Hits and Misses

Valentine’s, sweets and a national emergency: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Feb. 11, 2019

Sen. Tom Udall gave Sen. Amy Klobuchar a cookie as a thank you gift and Sen. Thom Tillis repeated his Valentine’s Day stunt from last year by showing a pink-scribbled card for his wife on the Senate floor.

But it wasn’t all love in D.C. this week as Sen. Chuck Grassley groused about being interrupted for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement that President Donald Trump would be declaring a national emergency, and Trump geared up for likely legal challenges to his wall-building aspirations.

Gritty on the Hill, a Louisiana greeting and tributes to the legendary John Dingell: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Feb. 4, 2019

President Donald Trump wasn’t the only big name to stop by the Capitol this week. Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty graced the Hill with his presence ahead of the congressional hockey game. This week also saw discussions of a tangled-up FAFSA prop, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer struggling with arithmetic and heartfelt tributes to the longest-serving member Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday.

Thumbnail photo: A lighting crew sets up TV lights in Statuary Hall in preparation for the State of the Union on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

A missing bathroom door, the third kick of the mule and Movin’ On Up (in Hart) — Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 28, 2019

The back-and-forth between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump continued this week, but the main thing on freshman Rep. Tim Burchett’s mind was when he’d be getting a door for his office bathroom. Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz is one step away from playing Grateful Dead in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. John Lewis danced to Pharrell Williams and Sen. Tim Scott got an office upgrade to the tune of a classic 70s sitcom.

Pelosi’s new nickname and we’re still talking about the Saints game: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 21, 2019

“I hope it doesn’t seem out of place with the shutdown,” Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy said on the Senate floor before launching into a complaint about the no infamous no-call that occurred Sunday during the Saints-Rams game.

“It’s gonna take me awhile to get over that,” Rep. Steve Scalise, also of Louisiana, said in reference to the same no-call.

Chaos in the House, Hamilton and Senate Judiciary is all about Bill Barr’s grandson: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 14, 2019

Can you believe the President Trump fast food feast was just a few days ago? It's been a bit of a week, and as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said after a chaotic floor vote on Thursday: “a very difficult week.”

Candy, hand slams and trash at the White House: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 7, 2019

‘Down with NDP,’ dabbing in the House and the ‘club soda of beers’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 31, 2018

The 116th Congress began on Jan. 3, 2019, in the midst of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight. Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi took over as speaker, Rep. Daniel Lipinski brought a Schoolhouse Rock toy to the House floor and Sen. Elizabeth Warren opined about her New Year’s Eve beer choice.

2018 in 5 Minutes: The Best of Congressional Hits and Misses
 

As the 115th Congress limps across the finish line with several unfinished spending bills and a partially shutdown federal government, Hits and Misses takes a look back at our favorite funny, awkward and downright bizarre moments from the House and Senate in 2018.

The ‘Fun’ in Dysfunction, iPhone Confusion and the Sound of Silence: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 10, 2018

It was a non-stop few days of news in Washington with lawmakers grilling Google CEO Sundar Pichai about how iPhones work, a handful of farewell speeches in the Senate and Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles E. Schumer joining President Donald Trump and a stoic Vice President Mike Pence for a hectic Oval Office chat.

Oregon Christmas Trees, Hatch’s Bacon and Tributes to Bush That Made Us Smile: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 3, 2018

“He placed great value on a good joke,” former President George W. Bush said of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, whose state funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday. The younger Bush and former Sen. Alan Simpson gave heartfelt tributes filled with zingers about the 41st president's life.

And Speaker Paul D. Ryan entertained musings at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree about the pronunciation of the word Oregon, where this year's fir is from.