Word on the Hill: Downward-Doggers Coming to the Hill

Staffers, media and politicians are all welcome for group yoga

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is no stranger to yoga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is no stranger to yoga. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted May 9, 2016 at 9:18pm

You’re going to see a lot of people in downward dog if you walk through the the Rayburn Foyer after work on Wednesday.  

With the tagline, “Not Left. Not Right. Just Balance,” the Congressional Yogi Association will bring together members, staffers and veterans for a sweat session to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Military Appreciation Month.  

The second annual Yoga on the Hill will be led by Dan Nevins, a wounded Iraq veteran turned yoga instructor, and Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, the sponsor of the Congressional Yogi Association. Ryan is also the author of “A Mindful Nation,”  his 2012 book which encourages people to take up meditation and yoga.  

RSVP by the end of Tuesday to join the group from 6 to 8 p.m. And don’t forget your yoga mat!

Former Sen. Harkin recognized for work on ADA

Life after the Senate has been pretty good for former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Life after the Senate has been pretty good for former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin will be honored for his dedication to the success of the Americans with Disabilities Act more than 25 years after it was signed into law.  

The former senator will receive the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion from the Ruderman Family Foundation, which advocates the inclusion of people with disabilities specifically throughout the Jewish community. The foundation will donate $100,000 to the Harkin Institute of Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  

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“The ADA has opened up new doors for Americans with a disability, and Sen. Harkin played a major role in championing the legislation through Congress,” said Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who will be speaking at the award ceremony along with Reps. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.  

Harkin introduced the bill in the Senate on May 9, 1989, and it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.  

“Sen. Harkin and I believe in one thing, that those with disabilities have a lot of ability,” Casey added.  

The program takes place Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Library of Congress.

Katie Couric joins lawmakers on gun control push   

“Under the Gun” is one of Katie Couric’s many projects. (CQ/Roll Call File Photo)

TV personality Katie Couric, now a global news anchor at Yahoo, is showing off her latest project, “Under the Gun,” on Wednesday.  

Couric, who serves as the film’s narrator and executive producer, will be joined at its Washington premiere by gun control advocates Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and senior adviser to the president Valerie Jarrett.  

The documentary profiles families of the victims of gun violence, and guns rights advocates as it examines the debate over guns in the aftermath of the the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012. Following the film, Couric and guests will participate in a panel discussion.  

The Center for American Progress and EPIX hosts the premiere at Navy Memorial Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, at 6 p.m., and a prescreening reception will be co-hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.  

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