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May 15, 2013

Mark Sanford in the House! | Capitol Quip

Mark Sanford in the House! | Capitol Quip

The five finalists for this week’s caption contest are all set. Now it’s your turn to vote.

Using the comments section below, vote for your favorite caption until 5 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Here are this week’s finalists:

  • “I’ve got a great new angle on immigration …”
  • “Finally — a House that isn’t somebody’s home!”
  • “Sorry I’m late. I had a layover.”
  • “Hey guys! Any CODELs to Argentina coming up???”
  • “Who wants to join my Love Caucus?”

The cartoon with the winning caption will appear on this blog May 20 and in that day’s print edition of Roll Call. The contest winner will receive a signed color print of his or her Capitol Quip cartoon from the cartoonist, R.J. Matson.

By Jason Dick Posted at 6:36 p.m.
Capitol Quip

2013 ACLI Capital Challenge Runs Its Course

Members of Congress and their allies, antagonists and observers ran around Washington early Wednesday morning, hoping to come out ahead in the 3-mile ACLI Capital Challenge.

The 32nd annual Capital Challenge started at 8:00 a.m. (a bit early for HOH’s taste) at Anacostia Park. The event, which raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project, is an invitational races for teams that represent the three branches of government, as well as the Fourth Estate.  Full story

McHenry Stretches With Beyonce Homage

Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, R-N.C., is obviously a pretty with-it guy.

He’s up with the baddest pop culture trends and down with all the things the cool kids love.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that when his own words fail to communicate just how important abstinence education is, McHenry would turn to the lyrical stylings of Lady Bey to help him get his point across … about a bill to amend the Securities and Exchange Commission. Full story

Overheard: No Love Lost Between Holder, Issa

“The way you conduct yourself as a member of Congress is unacceptable and shameful.”

— Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa at Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.

Mel Watt Cuddles Adorable Baby During Holder Hearing

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s Wednesday grilling by the House Judiciary Committee was pretty tense from the start, so thank goodness Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C., provided America with a much needed “aww” moment during the hearing.

Watt looked happy while Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., lit in to each other, not because he enjoys watching grown men fight, but because Nicolas Watt, the congressman’s 1-year old grandson, was snuggled on his lap.

Mel Watt Cuddles Adorable Baby During Holder Hearing

(Courtesy C-SPAN)

Young Nicolas, it has to be said, is seriously, painfully adorable. This is not his first time visiting Capitol Hill. He’s been to his grandfather’s Hill office several times. This was, however, Nicolas’ first time overseeing the Judiciary Committee.

Corrected 6:50 p.m. | An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the committee holding Wednesday’s hearing.

Library of Congress Hosts Ode to Copyright

Lawmakers and their spouses sat down to a performance of well-known hits at a Tuesday night concert in the Library of Congress.

“We love music,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said of he and his wife, Kelley, who was also present at a reception before the concert. “I think one of the amazing things is to see the writers perform their own songs.”

“He loves to do things like this when I’m in town,” Kelley Paul said of her husband. “If I’m not, he tends to get sucked into his regular meetings.” Full story

May 14, 2013

The Wolf at the Rayburn Door

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Or at least the Defenders of Wildlife ambassador arctic wolf Atka? Apparently the House sergeant-at-arms.

DOW is hosting a Wednesday reception in Rayburn B-354 called “Conservation Crossroads” to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. They wanted to bring along Atka because, well, animals are cool, especially wolves.

But the House sergeant-at-arms “put the kibosh on having a wolf in the building,” according to a DOW spokesman, so they’ll be hanging out with Atka on the “NE corner of Longworth Park” for those interested in seeing some wolf action. They’ll be there from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We called the House sergeant-at-arms to see if banning Atka from Rayburn was motivated by safety or hygiene, but we didn’t get a response. Guess we were barking up the wrong tree.

Craft Brewers Bring Beer Week to Congress

American Craft Beer Week is once again upon us.

Craft Brewers Bring Beer Week to Congress

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

And a slew of artisan suds slingers will be pouring out their hearts and souls — and signature product lines (‘natch) — to lawmakers Wednesday night at a special Brewers Association-led reception on Capitol Hill.

The invitation-only happy hour is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building cafeteria (B-357).

According to an event promoter, members from both the House and Senate Small Brewers caucuses are expected to attend, although the invites appear to have been distributed to a much wider audience. (“Show 113th Congress staff ID and proof of age at the door,” the email reads.)

Full story

President Pro Tem Patrick Leahy, Architecture Critic

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy had a little time to kill before formally kicking off Tuesday morning’s Judiciary Committee markup on an immigration overhaul. So the Vermont Democrat vamped a bit about how much he loathes spending time in the bowels of the Dirksen Senate Office Building:

“I think when the Dirksen building was designed it was somebody who must have worked for Mussolini or Stalin,” the president pro tem spouted off as C-SPAN provided swooping aerial shots — incorrectly labeled as the Hart Office Building— of the cold, cavernous hearing room.

Full story

Counter-Protests Are the New Pink

Counter Protests Are the New Pink

Protesters at the Minnesota Capitol Building in St. Paul. (Courtesy Facebook/Wipe Out Homophobia)

In Minnesota today, the First Amendment is a beautiful thing.

We Are Marshall, Sanford That Is

HOH continues its roll out of the welcome wagon for former-but-soon-to-be-officially-back-again Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.

Or is that Rep. Marshall Sanford?

We Are Marshall, Sanford That Is

The nameplate for the newest member of the House. (Photo courtesy of HOH Tipster)

For the record, the Biographical Record of the United States Congress does indeed list the former governor as Marshall Clement Sanford Jr. (Mark). But in all our years, we’ve never heard anyone refer to him as anything but Mark.

By Jason Dick Posted at 2:18 p.m.
Uncategorized

Check Out the Bipartisan Bryce Bros

HOH is feeling the bipartisan love, at least when it comes to Senate leaders’ affections for Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.

As our colleagues at #WGDB reported, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have found something they agree on: Wishing that Washington Nationals star player Harper gets better after his run-in with Dodger Stadium on Monday night.

Check Out the Bipartisan Bryce Bros

Harper, left and Reid hang out at Nationals Park last year shortly after Harper’s call up to the majors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

In a game late Monday night, Harper slammed into an outfield wall at Dodger Stadium and required 11 stitches in his chin. The Nationals won 6-2. Harper was examined by physicians, and X-rays came back negative for a concussion, according to The Washington Post. According to MLB.com, Harper’s playing status is day-to-day.

Horton’s Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

Thirteen members of Congress and more than 60 staffers will join CNN’s Jake Tapper and celebuchef Spike Mendelsohn to hit up the 5th annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids.

Hortons Kids to Take Over Nationals Park

Mendelsohn will help fete Horton’s Kids at Nationals Park. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The invite-only Nationals Park event, scheduled for Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., will raise money for the Ward 8 charity, which provides direct services on the Capitol campus for about 500 children and families in D.C.’s Anacostia neighborhood. Full story

By Neda Semnani Posted at 11:44 a.m.
Parties

Hungary Ayes

If your understanding of what exactly the Hungarian American Caucus has been up to in recent years is as clear as a bowl of paprika-spiked goulash, allow HOH to bring you up to speed.

The group, which was most recently led by former-Rep.-turned-Fox-News-commentator Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, is getting back into action in the 113th Congress with three new co-chairmen: Reps. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Andy Harris, R-Md., and David Joyce, R-Ohio.

A spokesman at the Hungarian Embassy welcomed the infusion of new blood and expressed hope that the tightly knit band would help strengthen the cross-cultural connections (global security issues, economic cooperation, cultural expression) the two nations have fostered for decades.

And just to show they’re not wasting any more time, Hungarians will commemorate the 20th anniversary of ongoing relations between the Hungarian Defense Forces and the Ohio National Guard — “Cleveland has the second largest Hungarian population, after Budapest,” Joyce told HOH about the rock-solid Buckeye-Magyar bond — with a celebratory luncheon Wednesday in Rayburn 2358-C. Kaptur, Harris and Reps. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, and Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio, are scheduled to speak at the event, alongside Hungarian Ambassador to the United States György Szapáry and James J. Townsend Jr., deputy assistant secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy.

If all that sounds a little too dry for you, Hungary will also be strutting its stuff as the guest nation during the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 26-30, July 3-7).

May 13, 2013

Taste of America: Where’s a Voter to Sample?

The second round of CQ Roll Call’s 2013 Taste of America throwdown is under way, with culinary partisans voting for their favorite vittles from sea to shining sea.

Arizonans teed up their chimichangas. West Virginians are flogging their pepperoni rolls. D.C.’ers (we have no idea how to differentiate Washington-state people from Washington-nation’s-capital people, so there you go) are behind their half smokes.

In the spirit of fairness, we here at HOH encourage all voters in this competition to keep an open mind and palate, and sample as much fare as your waistlines will allow. For D.C. voters, we have taken the top five vote-getters from last week who moved on to the second round and compiled a list of Capitol Hill or nearby establishments to nosh. And, of course, we welcome all, ahem, feedback, because we know there’s more out there. And yes, we know it’s all better back home. Full story

By Jason Dick Posted at 4:10 p.m.
Food

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