Danny K Davis

Word on the Hill: Warner and Kaine Honor Police From Baseball Practice Shooting
Look out for dinos and learn procedure

Virginia Sens. Mark Warner, left, and Tim Kaine, right, pose with police officers at the Alexandria Police Department on Tuesday. (Courtesy Warner and Kaine’s offices)

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner spent some time in Alexandria, Virginia, on Tuesday night to honor the police officers who responded to the shooting at the congressional Republicans’ baseball practice in June.

They presented copies of a resolution adopted unanimously in the Senate in June to Alexandria Police Department officers. The resolution, led by Kaine and Warner and co-sponsored by the entire Senate, commended the department, Capitol Police and first responders for their heroism during the attack. It also recognized the survivors of the incident.

In Tax Return Secrecy, Congress Unites
What some lawmakers said when we asked for copies of their returns

Only 37 of 532 members of Congress responded when Roll Call asked for copies of their tax returns. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No matter what their political affiliation, members of Congress have this in common: They don’t like releasing their tax returns. Only 37 of the 532 members of the House and Senate responded when Roll Call asked for copies of their tax returns over several weeks, starting in April. Most of them declined to release their tax returns.

Here are some of their responses.

Teens Charged With Murder in Davis’ Grandson Slaying
Jovan Wilson was shot and killed Friday in Chicago

Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis’ grandson was shot and killed after an argument over a pair of gym shoes, according to police. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Suspects in the shooting death of Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis’ 15-year-old grandson have been charged with first-degree murder, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Jovan Wilson was shot in the head late Nov. 18 in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood after arguing with the two teenage assailants over a pair of gym shoes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Word on the Hill
Welcome back from recess and to more Metro track work

More cars on the highway? Metro ridership went down this year by 7.4 million rides in North Virginia, recent figures show. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Welcome back and a belated Happy Labor Day.

As airports are full of members returning to Washington from the August recess, staffers are stuck on the "Safe Tracking" Metro. But good news — if you're stuck at one of six Metro stations, you can track how late you are thanks to free Wi-Fi.

Congress Struggling to Finish To-Do List Before Summer Break
Action on gun control, Zika, opioids, appropriations remains uncertain

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent believes there are a number of House members who would like to go on record against terrorists being allowed to buy guns. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With only seven working days left before a seven-week break, the House and Senate may adjourn without taking any meaningful action on gun control, Zika funding, opioid abuse and several outstanding appropriations bills.  

The Senate already held a series of failed votes on gun control and the House has yet to vote on the issue. A Republican counterterrorism bill that includes a provision to halt a gun sale to someone on the terrorist watch list for three days unless the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list does not have the support to pass the House. It remains unclear whether it can be tweaked to garner enough support before the summer recess.   

Party Pay Gap: House Democrats Spend More On Staff Than GOP
37 of the 50 biggest spenders on aides' paychecks are Democrats

A Roll Call analysis shows that the average Democratic House member spends about $55,000 more in annual staff salaries than the average Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As House lawmakers appeal to working class voters’ paychecks this election cycle, Democratic congressmen may have the edge with the workers closest to them — their aides.  

Democratic House members are spending more on staff than Republicans by about $150 per day, according to a Roll Call analysis of current voting members using House disbursement data made available by the Sunlight Foundation.  

Democrats Plan Dozens of Events Wednesday to Protest Gun Violence
National day of action comes a week after a sit-in on the House floor

House Democrats leave the Capitol after last week's sit-in. Many are hosting gun control events through the country Wednesday.  ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, they're taking their message to the people and holding dozens of events Wednesday throughout the country as part of a national day of action against gun violence.   

"Tomorrow, listen to the stories of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. "Listen to the heartbreak that ripples through a community with each gun death. We owe them more than thoughts and prayers and moments of silence. We owe them a vote in the House on commonsense, life-saving legislation that will prevent more families from experiencing their suffering."  

Rush Wins Primary, Other Black Caucus Members Also Face Challenges
Ethical problems, political ambition and redistricting put some CBC seats in peril

Rush, left, speaks with Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., in January. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Long-time Rep. Bobby L. Rush survived a primary challenge on March 15, and he’s just the first in a series of Congressional Black Caucus members facing an opponent from within the Democratic Party.

Rush won the Illinois primary 71-19 percent over Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. for the South Side seat.