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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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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.

Showdown Is a No-Win Situation in Third Budget Battle of the Year

Sept. 25, 2011

Despite Democrats’ and Republicans’ best efforts to avoid a third spending fight this year, Congress is engaged in another government shutdown battle stemming from a disagreement over disaster funding, a move that is likely to keep both parties unpopular with voters.

House Passes CR Unacceptable to Senate Democrats

Sept. 23, 2011

After a long day of debate and fierce Republican whipping efforts, the House passed a government funding measure that faces an uncertain future in the Democratic-led Senate.

House Moves Forward on Revamped CR, Disaster Aid Measure

Sept. 22, 2011

The House cleared a procedural hurdle tonight on the path to passing a revised version of a short-term funding measure, adopting a rule for the bill and teeing up a final passage vote around midnight.

Recess in Doubt as Parties Continue to Disagree on Disaster Funding

Sept. 22, 2011

Next week’s Congressional recess could get nixed, as Senate Democrats and House Republicans remain at odds over disaster funding in a stopgap spending bill.

Reid, Boehner Downplay Talk of Government Shutdown

Sept. 22, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today he is “cautiously optimistic” that Congress can pass stopgap spending legislation before the end of next week and avoid a government shutdown.

Democrats Dig In on Spending Bill

Sept. 22, 2011

As Republicans scrambled to draft a new government funding bill that could win a majority of votes on the floor, House Democrats promised to stand united against any offsets to pay for disaster aid and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned GOP leaders not to try to reduce overall spending in the continuing resolution.

House Votes Down Government Funding, Disaster Aid Bill

Sept. 21, 2011

The House threw the appropriations process into chaos today, voting down a stopgap funding resolution that conservative Republicans and virtually all Democrats opposed. The vote increases the likelihood that both chambers will encroach on next week’s scheduled recess in order to avert a government shutdown.

House Moves Step Closer to Approving CR

Sept. 21, 2011

House Republicans today overcame their own party’s reservations about a stopgap funding measure, passing a procedural motion to move the bill closer to final passage this afternoon.

Passage of House CR in Doubt

Sept. 21, 2011

A groundswell of defections from both parties against the short-term continuing resolution have put in question whether House Republicans have enough votes to pass the measure later today.

Disaster Aid Funds Fuel Fight

Sept. 20, 2011

Senate Democrats and House Republicans clashed today over who would be to blame if the two sides can’t agree on disaster aid funding in a stopgap spending bill and the government shuts down Oct. 1.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Works to Increase Influence

Sept. 18, 2011

Taking a page from their conservative counterparts, House liberals are ramping up their efforts to become a force both under the Dome and on the campaign trail.

Pelosi Shrugs Off Election Losses

Sept. 15, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi brushed off suggestions today that a pair of special election losses this week, including one in a strongly Democratic district, will impede her plans to take back the House next year.

Obama’s Jobs Message Gains Currency With Liberals

Sept. 13, 2011

Congressional Democrats want to see more of the newly aggressive side of President Barack Obama that they've witnessed in the past week — even as some grumble about the details of his jobs plan and remain worried he will trade away their priorities in another high-stakes deal with the GOP.

Democrats Launch Offensive Over Jobs

Sept. 12, 2011

Senate Democrats are looking to put President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill on the floor quickly in an effort to capitalize on divisions among Republicans.

Obama to Send Jobs Plan to Congress Today

Sept. 12, 2011

President Barack Obama will send his plan aimed to boost the employment rate to Congress this morning.

Democrats Wary of Losing Priorities in Jobs Agenda Push

Sept. 9, 2011

House Democrats today blasted proposals laid out in President Barack Obama’s Thursday jobs speech, expressing concern that their priorities would be negotiated away.

Cantor: Compromise on Payroll Tax Cut in the Mix

Sept. 8, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today blamed hyper-partisanship in Washington, D.C., for the lagging unemployment rate and challenged President Barack Obama to temper his own rhetoric so the two sides can better work together.

Before Speech, Nods to Civility Amid Political Maneuvers

Sept. 8, 2011

House Republican leaders geared up for President Barack Obama’s job speech tonight by continuing calls for civility, all the while still criticizing the administration for what they charge are its job-crushing regulations.

Nancy Pelosi Promotes Policy Adviser

Sept. 7, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that policy adviser Lori Pepper was promoted to the position of deputy director of floor operations.

Democratic Memo Outlines Possible Cuts for Super Committee

Sept. 7, 2011

A memo from Democratic staff outlining options for deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid as well as tax increases on high earners raised eyebrows Wednesday ahead of the first meeting of the joint committee tasked with addressing the deficit.

Welch Tries to Build Bipartisan Disaster Coalition

Sept. 7, 2011

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is looking to form a bicameral coalition of Republicans and Democrats from states hit by Hurricane Irene that will help ensure federal disaster aid doesn’t become the latest battlefront in the debate over reducing the deficit.

Job Speech Important to Liberals

Sept. 6, 2011

Disgruntled liberals are looking to the president to use his bully pulpit Thursday night to force Republicans' hand on spending programs to boost job growth.

TAA Legislation Perched to Take Center Stage

Sept. 6, 2011

Eager to shift their focus to the economy, House Republicans on Wednesday will pass an obscure trade bill that is set to become the linchpin of the GOP's larger jobs message.

Leaders to Stay Close to Deficit Panel

Sept. 2, 2011

Party leaders are giving the new super committee some space to build a bipartisan deficit plan, but they are staying close enough to the process to continue as the unseen hands behind the scenes.

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