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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:

New Governing Coalition Emerges

Dec. 15, 2014

In the wake of the “cromnibus,” a new governing coalition may have emerged in Washington.

From New Committee Seat, David Vitter Seeks to Stop AG Nomination

Dec. 15, 2014

One of the new Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says next year’s Senate should block President Barack Obama’s attorney general nominee.

Ahead of Holidays, Schumer Slams High Cost of Flying (Video)

Dec. 15, 2014

How does a senator spend his only off-day during the end-of-session holiday rush? If you’re Charles E. Schumer, you go home to New York and hold a news conference about the high price of airline tickets.

Saturday Session a Preview of What's to Come

Dec. 14, 2014

At the end of a rare Saturday session, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was direct when asked if Democrats, led by outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had gotten the better of Republicans.

Menendez Files ISIS Force Amendment to 'Cromnibus' Despite No Chance of Vote

Dec. 13, 2014

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee thinks the current Congress should stick around long enough to consider an Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State, and he’s reiterating that as the Senate wraps up its work.

Senate Rejects Cruz Point of Order on Obama's Immigration Action

Dec. 13, 2014

Updated 11:05 p.m. | Ted Cruz’s proxy vote against President Barack Obama’s executive action ended in an overwhelming defeat Saturday night, splitting the GOP in half.

Surviving a Saturday in the Senate

Dec. 13, 2014

Cars packed the East Front of the Capitol Saturday, as senators returned for a surprise weekend session. Even as the first vote of the day was underway, lawmakers were still making their way back to the Senate.

Senate Avoids Shutdown, Passes Cromnibus in Bipartisan Vote

Dec. 13, 2014

Updated 11:26 p.m. | The Senate has avoided a government shutdown, easily clearing the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” funding the government through September.

Reid Announces Weekend Votes After Blockade (Updated)

Dec. 12, 2014

Updated Dec. 13, 12:15 a.m. | Conservatives stalled action on the Senate floor late Friday as leaders scrambled to wrap up the 113th Congress.

Coburn Reprises 2011 Senate Rules Debate

Dec. 12, 2014

Sen. Tom Coburn’s last stand includes a reprise of a 2011 floor debate that helped lay the groundwork for last year’s “nuclear option” fight.

Reid Hopes for Quick 'Cromnibus' Passage, Getaway

Dec. 12, 2014

Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to tackle the catchall “cromnibus” spending bill before departure.

'Dr. No' Bids Farewell — and Continues to Forestall Senate Work

Dec. 11, 2014

In bidding farewell to the Senate — and perhaps to Washington — Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn dismissed some of the most common notions about the chamber.

Leahy: 'Kind of Petty' Not to Fund Emeritus Office in 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 10, 2014

Not since the electoral defeat of Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens departed has the Senate had a president pro tempore emeritus.

Elizabeth Warren Channels Ted Cruz on 'Cromnibus'

Dec. 10, 2014

One of the Senate’s leading liberals is borrowing a page from the playbook of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

GOP: Staffers Should Use Obamacare

Dec. 10, 2014

All Senate GOP staffers should get their health benefits through District of Columbia’s Obamacare exchange and not use a special carveout for committee and leadership staff, a resolution adopted by the Senate Republican Conference Wednesday said.

Reid Outlines Remaining Senate Schedule, Again Warns of Weekend Work

Dec. 9, 2014

As final preparations seemed to be underway to pass the “cromnibus” funding most of the government for the rest of the fiscal year — and avoiding a shutdown — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made one more warning about the session extending past Thursday.

“The federal government’s going to run out of money in two days. There’s no reason the government should shut down, and we’re ready to pass a yearlong spending bill to take care of this,” the Nevada Democrat said. “There’s still factions within the Republican party who want extreme measures. You’ve all heard them, just like I have.”

“For the extremists within the Republican Party … there’s always a reason to take a poke at the president. If it’s not one thing, it’s some other thing. The American people certainly shouldn’t be facing another government shutdown, but I guess that’s what we’re facing,” Reid said, noting that almost 100 riders had been at play in the process of crafting the catch-all spending bill.

Reid said he would back a very short-term continuing resolution, should it become necessary to get through procedural maneuvering and finish final details.

Reid Outlines Endgame, Again Warns of Weekend Work (Video)

Dec. 9, 2014

As final preparations seemed to be underway to pass the “cromnibus” funding most of the government for the rest of the fiscal year — and avoid a shutdown — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made one more warning about the session extending past Thursday.

Feinstein Explains Why CIA Was Not Interviewed for Torture Report

Dec. 9, 2014

Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein faced criticism Tuesday from CIA Director John O. Brennan for not interviewing CIA officers before the release of the committee's CIA torture report, which Brennan said "would have provided members with valuable context."

Feinstein pushed back on this assertion during an hour-long floor speech, saying she was "confident" in the accuracy of the committee report while citing a 2009 Justice Department review of the interrogation techniques used during the George W. Bush administration, which Feinstein said deterred CIA employees from speaking with the committee.

Feinstein on Senate CIA Torture Report: 'Never Again'

Dec. 9, 2014

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein unveiled the executive summary of her committee's much-anticipated report on acts of torture used by the CIA Tuesday.

"This document examines the CIA's secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques — in some cases amounting to torture," the California Democrat said in a statement announcing the release.

Feinstein said on the Senate floor there might never be a good time to release the report, but it is important to do so. The release of the report, Feinstein said, must change how the CIA works and prevent any future use of torture.

The release of the report, Feinstein said, must change how the CIA works and prevent any future use of torture.

"Never again," she said.

Reid on Senate CIA Report: Torture 'Got Us Nothing'

Dec. 9, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture used by the CIA on the floor Tuesday, saying torture had no benefits and likening the report to the release of the Pentagon Papers and reports on Abu Ghraib and the Iran-Contra affair.

"It got us nothing but a bad name," Reid said. "What took place, the torture program, was not in keeping with our country.”

Feinstein Unveils CIA Torture Report (Updated) (Video)

Dec. 9, 2014

Updated 12:28 p.m. | Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein unveiled the executive summary of her committee’s much-anticipated report on acts of torture used by the CIA Tuesday.

McConnell Pushes Campaign Finance Changes

Dec. 8, 2014

An effort to ease limits on spending by party committees was among the late lingering issues as negotiations continued on legislation to keep the government funded past Thursday.

McConnell to Nominate Julie Adams as Secretary of the Senate

Dec. 8, 2014

Updated 6:08 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that longtime aide Julie Adams would become secretary of the Senate when he becomes majority leader next year.

Immigration Not High on McConnell Agenda

Dec. 8, 2014

The incoming Senate majority leader isn’t eager to tackle immigration after President Barack Obama’s recent executive action.

McConnell Plots a Functional, Bipartisan Senate

Dec. 8, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell wants to hit the ground running in January — and he thinks Democrats are ready to join him in crafting a more open, functional Senate.

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