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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:

Boehner: Getting Big Deal Is ‘Rubik’s Cube’

July 8, 2011

Speaker John Boehner maintained Friday that the two parties are still arms-length apart on reaching a debt ceiling deal. The Ohio Republican said “there is no agreement in private or in public.” He added, “It’s not like there’s some imminent deal that’s about to happen.”

House Cancels July 18 Recess

July 8, 2011

The House scrapped its plans to recess the week of July 18 as Members on both sides of the Capitol continue to work through debt and budget matters.

House OKs Amendment Limiting Funding for Libya Mission

July 7, 2011

The House narrowly voted Thursday to ban financial assistance to rebel leaders in Libya, marking the first time the chamber has voted to impose any funding limitations on the U.S. military effort in the North African nation.

House Progressives Set Demands for Debt Deal

July 7, 2011

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, betting that their votes will be needed to pass a debt ceiling deal, attempted to insert themselves into the debate Thursday by outlining a host of demands.

House GOP, Democrats Still at Opposite Ends on Debt Bargaining

July 7, 2011

House Democrats continued to dig in their heels against cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs Thursday as Congressional leaders and the White House continued to search for a bipartisan deal to increase the debt limit.

Cantor Says Tax Loopholes Are on the Table

July 6, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pushed back Wednesday against President Barack Obama’s assertion that bipartisan negotiations on the debt limit broke down over tax loopholes and special tax breaks for industry, insisting that House Republicans would be willing to discuss the issue.

Offset Recesses Cause Uncertainty, Heartburn

July 2, 2011

The offset recess calendars of the House and Senate claimed a casualty when the Senate scrapped its July Fourth break. The decision denies vulnerable incumbents an opportunity to be home with constituents and led to concern about what other recesses might be on the chopping block.

Keeping the Dream (Act) Alive

June 29, 2011

There is little chance Congress will pass legislation overhauling the country's immigration system before the 2012 elections, but supporters of reform intend to keep pushing lawmakers on the issue.

Campaigns Farm the Hill, but Not Like 2008

June 27, 2011

The migration of Capitol Hill staffers to the campaign trail has slowly begun as the season of summer politicking ramps up.

House Votes Down Effort to Limit Libya Funding

June 24, 2011

President Barack Obama might have gotten the best outcome he could hope for from the House on Friday, when the chamber refused to approve of U.S. involvement in Libya but stopped short of voting to limit funding for the operation.

Clinton Attempts to Rally Democrats Behind Libya Mission

June 23, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tried Thursday to win support from House Democrats for U.S. military involvement in Libya, one day before the chamber is expected to consider legislation that would rebuke the Obama administration on the issue.

On Libya, House Is Choosing a Path

June 22, 2011

Speaker John Boehner is setting up the second showdown with the White House over Libya in less than a month.

Boehner: House, Senate GOP Agree on Libya

June 22, 2011

Speaker John Boehner insisted Wednesday that House Republicans and their Senate counterparts are on the same page regarding Libya, even though the two chambers are not in legislative sync on the issue.

House Republicans to Consider Libya Resolutions

June 21, 2011

The House could follow the Senate’s lead and consider a resolution this week that would authorize U.S. participation in an international military operation in Libya, Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday evening.

GOP Freshmen to Score NRCC’s Patriot Cash

June 21, 2011

The National Republican Congressional Committee will raise $1.5 million for 10 endangered incumbents at a fundraiser hosted by GOP leadership today.

Boehner’s Straddle on Libya Nears End

June 20, 2011

Speaker John Boehner will use this last week before a July Fourth recess to put the House on the record on Libya.

Boehner: Another Vote on Libya Will Be Held

June 18, 2011

Speaker John Boehner put the White House on notice Friday that it should expect another vote on Libya next week, although the top House leader was short on specifics.

Obama, Boehner Hit the Greens

June 18, 2011

President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) joined forces Saturday to defeat the other half of their foursome in a heavily anticipated round of golf at Andrews Air Force Base.

McCain Scolds White House on Libya

June 16, 2011

Sen. John McCain hammered President Barack Obama Thursday for claiming that U.S. military action in Libya does not rise to the level of hostilities governed by the War Powers Act.

Weiner Decision Hits Capitol

June 16, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner might not announce his expected resignation until 2 p.m., but news of the New York Democrat's decision shook the Capitol on Thursday before he even took to the cameras.

House Members Sue Obama Over Libya

June 15, 2011

A group of House lawmakers led by Rep. Dennis Kucinich filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama Wednesday, asserting that the administration does not have Congress' approval to continue engaging in the Libyan conflict.

Rising Conflict on Libya

June 15, 2011

Members of Congress blame President Barack Obama for inviting a constitutional confrontation over Libya, saying the president completely mishandled the politics of the issue.

When Compromise Is ‘Going Soft’

June 13, 2011

Tea party activists are urging House Members to resist compromise in the debt limit debate, but too firm a stance by the conservative faction could marginalize the group rather than strengthen it when a final deal is cut.

House Frosh Picks Up Nominations Fight

June 13, 2011

House Members don’t have the power to confirm or reject administration nominees, but that hasn’t stopped Rep. Jeff Landry from weighing in on the process.

Cummings’ Nephew Killed In Off-Campus Shooting

June 13, 2011

The 20-year-old nephew of Rep. Elijah Cummings was killed last week.

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