Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 10, 2016

Posts by Bridget Bowman

153 Posts

January 25, 2016

Snow Won’t Stop Patrick Leahy

Leahy takes pictures of the National Mall. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Leahy photographs the National Mall. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol campus was quiet Monday following a massive winter storm in the District of Columbia over the weekend, but snow didn’t stop Sen. Patrick J. Leahy from heading into work.

The Vermont Democrat was spotted entering the Senate around 2 p.m., with his camera in one hand and two bags of papers in the other. He had weathered the storm at his home in the suburbs, since he didn’t want to risk getting stuck in Vermont while a family member was set to have surgery in the D.C. area.

Full story

January 14, 2016

At GOP Retreat, a Commitment to Late-Night Votes

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

BALTIMORE — Attention House lawmakers: You might want to pack a snack when you head to work this year.

“We’re going to have a lot of late-night votes,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told reporters at the Baltimore Marriott on Thursday, where Republicans in the House and Senate gathered for their policy retreat dubbed, “Congress of Tomorrow 2016.” Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 5:52 p.m.
Reps

January 12, 2016

Fleeting Bipartisanship in State of the Union Snapchat

Booker and Daines "snapchatted" in the Senate basement. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Booker and Daines “snapchatted” in the Senate basement. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Sometimes on Capitol Hill, bipartisanship is there for one moment, and gone the next. On Tuesday, that fleeting moment took the form of a disappearing photo on social media. Full story

December 18, 2015

‘Where’s Harry?’ Obama Phones Senate Leaders

senate_dems023_121815

Reid ducked out of a news conference with Schumer to take a call from the president. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama phoned both Senate leaders after the chamber passed a year-end spending and tax package. One answered, the other said he’d call him back.

The leaders did not say what the president was phoning about, but the call came right after Congress cleared the bills to keep the government open and extend a series of tax breaks.

Full story

December 16, 2015

Congress Approves of Capitol Hill Sledding

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of Congress were accused of being the “grinches” of Capitol Hill for instituting the sledding ban.(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The children of Capitol Hill were able to do something uniquely American: call attention to a lack of rights, go forth in protest and win those rights in the end.

Last winter, a group of neighborhood kids defied a sledding ban at the Capitol and slid down the snow on the West Front, arguing it is the closest and safest hill to slide down. And, when this week’s massive, year-end, $1.1 trillion appropriations bill was unveiled, members of Congress agreed. Full story

December 9, 2015

7 Senate Secret Santa Gifts

Cornyn, left, received a gift from Leahy, right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cornyn, left, received a gift from Leahy, right. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators didn’t let contentious negotiations over how to fund the government dampen their holiday spirit Tuesday night, when they gathered to swap gifts with one another.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., organizes the annual “Secret Santa” event, letting senators take a break from their day jobs, drink some eggnog, and have a good time. Wondering what senators would give one another for the holidays? HOH takes a look at seven secret Santa gifts exchanged: Full story

December 3, 2015

Busted! 10 Best Jokes From Cheney’s Bust Unveiling

Cheney, his wife and grandkids unveiled the marble bust. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Cheney, his wife Lynne and their grandchildren unveiled the marble bust. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The marble bust of former Vice President Dick Cheney was unveiled Thursday at the Capitol. And though there were no cracks in his marble likeness, there were plenty of wisecracks from the presenters.

Top Republican leaders from the House and Senate, along with former president George W. Bush and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., honored Cheney in the Capitol Visitor Center ceremony. Cheney’s bust joins other vice presidents’ busts that are placed throughout Senate’s second and third floor to commemorate their role as presidents of the Senate.

Full story

December 2, 2015

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Kicks Off Holiday Season

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

As mist hung in the air Wednesday, the Capitol Christmas tree was illuminated, officially kicking off the holiday season on Capitol Hill. Full story

November 30, 2015

Democrats Won’t Charge Press for 2016 Convention Seats

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic National Convention has opted not to charge print media for a seat in the convention hall in July, more than a month after the GOP decided to do so.

“As has been the practice in past conventions, we do not plan to charge media for the writing press stands in 2016,” April Mellody, a DNC spokeswoman, wrote Monday in an email to Roll Call. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:27 p.m.
2016, Drama, media

November 25, 2015

Bedlam Takes Over Inhofe’s Office

(Courtesy of Inhofe's office)

(Courtesy of Inhofe’s office)

There was bedlam in Sen. James M. Inhofe’s office last week.

On Nov. 19, with half the Oklahoma Republican’s staff dressed in University of Oklahoma crimson and the other half dressed in Oklahoma State University orange, the staffers celebrated the time-honored rivalry in the Sooner State known as the “Bedlam” series that pits OU against OSU.

A spokeswoman for Inhofe’s office said the staff posed for a picture after they celebrated Thanksgiving dinner. “We’ve been doing this for years,” she said, “and are thrilled the tradition has continued.”

But there was no word on why Inhofe, a University of Tulsa grad seated in the center of the group picture, was sporting OSU colors with an orange and black tie.

Perhaps he was anticipating the OSU Cowboys would be victorious against the OU Sooners in the game set for Saturday. OSU pulled out a win in the 2014 game, besting the Sooners, 38-35.

See photos, follies, HOH Hits and Misses and more at Roll Call’s new video site.

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 12:54 p.m.
Uncategorized

November 23, 2015

Tailgating, Mitch McConnell-Style

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McConnell did a little tailgating over the weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ain’t no party like a Mitch McConnell party.

The Louisville, Ky., NBC affiliate caught the Senate majority leader swapping his suit for a red fleece and jeans last weekend to tailgate with friends and family at the University of Louisville Cardinals’ football game. Full story

Frying Turkey for Free on Capitol Hill

Medium Rare will cook your turkey for you. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Medium Rare will cook your turkey for you. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Unsure how to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving? A Capitol Hill restaurant is here to help — and to make sure no one burns the house down.

On Thursday on Barracks Row, Medium Rare will fry your turkey for free, a nine-year tradition for the restaurant. Full story

November 20, 2015

Gyrocopter Pilot Pleads Guilty, Hopes to Return to D.C.

Hughes plead guilty to a felony. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call FIle Photo)

Hughes plead guilty to a felony. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call FIle Photo)

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds pleaded guilty to a felony Friday, and is hoping to avoid jail time and return to the District of Columbia for a campaign finance overhaul rally before his sentencing. Full story

November 18, 2015

Senate Women Strike Up Friendships With Bipartisan Bowling

Heitkmap, right, and Warren, left, both bowled Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heitkamp, right, and Warren, left, both bowled Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hurling a heavy ball and hearing the crash of of the impact as you hit your target could be cathartic after a long workday, but it can also be a lot of fun.

The women of the Senate took part in some bipartisan bowling at the White House Tuesday night, hoping to strike up more camaraderie. And, by all accounts, there were plenty of laughs to spare. Full story

November 17, 2015

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ Focuses on Hill Staffers

'Stabbing in the Senate' is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

‘Stabbing in the Senate’ is a murder-mystery focused on Capitol Hill. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Capturing the real-life drama of Capitol Hill in fiction can be a daunting task, but Colleen Shogan had an advantage: She’s been there, done that.

Shogan, 40, now the deputy director of the Congressional Research Service, used her time as a Senate staffer as the basis of her debut mystery novel, “Stabbing in the Senate,” the first installment in her Washington Whodunit series. Full story

Page 1 of 11

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...