How you (and your pet!) can be buried at the Congressional Cemetery
Dog-walking, movie nights and pet burials at the historic boneyard

A woman wanders the grounds of the Congressional Cemetery along with two canine companions. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Despite its namesake, the Congressional Cemetery has about 5,000 plots available, and no, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be buried in one. “The only requirement for being buried here is you have to be dead,” says Paul Williams, president of Historic Congressional Cemetery.

But the cemetery, situated in Southeast D.C., is not just a burial ground. It also serves as “a Central Park for this part of Capitol Hill,” according to Williams. It hosts parties, yoga, movie nights and has a dog-walking program. And you don’t have to be dead to partake in those.

Library of Congress Tees Up Strategic Changes
Inspector general says institution has not followed through on previous plans

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said the institution would do a better job planning and executing as a knowledge base. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Library of Congress is looking into the future and is on track to release a five-year strategic plan in October. The agency, which has struggled with management and planning in the past, updated lawmakers on their progress on Wednesday.

The library will embark on a mission to focus on its users and providing improved services for the 1.8 million people who visit the library in person and more than 300 million digital users each year.

Word on the Hill: The Anatomy of an Oscar Winner
'Spotlight' is featured; The Capitol also celebrates Hawaiian culture and Muhammad Ali's life

Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., left, asks for an autograph from actor John Slattery, right, as Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., looks on before the start of The Creative Rights Caucus event. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The creators of the Oscar-winning film "Spotlight" used their story to push for intellectual property rights on Capitol Hill.  

On Wednesday, the Creative Rights Caucus invited the film’s producers, actors and production designers to join Ben Bradlee, Jr. and Mike Rezendes of The Boston Globe.  

Patrick Leahy, the Senator from Gotham
The Vermont Democrat talks about his love of the Dark Knight as he makes fifth film appearance

In a scene on Capitol Hill in the new movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," there are numerous fictional senators waiting to hear Superman testify only to be blown up by the evil Lex Luthor.  

But Sen. Purrington looked familiar to those on the Hill because it was Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who is also a devoted fan of Batman comics and has used the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel to help further causes he has supported in the Senate.  

Lieu Screens Film On Human Saga of Syrian Refugee Crisis
Documentary Focuses on Lives of 5 Refugees

"Salam Neighbor" tells the story of the refugee crisis caused by Syria's civil war. (Courtesy Living on One and 1001 Media)

Tuesday marks a grim anniversary, but members of Congress and the makers of the film "Salam Neighbor" want to make sure people don't forget it.  

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., is hosting a screening of the documentary about the Syrian civil war and its humanitarian crisis on Monday at the Capitol Visitor Center, one day before the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict. Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., is a special guest at the event, which includes a panel discussion with directors Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, and producers Salam Darwaza and Mohab Khattab.