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CQ Roll Call Reporters Win National Press Club Awards
Top accolades in defense and women in politics

CQ Roll Call senior reporters Kate Ackley and John M. Donnelly won first-place finishes in the National Press Club’s annual journalism awards for their reporting on women political donors and military accidents.

Ackley, who covers lobbying and influence, received the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for her CQ Magazine cover story on women political donors in the age of Donald Trump.

Republican Michael Cloud Sworn In to House, Replacing Blake Farenthold
Newest member of the House cuts number of vacancies to six

Texas Republican Michael Cloud took the oath of office on Tuesday, becoming the latest member of the House and bringing the whole number of the chamber to 429, comprised of 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacancies.

A media consultant with roots in his church and local Republican Party, Cloud describes himself as a constitutional conservative.

With Debbie Lesko Sworn In, The House is Still Short Members
Chamber still has six vacancies, with some more on the way

Even with Republican Debbie Lesko of Arizona being sworn in after her special election victory last month, the whole number of the House is 429, still short of capacity.

Lesko of took her oath of office as a member of the House at 6:59 p.m. on Monday, as well as the traditional ceremonial swearing in with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. 

Conor Lamb Sworn In as House Member
Democrat fills Western Pennsylvania seat previously held by Republican

Democrat Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania took his oath of office as a member of the House a little after 5:30 p.m., on Thursday.

“The essential truth of our situation is, we are all in this together. We need solidarity with each other. We need universal programs and aspirations. And we need to honor the service of our fellow citizens. I will do my level best to reach out, to find common ground, and to help this great American institution deliver the results we need and deserve,” Lamb said on the floor after being sworn in. 

Roll Call Reporters Discuss Covering Sexual Harassment on the Hill in the #MeToo Era
 

Three reporters participated this week in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit about their experiences covering the sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill in the quickly unfolding #MeToo era. Read the full thread from r/politics here....
Current Lawmakers Have Sexually Harassed Staffers, Speier Alleges
Comstock tells of lawmaker who greeted a former staffer wearing only a towel

Two current lawmakers allegedly have sexually harassed congressional staff in the past. And a former staffer reportedly asked to deliver papers to a member’s home was greeted by him wearing only a towel.

That’s what California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier and Republican Barbara Comstock of Virginia recounted during a hearing by the House Administration Committee on sexual harassment Tuesday.

Mandatory by January: Sexual Harassment Training for Senators and Staff
House lawmakers have introduced similar legislation

Senators and their staffs have until early January to complete sexual harassment training, made mandatory by a resolution the Senate adopted unanimously Thursday.

The resolution comes after recent scrutiny of how Congress handles sexual harassment in its offices. Nearly 1,500 former staffers have signed a letter to congressional leadership released Thursday saying the processes are “inadequate and need reform.”

How Congress Deals With Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The Office of Compliance has different rules from other federal agencies

In February, Roll Call reported that Congress had done very little to tighten its controls over workplace sexual harassment. In light of the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and a social media campaign by actress Alyssa Milano called #metoo to raise awareness of sexual harassment and sexual assault, here’s a look at the process for filing complaints if you work at a federal office or on Capitol Hill. 

Predatory Behavior: The Dark Side of Capitol Hill
Congress has done very little to tighten its controls over sexual harassment

Among the many charges of sexual misbehavior that surfaced during the 2016 campaign was one in October by Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who recalled members of Congress in the past “rubbing up against girls, sticking their tongues down women’s throats” without their consent.