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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:

Super Committee Will Meet Next Week

Sept. 2, 2011

The bipartisan Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction will have an organizational meeting Thursday, wasting no time to get its work under way.

No Punishment Likely for Carson’s, Waters’ Tea Party Criticisms

Aug. 31, 2011

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.

Members Getting a Jump-Start on Jobs Messaging

Aug. 29, 2011

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.

Obama Steps Up Pressure on Gadhafi

Aug. 22, 2011

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.

Members Support Obama’s Measures Against Syrian Regime

Aug. 18, 2011

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.

Boehner, Cantor Press Jobs Message Ahead of Obama Address

Aug. 17, 2011

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 Looking for a Lift

Aug. 7, 2011

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.

Next Debt Test: Panel Picking

Aug. 2, 2011

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.

Giffords Captures Spotlight as House Passes Debt Deal

Aug. 1, 2011

The House easily passed a deal to increase the nation’s debt limit Monday evening following the dramatic entrance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords onto the floor, then promptly began its summer recess.

Giffords Returns for Debt Plan Vote

Aug. 1, 2011

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.

House Democrats Largely Uninspired by Biden Pep Talk

Aug. 1, 2011

Vice President Joseph Biden’s 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.

Big-Ticket Issues Get Short Shrift

July 29, 2011

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.

Boehner Delays Vote, Considers Changes to Debt Bill

July 28, 2011

House conservatives stymied Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill Thursday night, forcing leadership to pull it from the floor rather than risk losing a vote on passage.

Pelosi Predicts No Democratic Votes for Boehner Bill

July 28, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the debt limit proposal heading to the floor “will not win with Democratic votes.”

House Delays Debt Plan Vote

July 28, 2011

Democratic aides were crowing late Thursday afternoon when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) abruptly postponed a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan until later in the evening.

Welch Pushes ‘Clean’ Debt Ceiling Vote

July 27, 2011

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.

Some Still Hoping for a Clean Debt Vote

July 27, 2011

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.

Clyburn: It’s 14th Amendment Time

July 27, 2011

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 Delays Vote on Boehner Plan

July 26, 2011

House Republicans delayed until Thursday a vote on Speaker John Boehner’s deficit reduction plan, which is being rewritten to include deeper spending cuts.

Flurry of Pressure Preceded Wu’s Resignation

July 26, 2011

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.).

Jim Jordan Pushes Back on Boehner Plan

July 26, 2011

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.

Larson Advises Wu That He Has Few Options

July 25, 2011

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.

Talks Whipsawing Rank and File

July 25, 2011

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.

Pelosi Seeks Ethics Investigation of Wu

July 24, 2011

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.

Wu, in Trouble Again, Speaks to Pelosi

July 23, 2011

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.

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