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When the Phone Rings, Reid Says 'Hello'

Schumer thought the call was from the New York Times. Turns out it was from the Wall Street Journal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Just as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid finished his prepared remarks at a news conference in the Capitol,  a reporter's phone sitting on the lectern began to ring.  

So, the Nevada Democrat answered it.  

Reid: Calm Down, Everybody

Reid said his vote wouldn't have made a difference. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., missed a vote last week and filed a vote explanation telling everyone not to worry. The Senate voted March 2 on an amendment to legislation aimed at combating heroin and other opioid abuse.  

The minority leader’s vote explanation read:

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Martin Shkreli is featured in this week's edition of Congressional Hits and Misses. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lawmakers spent the week ashamed of their ties, reflecting on Blockbuster and repeating Groundhog Day.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid speaks with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the basement of the U.S. Capitol in December. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.  

Reid Pulls for Trump, Then Thinks Better of It
Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 18, 2016

Sen. Dan Coats returns to his "Waste of the Week" in this week's Hits and Misses. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing a shortened week and a massive snow storm, senators spent the week deep in thought on drones, rabbit massages and hungry cats.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of Jan. 11, 2016

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. leans in to kiss former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., before President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite a shortened week, lawmakers still found time to display liquid nicotine, giggle repeatedly and flub Heisman winners.  

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2015

Congressional leaders attend a ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in July. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

From throwing snowballs to threatening constituents to quoting Taylor Swift, Roll Call presents the year's best moments from Capitol Hill you just had to see one more time.

The Lighter Side of Congress

Out with the Boehner, in with the Ryan. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With another calendar year and session of Congress wrapped up, HOH would be remiss if we didn't take a look back at what made it all special, from Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s parking skills to the richest man  in Congress, Rep. Darrell Issa, dishing on where the cheapest sodas were,  from Capitol Police leaving guns in the potty to Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., doing 46 pushups . Hill Happenings Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's notorious exercise band accident started off 2015, leading to a horrific eye injury and broken ribs. Reid missed the start of the Congress and when he returned, he was sporting dark shades. He later announced his retirement, and sued the exercise band maker.  

Meanwhile, the Band Perry helped bring in the new year with a performance at the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 13.   That little bit of good cheer soon gave way to the news of Illinois GOP Rep. Aaron Schock's "Downton Abbey"-inspired office décor , which led to a rough week for him and his staff, and turned him into a punch-line at the 71st Congressional Dinner on Feb. 6 , with Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel picking fun at Schock and fellow lawmakers.