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Jessica Brady


Jessica Brady is a staff writer at Roll Call and covers the Senate. She has particular expertise on the nominations process and has broken stories about the embattled confirmation of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Wall Street reform debate earlier this year.

Prior to joining the leadership team in 2008, Jessica profiled elected officials and wrote human interest stories as Roll Call’s features writer. She previously worked as a reporter for National Journal's CongressDaily and also spent time as a researcher for the Almanac of American Politics. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Iowa.

Brady no longer works for Roll Call.

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Stories by Jessica Brady:

Steny Hoyer Is Still Trying to ‘Go Big’ on Deficit

Feb. 27, 2012

The primacy of calls for major deficit reduction have all but stagnated, but House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is trying to revive an urgency in Washington, D.C., around his signature issue.

Delegating Lets Pelosi Focus on 2012

Feb. 24, 2012

Rep. Carolyn Maloney was in full district working mode last week, meeting constituents and tending to the home fires when her phone rang. It was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who told the New York Democrat she wanted her back in Washington, D.C., for a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on contraception.

Fed-Heavy Districts Didn’t Get Uniform Voting Bloc

Feb. 20, 2012

Washington-area Members of Congress led opposition to last week’s payroll tax cut conference report, arguing that federal workers shouldn’t bear the brunt of financing the legislation. But, as one veteran lawmaker observed, federal workers are spread throughout the country.

House Could Still Vote Friday On Payroll Tax Deal

Feb. 16, 2012

Speaker John Boehner this morning declined to rule out bringing a payroll tax compromise to the House floor on Friday, despite the fact that doing so could violate the chamber’s three-day rule.

Van Hollen Chief of Staff Leaving Hill

Feb. 15, 2012

C.R. Wooters, chief of staff to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, is leaving Capitol Hill to join Purple Strategies.

Rep. Aaron Schock Looks to Build Political Profile

Feb. 15, 2012

Rep. Aaron Schock's youth and media strategy might not fit the Congressional mold, but neither does the 30-year-old lawmaker, who is using his notoriety to build his legislative and political profile.

New Democrat Coalition Seeks Influence

Feb. 13, 2012

The New Democrat Coalition is preparing to fire up its political arm this year in an attempt to widen its ranks and become the go-to group for moderates next year.

House Democrats Return to Campaign Finance Tack

Feb. 9, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended President Barack Obama’s move to embrace his super PAC today, even as she trumpeted new legislation aimed at increasing disclosure of corporate spending in campaigns.

The Combative Caucus Thins Ranks in House

Feb. 3, 2012

Some of the most combative House Democrats will be gone from the chamber next year, leaving the Caucus without its more outspoken liberal and fiscally conservative Members.

Heath Shuler Latest in Long Line of Blue Dog Losses

Feb. 2, 2012

The ranks of the Blue Dog Coalition thinned even more with Rep. Heath Shuler’s retirement announcement today, immediately calling the group’s future into question.

Health Care Law Stuck in Limbo

Feb. 1, 2012

House Republicans on Wednesday took a symbolic swipe at President Barack Obama’s health care reform law when they voted to repeal its long-term care provisions, the CLASS Act, which the administration abandoned last year as unworkable. But conservative critics of the law shouldn’t hold their breath in anticipation of further votes between now and when the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the law next month.

Getaway Presents Democrats as Unified

Jan. 29, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Democrats rolled out of the Eastern Shore on Friday emphasizing unity and a message focused on the middle class that they are increasingly optimistic will return them to the majority in November.

House Democrats, Obama Summon Spirit of Al Green

Jan. 27, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — President Barack Obama pushed House Democrats today to score some legislative victories and hang tough against Congressional Republicans in their pursuit to regain the majority in 2012.

Biden Rallies the Faithful at Democratic Retreat

Jan. 27, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Vice President Joseph Biden told House Democrats today that the tough votes that cost them the majority in 2010 will return them to majority status in 2012.

At Retreat, Democrats Urged to Defend Past Record

Jan. 26, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — House Democrats are spending their retreat time on Maryland’s Eastern Shore boosting morale and finding new ways to pound Congressional Republicans ahead of the 2012 elections, with one key adviser urging them not to run from their records but to “stand and defend” their accomplishments.

Gabrielle Giffords Farewell an Emotional Affair on Floor

Jan. 25, 2012

To roaring applause and steady tears, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received a hero’s tribute on the House floor before officially stepping down from her Congressional seat.

State of the Response? Divided on Party Lines

Jan. 24, 2012

It took less than five minutes for Republicans to begin taking apart President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Upbeat Retreat for House Democrats

Jan. 24, 2012

House Democrats were licking their wounds after bruising midterm elections when they decamped to Cambridge, Md., last year for their annual retreat. This year, Members predict a better time on the Eastern Shore as they hone their message on jobs and the economy going into the 2012 elections.

Giffords’ Last Vote Likely to Be on Drug Smuggling Bill

Jan. 24, 2012

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ bill to crack down on cross-border drug smuggling will get a vote in the House on Wednesday, possibly the Arizona Democrat’s final day in Congress.

Court’s Recusal Issue Still Unsettled

Jan. 23, 2012

The Supreme Court might have blocked a conservative activist from participating in oral arguments against the health care law, but stakeholders maintain it's not a setback in their larger push for Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself during deliberations this spring.

Gabrielle Giffords Will Leave Congress This Week

Jan. 22, 2012

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced today that she will resign from Congress, telling supporters in a video, “I have more work to do on my recovery.”

Democrats in Search of a Fiery Speech

Jan. 20, 2012

Democratic leaders hope President Barack Obama gives a stern lecture to Congress on its ineffectiveness when he delivers his State of the Union address this week.

Mitch Daniels to Deliver GOP’s SOTU Rebuttal

Jan. 19, 2012

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will provide this year’s Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

House Members Still Trying to ‘Go Big’

Jan. 18, 2012

A group of more than 150 legislators is taking up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s challenge to scrap the “happy talk” on deficit reduction and produce a bill this year to cut more than $4 trillion from the deficit.

Pelosi Aiming to Snag 35 Seats in November

Jan. 17, 2012

House Democrats already have an uphill climb to win the 25 seats needed to take back the majority this year, but Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi raised the bar even higher today by declaring, “I want 35.”

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