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Jessica Brady

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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 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:

Chambers Juggle Minibuses

Nov. 15, 2011

A first minibus appropriations bill appears ripe for approval this week, even as the chances of a second measure are up in the air.

Maya MacGuineas in High Demand During Fiscal Debate

Nov. 14, 2011

Maya MacGuineas might be one of the most influential bipartisan deal-makers on Capitol Hill, but unless you’re a budget wonk, you’ve probably never heard of her.

House Democrats Stoke Procedural Fires

Nov. 9, 2011

House Democrats haven't won a single floor vote on a motion to recommit this year, but the defeats suit them just fine.

House Democrats File Brief Against DOMA

Nov. 3, 2011

House Democrats today filed a brief in support of a legal challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

Letter From 100 Members Encourages Super Committee to Succeed

Nov. 2, 2011

A bipartisan collection of 100 House Members wrote to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction today urging it to consider “all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues” and to aim for a $4 trillion deficit reduction package.

Spending Process on Track

Nov. 1, 2011

If Congress is still voting at Christmastime, it won't be the fault of appropriators. Or at least that's the hope now that the Senate has approved a package of three spending bills that has jump-started the stalled appropriations process.

Democrats Hope for GOP Primary Disruption

Oct. 31, 2011

House Democrats hoping to retake the majority in 2012 are looking to an unlikely source for assistance: conservative primary challengers to sitting Republicans.

House Leaders Weigh In on Deficit Panel

Oct. 27, 2011

House leaders stepped up their comments today regarding the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, signaling that leadership is closely following the panel’s deliberations with less than a month to go before it must deliver a proposal.

Bipartisan House Group Pushes for Grand Bargain

Oct. 26, 2011

Signs of bipartisanship are slowly beginning to show on Capitol Hill, even as Congress moves into full campaign mode. A collection of about 80 House Members, split almost evenly between the two parties, is preparing to send a letter this week calling on the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction to negotiate a grand bargain.

Larson Keeping His Options Open

Oct. 23, 2011

By the end of 2012, Rep. John Larson is likely going to be out of a job — at least in leadership. The Connecticut Democrat, who is in his second and final term as Caucus chairman, said he did not rule out a play for Speaker or another top post, but it’s unclear how he can move up the leadership ladder after next year.

Democrats Eyeing DOMA Repeal

Oct. 18, 2011

They may not have the votes for passage, but Senate Democrats say they aren't giving up on their push to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

John Boehner Upbraids Obama for Comment on GOP and Jobs

Oct. 13, 2011

Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama shared a 10-minute phone call today, the first conversation between the two leaders in weeks, in which the Ohio Republican took exception to the president’s remarks about GOP efforts on job creation.

House Passes Trade Pacts in Bipartisan Vote

Oct. 12, 2011

The House voted today to approve three pending free-trade agreements, a rare show of bipartisan unity in an otherwise divided Congress. The Senate is expected to also approve the measures today, sending them to President Barack Obama.

No One Wants to Tout Free-Trade Agreements

Oct. 11, 2011

Republicans and Democrats could be using this week’s likely passage of a series of trade deals as a rare victory for bipartisanship. But instead, both parties appear to be having difficulty tooting their horns, thanks in large part to the toxic environment that has choked out comity.

Nancy Pelosi Seeks House Vote on Chinese Currency Bill

Oct. 6, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested today that the chamber take up a bill to crack down on Chinese currency manipulation before three free-trade agreements hit the floor.

House Blocks Bill Condemning Rick Perry’s Use of Hunting Camp With Racist Name

Oct. 6, 2011

The House rejected Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s resolution condemning Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s longtime use of a hunting camp named “Niggerhead” as a destination for friends and supporters.

Democrats Question Supreme Court Justices as Session Begins

Oct. 5, 2011

Congressional Democrats began training their fire on the Supreme Court this week, as the justices opened up a new session that will be stacked with politically charged cases.

House Liberals Find Footing

Oct. 4, 2011

After months of a rough adjustment to their minority status, House Democrats say they are harmonizing around a jobs message and will look to hit Republicans at every turn.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Resolution Would Condemn Rick Perry for Use of Hunting Cabin

Oct. 4, 2011

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is circulating a resolution condemning Texas Gov. Rick Perry's longtime use of a hunting cabin with a racially charged name as a destination for friends and supporters.

Passage of CR Provides Temporary Reprieve on Budget Wars

Oct. 4, 2011

The House voted today to avert the latest showdown over the federal budget, passing a short-term continuing resolution that will keep the government funded until Nov. 18.

Boehner, McConnell Applaud Obama’s Free-Trade Pacts

Oct. 3, 2011

Republican leaders offered qualified praise to President Barack Obama today after he sent up a trio of trade bills that could win Congressional approval before the end of the month.

Cantor Plans Piecemeal Approach to Jobs Proposal

Oct. 3, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that President Barack Obama’s jobs plan has no chance of passing the GOP-controlled House.

CBC Grouses but Will Back Obama

Sept. 30, 2011

Congressional Black Caucus members will passionately — and vocally — support President Barack Obama's jobs bill and re-election bid despite a recent public dust-up between the country's first black president and prominent African-American legislators, aides and Members insist.

Democrats Call for Inquiry of Clarence Thomas

Sept. 29, 2011

A group of House Democrats alleging that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas violated ethics rules by failing to report his wife’s income called for a federal investigation into the matter today.

DOMA Opponents Say House Legal Team Not Credible

Sept. 26, 2011

House Democrats today increased their criticism of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for hiring attorneys to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, alleging the legal team lacks credibility in its arguments and demanding that Members be briefed on its proceedings.

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