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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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Debt Talks Return to Capitol Hill

July 23, 2011

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.

Wu Calls Sex Allegations ‘Serious’ Matter

July 22, 2011

Rep. David Wu acknowledged that questions surrounding a sexual encounter with a teenage woman are "very serious," but would not elaborate on the matter.

Possible Weekend Work for House Called Off

July 20, 2011

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s office told Members on Wednesday that they no longer must be prepared to be in session this weekend.

Minority Parties Asserting Influence

July 20, 2011

Tea party freshmen might have given House Republicans the majority last November, but now that negotiations to avert a government default are pressing against the clock, those same conservatives have boosted the leverage of the minority parties in both chambers.

Warner to Brief New Democrats on ‘Gang of Six’ Plan

July 20, 2011

Sen. Mark Warner will join like-minded moderates in the House on Wednesday to brief Members about the recently brokered “gang of six” agreement.

House Conservatives’ Spending Package Passes

July 19, 2011

The House on Tuesday passed conservatives’ proposal tying strict spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment to an increase in the debt ceiling. But the measure has no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate, and President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.

Weekend Session Possible for House

July 19, 2011

It may still be early in the week, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office put Members on notice Tuesday to anticipate working over the weekend.

Hoyer: Weekend Session Possible for House

July 19, 2011

It may still be early in the week, but House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer put colleagues on notice Tuesday to anticipate working over the weekend.

Boehner Eyes Plan B Options

July 19, 2011

Speaker John Boehner acknowledged he and his leadership team have begun working on a plan to address the debt limit if, as expected, the conservatives' Cut, Cap and Balance plan does not make it out of the Senate.

House GOP Wary of Plan B

July 18, 2011

House Republican leaders are at least a week away from pressuring their Members to support a Plan B debt deal under discussion in the Senate.

House Freshmen to Ask Obama for Debt Plan Specifics

July 18, 2011

A group of House Republican freshmen will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday to call on President Barack Obama to put forward a specific deficit reduction plan.

House Postpones Vote on Balanced Budget Amendment

July 18, 2011

The House scrapped plans Monday to bring a balanced budget amendment to the floor this week, postponing action until next week.

Hochul’s Advice for Caucus: Stay on Message

July 15, 2011

Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) scored an upset special election victory in May by hammering the Republican plan to overhaul Medicare, and her win is a stark sign for Democrats in a debt ceiling fight where entitlements are on the table.

House Democrats Leave Wiggle Room on Debt

July 15, 2011

House Democrats on Friday said they remain united against GOP demands for massive spending cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal and want revenue raisers as part of any agreement.

Republican Joins Calls for News Corp. Investigation

July 13, 2011

A handful of Democrats and at least one prominent Republican in Congress have Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in their cross hairs.

Democrats Are United on Debt Talks, For Now

July 12, 2011

Finding themselves in the unusual position of having leverage in the debt limit talks, House Democrats are not letting traditional dividing forces fracture their Caucus — at least for now.

Democrats Question Whether GOP Is Acting in Good Faith

July 12, 2011

House Democratic leaders called for a sweeping debt limit deal and questioned whether Republicans were acting in good faith on Tuesday, specifically criticizing their counterparts’ claims that merely showing up was in itself a compromise.

Cantor, Boehner Singing Same Tune Now

July 11, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Monday brushed aside questions about his relationship with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), telling reporters that there is no daylight between them in the debt limit negotiations.

Hispanics Waiting for DREAM Act

July 11, 2011

CHICAGO — The mostly Hispanic group of attendees who poured into the Teamsters Local 705 headquarters just days before the July Fourth weekend came to hear Rep. Luis Gutierrez on the last stop of his multicity tour focusing on immigration and to send a message to President Barack Obama.

Citing Urgency, Obama Says Both Sides Need to Give

July 11, 2011

President Barack Obama called out Congressional leaders from both parties on Monday, saying each side would need to compromise to reach a deal to increase the debt ceiling and that doing so “would give the American people enormous confidence that this town can actually do something once in a while.”

Santorum, Pawlenty Keep Their Chins Up

July 10, 2011

A pair of struggling GOP presidential hopefuls, former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, fought for the title of most popular campaign underdog in separate television appearances Sunday.

McCarthy, Van Hollen Demonstrate Divide in House

July 10, 2011

Top House officials on Sunday underscored the divide between the two parties as they negotiate a debt deal, just as their leaders prepared for a crucial White House meeting on reducing the deficit and raising the debt ceiling.

Geithner Warns Lawmakers to Act by Aug. 2

July 10, 2011

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner issued a stern warning to Congress on Sunday, telling Members they must vote to raise the debt ceiling before Aug. 2 to avoid an economic catastrophe.

Democrats, GOP Agree: Ryan Race Is National

July 9, 2011

KENOSHA, Wis. — In Wisconsin's 1st district, one thing Rep. Paul Ryan (R) and his Democratic opponent Rob Zerban agree on is that the race is already a national one.

Pelosi Reaffirms Democrat Stance on Entitlements

July 8, 2011

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday returned to the Capitol from a one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama and reiterated her position that Medicare and Social Security are out of bounds as part of any deal to raise the nation’s debt limit.

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