Robin Kelly

Word on the Hill: Staffer Corrects 200-Year Mistake
Religion, soccer, cats and dogs as sharks

Staffer Ryan Martin and his family check out the Utah flag before it goes up in the Kennedy Center's Hall of States. (Kennedy Center)

House staffer Ryan Martin noticed at The Kennedy Center that the Utah flag in the Hall of States display wasn’t quite right. A manufacturing error on the flag showed 1647 as the year Mormon pioneers settled in the state, 200 years off from the actual year.

Martin informed the center and a new flag was ordered. The new flag, with the correct year, was raised Monday at a ceremony in the Hall of States. 

One Dollar, One Name to Recognize Gun Violence Victims
Robin Kelly wants a vote on gun control legislation

Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly says pressure from the National Rifle Association is keeping House Republican leadership from allowing votes on gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When Rep. Robin Kelly rose to speak on the House floor Thursday morning, she carried a list of 50 names — all victims of gun violence.

“I’ve begged — I’ve pleaded — I’ve screamed — I’ve cried and I even ground the people’s House to a halt with last year’s historic sit-in,” the Illinois Democrat said.

Democrats Down Republicans, Both Down the Rhetoric
Emotional evening at Congressional Baseball Game

Steve Scalise fans waves signs before the start of the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When winning Democratic manager Rep. Mike Doyle gave the Congressional Baseball Game trophy to his counterpart, Rep. Joe L. Barton, to put in Rep. Steve Scalise’s office while he is recovering, it summed up the feeling of the evening.

“It’s so awesome to show everyone that we actually get along and I want that to be the message that everyone takes away tonight,” Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis said after the game.

Word on the Hill: Week Ahead
Your social calendar for the week

The Court of Neptune, the fountain at the front of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, got a cleaning in May. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Welcome back from recess!

Your daily Word on the Hill is returning now that Congress is back.

Word on the Hill: Party Time
Burgers in Cannon today

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with her husband, Paul, center, and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey at an Atlantic/CBS News pre-party before the 2016 White House Corespondents’ Association Dinner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is a day away. But Friday is a big night for parties to start the weekend off.

RealClearPolitics, the Distilled Spirits Council, the National Restaurant Association and the Beer Institute are joining for the first annual Toast to the First Amendment. It is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St. NW.

Republicans Are Losing Ground to Democrats Early in the Election Cycle — That’s Completely Normal
Early special election winners often underperform their predecessors

CIA Director Mike Pompeo resigned from the House to take on his new post in the Trump administration. His former Kansas seat was filled last night by a fellow Republican, but the race was much tighter than when Pompeo won re-election last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Fueled by a swelling fervor against President Donald Trump, Democrats are putting up tougher-than-expected fights against special election opponents in Republican strongholds — something that’s happened fairly regularly in recent history.

Since Bill Clinton won the White House in 1992, there have been seven House special elections before or during the first 100 days of a president’s term. In each of them, the district stuck with the same party its voters chose during the previous year’s general election. But only once did the winning candidate in the special election get a higher percentage of the vote than their party’s candidate in the preceding November election.

Word on the Hill: Pelosi, Others to Screen Gun Violence Film
Time to lace up your running shoes

In the film “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA,” William Ranta, right, recalls asking his father not to shoot his mother, Kate, background. (Courtesy Brave New Films)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., on Wednesday will host a screening of the documentary “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA.”

The film tells the story of families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and draws a line from their stories to the National Rifle Administration.

Word on the Hill: 'See Ya'
Singing senators serenade birthday boy and a hip playlist

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., (center) helped save the day on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two congressional heroes emerged this week.

Republican Reps. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Michael C. Burgess of Texas helped resuscitate a man in the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday.

House Working Group on Police-Community Relations Begins Meeting Thursday
Group comes in response to shooting last week

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said it was important not to paint people with a broad brush when it came to recent shootings of and by the police. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 7-12 5:10 p.m. A bipartisan working group focused on improving relations between law enforcement and the African-American community will hold its first meeting Thursday before Congress breaks for a seven-week recess.  

Six House Republicans and six Democrats comprise the group, including several members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The meeting will include a pastor, an advocate and a law professor, said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, who are on the team.  

Democrats Plan Dozens of Events Wednesday to Protest Gun Violence
National day of action comes a week after a sit-in on the House floor

House Democrats leave the Capitol after last week's sit-in. Many are hosting gun control events through the country Wednesday.  ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A week after Democrats staged a nearly 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, they're taking their message to the people and holding dozens of events Wednesday throughout the country as part of a national day of action against gun violence.   

"Tomorrow, listen to the stories of the families who have lost loved ones to gun violence," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement. "Listen to the heartbreak that ripples through a community with each gun death. We owe them more than thoughts and prayers and moments of silence. We owe them a vote in the House on commonsense, life-saving legislation that will prevent more families from experiencing their suffering."