Heard on the Hill

Pens, Parnas and pain of imprisonment: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 13, 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs the articles of impeachment during an engrossment ceremony before taking them over to the Senate on Wednesday. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Forgive our lawmakers for falling short: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 6, 2020

A photojournalist takes photos of the TV monitor in the Capitol’s Rayburn subway stop as President Donald Trump speaks about Iran on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Flashback Friday: Retiring Rep. Phil Roe sang for Heard on the Hill in 2011
Roe and staff performed “Amazing Grace” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe prepares to play a bluegrass song with Alex Large, a staff assistant in his office. Roe announced Friday he will retire from Congress at the end of 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of 2019
It’s been quite a year

Speaker Nancy Pelosi conducts her weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Dec. 19. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s been a long year on Capitol Hill. As we head into 2020 for a bruising election season, a looming Senate impeachment trial and continued partisan standoffs, Hits and Misses looks back at Congress’ best and worst moments from 2019.

The real war on Christmas: Who unplugged Perlmutter’s snowman?
Frosty the deadman

Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Mike Gallagher argue over who has the best Christmas decorations in their Longworth hallway on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. One day later, the friendly competition took a frosty turn. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It’s Thanksgiving recess and all we want to talk about is food
Invite Kathryn Lyons to Thanksgiving and she’ll stop asking you annoying questions

Members of Congress walk down the House steps for the start of Thanksgiving recess after the final vote of the week on Capitol Hill on Nov. 21. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

‘Impeachapalooza 2019’: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 18, 2019

Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee during a hearing on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump in Longworth Building on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

Popeyes chicken is riding on the outcome of the LSU-Alabama game
Sens. John Kennedy and Richard Shelby are betting chicken and sausage

Sens. Richard C. Shelby and John Kennedy have a bet on the LSU-Alabama game (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

A spooky week on the Hill, Nats win the World Series: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Oct. 28, 2019

Fall leaves blanket the lawn on the east side of the Capitol on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“The real horror story this Halloween is what’s preventing Congress from doing its job,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley said Wednesday. Maybe members can’t get their jobs done because they’re a bit distracted after the Washington Nationals won the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Rep. Lance Gooden’s phone password (used to be) 777777
‘Just another thing Kanye West and I have in common,’ tweeted the Texas Republican

Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, was caught on tape entering his smartphone’s passcode.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The internet has caught another person of interest in a highly sensitive act once more.

A video shows Rep. Lance Gooden unlocking his iPhone during (what was likely) Wednesday’s House Financial Services hearing where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions about the company's mishandling of user data and privacy concerns.