Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: Happy Friday
Books, restaurants and trees

After a busy week on the Hill, there’s a lot to do off the Hill this weekend to chill out.

Temperatures are supposed to reach 75 degrees in the District on Saturday, so it will be a great time to check out what’s left of the Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin.

Manchin and Cortez Masto Bet on NCAA Sweet 16 Game
Gonzaga and West Virginia alums’ team face off Thursday

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin III and Catherine Cortez Masto made a friendly bet over their alma maters facing off Thursday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Health Care Negotiations Trump Congressional Basketball Game

Due to a hectic week of health care negotiations on the Hill, none of the lawmakers who were supposed to play the 30th annual Home Court charity basketball game Wednesday night actually showed up. They were replaced by Georgetown University law students and a couple of Hill staffers. A few current and former congressmen (as well as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee) did stop by to show their support for the game and its charity, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. R...
Members Show School Spirit as Sweet 16 Games Begin
Manchin, Cortez Masto go head-to-head while other members are torn

The Sweet 16 round of the NCAA March Madness starts today and members are showing their school spirit. And talking a little smack.

Sen. Joe Manchin III is the only member of Congress who is an alumnus of West Virginia University — he graduated with a business administration degree.

Word on the Hill: Staffers Give Back
Athletes and tweetstorms

More than 70 Senate staffers donated 56 units of blood in the first-ever Senate Armed Services Blood Program blood drive.

Staff members from the Armed Services Blood Bank Center at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, hosted a four-hour drive for Senate staffers on Monday.

Disabled Protest Closes Rotunda
40-person protest kept lawmakers from entering

The Capitol Rotunda was closed for about an hour on Wednesday because of a protest of about 40 people, the majority of whom were in wheelchairs.

Members of the group ADAPT, which organizes disability rights activists, were protesting against the American Health Care Act currently being debated in Congress and proposed cuts to Medicaid.

Take Five: Al Lawson
Florida Democrat talks about his American Basketball Association career

Florida Democratic freshman Rep. Al Lawson, 68, talks about his basketball career, March Madness predictions, and his love of landscaping.

[Roll Call's March Madness Bracket]

Word on the Hill: Lawmakers Ball Up
The ‘Egyptian Jon Stewart’ and staffer shuffle

The Home Court charity basketball game when the Hill’s Angels, made up of members of Congress, take on Georgetown Law faculty and staff, a.k.a. the Hoya Lawyas, is tonight.

It’s the 30th annual matchup, which raises money for The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. Tickets are $15.

Obama Vet Joins Push for Public Servants in Congress
David Heifetz is the chief communications officer at New Politics

David Heifetz cleaned out his desk at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in January and joined the effort to get public servants elected to office.

Heifetz, 28, who had written speeches for former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett since August 2015, is now the chief communications officer of New Politics, a nonprofit that recruits and consults with candidates from public service backgrounds to run for public office.

Word on the Hill: Gorsuch on Snapchat
Albright, spottings, and grad school

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to have some fun with Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination hearings.

The NRSC launched a Snapchat filter series in support of Gorsuch, and a new filter will be unveiled each day that you can use if you’re in the area. The committee asks that you send your photographs with the filter to ‘TheNRSC’ on Snapchat.

Word on the Hill: Cherry Blossoms
Your social calendar for the week

The cherry blossoms that survived the cold weather last week were supposed to reach their peak yesterday.

Have you seen the trees in bloom yet?

Bipartisan Road Trip Leads to Bipartisan Bills
O’Rourke and Hurd sign on to each other’s legislation they discussed in the car

Two days after their bipartisan road trip from Texas to D.C. Republican Rep. Will Hurd and Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke put their names on the first practical thing to come out of all that time in the car together.

The two talked about what legislation each was working on during their two days together and what the other might be able to sign on to. 

Gay Pride Flag Outside Lowenthal’s Office Stomped on
Suspect appeared to have been a visitor to Cannon House Office Building

Capitol Police are investigating an incident Wednesday in which the Gay Pride flag that hangs outside of California Democratic Rep. Alan Lowenthal’s office was thrown to the ground and stomped on.

Staff was told by witnesses that the perpetrator was a man who appeared to have been a visitor to the Cannon House Office Building with what appeared to be his wife and young son. The incident occurred on Wednesday.

Word on the Hill: St. Patrick’s Day
Cherry Blossoms?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Dubliner and Irish Times are two restaurants right in front of Union Station that are perfect places to celebrate the holiday.

Members See Green
How they’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and plenty of members of Congress are celebrating their heritage.

On Thursday, many showed up at the office by wearing Irish flag ties, green blazers, dresses, and accessories.

Word on the Hill: D.C. and Guns
Save the date for Dine Out Day

With gun sales on the decline in the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office, WalletHub conducted a study to find out which states were the most dependent on the gun industry.

The District of Columbia topped the list for highest average wages and benefits in the firearms industry at $348,325. That’s more than 10 times higher than New Mexico, which came in last at $34,232.

Roll Call’s 2017 March Madness Bracket
Meehan, Villanova defending title

Every year, Roll Call matches members of Congress with the field in the NCAA men’s college basketball championship bracket.

Will and Beto’s Excellent Adventure

After an East Coast snowstorm led to mass flight cancellations, Texas Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O’Rourke decided instead to take a road trip from San Antonio to D.C. — a two-day long, bipartisan adventure to get them to the Capitol in time for Wednesday evening votes....
Bipartisan Road Trip Arrives at the Capitol Just in Time for Votes
Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O'Rourke completed the trip from Texas

Forty minutes before a House vote on Wednesday, Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Republican Rep. Will Hurd pulled up to the House steps, making the completion of their bipartisan road trip.

The two Texas congressmen decided to road trip together from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., after the East Coast’s winter storm caused flight cancellations earlier in the week. The more than 24-hour trip, which included several stops and a few hours for sleep, ended with a tight arrival to work.

Funeral Announced for Rep. Bobby Rush’s Wife
Carolyn Rush passed away on Monday

Funeral services were announced Wednesday for Carolyn Rush, wife of Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby L. Rush.

The congressman announced on Monday that his wife had passed away at 68 of congestive heart failure.