2015

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families from every corner of the country gathered at the Capitol Friday to honor their fallen brethren.

Make Way for Ducklings: Capitol Edition

May 15, 2015

Spring has officially come to the Capitol — in the form of a mother duck and her 10 ducklings.

Lawmakers Take D.C. Vouchers Debate to Local High School

May 15, 2015

Federal lawmakers used the backdrop of a private D.C. high school to delve into the D.C. school voucher program and found themselves amid debate about the propriety of Congress’ role in local affairs.

Roger Williams to Coach GOP in Congressional Baseball Game

May 14, 2015

After years of losses at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game, Republicans have announced a team coach in hopes of righting the ship, but their embattled manager remains at the helm.

D.C. Activist Vows to Fight Capitol Arrest

May 13, 2015

When Adam Eidinger went to a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee markup a few weeks ago, he didn’t expect to be arrested.

Hill-Climbing Staffer Reflects on Nepal Earthquake

May 13, 2015

During a recent congressional recess, Gillian Mueller visited ancient temples in Nepal. Nine days later, the temples were rubble.

House Panel Approves Bill to Cut WMATA Funding

May 13, 2015

Two days after thousands of Metro riders were stranded due to reports of smoke in a tunnel, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut a third of Washington Metro Area Transit Authority funding.

D.C. Officials Break Ground on 'Capitol Crossing'

May 12, 2015

Donning construction hats displaying a blue Capitol Dome, District of Columbia officials gathered under a tent adjacent to Interstate 395 Tuesday to break ground on the Capitol Crossing project.

Senators Rebuff Call to Open Defense Bill Markup

May 12, 2015

Members of the Capitol Hill press corps are urging lawmakers to open defense authorization markups to the public, but the senators in charge of the markups are not budging.

McCain Takes Swipe at Cannon Refurbishment

May 11, 2015

As crews refurbish the Cannon House Office Building, Sen. John McCain says the project is wasting taxpayer money.

Not Your District PAC Increases Outreach, Efforts

May 7, 2015

As Justin Robinson was scrolling through Facebook comments on a certain Maryland Republican’s page in December, he had an idea.

Lawmakers Push for Lower CVC Food Prices

May 7, 2015

Amid complaints about wages for restaurant workers and allegations about retaliation against workers who went on strike, the Capitol Visitor Center is facing questions on another front: food prices.

Capitol Dome Workers Pause for 'Safety Stand-Down'

May 6, 2015

Construction workers who scale the Capitol Dome each day gathered Wednesday morning to learn about safety procedures and fall prevention.

Area Lawmakers: Don't Change Reagan Airport Rules

May 5, 2015

Members of the Virginia and District of Columbia delegations are urging Congress not to change the rules governing Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, citing an increasing imbalance between the region’s two major airports.

Paul Weighs In on Cruz Effort to Block D.C. Law

May 4, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has weighed in on Sen. Ted Cruz’s effort to strike down a District of Columbia law aimed at combating workplace discrimination, seemingly supporting Cruz’s effort.

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.

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.”

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.

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.”

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