D.A. Banks

Covering the Capitol: Adjusting to New Realities
 

Getting quickly from one part of the sprawling Capitol Building to another has always meant negotiating a labyrinth of stairwells and hallways, but these days more places tend to be off-limits due to security concerns at a moment’s notice. Four CQ and Roll Call journalists talk about how critical access to lawmakers is becoming more of a challenge....
Two Big To-Dos Remain for Trump and Congress: Tax Bill and Government Funding
 

With just a few planned legislative days before the end-of-year break, Republicans are racing to get a tax bill to President Donald Trump’s desk, while the continuing resolution expires on Dec. 22. White House correspondent John T. Bennett says the president is eager to score at least one big legislative win before the year ends....
Meet the Leaders of #FutureForum, Democrats Focused on Millennial Issues
 

The millennial generation is now the biggest demographic group in America, bigger even than Baby Boomers. And a coalition of nearly 30 House Democrats, many of them new to Congress, are looking to steer their party in new directions to address millennial concerns....
Roll Call Reporters Discuss Covering Sexual Harassment on the Hill in the #MeToo Era
 

Three reporters participated this week in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit about their experiences covering the sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill in the quickly unfolding #MeToo era. Read the full thread from r/politics here....
Green Maintains Decorum on House Floor Introducing Impeachment Resolution
 

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and was careful to spell out one of the words the president used to describe NFL players taking a knee to call attention to racial inequalities. The clerk echoed Green's decorum, making for a unique moment before the House voted 368-58 on the motion to table Green's attempt....
Get an Up-Close Look at This Year's Capitol Christmas Tree
 

Roll Call got exclusive access for an intimate look at the student-made ornaments for this year’s Capitol Christmas tree, and learned the secrets of what makes a perfect tree from the person who’s picked it for the past 13 years....
Trump’s Punch-Back Demeanor Could Threaten Funding Talks
 

In public, many leading Republicans offer their full-throated support for President Donald Trump. But White House correspondent John T. Bennett says privately, a growing number of GOP lawmakers worry the chaos the president’s tweets create could jeopardize critical deal-making to keep the federal government from shutting down on Friday. ...
Progressive Groups Protest Pending Senate Tax Vote
 

A small but vocal group of protesters joined officials from left-leaning advocacy groups in front of the Capitol as the Senate resumed debate on its version of a tax overhaul....
What Winter Break? Trump Tweet Throws Shutdown Negotiations Into Chaos
Penn Ave. Report: Connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics 

White House correspondent John T. Bennett says the Twitter diss of Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles E. Schumer ahead of a crucial meeting to avert a potential government shutdown shows the two sides of President Donald Trump — the street fighter versus the charmer-in-chief....
Protesters Chant ‘Kill the Bill’ as Tax Overhaul Advances From Senate Committee
 

After the gavel went down on a party-line 12-11 vote to send the Republican tax plan to the floor in the Senate, protesters in the Budget Committee hearing room began chanting “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!”...
A Christmas Tree's 3,400-mile Journey to the Capitol's West Front
Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time 

Trump's Post-Thanksgiving Tax Bill Hopes Hang on Four Key Senators
Penn Ave. Report: Connecting Congress and the White House at the intersection of politics

When the Senate resumes work after Thanksgiving on its version of a tax bill, White House correspondent John T. Bennett says President Donald Trump has his work cut out for him trying to get to the 50 GOP votes necessary to pass. Who are the ‘no’ votes now and who could potentially flip?...
House GOP 'Giddy' After Tax Bill Win, But Will the Senate Kill the Mood?
An executive summary of Roll Call’s biggest stories, from the reporters themselves 

This Simple Wooden Platform Has a Poignant History on Capitol Hill
 Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

The catafalque, draped in black cloth, was hastily built in 1865 to support President Abraham Lincoln's coffin as it lay in state in the Rotunda. Since then, the catafalque has been used to honor presidents, generals, the remains of unknown soldiers and even civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks....
Speier: Current Congressional Sexual Misconduct Policy Belongs in 'Dark Ages'
 

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said at a House hearing that she was assaulted as a Hill staffer years ago and knows of at least two currently serving congressmen — a Republican and a Democrat — "who have engaged in sexual harassment."...