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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:

Hoyer Fills Out Legislative Operations Team

Jan. 11, 2012

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is staffing up after losing two top advisers last year.

Veterans Affairs Panel Facing Democratic Leadership Change

Dec. 31, 2011

Rep. Bob Filner’s retirement has set off a contentious Democratic primary back home for his Congressional seat, but colleagues under the Dome are so far staying cool about who will succeed him as the top Democrat on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Detainee Provisions Still Cause for Concern

Dec. 29, 2011

The annual defense authorization bill sailed through both chambers of Congress, but the issue of military detention for terrorism suspects remains unresolved for scores of lawmakers.

Boehner: ‘There’s an Easy Way to Untangle’ Taxes, Spending

Dec. 15, 2011

After a tense game of chicken earlier this week, Congressional leaders appeared to step back from the brink today, with Speaker John Boehner telling reporters he’s confident that Congress can finish its year-end work.

A King-Size Reaction to Request for NYPD Investigation

Dec. 15, 2011

A letter requesting a federal investigation of the New York Police Department has Rep. Peter King accusing his colleagues of “left-wing pandering.”

House Approves Defense Authorization

Dec. 14, 2011

Early chaos gave way to a smooth passage of the $662 billion defense authorization measure in the House tonight.

White House Lifts Veto Threat of Defense Bill

Dec. 14, 2011

The White House lifted a veto threat of the defense authorization bill, staving off a potential showdown with Congress on the issue of detainees.

Defense Bill Still Subject to Veto Pen

Dec. 13, 2011

Congress is poised to easily approve a defense authorization bill this week but still might face an indelicate face-off with the White House over language relating to military detainees.

House GOP Still Looking for Votes on Extenders Package

Dec. 13, 2011

House Republican leaders maintained today that a payroll tax cut extension measure would pass, even as they remained short of the votes to do so.

Occupy Activists to Meet With Progressive Lawmakers

Dec. 12, 2011

An Occupy Wall Street group will take to the House later this week, only this time the meeting is a planned occasion with the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

House GOP Rallies Around Pipeline Rider, Freezing Feds’ Pay

Dec. 8, 2011

House Republicans today are rallying behind a year-end extenders package that will be on the floor next week.

Payroll Tax Holiday, Jobless Benefits Hang in the Balance

Dec. 7, 2011

House Republicans will conference Thursday to figure out how to pass a handful of expiring measures, including jobless benefits and an extension of the president’s payroll tax cut, before the end of the year.

Boehner Declines to Opine About Gingrich’s Rise

Dec. 7, 2011

Speaker John Boehner dodged questions today about rising presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, declaring, “I’ve spent a lot of time this year avoiding getting involved in picking winners and losers in the presidential contest.”

No Clear Path on Jobless Benefits

Dec. 6, 2011

As Congressional leaders publicly duke it out over the extension of a payroll tax holiday, concern is growing behind closed doors over an expiring measure that could be even more politically explosive: unemployment benefits.

As Occupiers Protest Democrats, Democrats Court Occupiers

Dec. 3, 2011

Congressional Democrats still haven't quite figured out how to harness the energy behind the Occupy Wall Street movement for political gain, but they nevertheless are incorporating the group into their messaging as a way to maintain ties with the leftist protesters.

Members Ignore GOP Leaders on Payroll Tax Cut

Dec. 2, 2011

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) see a political peril in opposing extension of the president’s payroll tax holiday. The trouble is, their rank and file don’t seem to be getting the message.

House GOP Leaders Ask Members for Schedule Flexibility

Dec. 1, 2011

A laundry list of legislative items will keep the House in session at least one week later than its target adjournment date.

Bicameral ‘Go Big’ Group Meets to Discuss Options

Nov. 30, 2011

A bipartisan, bicameral coalition of lawmakers is hoping to resuscitate its quixotic push for a multitrillion-dollar solution to the nation’s deficit and debt problem.

New Democrats Feel Their Time Is Coming

Nov. 29, 2011

With a tax reform debate looming and House seats to compete for in suburban districts throughout the country, members of the New Democrat Coalition say their stock is rising.

Gays Look to New Generation of Leaders

Nov. 29, 2011

The House’s two biggest gay rights champions will be gone from the chamber after next year, leaving a void that advocates say will be tough to fill.

Republicans Question DOJ Over Kagan Role in Health Care

Nov. 18, 2011

Senate GOP leaders called on the Justice Department to divulge the level of involvement Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in consulting on health care legislation that will be considered before the high court next year.

Democrats Continue to Pressure Clarence Thomas

Nov. 18, 2011

House Democrats called for a Justice Department investigation into whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas breached ethics rules by failing to report his wife’s financial matters while sitting on the high court.

Members Hit the Exits While Deficit Panel Keeps Meeting

Nov. 18, 2011

Congress is out but the super committee is still in — for the next few days, at least.

Senate Overcomes Conflicts to Pass Minibus

Nov. 17, 2011

The Senate today sent President Barack Obama a package of three spending bills, which includes a provision that keeps the government funded through Dec. 16.

House Approves Minibus Over Conservative Objections

Nov. 17, 2011

The House passed a stopgap spending measure this afternoon over the objections of 101 mostly conservative Members who charged it was too costly.

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