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Heard on the Hill: Congress Vs. Bedbugs

Congress isn’t taking the current bedbug epidemic lying down (get it?).

Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) are working across the aisle to battle the creepy crawlers. From the Waldorf Astoria in New York to row houses on Capitol Hill, the bloodsuckers are terrorizing cities up and down the East Coast.

Butterfield, the lead sponsor on last year’s adorable-sounding Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act, and Young are slated to host a forum on the pests this week. Rumor has it that the pair plans to announce legislation that would fund programs to eliminate the sneaky bugs.

On Thursday, a panel will convene in the Capitol Visitor Center — you know, the place that was reportedly harboring lice, a different kind of creepy crawler, earlier this year — to discuss how Congress and the federal government can help exterminate bedbugs once and for all.

Sleep tight.

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