Paul Kane

Washington, D.C.

Senior congressional correspondent and columnist

Education: University of Delaware, BA

Paul Kane has covered Congress since 2000, when he started at Roll Call with a beat focused on the Senate. He started with The Washington Post in 2007, covering the 2008 financial crisis and the Obama-Republican fiscal wars. He began writing a regular column, @PKCapitol, on Congress and its interactions with the Trump administration in 2017. He's covered Washington's response to the global pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, two impeachments and now writes about the Biden administration's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
Latest from Paul Kane

Vulnerable Democrats plan to run on kitchen-table issues, but some in party want voters focused on Trump, too

This divide among Democrats could have ramifications for the 2024 presidential election as well.

February 12, 2022

Mostly dead or slightly alive? Democrats don’t yet know if Build Back Better can be revived.

When will Build Back Better re-emerge, or is it just awaiting someone to officially declare it dead? Biden's signature agenda item, the focal point of most of 2021, has been floundering for more than a month now in the Senate, while other domestic items have moved to the front of the line as the standoff with Russia over Ukraine takes up even more focus of the president's time.

January 29, 2022

Kyrsten Sinema preempts Biden, dashing Democrats’ illogical hopes she would move on the filibuster

The timing of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-Ariz.) Wednesday speech was what really distinguished it from her previous calls for bipartisan action rather than unilateral rule changes.

January 14, 2022

The E-word is poised for a Capitol Hill comeback

Lawmakers have more skin in the government-funding game than they have in a decade as earmarks by other names make their return to Congress.

January 12, 2022

Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 — two anniversaries that explain how Democrats approached governing over the past year

The Georgia Senate victories gave Democrats the opportunity to push an agenda while the Jan. 6 attack provided the extra motivation to adopt a go-for-broke attitude.

January 8, 2022

Dick Cheney returns to the House and receives a warm welcome . . . from Democrats

Neither Cheney nor his daughter Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) have moderated their positions on any number of conservative issues they have held over the years, but their determination to take on former president Donald Trump and call out fellow Republicans is more than enough for Democrats.

January 6, 2022

Fear, anger and trauma: How the Jan. 6 attack changed Congress

Interviews with more than 20 members, including Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate, reveal a Congress that remains on edge and where worries about more violence are front of mind for many — and for good reason.

January 3, 2022

Searchlight, Las Vegas and the two identities of Harry Reid

The Vegas identity got most of the attention in the national media, particularly when American politics moved into the world of 24/7 cable news energized by social media. But the Searchlight identity never left Reid.

December 29, 2021

The filibuster debate still hasn’t happened in the only place it matters

Senate Democrats spent almost the entire year talking about the chamber’s filibuster rules, just never on the Senate floor.

December 18, 2021

Bob Dole got a front-row seat — and a big snub — as the GOP moved on from his view of American leadership

In December 2012, Dole sat off to the Republican side of the Senate chamber, in his wheelchair, as his own side of the aisle abandoned him on a vote that helped set the tone for GOP politics over the next decade and perhaps beyond.

December 11, 2021