Heard on the Hill

TBT: 10 Things Dan Coats Will Miss Now That He’s Banned From Russia
Current Intelligence director made a top ten list after being sanctioned by Moscow in 2014

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was sanctioned by Russia while serving as a senator in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats served as a Republican senator from Indiana, he was one of several officials sanctioned by Russia.

At the time, Coats borrowed a tradition from fellow Hoosier, comedian David Letterman, in offering up a top ten list of things he would miss after President Vladimir Putin banned him from Russia, as Heard on the Hill featured when it happened in May 2014.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Get on your bike and ride, a new caucus makes itself known and Warren in the Big Easy

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Stressed About Your Job After Midterms? There’s a Book for That
Staffers’ mystery novel, ‘K Street Killing,’ tackles life in a vulnerable member’s office

Colleen Shogan signs copies of her new novel at a launch event in D.C. on July 10. (Courtesy of Shogan)

As congressional aides with vulnerable bosses wonder if they’ll still have a job come 2019, a former Capitol Hill staffer wrote a novel about just that.

The Library of Congress’ Colleen Shogan decided to set the fourth installment of her Washington Whodunit series, “K Street Killing,” in the middle of a tense midterm election. 

‘The Hawk’ Boosts Celebration of Baseball Integration Anniversary
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, members honor players who broke the color barrier

From left, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., talk before a news conference Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Baseball legend Andre Dawson was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, helping to get an early start on marking the 75th anniversary of the integration of Major League Baseball. 

He joined lawmakers at a news conference to talk about legislation that would create a commemorative coin in the shape of a baseball home plate depicting baseball pioneers Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. 

When Pig Selfies Fly: Pig Book Provides Ritual Railing Against Pork
Pigs give professed pig castrator Sen. Joni Ernst plenty of space

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with a pig Wednesday at the 2018 Congressional Pig Book launch event hosted by Citizens Against Government Waste . (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Jeff Flake was at it again Wednesday, taking selfies with a potbellied pig.

Each year, the Arizona Republican attempts to snap photos with costumed pig characters, as well as Faye, the potbellied pig that serves as the mascot for the annual “Pig Book” release by watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Hot dogs or lobster rolls for lunch, rising stars, and prehistoric past lesson

(CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Shelby: Appropriations’ First-Ever Female Staff Director Is ‘Tough, Absolutely’
Shannon Hines says she hasn’t had much time to think about her breakthrough role

Shannon Hines, left, and Sen. Richard C. Shelby at the June 28 full committee markup. (Courtesy of the Appropriations Committee)

For the first time ever, a female staff director has the reins of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Shannon Hines took the job after her longtime boss, Sen. Richard C. Shelby, became chairman in April.

Capitol-Cannon Tunnel Floods, Surprising Very Few
Rain-caused waterfalls not a rare occurrence in aging buildings

Capitol Police officers direct traffic away from the flooded Cannon tunnel (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Tuesday’s extreme weather touched down on the Hill when tourists, lawmakers, staff and press were all turned away from the tunnel connecting the Capitol to the Cannon House Office Building after water flooded the pedestrian passageway.

Capitol Police officers keeping people away from the area were not surprised.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Bryce Harper’s heroics, Takai to be honored, and Lieu learns a new word

(Bill Clark/ CQ Roll Call file photo)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

‘I Owe Everything to Judy’: She’s Schooled the Hill for 40 Years
Congressional Research Service veteran reflects on Steve Scalise, sledding

Congressional Management Foundation president Brad Fitch awards Specialist on the Congress Judy Schneider the Staff Lifetime Achievement Award on July 13. (Courtesy CMF/Twitter)

Hundreds of members of Congress know how to legislate because Judy Schneider taught them.

The specialist tasked with explaining procedural rules to lawmakers, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Congressional Management Foundation on Friday.

Lawmakers Drop the D-Word After Trump and Putin Meet
What do Elizabeth Warren, John McCain and Donald Trump have in common? They all love the word ‘disgrace’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a news conference in the Capitol in March. The Massachusetts Democrat joined other lawmakers in calling President Donald Trump's meeting with President Vladimir Putin "disgraceful." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Witch hunt,” “collusion” and “13 angry Democrats” — the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election has spawned its very own vocabulary.

Monday saw another strong contender: the D-word.

House Greets MLB All-Star Game Week by Naming Post Office for Harmon Killebrew
House passed bill designating an Idaho post office on Monday

Major League Baseball's All Star Game is taking place in Washington this year, and the House is kicking off the week by naming a Post Office after perennial all star and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 4:46 p.m. | The House is catching baseball fever as the All Star Game arrives in the nation’s capital.

One of the smaller pieces of legislation on the floor agenda for the week would name a post office in Payette, Idaho, for Washington Senators (and Minnesota Twins) legend and perennial All Star Harmon Killebrew.

Word on the Hill: What’s Buzzing on Capitol Hill?
Beatty goes #InMyFeelings, MacArthur takes on costs of care packages, and Sasse with the dad joke

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

We’re all over Capitol Hill and its surrounding haunts looking for good stories. Some of the best are ones we come across while reporting the big stories.

There is life beyond legislating and this is the place for those stories. We look for them, but we don’t find them all. We want to know what you see, too.

Latino Staffers Who Call the Shots on Capitol Hill
Seven aides discuss challenges they had to confront because of their backgrounds

Olivia Perez-Cubas is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s communications director. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Latino staffers are leading offices on Capitol Hill, running communications operations and advising some of the highest-ranking members of Congress.

Many started out their careers as interns. Some got their big break through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, or through someone looking out for them.

Tampons Pour In After Maloney Raises Hill Feminine Hygiene Issue
Six individuals send 500 to New York Democrat’s Capitol Hill office

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., is happy to provide tampons to other offices. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney demanded the House of Representatives provide feminine hygiene products, his office received 500 tampons from six private individuals located across the U.S.

The New York Democrat is offering the tampons to fellow congressional offices through an email he will be sending to all House offices.