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Hannah Hess

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Hannah Hess covers the Capitol campus for Roll Call, reporting on legislative branch agencies, administration of the House and Senate, and Congress oversight of the District of Columbia.

Hannahs political reporting experience includes two statehouse bureaus, and the early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign trail. Prior to joining CQ Roll Call, she covered the Virginia General Assembly, the campaign for the 2012 Iowa caucuses and the Illinois General Assembly. Her work has appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Washington Examiner and the Omaha World-Herald. She also interned for what is now CQ Roll Call in 2008, working for Roll Calls GalleryWatch legislative tracking service that was integrated into CQ in 2009. Originally from Illinois, Hannah holds two degrees from the University of Illinois a bachelors degree in media studies and a masters degree in public affairs reporting.

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Wisconsin Field Hearing Could Fuel Critics of Ron Johnson, Tammy Baldwin

March 30, 2015

Mondays rare recess field hearing will focus attention on the controversy within a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs Medical Center thats become a thorny subject for both the states senators.

Ed Whitfield's Ties to Lobbyist Wife Subject of House Ethics Probe (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 1:30 p.m. | The congressional ethics police have launched a formal investigation into allegations that Rep. Edward Whitfield has been using his House seat for family gain.

Vitter Amendment Rears Its Head in Wee Hours of Vote-a-Rama (Updated)

March 27, 2015

Updated 3:47 a.m. | Sen. David Vitter won a small victory in the wee hours Friday, resurrecting his amendment to end employer-provided health benefits for members of Congress.

Senator Slams Alleged Ban on Climate Change Speech

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scott's alleged ban on the terms "climate change" and "global warming."

Nelson has an amendment pending aimed at blocking federal agencies from censoring speech related to climate change. It would set up a procedural hurdle to Senate consideration of any future legislation that censors a federal agency's use of climate change science.

Nelson called it "common sense" to protect those terms during a Thursday morning speech. "But we have all read news reports at the state level, at the local level, maybe even at the federal level that, indeed, some folks are trying to muzzle scientists from speaking about the science involving the oceans, the atmosphere, climate and the weather."

Bill Nelson: Don't Censor 'Climate Change' (Video)

March 26, 2015

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson used the annual Senate vote-a-rama to dis Republican Gov. Rick Scotts alleged ban on the terms climate change and global warming.

Loretta Lynch: From 'Back of the Bus' to 'Sacrificial Lamb'

March 26, 2015

Adopting rhetoric similar to Illinois Senator and Minority Whip Richard J. Durbins back of the bus comment that drew the ire of Republicans, about a dozen women congregated outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnells office Thursday to protest the delay on confirming Loretta Lynch.

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

March 26, 2015

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

Capitol Fun Police? Farr Opposes July Fourth Security Plan

March 26, 2015

One of the Houses most liberal Democrats vowed to be the squeaky wheel if congressional leaders agree to recommendations from Hill law enforcement to limit access to the Capitol on July Fourth.

Eight Arrested in Anti-Abortion 'Pray-In' Outside Boehner's Office

March 25, 2015

A 30-minute pray-in organized at the door of Speaker John A. Boehners office by anti-abortion groups ended Wednesday morning with eight arrests.

Authorities to Transfer Jesse Jackson Jr. to D.C. Halfway House

March 25, 2015

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to return to Washington this week, nearly 17 months after the Illinois Democrat entered the federal prison system to begin a 30-month sentence for defrauding his campaign.

Senate Ditches Obama Budget; Plan Earns Only 1 'Yes'

March 24, 2015

Sen. Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., joined the very short list of members of Congress who have cast yes votes on President Barack Obamas budget proposals Wednesday evening, when the Senate rejected a budget alternative based on the $4 trillion blueprint unveiled by Obama in February.

Police Want to Curtail Capitol Fourth of July Festivities

March 24, 2015

First sledding, now the Fourth of July.

Social Media Policy Stirs Up More Trouble Within Capitol Police Ranks

March 24, 2015

Sharing photos and posts about the scene of the March 7, 2014, crash that landed a silver car in a tree southeast of the Capitol got a few Capitol Police officers into trouble with the department.

Bipartisan Pair Volunteers to Get Schooled on House Ethics

March 24, 2015

On the heels of Rep. Aaron Schocks resignation announcement, two of the Illinois Republicans House colleagues paid a timely visit to the congressional ethics police.

Inhofe's Revenge on FAA, Round 2

March 24, 2015

Updated 10 p.m. | Sen. James M. Inhofe kicked off budget week with a floor speech on the sequel to his Pilots Bill of Rights, which the Oklahoma Republican acknowledged Monday is not a big deal to the general public, but it is to anyone who is a pilot.

Could Aaron Schock Really End Up in Jail?

March 20, 2015

Could Aaron Schock actually end up in jail for his misspending, as the Illinois Republicans father said after his sons resignation announcement?

Marijuana Bill Gains Steam in Senate

March 19, 2015

When it comes to pot, political winds may be shifting in the Senate.

Democrats Blast 'Back of the Bus' Status for Loretta Lynch (Video) (Updated)

March 18, 2015

Updated 5:58 p.m. | A top Senate Democrat has accused the GOP forcing Loretta Lynch to sit in the back of the bus by delaying the vote on her confirmation.

Schock Fallout: Rules Subject to Interpretation

March 18, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schocks downfall marks another high-profile lawmaker felled by ethics troubles. But dont expect Congress to ramp up efforts at self-policing.

Aaron Schock Resignation Statement: 'I Gave My All'

March 17, 2015

Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill.,who has come under fire for a variety of questionable practices in his congressional office, announced Tuesday he will resign from Congress effective March 31.

Who Polices How Members Spend Office Budgets?

March 17, 2015

With the Office of Congressional Ethics reportedly investigating Rep. Aaron Schock over his spending of taxpayer and campaign money, the Illinois Republicans accounting will be subject to a fresh round of scrutiny, this time from a quasi-independent House agency.

A Federal Funding Fight Over D.C. Vouchers

March 17, 2015

Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to protect the D.C. school voucher system, a GOP pet program championed by Speaker John A. Boehner and others.

Senate Protests More Likely to End in Handcuffs

March 17, 2015

Planning to protest a hearing on Capitol Hill? One warning is all you get under Frank J. Larkin, the Senates 40th sergeant-at-arms.

U.S. Attorney Who Investigated D.C. Corruption Steps Down (Updated)

March 16, 2015

Updated 2:01 p.m. | U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced Monday that he will step down on April 1 and return to private practice. Machens investigation into a former D.C. mayors campaign will likely continue after his departure, though that probe drew some criticism from members of Congress.

Capitol Police Chief's Relationship With Union Hits New Low

March 13, 2015

Members of Congress have been raising questions about morale among Capitol Police officers in recent weeks, but the strained relationship between rank-and-file officers and the departments top brass appears to have hit a new low.

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