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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.
Brady no longer works for Roll Call.
House Democratic leaders have no plans to reprimand Reps. André Carson and Maxine Waters, Congressional Black Caucus members who used anti-tea-party rhetoric at town halls and job fairs over the August recess.
Congress might still have a week left of its recess, but some Congressional leaders are already sharpening their knives over warring jobs messages that will be a primary focus of the fall work stretch.
After several months of citizen protest in the North African country, President Barack Obama declared the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi over on Monday.
Congressional hawks cheered President Barack Obama’s call on Thursday for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign, a move that many of those Members have urged the administration to take over the last several months.
Washington may have settled into a sleepy August break, but House Republicans on Wednesday continued their messaging efforts on the economy as President Barack Obama toured the Midwest to spread his own jobs message.
Blue Dogs seemed like a dying breed over the past few months, but the group got a boost last week with the surprise appearance of their colleague Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the House floor.
The debt deal between the White House and Congress has been law for less than 24 hours, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are already expressing skepticism about a new super committee and its ability to come through with at least $1.2 trillion in additional budget savings.
The House easily passed a deal to increase the nations debt limit Monday evening following the dramatic entrance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords onto the floor, then promptly began its summer recess.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House floor Monday night to cast a vote in support of the debt ceiling increase after a nearly seven-month absence.
Vice President Joseph Bidens two-and-a-half-hour meeting Monday with House Democrats about a $2.1 trillion deficit reduction package did little to soothe angst in the party, from leaders all the way down to the rank and file.
A Congressman was arrested and a major government agency struggled through a partial shutdown last week, but those events barely registered as Members battled over increasing the debt ceiling.
House conservatives stymied Speaker John Boehners debt limit bill Thursday night, forcing leadership to pull it from the floor rather than risk losing a vote on passage.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the debt limit proposal heading to the floor will not win with Democratic votes.
Democratic aides were crowing late Thursday afternoon when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) abruptly postponed a vote on Speaker John Boehners debt ceiling plan until later in the evening.
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is advocating for a clean debt ceiling bill with just days to go until the nation hits a projected default deadline, even though a similar measure failed in May.
A growing faction of House Democrats is renewing its push for a clean debt limit vote pressing ahead even as the White House and Senate Democrats appear committed to fulfilling Republican demands for spending cuts to accompany a deal. But liberals risk being labeled as out of touch with the political climate.
With the Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline approaching and no agreement in sight, some House Democrats are calling on President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling on his own by citing authority in the 14th Amendment.
House Republicans delayed until Thursday a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s deficit reduction plan, which is being rewritten to include deeper spending cuts.
Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Tuesday warned that he is confident Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) does not have enough Republicans to pass his debt limit bill.
Rep. David Wu's announcement Tuesday that he would resign his seat capped off several days of pressure tactics from Democratic leaders, who wanted to avoid a dragged-out scandal such as that of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) kept a low profile Monday in the Capitol following allegations of sexual misconduct and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s call for an ethics investigation.
House Democrats are suffering massive mood swings when it comes to the debt limit talks. The Caucus has gone back and forth emotionally, from being jubilant about President Barack Obama's handling of the talks to fearful that he might give away too much in bipartisan talks with GOP leaders.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Sunday night for an ethics investigation into allegations that embattled Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) forced an unwanted sexual encounter with a young woman.
Embattled Rep. David Wu spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Saturday, one day after the Oregon Democrat faced new sexual misconduct allegations, but it is not clear whether Pelosi suggested he resign.
After a brief White House meeting, the onus for finding a deal to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling returned to Congress Saturday afternoon.