Hits and Misses

New Lame Duck, Same Lame Congress: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 12, 2018

It’s a new day on Capitol Hill with the 2018 elections finally (mostly) in the past. Incoming members from across the country poured into D.C. this week for their first glimpse of their new jobs, while leadership elections began and incumbents returned to the House and Senate floors following a month of recess. See the video for Sen. Charles E. Grassley feeling shy, Rep. Liz Cheney talking about advice from her former vice-president father and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse deconstructing a Senate desk.

Spartacus, Apprenticeships and a Cat Watching C-SPAN: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of October 22, 2018

Several lawmakers were in Washington for another recess-week Judiciary Committee hearing, as well as to join President Donald Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of the opioid bill. Find out why presidents used to sign bills one letter at a time, what gladiator Sen. Ted Cruz assures you he is not and why Sen. Michael D. Crapo was asking about a cat watching C-SPAN. All that and more in another special edition of recess Hits & Misses.

‘Winter is Coming,’ Tardy Speeches and Ye in the Oval: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 8, 2018

“I had important meetings today with senators and everything, nobody cared,” President Donald Trump said near the conclusion of his freewheeling sit down with rapper and music producer Kanye West in the Oval Office on Thursday. The buzz-worthy event capped off the Senate’s last week in Washington before heading home to campaign, a busy week filled with music legends, Game of Thrones references and errant cell phones.

Hallelujah, Two Copies of National Geographic and the Chinese People’s Libertarian Army: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Sept. 24, 2018

It’s been a long week. But as the nation watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hold a trying, emotional Supreme Court hearing, the rest of the Capitol was up to its usual foibles. Take a break from the drama with this week’s Hits and Misses, featuring George Gershwin, the Chinese Libertarian Army and a bipartisan love of National Geographic. 

Watch Hoyer Whip, Beto’s Mom’s Photos and Fashionable Interruptions: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Sept. 10, 2018

Observances of Rosh Hashanah and fear of inclement weather made for another short week on Capitol Hill, but House members still found time to appear on the Late Show, complain about press events in the Rayburn Room and, in the case of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, entertain rap-based marketing suggestions to the tune of Silentó’s “Watch Me.”

The Butler Did It, Auctioning in Committee and Kavanaugh the Good Husband: Congressional Hits and Misses
 

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced the Senate Judiciary Committee all week, while Rep. Billy Long relived his auctioneer days and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wondered if it could have been the butler who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

The Senate Worked Two Whole Days This Week: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of August 13, 2018

Back in June, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate would be skipping the usual August recess because they have “a lot of important work to do.” By Friday, August 17, the Senate had worked a grand total of three legislative days in the month of August, two of which were this week. Check out the video for some of how they spent that time.