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February 12, 2016

Rubio: Maybe the Senate ‘Should Pray Every Hour’

Rubio highlighted the Senate's daily prayers. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio highlighted the Senate’s daily prayers. (Meredith Dake-O’Connor/CQ Roll Call)

Maybe Sen. Marco Rubio thinks the Senate could use more of Barry Black’s baritone.

The Florida Republican, speaking on the presidential campaign trail at a forum at Bob Jones University in South Carolina, quipped that perhaps the prayers from the retired Navy rear admiral who is the longtime Senate chaplain should be hourly.

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February 5, 2016

Overheard: Joe Manchin Explains How the Senate Works

“It’s the majority that sets the agenda, but the minority who drives the agenda.”

— Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., offering his take on how the Senate works at the Atlantic After Hours event on Feb. 4 at Peet’s Coffee & Tea next to the White House.

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By Jason Dick Posted at 2:07 p.m.
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January 13, 2016

Overheard: His Best?

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Was this Obama’s best State of the Union? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

HOH received a bipartisan ‘yes’ and positive thoughts from lawmakers when asked if Tuesday night was President Barack Obama’s best State of the Union.

“I thought it was the best of the eight that he’s given. The basic appeal to American values was good, the reaching out to [Speaker Paul D. Ryan] on the poverty issue was good, the acknowledgment that we got a lot done together last year … those were good things. I was pleased that he mentioned cancer … disappointed that he didn’t acknowledge that Republicans have doubled the increase what he asked for [in the omnibus]. He’s kind of catching up with us there.”
Rep Tom Cole, R-Okla.

“Today was his best State of the Union, it was less political. It was an emotional moment when he declared a war on cancer; there is no member who hasn’t been affected by cancer.”
Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.

“Today was very good, I think today was a good capstone. I think it was great that he had the opportunity to kind of broaden (his) vision, already transitioning from presidency to a statesman.”
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich.

“It didn’t seem to have as many highs and lows, the explosion, as many roaring applause lines. But it seemed more powerful, it seemed the tone was different than some of the other ones. A more thoughtful, deeper, tone than some of the previous ones and not just getting that great punch line.”
Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.

“In fairness to the president, I’ve given my share of state addresses, they weren’t State of the Unions but I did eight of ‘em. Thematically, they’re very, very awkward speeches. You know, your staff and team give you like this colloquial laundry list of all the things you need to cover but thematically, it really doesn’t fit. So I have a degree of empathy for the president whether in this State of the Union address, in the last one, and they are difficult.”
Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., referring to his eight years as South Carolina’s governor.

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

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December 16, 2015

Juan Vargas Gets Religious

“I’ve been telling my Republican friends, the first tradition we have is going home. And they have this three-day rule and I let them know that not even Jesus serves the three-day rule. He was crucified and he left early Sunday morning, so come on!”

— Rep. Juan C. Vargas, D-Calif., on this week’s omnibus and tax extender endgame.

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November 23, 2015

Louisiana: After the Runoff, So Bipartisan

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 8: Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La., holds a sign which read "drilling=jobs" during President Barack Obama's speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Landry wasn’t too amused by Democrats’ energy policies during a joint address to Congress by President Barack Obama on Sept. 8, 2011. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

All of a sudden, everything’s bipartisan in Louisiana. It was only last December Sen. Mary Landrieu was bounced from office by Republican Bill Cassidy after being unrelentingly tied to national Democrats. But Saturday’s runoff elections seemed to have released statewide love among Pelican State partisans. Full story

November 17, 2015

Overheard: Bill Pascrell Channels Yogi Berra

“I only wish Yogi was here to celebrate the news. … He said himself, ‘If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be,’ but today, it’d be close.”

— Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., on the news that baseball great Yogi Berra, who died in September, had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as reported by PolitickerNJ.

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Mikulski to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

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November 5, 2015

Good Looks Win in Presidential Races

Winning Ticket? McCain, left, waxed about what could have been in his presidential runs if he had the looks of Thune, right. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Winning ticket? McCain, left, waxed about what could have been in his presidential runs if he had the looks of Thune, right. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

“If I looked like Sen. Thune, I’d be president of the United States.” 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.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4557671/open-mic-senate

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

Overheard: Tom Cotton’s Career Advice

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has some career advice: Don’t become a senator. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 5:31 p.m.
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Reid: Don’t Name Stuff After Hastert

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Hastert in 2003. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says it may be time to change the name of the “Hastert rule.” Full story

October 28, 2015

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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October 27, 2015

The Senate Is a Sick Place

“Everybody in the chamber has got the flu. I just shook hands with three senators who were like, ‘I’m sick.'”

— Sen. Chris Coons, interrupting a brief interview with CQ Roll Call to use a hand sanitizer stand.

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October 16, 2015

Overheard: Obama Channel Surfing

“The Democratic debate was taking place at the same time as some ball games, so there was a little bit of clicking back and forth.”

— President Barack Obama on Friday at a White House press conference, asked for his reaction to the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night.

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October 7, 2015

Overheard: Droning On in Committee

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Defazio, right, is not amused by drones. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“We had interruption of critical firefighting activity this summer because of idiots wanting to fly their toy drones.”

 House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., at a hearing Wednesday. Full story

September 24, 2015

Overheard: Boehner, Keep Hope Alive

The pope's meeting with Boehner is broadcast outside the Capitol. (Emma Dumain/CQ Roll Call)

The pope’s meeting with Boehner is broadcast outside the Capitol. (Emma Dumain/CQ Roll Call)

“I need a lot of hope today.”

John A. Boehner, replying to Pope Francis’ assertion the speaker’s green tie was “the color of hope” during their meeting just before the joint meeting of Congress Thursday. Full story

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