Thomas McKinless

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.”

 ‘My wife is worried I’ll end up on the ‘Hoarders’ show’: Grijalva’s art-filled Arizona cocoon
Office Space — go inside members' offices to get a closer look at who they are

“When one doesn’t have the talent, one appreciates it,” Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva said of his love of art and photography. The walls of his Longworth office are adorned with dozens of paintings, photos and masks representing various cultures and icons in Arizona’s 3rd District.

Ocasio-Cortez decries shutdown as ‘erosion of American democracy’ in first floor speech
 

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave her maiden House floor speech Wednesday evening, highlighting a federal air traffic controller from her district who is working without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

“It is terrifying to think that almost every single air traffic controller in the United States is currently distracted at work because they don’t know when their next paycheck is coming,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Watch: Protesters interrupt confirmation hearing on Trump’s EPA pick
 

Demonstrators were removed from a Senate Energy and Public Works committee confirmation hearing for EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler Wednesday morning.

Barr and Mueller are friends? Hearing unlikely to derail attorney general confirmation
 

Attorney general nominee William Barr (who previously served in the position under President George H.W. Bush) faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The nominee's position on the investigation is a top priority for several senators. Despite Barr's past criticism of the investigation, the former attorney general called Mueller a good friend who would not engage in a “witch hunt.” 

Roll Call’s senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski takes a look at how Barr’s performance at the hearing suggests his nomination will likely proceed unimpeded.

Here’s Carol Miller’s advice for GOP women thinking of running for office
Meet the New Congress

Rep. Carol Miller is tired of people telling her she was the only new Republican woman elected to Congress in 2018.

“The leadership in our party, we’ve got sharp women,” Miller said in an interview with Roll Call. “We will all work hard to bring other women back into the fold.”

Trump says no sign of GOP disunity, may still declare national emergency
 

President Donald Trump joined Republican senators at their weekly caucus luncheon on Wednesday to confab on border security amid the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Trump’s border wall address vs. Democrats’ response
 

President Donald Trump gave a televised primetime address from the Oval Office Tuesday night to discuss what he called a “growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” as negotiations on funding the federal government continue to stall over Trump's proposed border wall.

‘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.

Pelosi’s first responsibility as speaker? A marathon of 300 photo-ops
 

Shortly after she was elected speaker and formally swore in the 116th Congress, Nancy Pelosi had a very important job: pose in a marathon of photo-ops with the newly christened members. The so-called mock swearing-in ceremony in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol saw Pelosi racing back and forth to take pictures with as many new members as possible....
Here are the 21 members who didn’t vote for Pelosi, McCarthy
 

Nancy Pelosi was elected to be speaker on Thursday, despite 15 defections from her own party. Here's a cut of all the Democrats who did not vote for the longtime party leader, as well as the six Republicans who did not vote for their party's nominee — Kevin McCarthy. ...
Schumer: Trump Holding Federal Employees ‘Hostage’
 

Congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday without any clear path for ending the partial government shutdown. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer said the House will still hold a vote Thursday, once the 116th Congress begins and Democrats gain power, on a measure to reopen the government, despite Trump saying he would not sign it.

Pelosi seeks a return to regular order, like many before her
 

Presumptive Speaker Nancy Pelosi is hoping to restore so-called regular order to the operations of the House, just like Speaker Paul D. Ryan promised to do in 2015. Roll Call takes a look at previous calls for reviving an orderly legislative process in Congress, as well as what exactly regular order means....
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.

‘We’re Punctual People, We’re On Time,’ Senate Carolers and Holiday Shutdown Showdown: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Dec. 17, 2018

With the non-stop shutdown showdown brewing on the chamber floors this week, Senate Democrats found time to sing Christmas carols, Speaker Paul D. Ryan boasted about being punctual to a press briefing about federal funding and, well, there was a lot of shutdown talk....
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.

McCarthy Gives Hoyer a Gift on the House Floor

At the end of what could be Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s final colloquy together on the House floor (both move to new leadership roles next Congress) McCarthy presented Hoyer with a holiday surprise....
Watch: Senate Quickly Passes Sexual Harassment Bill By Unanimous Consent
 

The Senate passed a bill to overhaul the process for handling sexual harassment issues on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning. GOP Sen. Roy Blunt and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar worked with other Senate and House leaders on the final version of the bill, which easily passed the Senate by unanimous consent.

“This is going to be better for victims, and I’m proud that the Senate has come together on a bipartisan basis to get this bill done,” Klobuchar said shortly after the bill’s passage. 

‘I’m Gonna Miss Just About Everything:’ As Orrin Hatch Prepares to Leave Washington, Reflections on His Battles and His Wins
 

Longtime Sen. Orrin G. Hatch is retiring after nearly 42 years in the Senate, where he served as the chamber’s Pro Tempore since 2015. As he prepares to leave Washington, Roll Call joined the outgoing member for a tour of his Hart office, where he showed off his Book of Mormon, a rifle given to him by the NRA and a recent gift from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell....