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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.
The latest salvo in what’s looking to be a summer of sparring over spending? Eggs.
Sen. Angus King will undergo surgery this week to address a prostate cancer diagnosis he received earlier this year.
Sandwiched between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knew he wouldn’t be the star.
In unveiling his proposal to slash taxes to a single 14.5 percent marginal rate, Sen. Rand Paul wants a debate over whether the GOP should only seek to simplify the tax code.
A longtime Senate spokeswoman is going back across the Rotunda to serve as press secretary for Speaker John A. Boehner.
Senators managed to duck a war debate Thursday while passing the National Defense Authorization Act and then immediately filibustering the Defense spending bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is setting up to make the case that Democrats are flip-flopping on national security.
House Republican leaders are mulling their options for forcing a vote on Trade Promotion Authority while saving reconsideration of Trade Adjustment Assistance for another day.
The defense policy bill could get off the Senate floor this week the easy way — or the hard way.
A Senate opponent of rolling back a U.S. embargo with Cuba says supporters are putting the financial benefits ahead of the well-being of the Cuban people.
If the Taste of Hawaii gets much bigger, it will take over Upper Senate Park.
Partisan sparring over the 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game is well underway, including on Wikipedia.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren might have the biggest grass-roots megaphone in the Democratic caucus, and Charles E. Schumer is in line to be the next Democratic leader.
Sen. Joni Ernst’s motorcycle ride and barbecue got most of the attention last weekend as Republican presidential candidates descended on Iowa, but the state’s senior senator spent plenty of time with the presidential prospects as well.
The move to attach bipartisan cybersecurity legislation to an annual defense bill has prompted another debate over surveillance.
Sen. Christopher S. Murphy wants to ensure U.S. ground forces aren’t sent back into combat in Iraq and Syria in the event a Republican wins the White House next year.
One of the most high-profile communicators on Capitol Hill — and in social media — is leaving to go back to writing under her own name.
Updated 6:13 p.m. | The efforts to force the Senate into a debate over the use of military force are continuing to grow.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says despite the failings of the Iraqi army, he won’t be among those calling for a return of U.S. troops to the battlefield.
Regular order means senators have to vote on amendments, and those votes can be rather difficult. And there are no more serious votes than those on war — ones the Senate has been ducking for years.
Updated 6:22 p.m. | A trio of senators, including the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, have won the support of their colleagues to block the Pentagon from spending taxpayer dollars to honor troops at sporting events.
President Barack Obama shouldn’t be too optimistic about getting a lot of federal appeals court judges confirmed by the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday the government of Myanmar needs to address the human-rights crisis involving the Rohingya.
In the wake of the scandal that’s rocked FIFA, the international soccer governing body, a Senate subcommittee is getting ready for a hearing on human rights in Qatar.
Emboldened by their victory in the debate over surveillance powers, Senate Democrats are hoping to push Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on other high-profile items facing a time crunch, starting with a bipartisan reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which the Kentucky Republican opposes but the GOP’s business wing supports. The bank charter expires at the end of this month.