116th Congress

Bowser and Norton hope 2019 is the year for D.C. statehood

Mayor Muriel Bowser, rides a bus to a rally on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, with 51 military veterans ahead of this week’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on a bill that would make D.C. the 51st state, on Monday, September 16, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., held a statehood march Monday to ask Congress to make Washington the 51st state in the union.

Ahead of a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Thursday on the matter, Bowser and Norton rode a statehood-themed bus with a delegation of military veterans. They also switched many of Pennsylvania Ave.'s flags to American flags with 51 stars.

Pelosi doesn't want to answer your impeachment questions

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol to call on the Senate to vote on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act on Monday, September 9, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's Thursday press conference had one topic off limits, the one on every reporter's mind: impeachment.

Have it your way: Eat Brgz makes patties personal

Brandon Gaynor, owner of Eat Brgz, plates a burger for CQ Roll Call's Heard on the Hill Reporter, Kathryn Lyons. (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

Welcome back Congress: Protesters swarm House offices

A series of demonstrations organized by the Center for Popular Democracy centered around immigration, workers' rights, universal health care and notably affordable housing led activists to some Republican members' offices to issue ‘eviction’ notices. The demonstration is part of the launch of the Home to Thrive Campaign to fight what they say is a national housing crisis. (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

On the first day back in Washington after the August recess, Congress was met by protesters at the Rayburn House Office Building. The series of demonstrations organized by the Center for Popular Democracy centered around immigration, workers' rights, universal health care and notably affordable housing.

Veganism – a touchy Hill subject
We talk to an expert about it

Bruce, Sen. Roy Blunt’s bearded dragon, poses for a picture in Russell Building last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Photos go out every Tuesday on Sen. Roy Blunt’s Instagram account with the hashtag #TuesdayBruceDay.

Lawmakers return to Washington, here’s what to expect

Don't know what to expect when lawmakers return from recess? CQ Roll Call has you covered. (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Ink | Capitol Hell

Ghost town: Capitol Hill edition

A sign in front of Cups & Company is pictured in Russell Building during congressional recess on Thursday, August 29, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

August recess is drawing to a close, and we found ourselves wondering just how empty the Capitol is while all the members and staffers are gone.

Why do members of Congress have to gavel in and gavel out during recess?
Roll Call explains the pro forma session

Unless the House and Senate agree on an adjournment resolution, both chambers must gavel in twice-weekly for pro forma sessions during August Recess. (Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call)

For lawmakers, August recess is a time to meet with constituents and public officials, and spend time with their families. Unless, of course, they have to come back to Washington to preside over twice-weekly pro forma sessions.

Congress’ new caucus: Wexton gives agritourism a voice

Rep. Jennifer Wexton takes a tour of Barnhouse Brewery in Leesburg, Virginia as part of her a tour of local farms and businesses in Loudoun and Fairfax counties. Wexton announced the formation of a new Agritourism Caucus on Thursday. Nathan Ouellette/CQ Roll Call

If you’ve ever enjoyed a winery or brewery tour, you’ve taken part in agritourism.