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February 12, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Thom Tillis Pays Bet, Praises Broncos on Floor

Tillis' Panthers lost the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tillis’ Panthers lost in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.

Wearing a Denver Broncos orange tie, Tillis, the bet’s mastermind, paid his respects on the Senate floor on Thursday to the Super Bowl champs. “You and I, Mr. President, attended the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I’m sure you agree, it was quite a treat,” Tillis said. He commended the Super Bowl organizers in Santa Clara, Calif., for “making us feel welcome.” Full story

February 10, 2016

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

Burr’s ‘Thing’ Needs Repairs

Burr drives the Thing in 2011. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Burr drives the Thing all over Washington. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Senator Richard Burr’s, R-N.C., beloved Volkswagen Thing faced some problems on Wednesday, with the North Carolina Republican tweeting a photo of three men pushing his car on the side of a road. Full story

February 9, 2016

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

Senators to Watch ‘The Big Short’

Brown is going to watch the Big Short on Wednesday (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brown is going to watch the ‘Big Short’ on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan group of senators is heading to the movies, hoping an Academy Award-nominated film may help shed light on the Great Recession and what lessons can be learned.

“The Big Short,” directed by Adam McKay and based on the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, examines the lead-up to the 2008 financial collapse. It has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. On Wednesday, McKay comes to Capitol Hill to participate in a panel discussion with Senate Banking ranking member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., and Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and will screen the movie at the Capitol Visitor Center. Full story

February 8, 2016

McCain Compares Presidential Debates to Vietnam

 

McCain and Graham are in synch with their presidential debate jokes. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McCain and Graham are in synch with their presidential debate jokes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

During the Feb. 6 Republican presidential debate, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., reacted and joked for an Independent Journal Review video, notably relating McCain’s Vietnam War experience with debates.

Graham asked McCain about his 2008 presidential debate experiences: “Do you think they treated you fairly when you were up there debating?”

“I’ve been treated better,” McCain said.

“By who?” Graham said. 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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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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Office Space: Bob Casey’s Presidential Suite

Casey is Roll Call's guest on Office Space this week. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Casey is Roll Call’s guest on Office Space this week. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., shows off his office’s historical ties and explains his collection of Pittsburgh Steelers memorabilia.

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February 1, 2016

McCain Pays Off a Bet

 

McCain (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

McCain is confident Arizona will have Super Bowl caliber performances next year. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Fulfilling a wager made last month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., congratulated the Carolina Panthers on the Senate floor on Monday for winning the NFC Championship over his home state Arizona Cardinals the week before.

“Unfortunately, even tragically, this is what brings me before you today,” McCain started his speech, explaining the wager. “It’s also why I’m wearing this unsightly (Panther) blue tie, which I’m sure is an assault on the senses of C-SPAN viewers all over the world.”

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By Alex Gangitano Posted at 4:22 p.m.
Sens, Sports Desk

Sanders Leads Iowa Facebook Conversation

Sanders led the Facebook conversation in Iowa on Caucus Day. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanders led the Facebook conversation in Iowa on Caucus Day. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was the top presidential candidate discussed in Iowa on Facebook on Monday. On Iowa Caucus Day, the social media site measured users’ conversations from midnight to noon on Feb. 1.

Sanders led with 42.2 percent of the conversation, double what business mogul Donald Trump received, who came in second with 21.7 percent.

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January 29, 2016

Clinton Adviser: Schumer Was ‘So Happy’ She Left the Senate

Schumer and Clinton served together as senators from New York. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Schumer and Clinton served together as senators from New York. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A longtime Hillary Clinton adviser seemed to think Sen. Charles E. Schumer was happy to see the current Democratic presidential candidate leave the world’s greatest deliberative body.

In an internal State Department email released Friday as part of the latest dump of Clinton emails from her time as secretary of State, Philippe Reines called Schumer “a good man who is just so happy she left the Senate.”

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Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.

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Senator’s Stolen Car Recovered

Coons has his ford back. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Coons, right, has his Ford back. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Thursday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., tweeted “Dude, where’s my car?”

His black Ford sports utility vehicle had been stolen. Full story

January 28, 2016

Senate Competitiveness Caucus Looks at Changing Labor Market

Coons pic

Coons speaks on American competitiveness (Photo courtesy of Coons’ office).

After the final vote of the week on Thursday, several senators stuck around to speak on the country’s labor market and how it competes globally.

Co-chairman of the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., teamed up with the Council on Competitiveness for a briefing on how the changing labor market presents both challenges and opportunities for America’s workers.

“We all know then that American business, to be competitive in a far more difficult environment, we need the skills and the resources in our workforce to compete and we need the ideas, the policy ideas, to help them to do so,” Coons said at the event.

“Just last week, I was at the World Economic Forum and was struck at how broadly, around the world, this issue is dominating conversations. If we have the illusion that our competitors aren’t also tirelessly trying to solve this, we are wrong,” he said.

Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Angus King, I-Maine, are also members of the caucus and spoke at the event. Baldwin and Coons are the leaders on the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative, which encourages introducing bipartisan, pro-manufacturing bills.

“Republicans don’t have all the answers, just as Democrats don’t either,” Baldwin said at the event. “The only way we meet the challenges we face effectively, is if we have strong public-private partnerships that are supported by a Congress working across party lines.”

King, alongside Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act this year to ensure students have access to digital learning outside the classroom. At the event, he spoke on the homework gap and bridging the digital divide for rural and low-income students.

The Senate Competitiveness Caucus was founded last summer and has 12 members, from both sides of the aisle.

Also at the event, the council released their report, entitled “Work,” which is a compilation of research on how to thrive in a global economy and win the skills battle. The council is a non-partisan organization focused on the advancement of U.S. competitiveness.

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By Alex Gangitano Posted at 6:09 p.m.
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