Stories by Emily Pierce:
Jan. 11, 2013
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., stepped into the Todd Akin rape controversy this week, telling a group of constituents that the former Missouri GOP congressman was “partly right” in saying that a woman’s body can prevent pregnancy in events of “legitimate rape.”
Jan. 3, 2013
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tapped sophomore Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., on Thursday to be a member of his informal kitchen cabinet of leadership advisers.
Dec. 2, 2012
Senators gave glowing reviews of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s speech at Thursday’s memorial service for the late Sen. Warren B. Rudman, R-N.H., even if they felt the veep went on a bit too long.
Nov. 7, 2012
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will be returning to Capitol Hill in the 113th Congress, after eking out re-election by a narrow margin against businessman Jim Graves (D).
Nov. 6, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got what he wanted from Tuesday’s elections. But it may be a case of “be careful what you wish for.”
Oct. 26, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been cleared for release from a Las Vegas-area hospital after his caravan was involved in a multi-car highway accident this afternoon.
Sept. 30, 2012
GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan today downplayed expectations for Mitt Romney's debate performance Wednesday, saying the campaign's goal is not necessarily to score a decisive rhetorical win but to present Americans with a clear choice between the GOP nominee and President Barack Obama.
Sept. 18, 2012
After years of helping Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid either make news or respond to it, his communications director, Adam Jentleson, made a little news of his own last week.
Sept. 10, 2012
While you were partying it up in Charlotte, N.C., or Tampa, Fla. (or watching speech after speech from the coziness of your couch with a glass of Merlot), Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s chief of staff, Amanda Renteria, was giving birth to the next generation of Democrats.
Aug. 31, 2012
As Mitt Romney arrived in Louisiana today to survey storm damage from Hurricane Isaac, Democrats were quick to use the opportunity to criticize past Republican efforts to trim disaster aid.
July 12, 2012
Senate Republicans made good on their threat to filibuster a Democratic small-business tax cut bill today, ensuring the bill fell seven votes short of what it needed to move forward.
July 12, 2012
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sent a letter to Senate leaders today warning that he is prepared to force a vote on ending aid to Pakistan if he cannot reach an agreement with them to hold the vote in a timely manner.
July 11, 2012
Under pressure to reveal where he is and what his ailments may be, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.s doctors released a statement Wednesday night saying he is being treated for a mood disorder.
July 11, 2012
The drumbeat for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to divulge more about his medical condition got louder today, as House Democratic leaders joined the call for him to inform voters and his colleagues about his leave of absence as soon as he can.
July 9, 2012
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters today that he believes Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) needs to explain to voters what kind of ailment he is suffering from soon.
June 14, 2012
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today said he would continue to try confirming President Barack Obamas judicial nominees, despite a Senate GOP leadership decision to block all circuit court nominations until after the November elections.
June 11, 2012
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today defended Attorney General Eric Holders cooperation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committees investigation into the Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.
June 11, 2012
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has set June 20 as the date when his committee will vote on a report related to whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide some documents related to the panels Fast and Furious gun-walking inquiry.
June 6, 2012
If you see Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Capitol, don’t jump to the conclusion that she’s there to tip off Members on whether the high court is going to find the 2010 health care law unconstitutional. That’s pretty much what our HOH spies theorized when they saw her Tuesday evening heading down the hall toward Speaker John Boehner’s office.
June 5, 2012
Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic pay parity bill from coming to the floor today, arguing that the measure was not the right answer to gender discrimination in pay.
June 2, 2012
President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans traded barbs in their weekly addresses over the solution to the nations sagging economy and fiscal challenges.
May 23, 2012
Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said today that the farm bill will come to the floor next month after the Senate finishes a measure on equal pay for women.
May 23, 2012
The Senate will take another crack at passing a student loan interest rate bill Thursday, but a bipartisan agreement to hold two votes does not mean a bill is expected to pass.
April 6, 2012
A co-founder of the Campaign for Primary Accountability today disputed the notion that the $25,000 House Majority Leader Eric Cantors PAC gave to the group was earmarked to help Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) defeat Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.).
March 2, 2012
For seven solid weeks last fall, President Barack Obama uttered the same four-word exhortation virtually every day, and many times more than once. Pass my jobs bill, hed press Congress directly during appearances in the Oval Office, Rose Garden or Cabinet Room. Tell Congress to pass my jobs bill, hed urge the crowds at a series of speeches arranged to build support for his ideas among the swing-state voters of Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan.