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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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How to Master the Congressional Investigation

August 18, 2015 Last week, a bipartisan group of Hill staffers sat in the Capitol's Dirksen building, poring over a few articles about how hackers claimed they breached the network at the Department of Homeland Security. If true, such a hack would be devastating. And in the "articles," DHS officials summarily denied the...

Highway Bill That Would Outsource Tax Debt Collection Clears First of Many Hurdles

July 23, 2015 The Senate passed its first hurdle Wednesday in sending the House a long-term transportation bill before the August recess. But there are many more to come. The bill to extend the Highway Trust Fund for six years—though only paying it for three—passed 62-36 in a Wednesday evening vote after the...

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....