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February 13, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Puppymonkeybaby, Andy Harris Style

Harris turns 59-years-old on Tuesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Harris turns 59 on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As if Mountain Dew’s Puppymonkeybaby commercial during Super Bowl 50 didn’t haunt us enough, a pro-marijuana group has adapted it with the likeness of Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., to make a political point.

“We thought it was something young people would get,” Adam Eidinger, chairman of the pro-cannabis DCMJ group, told HOH. Full story

February 11, 2016

Members to D.C. Metro Manufacturer: Don’t Make Us Look Bad

Connolly rides the 7000-series train in, April. Beyer and Comstock also participated in this event. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Connolly rode the 7000-series train in April. Beyer and Comstock were also along for the ride. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In an effort to keep funding and confidence in the system secure, a bipartisan group of D-M-V lawmakers are asking the manufacturer of Metro’s new trains to provide regular updates to the system regarding production of the next-generation cars.

The 7000-series car, which now operates on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines, has had issues with metal curing, car assembly and IT systems, according to a letter members sent to Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Full story

By Alex Gangitano Posted at 12:05 p.m.
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February 10, 2016

Office Space: Gregory Meeks’ New York Gallery

Meeks is Roll Call's guest on Office Space this week. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Meeks is Roll Call’s guest on Office Space this week. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., shows off his collection of pens, Easter eggs and his affinity for desks.

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It’s ‘The Payne Report’ — Radio From Rutgers

The Payne Report launches on Feb 5. (

“The Payne Report” airs next on March 4. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-N.J., has launched a new radio show, created to find connections between hip-hop and government, and for his first show he welcomed Congressional Black Caucus chairman G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and discussed a range of political issues.

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By Alex Gangitano Posted at 3:19 p.m.
DC, Reps

It’s ‘Paws for Love’ Time on Capitol Hill

Dole at the ASPCA's Fourth Annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption event in July (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dole at the ASPCA’s Fourth Annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption event in July (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Valentine’s Day animal adoption event on Friday will bring adorable pets in need of a home to Capitol Hill. Hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, “Paws for Love” features 11 animal rescue groups from the surrounding area.

The fourth annual “Paws for Love” will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday in Cannon 345. Longtime advocates for animal welfare issues, such as former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., will be there. Full story

Take Five: Rep. Mike Coffman

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Back home, Coffman tours the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work.

This week, Rep. Mike Coffman, R–Colo., talks about the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos, skiing in central Europe and Rocky Mountain oysters.

Q: Who is your favorite player on the Denver Broncos?

A: Peyton Manning. A couple years ago, I met him and I think that I was just so impressed with him, how humble he was. I think he’s a good person, a great role model. It was at a fundraising breakfast for Boy Scouts of America, he was the keynote speaker. That’s where I had the opportunity to meet him. I don’t think he will play another season with this last game being the Super Bowl. In Colorado, [former Broncos quarterback] John Elway had two Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998. I think back to back is really hard to do, particularly in the way the NFL does the draft, they try and equalize things. Given the fact that Manning’s 39 years old, I think he’d be wise to retire. Talk about stepping out on such a high note.

Q: Where and with whom did you watch the Super Bowl on Sunday?

A: With family, back in Colorado.

Q: If you could be any profession other than a politician, what would you be?

A: I love my past two professions before I came here. I was in the Marine Corps, but I think I’m too old for that. And I was a small business owner. I love that, being an entrepreneur. If I could go back, I think I would go back to either one of those. I had a property management business that I started from scratch in 1983 and I sold it in 2000.

Q: Do you ski, and if so, when did you learn?

A: Even though I lived in Colorado growing up, I really didn’t get into skiing actually until I was in the United States Army. I joined the Army when I was 17 years old and I think when I was about 18 I was on the border of [the former] Czechoslovakia. And, we drew names out of a helmet to go away there for a week and I drew the winning number. And I got to learn how to do recreational skiing there. When I came back home and went to the University of Colorado, I got into skiing pretty heavily. I now like skiing in Vail.

Q: What is your favorite local Colorado food?

A: Rocky Mountain oysters, usually at a bar. It’s something we do back home; it’s kind of hard to explain. [Editor’s note: Rocky Mountain oysters are fried bull, pig or sheep testicles.]

Contact Gangitano at AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com and follow her on Twitter at @AlexGangitano

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‘Homeland’ Producer Brings Animal Training Message to Hill

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Grijalva will join PETA and Raff at the briefing. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Emmy award-winning executive producer of Showtime’s spy drama “Homeland,” Gideon Raff, wants to ban animals from taking part in military training, and he’s bringing his message to Capitol Hill, along with congressional allies and the animal rights group PETA.

On Wednesday, Raff will moderate PETA’s congressional briefing, “Saving Soldiers by Sparing Animals,” along with hosts Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif.

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February 9, 2016

Scalise Brings Navy SEAL O’Neill to Whip Meeting

 

Scalise invited O'Neill to his meeting Tuesday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ryan Zinke, a former Navy officer, connected Scalise, above, with O’Neill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill, who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s special guest to his Whip Team meeting Tuesday.

The Whip Team meeting is a regular weekly meeting attended on fly-in nights by members to discuss the week’s legislative business and hear from those with legislation on the floor.

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., also a former Navy officer, connected O’Neill with Scalise, R-La., according to the Whip’s office. Zinke served in the Navy from 1985 to 2008.

O’Neill, a Montana native, was a sniper before leaving the Navy in 2012. In 2014, he claimed he fired the head shots that killed bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, during a raid in 2011.

In October, a British Islamic State supporter published O’Neill’s name and address and called on members in the U.S. to target him, the Mirror reported.

Past special guests to Whip Team meetings have been Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

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Shkreli’s Lawyer: Congress Tried to Humiliate Him

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at last week’s House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benjamin Brafman, the criminal defense attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, is claiming the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s reason for compelling his client to testify last week was to humiliate him.

Brafman gave the committee advance knowledge that if Shkreli appeared before them, he would invoke the Fifth Amendment, he wrote in the New York Law Journal on Wednesday.

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Mardi Gras on the Hill

Stop by the offices of Vitter and Cassidy for King Cake. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Stop by the offices of Vitter and Cassidy for king cake. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Members of the Louisiana delegation will celebrate Fat Tuesday with traditional Mardi Gras king cake in their offices.

King cake is eaten to celebrate the beginning of Lent (and the end of Mardi Gras). A small plastic baby, representing Jesus, is hidden inside the cake and whoever gets the piece with the figure in it receives good luck for the year. Full story

February 5, 2016

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Martin Shkreli is featured in this week's edition of Congressional Hits and Misses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli is featured in this week’s edition of Congressional Hits and Misses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers spent the week ashamed of their ties, reflecting on Blockbuster and repeating Groundhog Day.

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Rep. Castro Welcomes Baby Boy

Photo courtesy of Castro's twitter.

(Photo courtesy of Castro’s Twitter account.)

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and his wife, Anna Flores, welcomed a new son, Roman Victor Castro, this week.

The baby was born on Tuesday Castro’s district in San Antonio, weighing in at 7.5 pounds and 20.25 inches long. Full story

CBC Celebrates Black History Month

The CBC is in full force for Black History Month. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

CBC members will be participating in a variety of Black History Month events. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional Black Caucus members are participating in multiple events beyond the Beltway to commemorate Black History Month. Also, the CBC says to look out for members to make floor remarks and statements about notable events in black history.

Here’s a list of planned events that we’ll add to as we see more: Full story

February 4, 2016

Habitat Lobbies for Affordable Housing

Meadows has going on a Habitat build on his bucket list. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Meadows has going on a Habitat build on his bucket list. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Habitat for Humanity lobbied on Capitol Hill this week for changes to the country’s housing policies. The Habitat on the Hill conference had support from 200 Habitat for Humanity leaders, homeowners and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

“I have a very long and intimate relationship with the local affiliate [back home in North Carolina] and Habitat in general to make federal regulations not effect affording housing,” Meadows told HOH. He first met with Habitat in fall 2013. The congressman now reaches out to the group from a legislative standpoint.

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February 3, 2016

Congressional Spouse Events Surround National Prayer Breakfast

 

Aderholt co-hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Aderholt co-hosts the National Prayer Breakfast. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional spouses traditionally get together every February to meet one another, break bread together and share in each other’s faiths.

“I think these events show people that the spouses are real people and that we really care about each other,” Caroline Aderholt, whose husband Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.,  is a longtime co-host of these events, told HOH. “Prayer is important to us and we believe in it, and it makes a difference in our personal lives, in our family’s lives and we think it can make a difference in our world.”

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