Stories by Jessica Brady:
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.
Feb. 20, 2012
Washington-area Members of Congress led opposition to last weeks payroll tax cut conference report, arguing that federal workers shouldnt bear the brunt of financing the legislation. But, as one veteran lawmaker observed, federal workers are spread throughout the country.
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 chambers three-day rule.
Feb. 15, 2012
C.R. Wooters, chief of staff to Rep. Chris Van Hollen, is leaving Capitol Hill to join Purple Strategies.
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.
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.
Feb. 9, 2012
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended President Barack Obamas move to embrace his super PAC today, even as she trumpeted new legislation aimed at increasing disclosure of corporate spending in campaigns.
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.
Feb. 2, 2012
The ranks of the Blue Dog Coalition thinned even more with Rep. Heath Shulers retirement announcement today, immediately calling the groups future into question.
Feb. 1, 2012
House Republicans on Wednesday took a symbolic swipe at President Barack Obamas 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 shouldnt hold their breath in anticipation of further votes between now and when the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments on the law next month.
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.
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.
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.
Jan. 26, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Md. House Democrats are spending their retreat time on Marylands 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.
Jan. 25, 2012
To roaring applause and steady tears, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received a heros tribute on the House floor before officially stepping down from her Congressional seat.
Jan. 24, 2012
It took less than five minutes for Republicans to begin taking apart President Barack Obamas State of the Union address Tuesday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan. 19, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will provide this years Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obamas State of the Union address.
Jan. 18, 2012
A group of more than 150 legislators is taking up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids challenge to scrap the happy talk on deficit reduction and produce a bill this year to cut more than $4 trillion from the deficit.
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.
Jan. 11, 2012
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is staffing up after losing two top advisers last year.