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DC’s plastic straw ban stirs up feelings on Capitol Hill
Deadline for compliance with straw ban is July

The Longworth Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the eateries on Capitol Hill transitioning to non-plastic straws. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If your warm-weather routine calls for a switch from hot coffee to iced, prepare yourself. Spring is officially here, and the plastic exodus is underway, according to Roll Call’s audit of straws on Capitol Hill.

Many staffers first felt the shift at the Longworth Dunkin’ Donuts, if all the queries we got in recent weeks are any indication. “What’s the deal with the paper straws at Dunkin’?” was a popular refrain.

Senate Food Service Vendor Ordered to Pay $1 Million in Back Wages
Company illegally withheld wages from hundreds of workers, Labor Department finds

U.S Senate contract employees along with hundreds of workers from the U.S. Capitol, Pentagon, Smithsonian Institution and other federal landmarks marched to the Capitol to call on a living wage of at least $15 an hour on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hundreds of Senate cafeteria workers will receive a total of more than $1 million in back pay after the Labor Department found that they were illegally denied wages they had earned, officials announced Tuesday.  

Senate food service vendor Restaurant Associates and its subcontractor, Personnel Plus, improperly classified workers in order to pay them for lower-wage positions and required them to work overtime without compensation in violation of federal and local labor laws, the agency said in a news release. The contractors also failed to pay required health and other benefits.  

Biden Reunites with Senate Worker, Calls for a Raise

Biden spoke at the Capitol Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., was back in the Capitol Thursday and reunited with a Senate food worker. In a social media post, he said the workers deserve a raise.  

Sontia Bailey, who works in coffee and snack shop on the first floor of the Senate, posted a picture of her and the vice president on her Instagram account, saying Biden said asked her if she missed him.