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July 28, 2015

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.

 

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Things got off to a pleasant enough start.

An assistant to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., got the ball rolling by alerting everyone on the right side of the aisle that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the chamber would be done with work by Wednesday.

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“Woop there it is!” cheered a relieved Ohioan upon learning there were no votes expected Thursday.

But joy quickly turned to misery, once someone floated a nightmare scenario.

“Apparently the issue is we might come back next week,” a party-pooper threw out there. Full story

July 22, 2015

Congress, Between a Sausage and a Veggie Burger

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Doug LaMalfa goes all in on a corn dog. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Dietary allegiances were tested on Capitol Hill Wednesday, as the meat lobby and vegetarian-friendly toque Todd Gray squared off in a culinary tug of war for control of the hearts and minds — and mouths — of the legislative branch.

Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association founder Adam Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

Sarvana sinks his teeth into some plant-based nosh at the inaugural Veggie Burger Smackdown event in Rayburn. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The North American Meat Institute and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine arranged for the widely attended free lunches, with each group courting its specific constituency with custom touches. Full story

Congressional Bookworms Open Up to C-SPAN

Prefer your C-SPAN coverage a little less combative than vitriolic one-minutes or partisan committee hearings? Then tune that dial over to Book TV’s “Summer Reading” series, a literary love-fest that’s got lawmakers gushing about their favorite page-turners.

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Senior Executive Producer Peter Slen told HOH the quick-hit segments — all prompted by the interrogatory softball, “What are you reading this summer?” — used to focus on Washingtonians from all walks of life. But the team decided to bear down on elected officials this year, and has, to his delight, received an enthusiastic response.

“It’s been difficult, time-consuming and effective,” Slen said of the dozens of interviews conducted with pols on both sides of the aisle. Full story

July 21, 2015

NAMA Offers Up Free Nom, Nom, Nom

Staffers who live and die by the omnipresent snack dispensers that dot congressional office buildings can, on Wednesday, feast on the future offerings the National Automatic Merchandising Association plans to dish out as part of its lobbying day.

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the self-proclaimed “refreshment services industry” are expected to share a preview of the healthy alternatives making their way into coin-operated circulation during a reception slated to be held in Rayburn 339B from noon to 2 p.m.

Per a NAMA aide, some of the alternative munchies that should be up for grabs include: Trio nut bars, Fiber One bars, Nature Valley granola bars and Nutri-Grain cereal bars. No word on what types of guilty pleasures (oversized bear claw, anyone?) might also be on the table.

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Capitol Police Still Struggling With the Bathroom

Capitol Police are aces when it comes to keeping lawmakers and the rest of the congressional community free from harm. But a recent incident regarding sensitive equipment again left behind in restrooms portends that perhaps a refresher course on securing personal belongings maybe didn’t fully take.

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While deadly firearms were not up for grabs this time around, a tipster told HOH about a tragicomic scenario that unfolded July 17 in a Senate office building. Full story

July 16, 2015

Sheila Jackson Lee at Center of Capitol Police Collision Questions (Video)

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., center, holds his face as he stands besides Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, left, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., during a prayer vigil for victims of the Charleston shooting, outside of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Jackson Lee allegedly rushed to her aide’s defense after a minor accident on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A recent Capitol Hill collision drove a confrontation between Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Capitol Police.

On June 17 at around 1:45 p.m., Jackson Lee’s chief of staff had a minor traffic accident on the House side of the Capitol grounds. Full story

July 15, 2015

Ed Royce Wants to Get Wild

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce plans to bear down on anti-poaching efforts Wednesday by hosting a super serious policy discussion — followed by a two-hour mixer featuring free booze, nosh and face time with utterly irresistible critters.

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(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If history is any guide, the happy hour-ish gathering, which is scheduled to take place in 2172 Rayburn from 5 to 7 p.m., should be completely overrun by interns and staff jockeying to snap selfies with exotic guests corralled by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

That particularly facility has kept pols in cute and furry props for decades, due largely to the advocacy efforts of director emeritus Jack Hanna and the politically active Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Full story

July 13, 2015

Maloney Hosts Soiree to Bolster Former Colleagues’ Book

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney's office)

From left to right: Frost, Maloney, Pelosi and Davis. (Photo courtesy of Maloney’s office)

After some partisan drama on the House floor on July 9, some members of Congress spent the evening learning about how to get along from their predecessors, while simultaneously snacking on some finger foods.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., hosted an event at her Capitol Hill digs to bring attention to, “The Partisan Divide,” a book written by two former congressional adversaries: Reps. Tom Davis, R-Va., and Martin Frost, D-Texas, along with journalist Richard E. Cohen. Full story

July 7, 2015

At National Building Museum, Life’s a Beach

Snarkitecture co-founder Alex Mustonen jumps into an ocean of plastic balls at the BEACH (File Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Snarkitecture co-founder Mustonen jumps into an ocean of plastic balls at the BEACH (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

For Hillites in need of an impromptu beach fix, the National Building Museum is happy to oblige, no swimsuits or sunblock required. The museum’s Great Hall, home to so many Hill fundraisers and galas, is hosting the BEACH, a monochromatic, indoor representation of the real thing.

The 10,000-square-foot installation contains the familiar elements — beach chairs, umbrellas and a snack bar. But instead of sand, there’s carpet and instead of an ocean, there are about 1 million clear plastic balls. Full story

James Clyburn, Tim Scott to Lead Emanuel AME Church Benefit

Transplanted South Carolinians will have the opportunity Wednesday to show their support for those affected by the senseless murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church courtesy of a District of Columbia benefit being spearheaded by Palmetto State pols.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., are, per an organizer, expected to “say a few words of healing and remembrance” at a fundraiser being co-hosted by the South Carolina Business Council and the South Carolina State Society from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 101 Constitution Ave. NW. Self-styled white supremacist Dylann Roof was arrested on June 18 following the fatal shooting of nine members of the Emanuel AME congregation during Bible study.

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July 6, 2015

Union Kitchen Grocery Adds CSA Option

Hillites who favor farm fresh foods now have another resource at their disposal, thanks to a fledgling partnership between newcomer Union Kitchen Grocery and alimentary aggregator Smucker Farms of Lancaster County.

(Courtesy Union Kitchen Grocery)

(Courtesy Union Kitchen Grocery)

UKG serves as an official pickup point for Smucker’s community supported agriculture program, a custom delivery service that ushers assorted comestibles from field to fork once each week throughout the summer. Full story

June 29, 2015

Congressional Cemetery Dead Serious About Fitness

Dear unwanted flab: prepare to take a dirt nap.

(Courtesy Congressional Cemetery)

(Courtesy Congressional Cemetery)

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June 25, 2015

Jesus Lady Challenges Speaker Boehner to Step Up

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(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Spiritual warrior Rita Warren can no longer hold her tongue about a perceived brush-off by Speaker John A. Boehner.

The career demonstrator, who displays her life-sized statue of Jesus Christ at the Capitol each and every week, provided HOH with an open letter demanding the Ohio Republican once and for all address her plan to have actor Robert Powell recite the sermon on the mount scene from “Jesus of Nazareth” for congressional lawmakers. Full story

June 24, 2015

Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage

Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

(Courtesy Peter Roskam)

The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels. Full story

June 22, 2015

Markwayne Mullin’s Crunching Workout Plan

Rep. Markwayne Mullin expects to lead any and all members of the legislative branch interested in feeling the burn in a cardio-intensive workout Thursday.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The roughly hour-long program, which is scheduled to take place in Upper D Park (opposite the Longworth House Office Building) beginning at 7 a.m., is being co-sponsored by the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus in honor of Men’s Health Month.

An event organizer said the Oklahoma Republican, who regularly leads fitness-seeking lawmakers through similar paces in the member’s gym, has been tasked with developing the workout routine. Full story

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