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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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Protesters Disrupt House Immigration Markup

June 18, 2013

CQ Roll Call reporter Joanna Anderson tells us that the House Judiciary Committeeís 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 yearís 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 Obamaís 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 panelís chairman said Wednesday.




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