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Heard on the Hill: Nothin’ but a Good Time

Rep. Aaron Schock went on a 2,500-mile bus tour of his district during the August recess, and we’re guessing it involved far less alcohol and fewer scantily clad women than the on-the-road lifestyle made famous by the celebrity whom the Illinois Republican met with during the trip.

Schock hung out with ‘Rock of Love’ star Bret Michaels in Quincy, where he hosted a town hall and met with local employers. The Poison front man and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ winner was playing a show in town, and the Congressman decided to check it out.

‘It was an excellent opportunity to interact with 2,000 of his fellow ’80s hair metal fans,’ spokesman Dave Natonski says.

Michaels mingled with fans after the concert; Schock and staffers took photos with the rocker.

Take Five!

Every Tuesday, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions. Today we check in with the House’s resident surfer and father of triplets, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.).

Q: Who do you think will win the World Series?

A: Kelly Slater will win the World Series. We are talking about surfing, right?

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone tonight ‘ aside from your family ‘ who would you dine with?

A: Ben Franklin was a technology freak and believed in freedom and had a lot of fun in his life.

Q: If you could live anywhere, not including your district, where would you live?

A: Near the beach a little south of my district in California because the waves are a little bit better there!

Q: What’s your hidden talent?

A: I’m capable of changing diapers on three infants simultaneously!

Q: If you weren’t a Member of Congress, what would you be doing?

A: Writing and surfing, and not necessarily in that order.

Put the (American) Flags Out

As Stephen Colbert would say, ‘USA, No. 1.’

The House is expected to take up the All-American Flag Act this week, legislation requiring that any American flag bought by the federal government be 100 percent made in the United States from materials and supplies that are also 100 percent American. Right now, the government is only required to buy flags made from 50 percent made-in-the-USA materials.

And, as it turns out, other countries are profiting off Old Glory. According to the Commerce Department and Census Bureau data, $3 million worth of flags were imported to the U.S. in 2009, $2.5 million worth from China.

Maybe the Chinese are in charge of putting on the red stripes? (Ba-da-dum.)

Rep. Bruce Braley, who introduced the bill, calls passing it ‘a no-brainer.’

‘This bill guarantees these taxpayer funds will be used to purchase American goods made by American workers, rather than further expanding our trade deficit with China,’ the Iowa Democrat tells HOH.

Congress’ Mr. Octobers

It’s almost October, and Members of Congress seem to have baseball on the brain. Several Members took to the House floor last week to salute baseball teams and players.

On Thursday alone, three Members talked baseball. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) introduced legislation congratulating Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki for becoming the first player in Major League Baseball history with at least 200 hits in 10 consecutive seasons, while Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) spoke about the Philadelphia Phillies and Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) honored this year’s Little League national champions.

Fattah thanked the Phillies, who are in town this week to play the Nats, for their charitable work off the field, noting that players including Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins are ‘going to bat for the underserved youth, for those battling diseases and health concerns, all across the Philadelphia area.’

‘Members of this exciting and community-minded team have … performed like all stars of public service,’ he said.

Djou saluted the Waipio Little League baseball team for winning the national title and putting on an impressive effort against Japan, the team that ultimately won the Little League World Series.

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