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Speaker Ryan’s Staff: Where Have They Been?

by Roll Call on 11/10/2015

Paul Ryan Asked to Curb Congressional Travel

by Roll Call on 11/06/2015

Comings and goings

by Washington Post on 11/04/2015

Looking for Lost References

by Roll Call on 11/04/2015

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Posted by LegiStorm on Nov. 26, 2015
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Posted by Steve Shapiro on Nov. 25, 2015

A veteran lobbyist and lobbyist for veterans has joined Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) on the House Budget Committee this month.

Steve Gonzalez served as assistant director in the economic division of the American Legion since 2011 before heading to the House Budget Committee as a policy adviser. While at the veteran's organization, Gonzalez lobbied at both the state and federal level for the group. Disclosures reflect Gonzalez lobbying on two issues in particular - supporting a constitutional amendment to make flag burning illegal and supporting a loosening of restrictions on firearm ownership by veterans with diagnosed mental health issues.

Price voted in favor of banning flag burning the last time Congress took up the issue in 2005 and 2006. The resolution passed the House but was defeated in the Senate by a single vote. 

Before joining the American Legion, Gonzalez served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, worked as an intern at the American Enterprise Institute, and worked on two campaigns for New York political offices.

Posted by Steve Shapiro on Nov. 24, 2015

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has brought on a seasoned reproductive health lobbyist and analyst as a new legislative assistant.

M.A. Keifer - who goes by her last name - joined Lee this month from the organization Advocates for Youth, where she was a registered lobbyist from 2013 until her departure. Keifer held the position of international policy analyst at the organization which has the self-stated mission to "advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people's rights to honest sexual health information." During her time, she lobbied on issues such as contraception access, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS and comprehensive sexuality education among others.

Before joining Advocates for Youth, Keifer briefly worked for Ipas, an organization advocating for an end to unsafe abortion practices. She also worked for Public Health Institute for two years, first as an intern, and then as a policy assistant.

Keifer received her MPH from George Washington University in 2012. She will cover HIV/AIDS, health, family planning, LGBTQ, immigration, medical marijuana and civil rights issues for Lee.

Posted by Steve Shapiro on Nov. 23, 2015

Lawmakers and their staff took two separate group trips to not-so-glamorous Sudan and South Sudan at the beginning of the month, according to disclosures filed in the past week.

The first group, with filings from Reps. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and two staff departed Nov. 5 for Khartoum and returned Nov. 10. The trip was sponsored by the Humpty Dumpty Institute, an organization with a self-described mission of tackling global problems to "put the pieces back together again." The Institute received funding from the CTC Group, a Sudanese company focused on agrochemicals, engineering and electronics, and from the American Global Institute, a D.C.-based nonprofit focused on trade. The president of AGI, A.I. Khalafalla, was named chair of the Humpty Dumpty Institute in September.

The filings so far show the trip to Khartoum costing a little more than $45,000 for the five travelers, the vast majority of which came from transportation expenses for the 13,000-mile round trip. The itinerary for the trip included touring CTC Group facilities as well as meeting with various Sudanese officials and business leaders.

The second group visited Juba and Bentiu, South Sudan from Nov. 8-13. Thus far, Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) have filed for the trip, which was sponsored by the United Nations Foundation. The group met with the South Sudanese president, UN peacekeepers and aid workers. The filings for both members show a combined cost of just over $20,000, mostly for transportation.

House members and their staff are required to disclose privately funded trips within 15 days of their return date.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan following a 2011 referendum but has since been plagued by internal strife. 

Posted by Steve Shapiro on Nov. 20, 2015

Sen. Tom Cotton's (R-Ark.) bench just got a little deeper with the addition of a Major League Lacrosse player to his staff.

Cotton picked up Jake Bailey for his team this month from the Ohio Machine, a pro lacrosse franchise based out of Delaware, Ohio. Bailey had been playing for the Ohio Machine since June after the team claimed him from an undrafted collegiate player pool. Before joining the team, Bailey was playing for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill while earning his bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications. In 2012 and 2014 he was named to the All-ACC Academic Men's Lacrosse Team.

Despite being the top tier of the sport, league players only average between $10,000 and $20,000 in yearly salary. Rookies may only make around $7,000, and most players are forced to take a second job. The staff assistant position with Cotton will probably pay substantially more, although staff assistants are among the lowest paid employees on Capitol Hill.

Before joining Cotton, Bailey also held an internship with Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).

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