Word on the Hill: ‘See Ya’

Singing senators serenade birthday boy and a hip playlist

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., (center) helped save the day on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., (center) helped save the day on Wednesday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted September 29, 2016 at 5:00am

Two congressional heroes emerged this week.

Republican Reps. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania and Michael C. Burgess of Texas helped resuscitate a man in the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday.

The man was found on the floor of an elevator, unconscious and not breathing. Murphy, a psychologist and Burgess, a physician, came to the rescue.

Senate class that sings together, stays together

It was Sen. Bill Cassidy’s, R-La., 59th birthday on Wednesday and to kick off the day, the Republican freshman Senate class got together around 7 a.m. to sign “Happy Birthday” to their colleague.

Fudge wants you to move with this Spotify playlist

To finish up National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, released a playlist on Spotify to encourage kids to get moving. It’s compiled of up-tempo jams and line dance favorites, according to her press release. It includes Beyonce’s “Run the World” and “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. “I love music — it brings people together and gets everybody moving,” she said. “No matter your age, race, or sex, you can get up and dance.”

Staffer shuffle

Mark Grider, deputy general counsel on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, left to join the law firm Husch Blackwell.

The House Judiciary Crime subcommittee announced its longtime chief counsel Caroline Lynch is leaving to move to Arizona.

The board of directors of the Republican Main Street Partnership has added chief executive officer to President Sarah Chamberlain’s title. 

For those interested in the Constitution…

The National Constitution Center named Reps. Justin Amash, R-Mich., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., to join Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, in its Honorary Congressional Visiting Scholars program. The program’s goal is to “unite political parties who have a special interest in constitutional education, dialogue and discussion,” the center wrote in a news release.

D.C. cultural event of the day

“The Little Foxes,” which stars “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” actress Marg Helgenberger, opens at Arena Stage today. The play is a famous work by the late playwright Lillian Hellman. Arena Stage is located at 1101 Sixth St. SW.

Movie screening postponed

The screening and panel discussion originally scheduled to be hosted today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I, Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., about the film, “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA,” has been postponed; new time TBD.

Happy Birthday to…

It’s a double Democratic birthday in the Senate today. Joe Donnelly of Indiana turns 61 and Bill Nelson of Florida turns 74.


“The D women Senators have talked & we’re concerned about Donald’s weight. Campaign stress? We think a public daily weigh-in is called for.”

– Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Twitter.

“See ya.” 

– Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., as he headed down a walkway after an interview following votes on a stopgap spending bill, the chamber’s last until after Election Day.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.

Todd Ruger, John T. Bennett, Simone Pathé and Katherine Tully-McManus contributed to this report.