Nathan Ouellette

Forget impeachment, Sensenbrenner's got something else on his mind

Impeachment might be the hottest topic on the Hill, but Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner is preparing for another epic clash on the horizon — the NFC Championship matchup between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. 

Authorizing conflict: AUMF and Congress explained

The United States hasn’t officially declared war since World War II. Instead, conflicts such as the Vietnam War, The Gulf War and the War on Terror are initiated courtesy of an Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF

Watch as CQ Roll Call’s Foreign Policy reporter Rachel Oswald explains AUMF, how it’s used and the implications behind President Donald Trump’s recent military actions against Iran.

Relive impeachment week from behind the scenes on Capitol Hill

The House voted to impeach President Donald Trump this week. 

The chamber's inquiry that was launched Sept. 24 came to a close Wednesday on a largely party-line vote in the House. CQ Roll Call has covered it from the start. 

'Tis the season to be SALT-y: Explaining the SALT deduction cap

SALT: It's more than just a way to add flavor to food or de-ice roads. The GOP tax overhaul in 2017 placed a $10,000 dollar cap on the amount of state and local taxes individuals and joint filers can deduct from their state and local taxes, or SALT. This impacts residents of states with high income and sales taxes such as New Jersey, New York, Texas and California.

Don’t know which candidate is stronger? We have a metric for that

Sometimes it’s difficult to discern the strength of a particular candidate running for election, especially when political pundits bandy data and metrics back and forth. 

Luckily, we have a metric for that. 

The new way prosecutors are using an old act
And how it's affecting drug CEOs

As the effects of the opioid crisis are felt across the country, federal prosecutors are taking action and prosecuting CEOs of pharmaceutical companies. The Controlled Substance Act is one of their most novel weapons. 

How we got here: Hoyer discusses DACA's path to the Supreme Court

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has been a visible advocate for DACA recipients, sat down with CQ Roll Call to walk through President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), his own role and the course he hopes Congress will chart in the wake of the court's ruling.

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Nov. 12 on efforts to repeal DACA and whether or not the Trump Administration's action was lawful. 

Health care workers could deny abortions under this Trump administration rule
‘Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health’ has been held up in courts

“Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health” is a controversial rule that may be held up in the courts right now but could be appealed by the Trump administration any day. The rule expands who is defined as a health care worker, and could lead to more patients being denied an abortion or other procedure if the worker believes it violates their own religious or moral beliefs.

Woof, impeachment hearings are stressful. We have a solution

Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds with Ukraine are front and center on Capitol Hill today as Congress holds its first public impeachment inquiry hearing.  So, Heard on the Hill decided to make a ruff day better with a trio of therapy dogs stationed just one office building away.

If members can't be impeached, how are they disciplined?

President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds have seized headlines recently with the impeachment inquiry in full swing.

Privacy, one roadblock to government funding

It was clear representatives from the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice didn’t do their homework before appearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Who let the dogs out? Tillis organizes Halloween dog parade

The house may seem divided on official impeachment rules, but that didn't "paws" the Halloween festivities outside the Dirksen office of Sen. Thom Tillis.

The North Carolina Republican organized what he called the Bipawtisan Dog Costume Parade, traveling from the Dirksen Senate Office Building to the Hart atrium.

Boeing CEO grilled over 737 crashes

Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Tuesday.

Cummings lies in state as public honors his service

Elijah E. Cummings' casket arrived at the Capitol Thursday so the late Maryland representative could lie in state, an honor given to few elected officials.

After a private ceremony for colleagues, family and friends, Cummings' casket was viewable to the public. People from as far away as Nevada and as close as his home district paid their respects.

Does your member of Congress like pumpkin spice lattes?

It's fall and you know what that means — the return of pumpkin spice lattes.

St. Louis rejoice! The Lord Stanley’s Cup arrives at the Capitol

The morning after the Cardinals were eliminated from World Series contention, St. Louis sports fans had a more joyous reason to feel the Blues. The Stanley Cup, won by the St. Louis Blues in June, made its way to Washington, D.C., Wednesday and was on display for public viewing.

Are LGBTQ workers protected by the Civil Rights Act? Supreme Court will decide

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a trio of cases regarding LGBTQ workers' rights as they pertain to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Under Title VII, workplace discrimination "on the basis of sex" is prohibited, and the ruling from the Supreme Court will determine whether LGBTQ individuals, particularly those who are transgender, are covered under these rules.

5 border misconceptions blurring the immigration debate

The southern border of the United States has been a central focus in American politics ever since Donald Trump descended onto the political scene in 2015, but misconceptions about the border abound.

House Democrats launch impeachment inquiry; how would impeachment work?

After months of sidestepping, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially opened the doors to the impeachment process after details surfaced over a whistleblower complaint regarding President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Climate change activists take to the streets to demand action

More protests erupted throughout D.C. Monday in the wake of the Friday Global Climate Strike that saw students and adults descend upon the Capitol steps.