D.A. Banks

Clock’s Ticking on Deal to Dodge a Government Shutdown
 

President Donald Trump may have thrown out a bipartisan deal to address the status of so-called dreamers, but White House correspondent John T. Bennett says to expect another New Yorker, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, to help broker a plan to at least keep the government funded for a couple of weeks longer....
Roll Call Reviews Obama’s ‘The Final Year’: A Documentary on the Last Days of a West Wing Team
 

Roll Call editor Jason Dick shares his thoughts on “The Final Year,” an HBO documentary in theaters Jan. 19 that chronicles the outgoing Obama administration’s last year, focusing on its foreign policy efforts.

Trump’s 2018 Legislative Agenda is Already Slipping
 Connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

Tuesday’s bipartisan meeting at the White House revealed a deep Republican-Democratic divide on immigration policy. White House correspondent John T. Bennett says bills on immigration, welfare reform and infrastructure might slide off the GOP agenda when summer hits and election season starts in earnest. ...
Welcome Back, Now Hurry: Congress’ Top Priorities for January
 

House reporter Lindsey McPherson discusses the long to-do list facing lawmakers as they return to frigid Washington D.C. The Senate was back Wednesday but the House won’t return until Monday, Jan. 8 — just eight planned legislative days until the next government funding deadline....
Just How Realistic is Trump’s 2018 Legislative Agenda?
 

Most of the big-ticket items on President Donald Trump’s wish list for the year ahead, including immigration and welfare reform, face robust political headwinds and a tight schedule. White House correspondent John T. Bennett lays out the variables at play in this midterm election year. ...
Whether Broom Closets or Cozy Cabins, Capitol Hideaways Are a Choice Senate Perk
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

Covering the Capitol: Adjusting to New Realities
 

Getting quickly from one part of the sprawling Capitol Building to another has always meant negotiating a labyrinth of stairwells and hallways, but these days more places tend to be off-limits due to security concerns at a moment’s notice. Four CQ and Roll Call journalists talk about how critical access to lawmakers is becoming more of a challenge....
Two Big To-Dos Remain for Trump and Congress: Tax Bill and Government Funding
 

With just a few planned legislative days before the end-of-year break, Republicans are racing to get a tax bill to President Donald Trump’s desk, while the continuing resolution expires on Dec. 22. White House correspondent John T. Bennett says the president is eager to score at least one big legislative win before the year ends....
Meet the Leaders of #FutureForum, Democrats Focused on Millennial Issues
 

The millennial generation is now the biggest demographic group in America, bigger even than Baby Boomers. And a coalition of nearly 30 House Democrats, many of them new to Congress, are looking to steer their party in new directions to address millennial concerns....
Roll Call Reporters Discuss Covering Sexual Harassment on the Hill in the #MeToo Era
 

Three reporters participated this week in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit about their experiences covering the sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill in the quickly unfolding #MeToo era. Read the full thread from r/politics here....
Green Maintains Decorum on House Floor Introducing Impeachment Resolution
 

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and was careful to spell out one of the words the president used to describe NFL players taking a knee to call attention to racial inequalities. The clerk echoed Green's decorum, making for a unique moment before the House voted 368-58 on the motion to table Green's attempt....
Get an Up-Close Look at This Year's Capitol Christmas Tree
 

Roll Call got exclusive access for an intimate look at the student-made ornaments for this year’s Capitol Christmas tree, and learned the secrets of what makes a perfect tree from the person who’s picked it for the past 13 years....
Trump’s Punch-Back Demeanor Could Threaten Funding Talks
 

In public, many leading Republicans offer their full-throated support for President Donald Trump. But White House correspondent John T. Bennett says privately, a growing number of GOP lawmakers worry the chaos the president’s tweets create could jeopardize critical deal-making to keep the federal government from shutting down on Friday. ...
Progressive Groups Protest Pending Senate Tax Vote
 

A small but vocal group of protesters joined officials from left-leaning advocacy groups in front of the Capitol as the Senate resumed debate on its version of a tax overhaul....