Sanford D Bishop Jr

Terri Sewell Is Getting Some Help
With Doug Jones’ election, she is no longer only Democrat in Ala. delegation

Rep. Terri A. Sewell worked to get national Democrats involved in the Alabama Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When Rep. Terri A. Sewell joined Doug Jones on the campaign trail in Alabama, she would often say she needed help in Washington, D.C., as the lone Democrat in the delegation.

Standing onstage here with Jones as he celebrated his historic win over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night, Sewell interjected at one point, yelling, “Help is on the way!”

Word on the Hill: Making D.C. History
Breakfast honoring service dog advocates, and #280Characters

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, right, shown here with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, will receive an award from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

What do Jose Andres and Eleanor Holmes Norton have in common? The nation’s capital.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is presenting its Making D.C. History Awards tonight to them and other Washingtonians who have positively influenced the city.

Commodities Agency Gets Cool Reception on Funding Bump Request

Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., didn't seem to buy the CFTC's argument that it needs more money. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The acting chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission is asking for a funding bump above the White House’s fiscal 2018 proposal, a request being declined by Republican agriculture policymakers despite their endorsing the agency’s message of keeping a balance between regulatory enforcement and vibrant futures and derivatives markets.

California’s David Valadao, the No. 2 Republican on the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, brushed aside J. Christopher Giancarlo’s $281.5 million request for fiscal 2018 at a hearing on Thursday. Valadao, said the panel would focus on President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 request of $250 million.

The Joint Session in Photos: Trump’s First Address to Congress
The night of Feb. 28 as seen by Roll Call's photographers

Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after delivering his address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By BILL CLARK and TOM WILLIAMS CQ Roll Call

President Donald Trump made the drive down Pennsylvania Avenue to give his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. The speech lasted about an hour but Capitol Hill was abuzz well before and after. 

Word on the Hill: Let Them Eat Cake
Restaurant week comes to a close

Purchases of Ocean Prime’s Carrot Cake leads to a donation today. (Photo courtesy of Ocean Prime)

It’s not just any Friday, it’s National Carrot Cake Day. This has been a long week and everyone deserves some cake.

Ocean Prime is marking the day by donating $1 to the nonprofit No Kid Hungry for every slice of their Ten Layer Carrot Cake purchased during lunch, happy hour and dinner.

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

On Nov. 16, 2011, Glenn (center with red tie) is among a group of the first astronauts to win the Congressional Gold Medal. Astronaut Neil Armstrong receives a medal from then-Speaker of the House John A. Boehner of Ohio, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada presents Glenn’s and then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky presents one to astronaut Buzz Aldrin, at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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. 

Sikh American Interns Share 'Langar on the Hill'
'Heads covered, shoes off' at annual shared meal for Hill denizens

Langar was established by the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, to have communities come together and enjoy a simple meal. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

The Kennedy Caucus Room was a different event space than the usual historical Senate meeting room on Wednesday evening.  

White cloth covered the ground of the room, and upon entering, guests were asked to do two things: cover their heads and remove their shoes.  

Military Chefs and Pols Celebrate Efforts for Military Families
Blue Star Families honors co-chairs of the Congressional Military Family Caucus

Barbara Boxer and three other lawmakers were honored by the Blue Star Families group. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

At the annual Blue Star Families gala on Thursday night, military chefs collaborated in the kitchen with culinary stars for a memorable award ceremony.  

All four co-chairs of the Congressional Military Family Caucus were to receive BSF’s Civil Leadership Award— Sens. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., and Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Calif., and Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga.