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Federal Court Orders Capitol Police to Negotiate With Officer’s Union
Legal battle has roots in stalled talks over new contract, terminations

A federal court ordered the Capitol Police department to negotiate with the union. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal court has ordered the Capitol Police back to the bargaining table with the officers’ union.

In a decision last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted a petition to make the department and the union negotiate a new contract, while dismissing the Capitol Police’s appeal over whether the union could challenge employees’ terminations through arbitration.

New Members of Congress Hit the Books in DC
It’s just like college, but with more catering

Newly elected members of the 116th Congress arrive in Washington today for new member orientation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Freshly elected faces will descend on Washington on Tuesday for the start of their congressional orientation, including a new session on workplace rights on Capitol Hill. If past years are any indication, they’ll be eating tens of thousands of dollars of food.

Lunches, tours and briefings will pack the agenda, and winners from around the country will mix and mingle like freshmen on a college campus. It will be their first taste of life as a member of Congress, from interacting with media to forging relationships with their future colleagues.

In Show of Civility, Curbelo Meets with Teen Who Threatened to Kill Him
Man has apologized for non-specific threat made over Twitter, Florida congressman says

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., appeared at a joint press conference to forgive a man who threatened to kill him. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a tour de civility, Rep. Carlos Curbelo met with a 19-year-old who threatened to kill him and forgave him.

Curbelo, a Florida Republican, appeared at a joint news conference on Thursday with Pierre Alejandro Verges-Castro, whom the congressman said had fallen “into the trap of violent political speech and hateful expression” but did not plan to actually follow through on his threat, the Miami Herald reported.

Free, Quick and Convenient: Flu Shots at the Capitol
Office of the Attending Physician administers vaccines throughout the campus

Free flu shots for all congressional ID holders are available from the Office of the Attending Physician. Above, Kentucky Rep. Brett Guthrie gets his flu vaccination during a health fair in the Rayburn Building in September 2014. (Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call file photo)

Election Day is just around the corner, but flu season is already here. Anyone with a congressional ID can get a free flu shot — and mostly without a wait — right in the Capitol.

The Office of the Attending Physician administers flu shots at 10 locations across the Capitol complex each fall. The internal website for the OAP showed that all locations still had the vaccine in stock as of Thursday, but staffers told Roll Call they have been encouraged to get theirs soon because the OAP has limited supplies of the immunization. 

Capitol Police Investigate Another Suspicious Package; Senate Staff Warned of Mail Threats
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was apparent intended target

Suspicious packages containing potential explosive devices have been sent to prominent Democrats, including Hillary and Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A Capitol Police explosive ordnance team was dispatched to a House of Representatives mail processing facility in Capitol Heights, Maryland, following a string of suspected explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats.

The package in question was addressed to California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters

Suspicious Package Cases Grow, Potential Explosive Devices Sent to Prominent Democrats
Secret Service identifies other packages as potential explosives

Suspicious packages containing potential explosive devices have been sent to prominent Democrats, including Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Barack Obama. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:30 p.m. | Capitol Police are investigating a suspicious package at a House of Representatives mail processing facility in Maryland, following a string of suspected explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats. An explosive ordnance team was dispatched to the Capitol Heights, Maryland facility. 

Earlier Wednesday, suspicious packages were sent to the homes of the Clintons and Obamas and CNN’s headquarters. Democratic donor George Soros had a similar package sent to him this week. The packages sent to former President Barack Obama and the Clintons were intercepted by the Secret Service during routine mail screening procedures. The packages were identified to be potential explosive devices, according to a Secret Service statement.

This Former GOP Rep Says Nothing Wrong With Confronting Politicians in Public
‘It is who we are as Americans,’ ex-Florida rep says

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., attends a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere hearing in Rayburn Building, October 1, 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly has no problem with Americans confronting their elected officials in public.

In fact, he thinks they should do it more.

California Man Charged With Threatening to Kill Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Emailed death threat arrived on Sept. 30 amid pitched partisan battle over Kavanaugh nomination

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was the target of a death threat on Sept. 30. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A California man has been charged with threatening to kill Sen. Dianne Feinstein amid the pitched partisan battle over the confirmation process of new associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Craig Steven Shaver, 47, of Lancaster, California, with a felony count of attempted criminal threats and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Rep. Scalise Falsely Accuses Eric Holder of Inciting Violence at Georgia Rally
Holder clarified that he urged supporters to be ‘be tough’ against GOP political attacks

Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks during a press conference with House Republican Leaders in the House Studio Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Steve Scalise apparently took former Attorney General Eric Holder’s words at a campaign rally for Georgia Democratic candidates literally when Holder said, “When they go low, we kick ’em.”

The Louisiana Republican and third-in-line in House GOP leadership said Holder’s comment amounted to a “call for violence” in an op-ed for Fox News published Thursday.

Mitch McConnell Thanks Capitol Police Following Kavanaugh Chaos — But Takes Aim at the Left
Senate Majority Leader decries ‘mob tactics’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thanks Capitol Police Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised Capitol Police  for their work as Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was underway — but also took a few verbal shots at the “far left.”

“To the men and women of the United States Capitol Police and all the other law enforcement officers who kept members, staff and citizens safe, even in extremely difficult and often hostile circumstances, we really can’t thank them enough,” he said in his opening remarks on the Senate floor.