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Rachel Roubein

Rachel Roubein Rachel Roubein is a Staff Correspondent at National Journal covering Congress. She previously covered health and human services at Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, where she won awards for her Affordable Care Act coverage and state government, health and investigative reporting. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in journalism and minors in Spanish and international development and conflict management. She hails from the South/Midwest.
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OPM Data Breach Also Snares Hill Staffers

June 17, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal-employee data breach is now even larger than the scope of the first—and second—reports, ensnaring some legislative-branch staffers in its net. Multiple Senate staffers have reported receiving letters from the Office of Personnel Management stating their personnel records are among the millions of current and former federal employees whose...

Federal Data Breach Snares Hill Staffers

June 17, 2015 The federal-employee data breach is now even larger than the scope of the first—and second—reports, ensnaring some legislative-branch staffers in its net. Multiple Senate staffers have reported receiving letters from the Office of Personnel Management stating their personnel records are among the millions of current and former federal employees whose...

Capitol Hill Hearing on Airport Security Interrupted by Security Threat

June 9, 2015 After Capitol Police evacuated several floors in the Dirksen Senate office building Tuesday after a caller reported a suspicious package on the ground floor of the building, Capitol Police cleared the incident and ruled nothing amiss. People were welcomed back to the floors. "‎The USCP have cleared SD-340 with negative...

Senators: Pentagon Shouldn't Pay NFL for Shows of Patriotism

June 4, 2015 The Pentagon may be barred from paying the National Football League to publicly salute soldiers, hold pregame reenlistment ceremonies, perform on-field American flag rollouts, and more if a band of senators gets its way. Sens. John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Richard Blumenthal have an amendment to the annual defense authorization...

Police Detonate Pressure Cooker Near Capitol

May 26, 2015 Police detonated a pressure cooker left in a vehicle near the Capitol Sunday and arrested the car's owner on a charge of driving on a revoked license. A source familiar with the incident said that the man was apparently a food vendor, and Capitol Police Lt. Kimberly Schneider told the...

Amtrak Has a Trust Problem in Congress

May 14, 2015 In the wake of a horrific train derailment, everyone in Congress agrees that Amtrak—particularly in the now-paralyzed Northeast Corridor—is ailing. But the two parties are offering very different prescriptions to fix it. Regardless of the ultimate cause of Tuesday's deadly accident in Philadelphia—the National Transportation Safety Board said the train...

Officials: Gyrocopter Didn't Look Like a Threat on Radar

April 29, 2015 After two weeks of closed-door briefings and mounting questions on how a postal worker from Florida was able to land his gyrocopter on the Capitol's west front unharmed, lawmakers finally got the public chance to unload their frustrations on a coterie of top law enforcement and airspace security officials Wednesday....

Who Protects the Skies Over the Capitol?

April 29, 2015 A phalanx of Washington's top security officials will explain to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday just how a gyrocopter was able to land next to the Capitol—and who is ultimately in charge of protecting congressional airspace. The agency directors will be six deep—the Secret Service and the...

Hill Outlook: Finishing a Budget, and Fending Off a Gyrocopter

April 27, 2015 The Senate's Iran debate will likely make the biggest headlines this week, but Congress will also be preoccupied with finishing a spending blueprint, protecting itself from low-flying aircraft, and a host of other issues large and small. BUDGET In the House, it's budget week. Republican leaders have been preparing their...

GOP Blocks Vitter's Obamacare Subpoena

April 23, 2015 Sen. David Vitter was stymied Thursday in his latest effort to get answers on how members of Congress and staff get their health insurance through Obamacare. And it wasn't just Democrats who blocked him—it was his fellow Republicans Vitter has fiercely opposed Congress members and staffers receiving their health insurance...