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Jeff Sessions Gets Personal at Foot Soldiers Ceremony

Lewis is recognized Wednesday during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in the Capitol Visitor Center's Emancipation Hall for the "Foot Soldiers of the 1965 Voting Rights Marches, a group of men and women who peacefully marched from Selma to Montgomery in protest of the denial of their right to vote." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress honored the "foot soldiers" of the civil rights marches from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery in March 1965 on Wednesday with the Congressional Gold Medal, with the ceremony providing a rare bipartisan moment for a place riven with partisan strife. “While we can never truly repay the Foot Soldiers … pay tribute to them by remembering to vote in every election, every election,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., said in her remarks. “Selma is now. There is still much work to be done.” Sewell sponsored the legislation to award the medal to the men and women who marched with Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.  

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who sponsored the Senate version with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and was born in Hybart, near Selma, reflected on the complicated history of his state in very personal terms during his remarks at the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. “Certainly I feel like I should have stepped forward more,” he said.  

Cory Booker: Have Shovel, Will Help Out

Booker shovels the walk of a house in Camden, N.J. (Photo courtesy Courier-Post reporter Phaedra Trethan's Twitter feed.)

With the Senate postponing Tuesday's originally scheduled debate until Wednesday, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., stayed home to lend a hand — and a shovel.  

“[Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell made the right call, it really helps out those who were in the storm,” Booker told HOH.  

African-American Senators Reflect on Their Own History

Sen. Tim Scott, U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, and former Sens. Carol Moseley Braun and Roland Burris at an event to honor America's black senators. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Chaplain Barry Black stood in front of a packed auditorium Tuesday and discussed one of the two times he was late to open the Senate because of D.C. traffic.  

Former Sen. William “Mo” Cowan of Massachusetts had been the freshman Democrat delegated that day to preside over the chamber and gavel Black in. Though Black said he is loathe to pick favorites among lawmakers and parishioners, Cowan is one because on that morning, he offered the Senate prayer in the chaplain’s place.  

Booker, Menendez Ask Feds for Help With Salt Shortage

Heavy snow and ice has Booker and Menendez calling for more rock salt.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New Jersey's senators are seeking federal help to alleviate a shortage of rock salt prompted by the abundance of ice and snow.  

Specifically, Democrats Robert Menendez and Cory Booker want federal officials to waive the Jones Act, a 1920 Maritime law that bars certain foreign-flagged vessels from U.S. ports. A foreign vessel was transporting rock salt to Newark.