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Dems plot fewer town halls while mulling Iran

by The Hill on 07/30/2015

Hudson Valley lawmakers traveling the globe

by Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal on 07/23/2015

MoveOn plans ‘mass mobilization’ to save Iran deal

by Washington Post on 07/23/2015

Voices: Time to reform congressional travel

by USA Today on 07/20/2015

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Posted by Nate Hoffman on July 2, 2015

After seven years in Congress, a transportation policy adviser has switched gears for a government affairs position with a trucking trade association.

Andrew Stasiowski has been named the new director of government relations for the Truck Renting and Leasing Association after working for Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) before she was elected to the Senate this year. The Alexandria, Va.-based association most recently advocated with Congress and the U.S. Department of Transportation on issues related to truck safety measurements, tax incentives for alternative fuels and insurance requirements reform.

The hiring of the Wellesley, Mass. native coincides as Congress is debating how to extend the Highway Trust Fund beyond the July 31 deadline.

Stasiowski started his Washington career as a staff assistant for the West Virginian in 2008. He climbed the ranks up to senior legislative assistant and covered transportation, commerce, financial services, tax, homeland security and emergency management issues for the congresswoman. He earned his BS in marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Posted by Nate Hoffman on July 1, 2015

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) has brought on a labor policy lobbyist to his committee staff.

Liz Watson has joined the House Education and the Workforce Committee as the new Democratic labor policy director. For the past year, she has lobbied with the National Women's Law Center on workplace protections for pregnant employees, fair work schedules and equal pay issues. Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced plans to extend overtime pay for millions of workers, a move that the NWLC applauded.

Before joining the NWLC last year, Watson was the executive director for Georgetown University's Center on Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy and an associate with Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. She earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She's been admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and New York.

Posted by Nate Hoffman on June 30, 2015

After more than a decade working in Congress, the legislative director for a West Virginian Republican has left the Hill.

Devon Seibert, who was most recently the legislative director for Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.), is now a vice president of Strategic Health Care. The Washington, D.C.-based firm has lobbied for hospitals, medical providers and health insurers on issues ranging from Medicare Advantage Plans to reimbursement payments.

This is not Seibert's first time lobbying. From 2008-2011, she was the manager of congressional affairs with Altarum Institute. She advocated on childhood obesity, body mass index surveillance and veterans' health care. 

Seibert started her Washington career as a staff assistant for the late Rep. Marge Roukema (R-N.J.). She quickly moved over to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, where she climbed her way to be a professional staff member. Seibert has also worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a policy and management analyst for a year. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Posted by Nate Hoffman on June 29, 2015

When nearly 80 new members of Congress took their oaths in January, a swarm of new congressional staffers were ready to begin their Hill careers.

So far, for every new member, nearly one permanent new hire has already left the office. LegiStorm's data shows that 70 staffers - excluding interns and transition aides - have already parted ways with their newly elected bosses. These figures illustrate the transient nature of Capitol Hill, where a congressional job is sometimes a career stepping stone, not the destination.

While the current job status of most of these staff is unknown, at least 15 staff have gone to the private sector, including some with lobbying jobs. Half a dozen former staff have switched over to campaigning and a dozen staff have moved to another government job, most of them on the Hill in another congressional job.

Jon Kohan spent only six months as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). The former campaign manager for Ernst has left for another Senate race, Sen. Kelly Ayotte's (R-N.H.).

Diane Luensmann is an example of staffers who have returned to the private sector. The Worcester, Mass. native used her experience as Rep. Stacey Plaskett's (D-U.S. Virgin Islands) deputy chief of staff and former Rep. Nick Rahall's (D-W.Va.) communications director to land a position with the American Maritime Congress. Prior to joining the West Virginian's staff, she worked at the Democratic Governors Association.

Others used their time with freshmen members to gain promotions with more senior members. Mimi Rothfus, daughter of Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) departed Sen. Steve Daines' (R-Mont.) staff as deputy scheduler to take the head scheduling position with Rep. John Fleming (R-La.).

While the decision to leave was voluntary for most, for others it was forced. Ryan James, former chief of staff for Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) resigned from his post after only three months on the job. He parted ways with the congressman after having a warrant out for his arrest over an unpaid $10 parking ticket. 

In some case, departures occurred due to office turmoil.

Roll Call reported that there was a staff exodus in March from the office of Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.), including his chief of staff Tiffany Muller and his communications directors Richard Carbo and Beth Schoenbach, due to fundraising concerns over his expected tough re-election campaign next year.

The departures included 19 Senate Republican staff versus zero Senate Democratic staff, with the only new Democratic member of the Senate holding on to his staff. In the House, 32 Republican staffers left compared to 19 Democratic aides. Daines led the 114th Senate freshman class with four departures while Ashford led his House colleagues with four as well.  

Posted by Nate Hoffman on June 26, 2015

As the Supreme Court upheld the federal health care exchanges under ObamaCare yesterday, Congress took to the Twitterverse to express their mixed feelings about the outcome.

These are some of the top tweets from the Hill:

Phil Novack, deputy press secretary, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas):

"MUST SEE: Cruz Speech on King v. Burwell #SCOTUS Decision http://t.co/c7ogxmaRjp 'no longer umpires calling balls and strikes"

Josh Zembik, communications director, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.):

"Congressional Republicans remain committed to repealing Obamacare in the same way I remain committed to playing Major League baseball."

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.):

"From humiliating website debacles to the total collapse of exchanges in states run by the law's loudest supporters, #Obamacare is a disaster"

Josh Delaney, legislative fellow, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.):

"Needless to say. My office is very, very happy. #Obamacare #SCOTUScare"

Daniel Stefanski, legislative and outreach assistant, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.):

"I really dislike hearing @BarackObama's victory laps....especially after he gets his way at the #SCOTUS. #Obamacare #KingvBurwell"

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.):

"My day so far: Woke up after another #CWSG win, high-fives when the SCOTUS ACA ruling came down, cheered when POTUS said #ACAHereToStay."

Christy Kortokrax, scheduler/executive assistant, Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas):

"We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.' - Justice Scalia. It was good knowing you, Constitutional America. You'll be missed. #SCOTUS"

Liz Margolis, communications director, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.):

"I have to think if I'm a moderate Dem who lost my seat as a result of my Obamacare vote, I'm feeling a little vindicated today. #SCOTUS"

Nick Hawatmeh, legal counsel, House Administration Committee:

"More brilliance in Scalia's dissent calling the logic behind the ruling 'interpretive jiggery-pokery' SCOTUScare"

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.):

"SCOTUS upholds the Affordable Care Act AND it's V-Mart Bobblehead Day at the @tigers game. Today's a good one."

Cory Fritz, press secretary, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio):

"Just getting to rose garden statement. Remember, @POTUS has signed at least 7 House bills to repeal or defund parts of ObamaCare. #facts"

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