Jason Dick

Senate Panel to Consider Rules Change
Resolution would cut debate time on the floor for nominees

Senate Republicans are readying another rule change to the chamber, this one aimed at reducing the number of hours the chamber debates executive and judicial nominees. 

The Rules and Administration Committee will meet on Tuesday to consider a resolution sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., that would reduce the time the chamber debates nominees drastically from the current 30 hours after debate is cut off. 

Paul Ryan Departure Circus Swings Into High Gear
Reports point to resignation, retirement

One report speculated he would quit after the tax overhaul was signed into law. Another said he was done after the 2018 elections, opting for retirement after 10 terms. For his own part, Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he’s not leaving in the near term. And Donald Trump says he wants the Wisconsin Republican to stick around.

The will-he-or-won’t he game started early on Thursday in the wake of a HuffPost report that stated members were beginning to speculate Ryan would hang it up after the tax bill was done, a long time priority for the former Ways and Means Committee chairman. 

Podcast: Alabama, Tangled Up in Blue
Doug Jones victory down South scrambles politics, legislation

Roll Call politics reporter Bridget Bowman, who is on the ground in Alabama, discusses how Democrat Doug Jones’ win is reverberating in the political sphere and how it could affect Congress in the coming year as lawmakers prepare for the 2018 midterm elections. 

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Reading Clerk Steals Spotlight in Impeachment Show
To say the word or spell it out? Susan Cole chose to spell one choice word out

The latest testament to how unusual this year in Congress has been came Wednesday, when the reading clerk of the House of Representatives spelled out the word “bitch” on the chamber floor. 

It was just part of the theatrics of the day, as the House voted overwhelmingly to kill articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 

Picture This: A ‘Perfecto’ Final Tax Bill
As House, Senate negotiate, president raises expectations

The House and Senate are not even in formal conference negotiations on a tax overhaul measure yet, but the expectation from the White House is clear: It’s got to be “perfecto.”

On a day of increasing uncertainty over how to fund the government past Dec. 8, President Donald Trump hosted a small group of Senate Republicans at the White House and placed his marker. 

Podcast: Why Democrats Are Willing to Play Ball With Trump
The Big Story, Episode 81

Even though Democratic leaders snubbed President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House this week, it doesn't mean they don't want to negotiate with him. Roll Call's White House reporter John T. Bennett explains.

 

Bill Nye, from Science Guy to Science Statesman
Advocate for science raising profile in policy and with new film

In one corner is a roster of climate change deniers who now run key congressional committees and the Environmental Protection Agency. In the other corner is Bill Nye the Science Guy, arguably the scientific community’s biggest advocate.

“I’ve got to fight this fight,” Nye says in the forthcoming documentary “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” as he hits back against a growing anti-science movement that questions evolution and humans’ contribution to climate change.

Podcast: All Politics Is State and Local
The Big Story, Episode 80

All politics is state and local.

Positions on the Republican tax legislation break down not just on a partisan level but regional ones. That's because several members of the House, including vulnerable Republicans, represent high-tax states like New York and New Jersey where their constituents currently deduct state and local taxes from their federal returns. 

Ready or Not, Here It Comes Again: ‘11/8/16’
 

Roll Call editor Jason Dick got an early screening of the documentary, out Friday on Netflix and iTunes, that relives Election Day 2016 through the experiences of 16 ordinary Americans....
Behind the Scenes, Filmmakers Capture a Candid ‘11/8/16’
Documentary details a country divided, except in electoral ritual

You might not be ready to relive last year’s historic Election Day, but the makers of the new documentary “11/8/16” are betting that the individual stories of people — from Massachusetts to Hawaii — confronting that epic political turning point will make for compelling viewing. 

The movie, which weaves together the stories of 16 different main characters from the morning, noon and night of Nov. 8, 2016, and eventually the early morning of Nov. 9, doesn’t just take the viewer into voting booths. It reveals the routines of these people as they hang out, eat, get haircuts, get their kids to school and soak in an election that has defined our public life since.

RFK Stadium’s Next Phase: To Revitalize Capitol Hill Icon, Congress Must Act
 

The Redskins played five Super Bowl seasons there, the Stones and Grateful Dead graced its stage — and on Sunday, after the D.C. United soccer team plays its last game of the season there, RFK Stadium will have no major league tenant for the first time in its 56 years. Its showing its age, and District officials want Congress to ensure the city can secure the federally owned property’s future as a green and vibrant cultural destination....
Meet Pat Tiberi, the Latest Soon-to-Be-Ex-Congressman
Ohio policy wonk liked his bocce

Rep. Pat Tiberi, the Ohio Republican who announced it was quitting time on Thursday, is a serious policy wonk with deep political roots in the Buckeye State and a big fan of bocce, befitting his celebration of his Italian heritage.

An unapologetic Midwestern Rotary Club-type Republican in the mode of his political patrons, former Speaker John A. Boehner and Gov. John R. Kasich, Tiberi will leave Congress by Jan. 31 — before his ninth term in the House ends — and become head of the Ohio Business Roundtable.

Podcast: Reading Is Fundamental, Just Not Always in Congress
The Big Story, Episode 76

Do lawmakers read or understand the legislation they pass? They are about to pass a budget resolution they say isn’t about the budget and passed legislation last year that defanged the DEA during an opioid epidemic. Roll Call senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski walks through what’s going on. 

 

Ai Weiwei Brings Politics, Humanity to ‘Human Flow’
Movie about refugees gets Republican and Democratic lawmakers to agree on something

Politics is seldom far removed from Ai Weiwei’s art, whether it comes in the form of a memorial to his dissident father, an iconic Olympics stadium in Beijing, Lego portraits of political prisoners or, in his latest venture, a documentary about refugees, “Human Flow.”

Aside from the accomplishment of shooting a movie in extremely dangerous locations across the globe about extremely desperate people, the artist has now been able to do that rarest of things for Washington: get a Republican and Democrat in the same room to agree on something.

Ai Weiwei Talks Refugee Crisis, New Movie
 

Artist and documentary filmmaker Ai Weiwei came to D.C. in late September to talk about his new movie on the refugee crisis — "Human Flow" — with Roll Call editor Jason Dick. The movie premieres in theaters on October 13.

Podcast: Cassidy Says He's Not Giving Up on His Health Care Plan
The Big Story, Episode 74

Louisiana's Sen. Bill Cassidy, a key architect of the Graham/Cassidy health care overhaul proposal, tells CQ Roll Call that with some adjustments and time he believes he can gain enough support to pass the measure and end Obamacare.

He talks to Roll Call leadership editor Jason Dick, political reporter Joseph William and CQ health reporter Mary Ellen McIntire.

Podcast Moment: Top Headhunter Says D.C. Swamp is 'Constipated'
 

When a new administration takes over the White House, Julian Ha, a partner at the Heidrick & Struggles executive recruitment firm, says it's usually a good opportunity to find executives to fill slots left vacant by CEOs leaving to take top government positions. But with fewer top candidates eager to join to Trump administration, the usual ebb and flow of the capital's leadership talent is "constipated."

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Podcast: Quitting Congress When the ‘Swamp is Constipated’
The Big Story, Episode 73

CQ Roll Call lobbying reporter Kate Ackley and executive talent-hunter Julian Ha discuss the job market for lawmakers and staff members in the Age of Trump. “I think the system is constipated,” says Ha.

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Senate GOP Shelves Vote on Latest Health Care Proposal

The Senate will not vote on a proposal to overhaul the 2010 health care law this week, senators said after Republicans hosted Vice President Mike Pence at their weekly closed-door lunches on Tuesday.

Consideration of the bill will be “postponed until we can get the votes,” Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said after the lunch.