The eight senators who recently unveiled their immigration bill held a press conference Thursday. Watch some of the highlights from each senator’s speech to the 11 million undocumented immigrants and people who question immigration reform.
—Videography by Brina Monterroza, Medill News Service
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers unveiled Tuesday a statue of civil rights legend Rosa Parks that will stand in National Statuary Hall.
Rosa Parks is famous for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on an Alabama public bus in 1955. She died in 2005 and became the first woman to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
"We celebrate a seamstress slight in stature but mighty in courage," President Barack Obama said. "She defied the odds. She defied injustice. In a single moment, with the simplest of gestures, she helped change America and change the world."
Obama was joined by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, members of the Parks family and other top officials.
“May this statue long be at tribute to her strength and spirit, her legacy and her leadership,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., a civil rights leader, said the rights Parks fought for could be rolled back, referring to the Supreme Court case being heard today that could invalidate parts of the Voting Rights Act.
Parks was a symbol of the civil rights movement that reached its climax in the 1960s, when she collaborated with the NAACP and other famous figures like Martin Luther King Jr.
The Capitol Christmas tree arrived Monday in Garfield Circle. Santa Claus spread the holiday spirit as workers put up the 65-foot Engelmann spruce from Colorado.
—Photos by Alison Burdo, Medill News Service
President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget sparked contentious debate on Capitol Hill, as the Obama Administration proposed $1 trillion in cuts across the board to reduce federal spending.
August’s debt deal mandates that Congress must make a further $1.2 trillion by Jan. 2013, or else automatic sequestration cuts will take effect.
Although many on the Hill were angered after nearly a half-trillion dollars was slashed from the defense budget, analysis of Google internet traffic shows searches for defense spending has dropped in February. Searches regarding education spending, meanwhile, have seen modest gains.
PHOTO OF THE DAY: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., right, answers questions after a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Huddling behind him, from left are, Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. (PHOTO: Carolyn Kaster/AP)
What Would Gabby Do? After the shooting, Gabby Giffords needed help to be herself—and her astronaut husband led the team, Steve Fishman writes in New York magazine.
(This is what it looks like when you mess up your stand-up in front of experienced cameramen.)
I wrote a blog post for Medill’s Washington 2.0 about my experience covering politics with other members of the press, who more than not, turned out to be helpful. Maybe it was because my sweaty face and lost look screamed “Help me!” Here’s an excerpt,
At the Capitol, cameramen who shoot dozens of standups a day were right there to press record if you needed them, or light your head with their fancy equipment so you didn’t have a huge shadow covering part of your face. At the White House, a ABC crewwoman named Vicki not only calmed my nerves as I set up my camera on a riser in the East Room (the order went: NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, Medill), but she also gave me a brief tour of the press offices in the West Wing. (Did you know the White House Briefing Room is on top of what was the White House swimming pool?)