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Joanna Anderson


Joanna Anderson covers legislation on legal affairs, immigration, homeland security and foreign policy issues as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly. She first joined CQ as an assistant editor for its government documents product and previously completed several Senate internships, including with a leadership office and the Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill and as a press intern in a senator's state office.

Originally from suburban Philadelphia, Joanna is a graduate of George Washington University, where she earned a degree in political science. She currently lives in the Upper Northwest area of the District.

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Madeleine Albright to Guest Star on ‘Madam Secretary’

July 15, 2015

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will share the small-screen with her fictional counterpart this fall on the CBS drama “Madam Secretary.”

White House Body-Camera Grant Modeled on Lapsed DOJ Program

Jan. 26, 2015

The White House proposal for new grants to help police buy body-worn cameras is modeled on an existing bulletproof-vest grant program, a senior administration official said when the community-policing plan was unveiled in December.

Democrats Plan Police Body-Camera Legislation

Jan. 26, 2015

Two similar Democratic proposals to equip more police officers with body-worn cameras should come into better focus within days, as details emerge on a White House initiative as well as a prominent African-American lawmaker’s legislation in the House.

Clinton Library Papers Show Kagan Dropping an F-Bomb

Oct. 10, 2014

Papers from the Clinton White House released Friday detail much of the behind-the-scenes legal work of the White House as President Bill Clinton dealt with multiple scandals and controversies in his second term.

DOD Bribe Suspect Caught in Soup Shop First to Be Extradited From Iraq Under 1936 Pact

July 28, 2014

An ex-Defense Department contractor who is back on U.S. soil to face criminal charges six years after fleeing the country is the first person extradited from Iraq under a 1936 pact. The man had been on Interpol’s “most wanted” list.

House Panels Act on Lerner Resolutions

July 16, 2014

Two House panels swept aside Wednesday resolutions that would require the Pentagon and the Justice Department to produce any emails in its possession from embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner.

C-J-S Bill Advances After Democratic Gun Provisions Turned Aside

May 8, 2014

House appropriators advanced a measure Thursday to fund the Justice and Commerce departments, along with science agencies, after endorsing a GOP gun proposal and sidelining a series of Democratic firearm policy amendments.

Protesters Disrupt House Immigration Markup

June 18, 2013

CQ Roll Call reporter Joanna Anderson tells us that the House Judiciary Committee’s markup of an immigration enforcement measure was rudely interrupted by pro-immigration protesters this morning.

Immigration Prospects Brighter for Young DREAMers

June 11, 2013

Young backers of a sweeping immigration overhaul brought a palpable optimism with them to Washington on Tuesday. It was a far cry from the scene almost three years ago when the long-sought DREAM Act fell short in a lame-duck Senate session.

Spotlight Turns to Reid in Gun Control Debate

March 14, 2013

All eyes now shift to Harry Reid. With the Senate Judiciary Committee completing its work on a series of gun measures Thursday, the majority leader must determine his strategy for how the full chamber will move forward in response to last year’s Connecticut school shooting.

Senate Panel Advances Gun-Trafficking Bill

March 7, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed legislation Thursday to crack down on gun traffickers, casting the first congressional vote to tighten gun laws following the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Senate Republicans Block Obama Court Nominee

March 6, 2013

Senators on Wednesday again blocked President Barack Obama’s pick of Caitlin J. Halligan to serve on an influential District of Columbia court amid accusations she supports an anti-gun agenda.

House Clears Renewal of Domestic Violence Law

Feb. 28, 2013

The House cleared an update of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama after a protracted yearlong push to extend the law.

House Expected to Pass Senate Version of VAWA

Feb. 26, 2013

The House is expected to give in to Democratic pressure Thursday and pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act after failing to find a substitute that can garner the support of a majority of its members.

Senate Queues Up Passage of Domestic Violence Law Renewal

Feb. 7, 2013

Senators are poised to pass a domestic violence law rewrite next week without a clear endgame on tribal court provisions, the central sticking point in negotiations with the House.

Kerry Nomination Backed by Senate

Jan. 29, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry won the overwhelming endorsement of his colleagues Tuesday to be the next secretary of State, and he will head across town to Foggy Bottom in days.

Leahy Sets Guns, Immigration and Domestic Violence as Judiciary Committee Priorities

Jan. 16, 2013

Gun control, immigration and a push to update domestic-violence laws will headline an aggressive Senate Judiciary agenda this year, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.




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