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November 16, 2015

Capitol Police Roll Out Transgender Policy; Union Cries Foul

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police rolled out a progressive new policy on Oct. 29 for handling interactions with transgender individuals.

The six-page directive, obtained by CQ Roll Call, instructs officers on security screening, frisks, medical treatment and arrests for a population that the Justice Department defines as particularly vulnerable. Full story

November 6, 2015

Congress’ Car Dealers Offer Boehner Shopping Advice

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 27 - Outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, shows emotion during his last weekly press conference of his tenure as Speaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, October 27, 2015. House GOP leaders are trying to pass a two-year budget deal before Boehner resigns on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Although conservatives are trying to intervene, Boehner is relying on Democratic support to pass the bill. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner is in the market for a sweet ride now that he won’t be whisked around by a protective detail. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On his way out the door, former Speaker John A. Boehner proclaimed one of his top post-retirement priorities was buying a new set of wheels, and Congress’ car salesmen are lining up to close the deal.

“Red Mustang GT convertible, that’s my recommendation for the speaker,” said Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., who built his business acumen as the owner of Freedom Automotive, operating Ford and Volvo dealerships in Virginia’s 2nd District. Full story

November 4, 2015

Bison Lovers to Stampede Rayburn Tonight

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: A five-month-old America bison named Fiona, eats hay on the farm of Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., that also grows hops, grapes and fruit trees, outside of Sunnyside, Wash., August 27, 2015. About 79 percent of the country's hops come from Washington state. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate agreed to designate Nov. 7 as National Bison Day, but the bison lobby hopes for thunderous herds Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.

Rayburn’s Gold Room hosts the 4th annual Congressional National Bison Day Reception, featuring crowd-pleasing bison sliders, booze and a cupcake tribute to the big-horned mammal. Full story

November 3, 2015

March for Life Previews 2016 Theme for Hill Staffers

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 22: The March for Life passes by the Russell Senate Office Building and heads past the Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the anniversary of the Roe v Wade abortion decision. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

March for Life organizers are reaching out to staffers on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two months before their annual rally against the Roe v. Wade ruling, organizers of the March for Life will lift the curtain on their 2016 theme, “Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand in Hand,” at a Capitol briefing.

Geared toward Hill staffers who oppose abortion from either side of the aisle, Wednesday’s lunchtime event will encourage attendees “to be bolder on the issue of life,” said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs for the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Full story

November 2, 2015

Steve Cohen: FBI HQ Should Dump ‘Bully’ Hoover

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

J. Edgar Hoover was a “bully” whose name does not belong on the FBI’s headquarters, Rep. Steve Cohen argues. But the Tennessee Democrat’s alternative is pretty bland.

Armed with evidence of Hoover’s prejudice against gays and lesbians, Cohen wants to rename 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW the “Federal Bureau of Investigation Building.”

“One of the mottos I go by is, sometimes you can’t defeat evil, but you can always go on record in being against evil,” Cohen told HOH on Monday, on his effort to expunge Hoover’s name. Full story

October 30, 2015

Overheard: Hurry Up, Chris Murphy

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

After midnight Friday, a live microphone captured one Senate clerk knocking Sen. Christopher S. Murphy’s sleepy pace.

“Yeah, uh, he better get his ass here, before, they’ve already lost one vote because he’s not here,” said the clerk, who may not have realized C-SPAN was capturing his 1 a.m. commentary.

Murphy, 42, the third-youngest lawmaker in the chamber, missed the cloture vote on the massive budget and debt ceiling measure that kept senators at the Capitol into the wee hours. Murphy made it to the floor for two subsequent votes on the measure, recorded at 2:32 a.m. and 2:43 a.m.

Asked about the absence, Murphy’s office said it was unintentional.

“He was delayed getting to the vote from his house,” according to a spokesperson, who noted the boss was present for final passage.

Murphy cheered the end of crunch-time deadlines in a statement about the fiscal package issued around 9 a.m.

“They say not to let the urgent crowd out the important, but that’s exactly what Congress has done in recent years,” Murphy said. “We spend way too much time panicking in the face of crises we inflict on ourselves. This budget deal means we can spend less time worried about shutdowns and more time working to improve the lives of the people we serve.”

Murphy urged Congress to “keep its eyes on the ball” and use the “breathing room” provided by the budget deal to tackle other big issues, such as mental health and long-term transportation funding.


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October 29, 2015

Post-Boehner: Congress Flouts Decorum During Speaker Vote

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ryan is the new speaker of the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress couldn’t resist hamming it up during Thursday’s roll call vote for speaker.

“California Cheeseheads for Paul Ryan,” Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., said when his turn came, causing some giggles. Full story

Time for Boehner to Break Out the Bubbly

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner received a special delivery before the House gaveled into session Thursday morning.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was spotted bringing champagne into the speaker’s office. Asked if the bottle was for Boehner or incoming Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the Arizona Democrat told HOH it was for the Ohio Republican and quipped, “Don’t you think he needs it more?” Full story

Cops Clinch 14-6 Win Over Congress

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 28 - The Guards' Harry Dunn celebrates as the The Guards' secure possession of the ball during the eighth annual Congressional Football Game for Charity, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, October 28, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Guards’ Harry Dunn celebrates as his team takes control of the Congressional Football Game for Charity. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Police “Guards” notched a gritty 14-6 victory on Wednesday over the “Mean Machine” in the Congressional Football Game for Charity at Watkins Recreation Center on Capitol Hill.

But members of Congress and their ex-NFL counterparts put up a competitive fight, led by quarterback Rep. Robert J. Dold, R-Ill., despite wet, windy and slippery conditions. Full story

October 28, 2015

The Dude Does Not Abide Hungry Kids


Bridges posed with Stabenow on Wednesday. (Tom WiIliams/CQ Roll Call)

Bridges posed with Stabenow on Wednesday. (Tom WiIliams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress’ policy for feeding hungry kids during the summer is straight out of the ’60s, and “The Dude” does not abide.

Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges sat down with Senate Agriculture Committee lawmakers on Wednesday to talk about improving the federally funded Summer Food Service Program “not only for moral reasons, but for patriotic reasons.” Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 2:47 p.m.
Celebs, Charity Case

Overheard: Build These Poor Congressmen Some Bunks

“Perhaps somewhere along the lines somebody should have built a dormitory for congresspersons, but they did not.”

— Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., making a Tuesday night pitch to the House Rules Committee that Congress needs a pay raise to afford Washington housing.

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Paul Broun Rails Against Paul Ryan, Animal Rights Activists


Broun is no Ryan fan. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Broun is no Ryan fan. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tea party stalwart Paul Broun has a message for Republicans who buck Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s seemingly inevitable speakership: Keep fightin’ the good fight.

The former House member left Congress under an ethics cloud at the end of the 113th Congress, heading home to Georgia to resume his medical practice. But he’s re-emerged during the speaker race, petitioning to “Fire Kevin McCarthy,” then circulating a “Fire Paul Ryan” pledge. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 9:30 a.m.
Exit Interview, Reps

For Congressional Football, It’s Game Day

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22 - Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., leading his team as quarterback, runs a play during an early morning practice during Congressional football practice before the Congressional Football Game next week on October 28, 2015, on the National Mall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Members have been practicing hard for the Congressional Football Game. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Heading into Wednesday’s Congressional Football Game for Charity at Watkins Recreation Field, members of Congress are preparing to put partisan politics aside as they team up with former NFL players against the Capitol Police.

“This is one of the true times when you actually have Republicans and Democrats not only working together, but building relationships together,” said Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., one of three captains for “Mean Machine,” after one of the team’s final practices. Full story

Late Nights, Early Sweat Sessions for Congressional Football Game Players

Dold runs a play during an early morning practice during congressional football practice. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Dold runs a play during an early morning congressional football practice. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

When the sun set on Oct. 20, the House Republican Conference was huddling on who might be the next speaker. When it rose the next day, 15 lawmakers huddled around Washington Redskins alumnus Ken Harvey, trying to figure out their offense for the 2015 Congressional Football Game for Charity.

“Over the last several weeks we’ve had some late nights, but everybody is pretty enthused to get out here early in the morning,” said the congressional team captain, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., in a post-practice interview. “We’re getting out here before it’s even light outside. You know, we start stretching and we get into a good practice.” Full story

October 26, 2015

Roske Gears Up for ‘Courting Des Moines’ Debut

The film makes its D.C. debut in January, (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

The film makes its D.C. debut in January. (Photo courtesy Brent Roske)

Brent Roske bills “Courting Des Moines,” as the quintessential film about the Iowa Caucuses and a must-see for political junkies who want more than a “30-second sound byte from cable news” on the nation’s first presidential nominating contest. Full story

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