Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
August 30, 2014

Posts in "Overheards"

November 15, 2013

Overheard: ‘Let’s be Honest’

“Let’s be honest, the Upton bill today does not fix this thing.”

Texas GOP Rep. Michael C. Burgess, appearing on Fox News on Friday morning.

By Jason Dick Posted at 12:53 p.m.
Overheards, Reps

November 14, 2013

Italian Envoy Drops by CVC for Lunch

Italian-American members of Congress broke bread with Claudio Bisogniero, Italy’s ambassador to the United States, on Thursday at a Capitol Visitor Center lunch.

Italian Envoy Drops by CVC for Lunch

Bisogniero, center, dropped by Capitol Hill for lunch on Thursday. (Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images)

“For those of you who haven’t met him, he speaks incredibly good English, better than many of my constituents and certainly better than Pascrell’s constituents,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, ribbing himself and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J.

Tiberi, Pascrell and Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Tom Marino, R-Pa., and David Cicilline, D-R.I., were all on hand for the National Italian American Foundation’s Frank Guarini Public Policy Forum luncheon, the last of the year. Full story

Overheard: Someone’s Head Is a ‘Difficult Place To Be’

“And [Rep. Cedric L. Richmond] was touching on this notion of how do you get inside somebody’s head just a moment ago. I think it’s a very difficult place to be.”

— Rep. Mark Sanford, commenting on the Transportation Security Administration’s risk-methodology procedures at a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security  hearing on Thursday.

November 13, 2013

Overheard: Cory Booker on a Roll

“He’s on a roll. You don’t want to stop him. Go right ahead, please.”

– Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Thomas R. Carper, encouraging Sen. Cory Booker to continue introducing Homeland Security Secretary-designee Jeh Johnson at the panel’s hearing on Wednesday.

November 12, 2013

Overheard: An Endangered Political Species in Montana

“The party of which I was once a member no longer exists today in Montana.”

John Bohlinger, a former Republican who is a candidate for the Democratic Senate nomination in Montana, on MSNBC.

November 11, 2013

Overheard: Christening a Ford, not a Lincoln

“It carries the name of a president who showed us America at its best, an America that strives to bring hope to every corner of the planet and to do so with strength, but without bluster. Then-Congressman Ford brought a moment of modest humor to the solemn moment he was sworn in as vice president. He told America, ‘I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.’”

Sen. Carl Levin, speaking on Nov. 9 at the christening of the USS Gerald R. Ford in Newport News, Va.

November 8, 2013

Overheard: Obama on How “This Town” Works

“I’ve now been in this town long enough to know that, you know, folks like to seem important by getting their version of events in the press.”

— President Barack Obama, in an interview with NBC News that aired Thursday.

November 7, 2013

Overheard: Inhofe’s Warm Memories of the Cold War

“I’ve often said that recently, you know, I look back wistfully at the days of the Cold War.”

— Senate Armed Services ranking member James M. Inhofe, at today’s committee hearing on sequestration and the military.

November 6, 2013

Church Sends Congress a Message

Church Sends Congress a Message

Are the Methodists sending a message to Congress? (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

It’s a slow week on Capitol Hill, with only the Senate in, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t political messaging. Across the street from the Capitol lies the United Methodist Building, which seemed to be sending a message to Congress with its front-yard sign: “God’s Justice Never Shuts Down.” The shutdown might be over, but the fallout apparently is not.

November 1, 2013

Overheard: Roy Blunt on Producing Nothing

“Whether it’s the appropriations bills or just the normal work that Congress does, we’ve fallen into this pattern of thinking, ‘If I don’t get what I want, I don’t want anything.’ And that’s going to produce nothing.”

— Sen. Roy Blunt, on MSNBC Friday morning.

October 30, 2013

Overheard: Coburn Explains His Anatomical Reference to Reid

“My words weren’t appropriate, but my frustrations are real.”

— Sen. Tom Coburn, explaining the reason he referred to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as an “absolute” orifice on the backside of the human body at a Republican gala in New York on Monday.

The Oklahoma Republican was asked about it Wednesday on Fox News by Elisabeth Hasselbeck before a segment Coburn was doing on national parks maintenance woes.

October 29, 2013

Overheard: Mitch McConnell on Bigfoot

“Unsurprisingly, just 12 percent of Americans think the rollout has gone well. That’s less than 14 percent of Americans who believe in Bigfoot.”

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking Tuesday on the floor about the health care law and Bigfoot.

October 24, 2013

Overheard: John Dingell Talks Ancient History, Literally

“I remind my colleagues, the last perfect law came off the top of Mount Sinai … written on a stone tablet by the hand of God. Note, nothing so good has happened since.”

— Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., at today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the rollout of the new health care law.

October 16, 2013

Overheard: FreedomWorks Bemoans Shutdown Bargain

“The line separating the Democrats and the Republican establishment is fading — it might have disappeared today. This is about Washington insiders versus the rest of America now.”

— incensed about the looming budget deal, FreedomWorks stokes the tea party faithful by redrawing the battle lines

October 8, 2013

Overheard: ‘Talk to Jay’

“I’m just going through my list, guys. Talk to Jay.”

President Barack Obama, referring any reporter complaints about who was being called on at Tuesday’s White House news briefing to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

By Jason Dick Posted at 3:16 p.m.
Overheards

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...