Analysis: Hill Staffers Focus On Congressional Work Before Election | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Analysis: Hill Staffers Focus On Congressional Work Before Election

Play associated audio

The halls of Capitol Hill will be a bit quieter this week. Lawmakers have headed home until after the November elections. But that doesn't mean business is coming to a screeching halt either. David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing talks about the week ahead.

Hawkings on what Congressional staffers will be up to between now and the lame duck session: "There will be some, mainly the staff who work for the committees and for the leadership who will be working to get ready for the lame duck. There's a long list of things they're going to try to do, the so-called fiscal cliff, first and foremost among them. So there will be some back-channel low-hanging fruit negotiations at the staff level. Many staffers for individual members, especially those who are running for reelection and who are being challenged for reelection will be staying in Washington, and doing the business of congressional staff work."

Hawkings on how he thinks the election results could influence the lame duck session: "You are always running a big risk when you disagree with Bill Clinton on political strategy and things like that. And I would agree with him. I think whoever dominates the presidential election, and whoever dominates the election both for Congress and the presidency will have an upper hand in the lame duck. I think at some level there is some frustration that this has now gone on for two years -- this fiscal standoff -- and both sides are looking for the voters to essentially tell them which side needs to compromise.

Hawkings on the current outlook for Maryland's sixth Congressional district between Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett and Democratic businessman John Delaney: "That is one of only a handful of races that my colleagues on the Roll Call political staff rate as essentially a takeover by the other party favored. John Delany is heavily favored to win at this point. Not out of the question that Roscoe Bartlett could still pull it off, but it is a rare case of Republican incumbent becoming a significant underdog in his own seat."

Listen to the full analysis here.

NPR

Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
NPR

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.