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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 Calls 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.
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Rep. Bob Filners 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.
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.
A letter requesting a federal investigation of the New York Police Department has Rep. Peter King accusing his colleagues of left-wing pandering.
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 hes confident that Congress can finish its year-end work.
Early chaos gave way to a smooth passage of the $662 billion defense authorization measure in the House tonight.
The White House lifted a veto threat of the defense authorization bill, staving off a potential showdown with Congress on the issue of detainees.
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.
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.
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 Republicans today are rallying behind a year-end extenders package that will be on the floor next week.
House Republicans will conference Thursday to figure out how to pass a handful of expiring measures, including jobless benefits and an extension of the presidents payroll tax cut, before the end of the year.
Speaker John Boehner dodged questions today about rising presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, declaring, Ive spent a lot of time this year avoiding getting involved in picking winners and losers in the presidential contest.
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.
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.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) see a political peril in opposing extension of the presidents payroll tax holiday. The trouble is, their rank and file dont seem to be getting the message.
A laundry list of legislative items will keep the House in session at least one week later than its target adjournment date.
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.
The Houses 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.
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.
House Democrats called for a Justice Department investigation into whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas breached ethics rules by failing to report his wifes financial matters while sitting on the high court.
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.
Congress is out but the super committee is still in for the next few days, at least.
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.
The House passed a stopgap spending measure this afternoon over the objections of 101 mostly conservative Members who charged it was too costly.
As House Democratic leaders make an end-of-year push for money to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a number of rank-and-file lawmakers are hoarding campaign cash to protect themselves in battles caused by redistricting.