Gillian Roberts

In Search of Missing Bills, Congress Is on the Case
Today's search of CBO by Senate Democrats isn't the first time Congress has gone on the hunt

BY GILLIAN ROBERTS and JASON DICK

Democratic senators started the week of June 19 on a mission — to find the Republican health care bill. Several senators took to the chamber’s floor early in the week to lament the absence of so-called regular order — a bill’s journey through subcommittee, committee and eventually the floor on its way toward consideration and possible passage — for the Senate’s version of the bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. Leadership has said the bill would be released Thursday with the expectation of a vote next week.

A Case of the Mondays: Recent Senate Session Third-Longest Since 1915
Chamber didn't adjourn from noon Monday until Wednesday at 9:07 p.m.

If this week felt a little long, that’s because it was. When the Senate gaveled out at 9:07 p.m. on Wednesday, it adjourned a session that began Monday at noon. That made it the third-longest legislative session in Senate history since 1915. In the world of arcane Senate procedure, that means the chamber never moved off the legislative business day of Monday, leaving Capitol Hill watchers with that tired, cranky feeling they never could quite shake.

The Senate debated for those 57 hours and 7 minutes several of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees, including the senators’ colleague Jeff Sessions of Alabama for attorney general, and the contentious Education secretary pick, Betsy DeVos, which ended with a history-making tiebreaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

Photos of the Week: Immigration Protests, Committee Boycotts and a High Court Nominee
The week of Jan. 30 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

BY TOM WILLIAMS AND BILL CLARK

A busy week in Washington started off with protests at Dulles International Airport and in front of the Supreme Court against President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order. Protests made it into the halls of Congress as well, as Senate Democrats boycotted several hearings for Trump’s Cabinet nominees. 

10 Quotes From the Last 10 Presidential Inaugurations
Every four years on Jan. 20, the country listens as the president looks toward the future

It’s a ritual that’s been repeated many times over. On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office and give his inaugural address. Here are some memorable quotes and photos from the last 10 times this was done.

1. Jan. 20, 1977: Jimmy Carter

John Glenn’s Life in Photos: From Astronaut to National Hero to Long-Time Senator
The Ohio Democrat died Dec. 8, according to the Columbus Dispatch, at 95

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and national hero as a member of the Mercury 7, has died at 95, according to reports. While John Glenn’s life in the public eye began well before he headed to Washington in 1975 as a four-term senator from Ohio, that’s certainly when CQ Roll Call’s camera lens turned on the distinguished senator. 

What the Trump Kids Said at the Convention
Each adult child of the GOP nominee addressed the delegates

Many times this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, speakers mentioned the quality of the adult children of Donald Trump.  

Donald Jr., 38, Ivanka, 34, Eric, 32 and Tiffany, 22, have each addressed the delegates in Quicken Loans Arena.   

The State of the Economy Is...
 

By many indications, the country's condition continues to improve. Gas prices are down. So is the unemployment rate. But other aspects are lagging. Wage growth, in particular, remains stubbornly low....
9 Years of Mass Shootings: How Did Congress Respond?
The last gun control measure enacted was in 2007

The last federal gun control measure was enacted in 2007 following the Virginia Tech massacre that spring.

CQ Roll Call combed its archives and chronicled Congress’ response to high-profile mass shootings in the nine years since. We also looked at the number of gun control or gun-focused bills and amendments considered — but rarely passed — by Washington lawmakers in response. 

Will Big Spending in Indiana Lead To a Win?
Perhaps not, looking at Maryland's recently concluded House primary

In Indiana’s competitive  9th Congressional District Republican primary race, there’s a big spender. A really big spender. His name is Joseph A. “Trey” Hollingsworth III (Roll Call has already delved into other oddities about his candidacy , like how he’s from Tennessee ), and he’s been blanketing the airwaves with campaign ads in the five-way race for GOP Rep. Todd Young’s open seat — which is rated Safe Republican  by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call. There are unique challenges in the contest, like how no one in his adopted hometown of Jeffersonville has really seen him outside of their TV screens, but money isn’t one of them.  

[Rothenberg & Gonzales/Roll Call Race Ratings map] Tuesday's Democratic primary in Maryland's 8th District also featured a big spender. In the race for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's seat, rated Safe Democrat , Potomac wine businessman David Trone became the largest self-funded House candidate ever. But he lost to American University constitutional law professor/state Sen. Jamie Raskin, who was the third-biggest spender in the race.  

Quiz: Presidential Candidate or Member of Congress?
Make your guesses and try to beat Roll Call

There are thousands of presidential candidates in 2016, and virtually all of them are unknown to the general public. There are also 535 members of Congress, and certainly not all of them are widely known, either.  

6 Ways Nancy Reagan Changed America

Former first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday morning at 94.  

Slideshow: A History of Modern Supreme Court Nominations

While Republican leaders in the Senate say they won't bring a Supreme Court nominee to the floor, President Barack Obama says he plans to nominate someone. Justice Antonin Scalia died at age 79 on Saturday.  

Take a look through the most recent high court nominations via CQ Roll Call's photo archives. And yes, the first one is from 1938 because we couldn't help ourselves (the original caption called the cameras "both sounds and stills").  

Slideshow: A Life in Washington, Scalia Dead at 79

Justice Antonin Scalia, a stalwart conservative justice on the Supreme Court, died in Texas on Saturday.  

Here's a look through CQ Roll Call's photo archives of the judge who sat on the high court since 1986.  

Gowdy: Fired Benghazi Staffer ‘Never Mentioned’ Clinton Before Friday (Video)

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, hit back Sunday at a former committee staffer who said he was fired for not cooperating with the panel’s focus on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s actions in response to the 2012 terrorist attack.  

“Until his Friday conversations with media, this staffer has never mentioned Secretary Clinton as a cause of his termination, and he did not cite Clinton’s name in a legally mandated mediation,” the South Carolina Republican said in a written statement. “He also has not produced documentary proof that in the time before his termination he was directed to focus on Clinton.” Maj. Bradley F. Podliska told CNN on Sunday morning “this has become a partisan investigation” after a Saturday New York Times report surfaced detailing Podliska’s complaints. The major in the Air Force Reserve said he was terminated this summer for resisting requests to solely focus on the Democratic presidential candidate. The panel was authorized to conduct an investigation into the events, response, policies and decisions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens.