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Niels Lesniewski


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:

On Iran Deal, Mark Kirk Continues Hitler, Chamberlain Analogy

July 15, 2015

When the framework for a nuclear deal with Iran was announced in April, Sen. Mark S. Kirk said, “Neville Chamberlain got a better deal from Adolf Hitler.”

Senate Democrats Warn White House on Iran Arms Embargo

July 13, 2015

Ending the arms embargo on Iran — something White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to rule out Monday — is causing the administration trouble with Capitol Hill Democrats.

Taylor Swift Concert at Nats Park or Political Fundraiser?

July 13, 2015

When senators finished voting for the evening Monday, at least a couple of them were heading to Nationals Park — not for an evening of baseball, but rather to use a pop sensation to raise campaign money. Music star Taylor Swift is in town for a pair of concerts over the All-Star break.

Harry Reid Talks Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

July 13, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used to raise money for him and that he really likes Hillary Rodham Clinton, even if he hasn’t formally endorsed her presidential bid quite yet.

Hillary Clinton to Visit Senate Democrats at Lunch

July 10, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to attend the July 14 Senate Democratic caucus lunch, a senior Democratic aide told CQ Roll Call.

Sanders, Warren Want Cable TV Price Probe

July 10, 2015

Perhaps Sen. Bernard Sanders should adapt a line from a former New York gubernatorial candidate and declare he thinks the cost of cable television is too damn high.

The Obama and Reid National Monument (Updated)

July 10, 2015

UPDATED 3:40 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s move to designate a trio of new national monuments includes “a defining legacy” of his time in the White House.

Bill Nelson to Have Prostate Cancer Surgery

July 9, 2015

Sen. Bill Nelson is scheduled to undergo surgery on July 13, after an early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

McConnell Criticizes Lack of Constitutional Overhaul in Myanmar

July 9, 2015

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to express frustration about the pace of change in Myanmar.

FIFA Scandal Getting the Senate's Attention Next Week

July 9, 2015

The soccer community’s attention will shift next week from the pitch in Vancouver to a hearing room in Washington, D.C.

Lindsey Graham Makes Case for War

July 8, 2015

Perhaps more than any other presidential candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham enjoys telling people to vote for somebody else.

Obama Tells Democrats Iran Deal Odds Below 50 Percent

July 8, 2015

During his meeting Tuesday evening with Senate Democrats, President Barack Obama put the chances of success on the international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program at less than 50-50.

Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks Could Save August Recess

July 7, 2015

News of yet another extension of the deadline for nuclear talks with Iran might prove a boon for lawmakers and staffers with plans to get out of town in August.

After Trade Triumph, Senate Republicans Look to Rack Up More Wins (Video)

July 7, 2015

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Senate is on a roll — and he wants to make sure it stays that way.

Senators Running for President Defend the Filibuster

July 7, 2015

If using the nuclear option to repeal Obamacare becomes a GOP litmus test, then the Republican senators running for president will have a problem.

Rand Paul Won't Be Going Hollywood

July 6, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul may have just given away any chance of winning an Oscar.

Congress Could Face Rush to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

July 5, 2015

If everything goes according to Secretary of State John Kerry’s timeline, Congress will face a rush to review and respond to a nuclear deal with Iran before leaving town again for August recess.

Republicans Aiming to Register Voters at NASCAR

July 2, 2015

Reince Priebus won’t be behind the wheel of a stock car, but the the Republican National Committee is going to Daytona International Speedway.

Kaine, Warner Question Shutdown of Security Clearance System

July 1, 2015

Virginia’s Senate delegation wants answers about the shutdown of an Office of Personnel Management system for handling security clearances.

Donald Trump Is Coming to D.C., One Way or Another

July 1, 2015

The current controversy surrounding businessman and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is not having an effect on at least one of his business ventures — redevelopment of the Old Post Office Pavilion.

Obama Makes Op-Ed Push to Revive Export-Import Bank

July 1, 2015

As the charter for the Export-Import Bank was lapsing, President Barack Obama penned opinion pieces in a number of newspapers across the country asking readers to pressure their lawmakers to bring it back.

Democrats Want Domestic Terrorism Probe After Charleston Shootings

June 30, 2015

The Charleston, S.C., shootings have prompted six Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for hearings on domestic terrorism.

In Washington, Ted Cruz's 'Truth' Will Make Him More Enemies

June 29, 2015

When their presidential bids failed, senators as liberal as Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and as conservative as Barry Goldwater of Arizona returned to Capitol Hill and had productive — if not legendary — careers.

Cruz Says McConnell Misled on Funding Incumbents

June 29, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz is suggesting current Majority Leader Mitch McConnell misled him about the objectives of the National Republican Senatorial Committee last cycle.

Mike Lee's Missed 'Fast-Track' Vote Causes Discord, Confusion

June 26, 2015

Sen. Mike Lee had said he supported a stand-alone measure to revive Trade Promotion Authority, but when the vote was called, the Republican was still in Utah.

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