Chellie Pingree

Word on the Hill: Kaine and Alexander’s Bipartisan Jam
Free fries, and kickball for Harvey recovery

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, left, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander have a concert on Friday. (Courtesy

Music lovers can catch Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on the harmonica and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on the piano this Friday night.

Their band The Amateurs are performing at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a music festival this weekend in Bristol, a community that straddles the Virginia-Tennessee state line. The dynamic duo goes on stage at 5 p.m.

Word on the Hill: What to Do This Weekend
A birthday wish from the floor

Cherry blossoms on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy Friday! 

There are a few ways this weekend to celebrate the new month and the beginning of spring, and the end of what felt like a very long winter.

Democratic Lawmakers Feel Boost from Women’s March
Minority party hopes movement will help Congress rein in Trump

Protesters march down Independence Avenue in Washington, holding signs during the women’s march on Saturday, the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Dome was more than just a symbolic backdrop for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. It was the intended target of hundreds of thousands of voices of frustration with President Donald Trump. 

For all of the anti-Trump placards — both crude and shrewd — many marchers descended on the nation’s capital to send a message to the branch of government that, they hope, will be a check on the new president.

Here Are the Democrats Skipping Trump’s Inauguration
Nearly 70 Democratic House members won’t attend Friday’s swearing-in

Virginia Rep. Gerald E. Connolly is one of the latest Democratic House members to say that he won’t attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Even before President-elect Donald Trump attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Twitter over the weekend, a handful of Democratic lawmakers had planned to boycott Trump's inauguration on Friday.

But by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday night, that group had ballooned. As of Friday morning, nearly 70 Democrats in the House said they will not attend out of protest. Several other House Democrats are not attending for medical or other reasons. No Democratic senators have announced intentions to boycott. 

Maine Democrat to Trump: L.L. Bean Doesn't Need Your Help
Chellie Pingree sees no reason for liberals to boycott the retailer

Maine Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree thinks there's "absolutely" no reason for liberals to boycott L.L. Bean because one of its board members donated to a PAC supporting Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Liberals should not be boycotting L.L. Bean just because a board member supported Donald Trump, Maine’s sole Democrat in Congress, Rep. Chellie Pingree of North Haven, said Friday.

“It’s a great company and those are American-made boots,” said Pingree, who can often be spotted strolling through the House with one of the Maine-based company’s canvas totes slung over her shoulder.

What Will It Take for Sanders Loyalists to Back Clinton?
Some diehard supporters, even in swing states, still say it's Bernie or Bust

Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters stage a walkout and protest at the media tents outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — At one of the many protests outside City Hall this week, Leisa Duncker sat in the blazing sun with a black Sharpie marker writing "Election Fraud" across her blue "Bernie Sanders" signs.   

Duncker is a Sanders supporter from Florida — a swing state — and she's voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in November.  

Inside the House’s First Social Media Non-Filibuster
Democrats take over House floor demanding votes on gun control

(Courtesy Chellie Pingree/Twitter)

There have been very few truly memorable guerilla theater performances in the chamber of the House of Representatives during the past half century. What happened Wednesday  quickly won a spot on that exclusive roster.  

On a day with plenty of dramatic national political stories, including Donald Trump labeling Hillary Clinton “a world class liar” and Marco Rubio reversing his Senate retirement plans, a clutch of Democrats who are usually disregarded as policy-making afterthoughts easily managed to steal the show.  

Watch Live: Democrats Stage House Floor Sit-In On Gun Vote

(Courtesy Chellie Pingree/Twitter)

House Democrats are staging an ongoing chamber sit-in, calling for further debate and a vote on gun control issues.  

WATCH LIVE The chamber cameras, which are under control of the House leadership, are not showing the sit-in. Those cameras are also what feeds C-SPAN.  

House Democrats Stage Chamber Floor Sit-In For Gun Vote
Pelosi says protest could last 'All day. We'll be here as long as it takes. Everyday.'

Georgia Rep. John Lewis, left, and Vermont Sen. Patrick J. Leahy talk in the Capitol's Statuary Hall Wednesday before heading to the Democrats' sit-in on the House floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As many as 80 House Democrats staged a sit-in on the chamber floor Wednesday, demanding Republican leaders allow votes on legislation to combat gun violence before heading home for district work.  

The Democrats' move triggered Republicans to call the chamber into recess, but the protest continued into the late afternoon.  

Can Congress Stop People From Wasting Perfectly Good Food?
Legislation seeks to clear up confusion over food expiration dates

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Chellie Pingree announce their plan to introduce legislation that would standardize food date labeling to help reduce waste. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Growing up on a dairy farm, Rep. Chellie Pingree’s mother taught her there was nothing in the refrigerator you couldn’t use in a recipe — even if it was expired.  

“Sour milk goes into a biscuit,” she said. “A stale strawberry goes into a pie.”