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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:

Senators Push Against Burger King Tax Inversion

Sept. 11, 2014

A handful of members of the Senate Democratic caucus are calling on the leadership of Burger King to abandon the idea of using inversion for tax purposes as part of the merger with a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.

Cruz to House GOP: Punt Spending Debate Into 2015

Sept. 10, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz is launching an effort to push the House into a continuing resolution that funds the government into the next Congress.

On Equal Pay Bill, Republicans Face Certain Criticism

Sept. 10, 2014

Republicans should prepare to be criticized regardless of how they vote Wednesday afternoon when the Senate reconsiders legislation known as the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Reid Wants Border Supplemental, Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization in Stopgap Bill

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he would certainly hope the stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating into December would include funding requested by the administration for border security and the issue of unaccompanied migrant children, in addition to a re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank.

"I think the Ex-Im Bank is extremely important," Reid said. "China for example gives more than four times as much as we do in the same type of a program.

Reid Doubts Senate Will Vote on Inversions in September

Sept. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he doesnt expect the Senate to vote on legislation revamping corporate inversions this month.

Lameness of Post-Election Session Could Hinge on Results

Sept. 9, 2014

Theres no fiscal cliff or global financial crisis for this years post-election lame-duck session, but that doesnt 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, theyre inviting a government shutdown.

GOP Chicken Charges Dropped in New Hampshire

Sept. 8, 2014

New Hampshires most famous Republican chicken is free.

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 hes expected to make a full recovery.

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 shouldnt 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, youve 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 Hampshires 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 McConnells re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.

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 Republicans wife.

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 Russias 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 were 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.

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 Russias further incursion into Ukrainian territory, as Republican lawmakers renewed calls for stronger action.

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