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Hannah Hess


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

Hannahís 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 Callís GalleryWatch legislative tracking service that was integrated into CQ in 2009. Originally from Illinois, Hannah holds two degrees from the University of Illinois ó a bachelorís degree in media studies and a masterís degree in public affairs reporting.

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Thomas Massie Says D.C. Should Look at New Hampshire or Pennsylvania Gun Laws

July 31, 2014

District officials have suggested Marylandís restrictive handgun permit policy might provide the best model for their city, as they attempt to enact new gun control measures, but Rep. Thomas Massie thinks they should look to Pennsylvania or New Hampshire.

D.C. Officials Plotting New Course to Keep Gun Control Intact (Updated)

July 30, 2014

Updated 7:30 p.m. | Though they wonít yet say how far they are willing to take their fight, District of Columbia officials plan to do everything in their power to limit the carrying of handguns in the nationís capital, arguing that despite a courtís ruling that paves the way for more permissive laws, Washington is a unique place with heightened security concerns.

Maryland Delegation Muscling for FBI Headquarters

July 29, 2014

A District of Columbia site didnít make the shortlist for the FBIís new headquarters released Tuesday by the General Services Administration. But to the thrill of Marylandís congressional delegation, possible locations included the Greenbelt Metro Station and Landover Mall, both located in Prince Georgeís County.

Protest Raises Questions About Contract Workers of Legislative Branch

July 29, 2014

Labor issues came to Capitol Hill Tuesday, as federal contractors protested wages at Union Station and members of Congress used the opportunity to discuss workersí rights among contractors and employees in the legislative branch.

Judge Stays D.C. Handgun Ruling for 90 Days (Updated)

July 29, 2014

Updated 7:02 p.m. | A federal judge on Tuesday put a hold on the ruling that overturned the Districtís ban on carrying handguns in public, effectively giving D.C. police and law enforcement some space to figure out how to respond.

In D.C., Response to Judge's Handgun Ruling Is Mixed and Muddled (Updated)

July 28, 2014

Updated 6:01 p.m. | For all practical purposes, a federal judgeís weekend ruling that overturned local laws prohibiting District of Columbia residents from carrying guns outside of their homes has opened the door for non-residents to tote handguns into the city and has made it potentially easier for members and staffers to transport firearms across the District to the Capitol.

Charges in Campus Handgun Cases Could Change in Wake of D.C. Handgun Ruling

July 28, 2014

Charges against two men whom Capitol Police allegedly stopped from bringing 9 mm handguns to Capitol Hill could change, as attorneys scramble to interpret the effect of a federal judge overturning the Districtís handgun ban.

Members of Congress Acknowledge Major Security Gap at House Garages

July 25, 2014

Over the course of four workdays, Capitol Police spotted two 9 mm handguns during the security searches that are standard protocol for visitors and staffers entering congressional office buildings. Meanwhile, the Capitol community paid tribute to two Capitol Police officers killed in a gun battle in the Capitol 16 years earlier.

House Natural Resources Republicans Slam Ike Memorial Commission

July 25, 2014

The federal government has poured more than $65 million into creating a memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to a new congressional report that alleges mismanagement by the Eisenhower Memorial Commission and slams architect Frank Gehryís plan.

Pork Executive Was Carrying 'Fully Functional' Pistol, Police Say

July 24, 2014

The South Carolina man arrested Wednesday after carrying a firearm into the Cannon House Office building had a loaded Ruger LC9 semi-automatic pistol and a magazine with six rounds of ammunition, court documents state.

D.C. Activists Enlist Andy Harris for Help With Porta-Potty

July 24, 2014

Activists from the District of Columbia crowded the hallway outside Rep. Andy Harrisí office on Thursday to lobby the Maryland Republican for help with local issues.

For D.C. Statehood Activists, Obama's Actions Leave 'a Lot to Be Desired'

July 23, 2014

When voters elected Barack Obama in 2008, District of Columbia residents were thrilled to see a senator who backed a bill to give them voting rights in Congress head to the White House.

Capitol Police Stop Another Gun From Entering Cannon Building (Updated)

July 23, 2014

Updated 12:25 p.m. | Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a District of Columbia offense that carries up to five years in prison.

Tennessee Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Obama, Romney, Paul Ryan

July 22, 2014

Police have arrested a Tennessee man who allegedly threatened to kill President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and shoot other national and local officials.

D.C. Residents Keep Facing Questions About Identification

July 22, 2014

A District of Columbia driverís license should be enough identification to allow citizens to board a plane or enter a federal building, according to federal and local officials. So how come thereís so much confusion on the topic?

Capitol Police Complete Investigation of Suspicious Substance in Capitol Visitor Center (Updated)

July 22, 2014

Updated 10:38 a.m. | Capitol Police sealed entrances to the Capitol Visitor Center shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in response to a suspicious substance.

Ryan Shucard Case Highlights Gun Law Discrepancies

July 21, 2014

Staff in Rep. Tom Marinoís office are convinced that Ryan Shucard, the press secretary that arrived at the Cannon House Office building toting a 9 mm handgun on Friday morning, was not planning to harm anyone with the gun.

Queen Bee Hawking Jewelry for the 'Powers That Bee' on Capitol Hill

July 21, 2014

A jewelry designer with a knack for brightening up Washingtonís prim business attire brings her signature necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings to Capitol Hill this week for an exclusive trunk show and sale.

Ryan Shucard Pleads Not Guilty to Carrying Pistol to Capitol Hill

July 19, 2014

Ryan Shucard, the Capitol Hill aide who allegedly tried to bring a 9 mm handgun and magazine to work Friday, was released from police custody on Saturday afternoon after pleading not guilty to a felony charge for carrying a pistol.

Marino Staffer Arrested for Bringing Gun to Cannon

July 18, 2014

Capitol Police arrested a staffer for Rep. Tom Marino Friday morning on charges of carrying a 9mm handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.

Ryan Shucard Handgun Incident Casts Campus Security in New Light (Updated)

July 18, 2014

Updated 6:11 p.m. | Metal detectors and X-ray machines at the southeast door of the Cannon House Office Building stopped Capitol Hill press secretary Ryan Shucard from allegedly carrying a 9 mm handgun and magazine to work on Friday.

Scarce Prospects for Senate Shooting Down D.C. Gun Control

July 17, 2014

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., is optimistic about Senate support for an appropriations rider that would dismantle local gun laws in the District of Columbia, but he doubts the chamber will consider the measure.

D.C. Could Become Nation's Most Permissive Gun Jurisdiction, Under House Proposal (Video)

July 17, 2014

One of Congressí most outspoken libertarians is the latest member to try to overturn the District of Columbiaís local gun laws. If successful, his proposal would make the District, home to cabinet officials, dignitaries from around the world and the president perhaps the most permissive gun jurisdiction in the country.

House Amendment Could Make D.C. the Nation's Most Permissive Gun Jurisdiction

July 17, 2014

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., decried a House proposal Wednesday that would effectively wipe out all of the District of Columbia's gun safety laws.

"This amendment is being offered by a member who claims, at every turn, to support the principle of local control or local affairs, yet he is using the big foot of the federal government to overturn local laws," Norton said.

The amendment was proposed by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., one of Congress' most outspoken libertarians.

D.C. Pot Decriminalization Takes Effect, but Don't Bring Bud to Capitol Hill

July 16, 2014

Despite House Republican attempts to derail decriminalization, marijuana possession becomes a civil offense in the District of Columbia on Thursday, punishable by a $25 fine.

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