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

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

When will the people’s House be returned to the people? Not even Capitol officials know.

Almost 21 months into the pandemic, the Capitol remains sealed off from the general public, even as public venues around Washington and across the nation have moved into a new normal with safety measures.

December 4, 2021

Don Young is the rare Republican who’s not afraid of Trump — or of saying he needs to ‘shut up’

Entering his 49th year in Congress, the Alaska Republican said he’s not worried about political retribution for supporting the recent infrastructure package.

December 2, 2021