Stories by Emily Pierce:
Jan. 9, 2014
Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday said he still believes embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remains a viable GOP presidential candidate.
Oct. 30, 2013
Sen. Joe Manchin III became the last Senate Democratic holdout to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act Wednesday, CQ Roll Call has confirmed.
Oct. 25, 2013
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has teamed up with Sen. Lamar Alexander to demand that the Obama administration turn over documents related to the deeply troubled HealthCare.gov.
Oct. 21, 2013
Bowing to pressure from House Republicans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reportedly agreed to testify in the House on the troubled rollout of the Obamacare website for health insurance exchanges.
Oct. 15, 2013
Updated 10:27 p.m. | The Senate’s leaders appear to have a path forward on a legislative package to avert a default and reopen the government, but a lot of staff work remains before reaching the finish line.
Oct. 14, 2013
Sen. Barbara Boxer likened GOP lawmakers to people who abuse their spouses on Monday when discussing the current government shutdown and the looming debt limit deadline.
Oct. 8, 2013
President Barack Obama dismissed the House GOP’s newest idea of creating a supercommittee to deal with budget, suggesting it was a ruse to force Democrats to agree to concessions in return for reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling.
Oct. 8, 2013
Sen. James M. Inhofe is recovering in Tulsa, Okla., after doctors advised an emergency quadruple bypass surgery for five blocked arteries in his heart.
Oct. 3, 2013
Updated Oct. 4, 10:51 a.m. | A female suspect was killed by police after a car chase from the White House to the Capitol, law enforcement officials confirmed Thursday evening.
Sept. 30, 2013
Updated 4:05 p.m. | The Senate voted to table House amendments intended to delay Obamacare and repeal a medical device tax.
Sept. 25, 2013
Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Wednesday to lambaste Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempt to liken his political opponents to those who tried to appease Adolf Hitler.
Sept. 24, 2013
Sen. Ted Cruz compared the fight against Obamacare to the battle against Nazi Germany and mused on the intimidating nature of the moon. The Texas Republican talked about the deliciousness of White Castle mini burgers, how he doesn’t know Ashton Kutcher personally, and how he is a coward when it comes to wearing boots versus comfortable shoes. And he found time to read some bedtime stories to his daughters.
Sept. 24, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doubled down Tuesday on his opposition to Sen. Ted Cruz’s proposal to filibuster a House-passed spending bill that would keep the government funded past Sept. 30.
Sept. 24, 2013
Rep. Steve Stockman is never one to disappoint when it comes to questionable tweets. Here’s the Texas Republican’s latest attempt to put the Senate debate on Obamacare defunding and Sen. Ted Cruz’s extended speechifying in perspective.
Sept. 23, 2013
Sen. Ted Cruz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid opened the Senate’s battle over defunding Obamacare with a tense but cordial tussle on the Senate floor Monday.
Sept. 12, 2013
Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has brought in a new treasurer for her congressional campaign and leadership political action committee in the wake of a federal grand jury probe, a potential House Ethics investigation and a possible inquiry from the Federal Election Commission.
Sept. 6, 2013
Would a Senate endorsement alone give President Barack Obama sufficient political backing to launch a missile strike on Syria?
Sept. 2, 2013
Though they are not due to officially convene until next week, House lawmakers sent clear signals on Labor Day that they were ready to return to work.
Aug. 25, 2013
With President Barack Obama slated to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech this week, the pressure may be on him to inspire as King did back in 1963. No doubt his speechwriters are working overtime to come up with something grandiose and visionary.
Aug. 25, 2013
Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.
Aug. 15, 2013
Roll Call Hill Navigator columnist Rebecca Gale announced Wednesday the arrival of her first son, Ezra Alan Margolies.
July 31, 2013
Senate Democratic leaders struggled Wednesday to beat back a filibuster of President Barack Obama’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, holding a vote open for more than five hours and convincing one GOP senator to switch her position.
July 30, 2013
The Senate GOP’s personal parliamentarian and floor manager will leave the chamber for the private sector at the end of this week, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Tuesday.
July 25, 2013
Sen. Richard M. Burr on Thursday took aim at conservatives who have threatened to shut down the federal government if the 2010 health care law is not defunded, calling it the “dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”
June 27, 2013
After three weeks of debate and 18 votes, the Senate overwhelmingly voted, 68-32, to pass an immigration overhaul Thursday, capping a process begun in January when the bipartisan “gang of eight” announced it had agreed to a set of key principles for overhauling the system.