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Niels Lesniewski

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Niels Lesniewski covers the Senate for Roll Call. He joined what is now CQ Roll Call in September 2007, hired by Roll Call for the GalleryWatch legislative tracking service that was integrated into CQ in 2009. He is known for his expertise on the peculiarities of Senate procedure.

Niels began covering the Senate for CQ in January 2010, taking the title of CQ SenateWatch editor in the summer of 2011. He has contributed to coverage of all the biggest policy stories on Capitol Hill in recent years, including the response to the 2008 financial collapse, the health care overhaul and several budget standoffs.

A Connecticut native, Niels graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a dual degree in theatre and government. Before joining CQ Roll Call, he worked for theater productions in D.C. and New England. While in college, he interned for ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Outside of work, Niels is an avid sports fan. He started attending Nationals games back when the team was among the worst in the National League and still playing at RFK Stadium.

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Stories by Niels Lesniewski:

Reid Doubts Senate Will Vote on Inversions in September

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he doesn’t expect the Senate to vote on legislation revamping corporate inversions this month.

Lameness of Post-Election Session Could Hinge on Results

Sept. 9, 2014

There’s no “fiscal cliff” or global financial crisis for this year’s post-election lame-duck session, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

Reid Warns of Government Shutdown Over Immigration

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, they're inviting a government shutdown.

"They have every right to do whatever they want legislatively. If they want to be the lead team of shutting down the government, that's what they're going to have to do," Reid said.

Reid Warns of Shutdown Showdown Over Immigration (Video)

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that if a band of Republicans press for language blocking executive actions on immigration, they’re inviting a government shutdown.

Blumenthal Pushes Goodell to Revisit Ray Rice Punishment

Sept. 8, 2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is joining the calls for the National Football League to impose stiffer punishment on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Dingell Hospitalized in Detroit

Sept. 8, 2014

The longest serving member in the history of the House has been hospitalized in Detroit, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.

GOP Chicken Charges Dropped in New Hampshire

Sept. 8, 2014

New Hampshire’s most famous Republican chicken is free.

McConnell Hints at Prolonged Campaign Finance Debate

Sept. 7, 2014

Senate Democrats are facing the prospect of Republicans voting to prolong debate on a campaign finance constitutional amendment, a move that could interfere with Democrats’ plans for a barrage of pre-election votes on issues from student loans to the minimum wage to equal pay for women.

Obama to Meet With Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi

Sept. 6, 2014

President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday with the top four congressional leaders, with foreign policy on the agenda, according to a senior Senate aide.

Obama Punts on Immigration Until After Elections (Updated)

Sept. 6, 2014

Updated 11:46 a.m. | President Barack Obama intends to delay an announcement of executive actions related to immigration until after the mid-term elections, a source with direct knowledge of the White House decision confirmed to CQ Roll Call.

Landrieu Offers Rebuttal to Rubio, Cassidy on Venezuela

Sept. 5, 2014

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has responded forcefully to criticism of her blockade of sanctions against Venezuela.

Rubio Asks Reid to Bypass Landrieu on Venezuela Sanctions

Sept. 4, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio wants Majority Leader Harry Reid to bypass one of his vulnerable incumbent Democrats in a bid to impose sanctions on Venezuela.

McCain: Senate Shouldn't Leave Without Authorizing Use of Force Against ISIS

Sept. 3, 2014

Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that Congress shouldn't leave Washington for the mid-term election break until authorizing the use of force against ISIS.

Speaking with reporters after a campaign event for GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie at a VFW hall, the Arizonan dismissed the idea that the Senate is only scheduled to be in session for two weeks in September, where advancing a continuing resolution to keep the government running will highlight the agenda.

McCain: Senate Shouldn't Leave Without Authorizing Use of Force Against ISIS (Video)

Sept. 3, 2014

Updated 6:03 p.m. | NORFOLK, Va. — Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that Congress shouldn’t leave Washington for the mid-term election break until authorizing the use of force against ISIS.

Flashback: Moira Bagley Smith's Guide to Hill Booze Scene

Sept. 2, 2014

By now, you’ve seen the announcement that Moira Bagley Smith is joining the staff of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., as communications director.

Ted Cruz to Rally for Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire

Sept. 2, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz is stumping for congressional hopeful Marilinda Garcia this weekend, just ahead of New Hampshire’s Republican primaries next week.

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

Aug. 29, 2014

Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.

Obama: US 'Not Taking Military Action to Solve the Ukranian Problem'

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama on Thursday dismissed any suggestion of military intervention to address Russia’s further incursion into Ukrainian territory, as Republican lawmakers renewed calls for stronger action.

“We are not taking military action to solve the Ukrainian problem. What we’re doing is to mobilize the international community to apply pressure on Russia,” Obama said. “But I think it is very important to recognize that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming.”

Rep. Andy Harris Mourns Wife's Sudden Death

Aug. 28, 2014

The office of Rep. Andy Harris announced on Thursday the unexpected death of the Maryland Republican’s wife.

Will New Hampshire GOP Voters Anoint a Rising Star?

Aug. 28, 2014

RINDGE, N.H. — The total Hispanic population in the sprawling 2nd District hovers just above 3 percent, making it one of the least diverse House districts in the country. But Granite State Republicans could nominate a young Latina with star potential who’s already earned plaudits from national conservatives.

Republicans Warn of 'Dark and Dangerous' Future if Putin Isn't Confronted on Ukraine (Video)

Aug. 28, 2014

President Barack Obama on Thursday dismissed any suggestion of military intervention to address Russia’s further incursion into Ukrainian territory, as Republican lawmakers renewed calls for stronger action.

New Englanders, and Political Figures, Relieved as Market Basket Standoff Ends

Aug. 28, 2014

LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Across a broad swath of New England, there’s cause for celebration this Thursday — about the local supermarket.

McConnell Wants Details From Obama on Plans for ISIS

Aug. 26, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants President Barack Obama to present Congress with a plan to fight the Islamic State, including any potential needs for a new authorization for use of military force.

In New Hampshire, Town Halls and an Arrested Chicken (Video)

Aug. 25, 2014

LOUDON, N.H. — Will the 2014 midterms prove the death-knell for the traditional New Hampshire town hall?

Sherrod Brown: Switch to Wendy's or White Castle if Burger King Goes to Canada (Video)

Aug. 25, 2014

In a statement that might make the late Dave Thomas proud, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Monday that if Burger King sets up shop in Canada as part of a tax inversion, customers should switch to Wendy’s or White Castle.

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