Durbin Hosts the Stanley Cup

Rose Harper, a student from Downers Grove North High School in Illinois, reacts to the Stanley Cup alongside her friend, Audrey McDaniel, second from right, as Durbin hosted the Cup. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

In hockey, only those who have won the Stanley Cup may touch it, or one may invite a curse. But that didn't stop Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., from hosting the impressive trophy as part of its tour of Capitol Hill on Wednesday.  Back in June, Durbin's team, the Chicago Blackhawks, beat the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL championship, securing the Cup for a year and handing Durbin a victory in a friendly bet he made with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.  

The loser agreed to do as many pushups as the two teams scored in the finals, plus the customary food and beverage wager. In June, Nelson ended up doing 46 pushups , after the teams scored a combined 23 goals and the senators agreed to double it to forego the food and beer bet.  

The Faces Behind the Bipartisan Fight Against Heroin


An NBA player who whose heart stopped for 30 seconds during an overdose, a daughter who discovered her father dead, a sister whose brother overdosed before she even knew he was taking drugs and a father whose son died after years in and out of rehab — these are the faces that lawmakers see as they work for passage of what could be this year's most bipartisan legislative push.  

Senators Watching as Kerry Visits Myanmar

McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, met with Suu Kyi during a 2012 visit to the Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Myanmar Saturday to meet with government officials there along with ASEAN Regional Forum and other meetings, the Senate will be watching.  

The week before the chamber left for August recess, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell provided one of his periodic updates on the current political climate in the country, formerly known as Burma. The Kentucky Republican has long been one of the Senate's leading voices, along with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, against a repressive military junta that long ruled the country with an iron fist.  

Beer Taxes, Regs a Bipartisan Issue

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fighting beer regulations and taxes has brought members of both parties together.  

Lawmakers in both parties have been worried the Food and Drug Administration would impose new regulations restricting the repurposing of grains used in the brewing process that currently get used as animal feed.