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Word on the Hill: Get Your Books

Staffer engagement and bats for Halloween

Head to the Madison Building today for bags of books. (CQ Roll Call file photo)
Head to the Madison Building today for bags of books. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s bag day at the Library of Congress. As part of its annual book sale, which ends today, you can fill an entire bag with books for $5.

Books have been donated by employees at the library — and are not actually Library of Congress books — and proceeds benefit the general fund of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Stop by the Madison Building (101 Independence Ave. SE), in the first floor atrium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s open to the general public, but you’ll need to bring cash or a check.

Staffer engagement

Jonathan and Jennifer. (Photo courtesny of Liz
Jonathan Gray successfully proposes to Jennifer Bowman. (Courtesy Liz Payne)

Jonathan Gray, legislative director for Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., proposed to Jennifer Bowman, legislative assistant for Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday.

She said yes!

(h/t Liz Payne, communications director for Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.)

Bats matter

The Botanic Garden is hosting Bat Bonanza on Saturday to celebrate Halloween. The invite says: “Come as a bat, come as a plant pollinated by a bat, or simply join us and learn about bats! There will be bat-related activities throughout the Conservatory — come and learn why bats matter!”

It’s free, no registration required, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

Members over recess

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., celebrates an endorsement.

Happy Birthday to…


Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, 64.


Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., 61.

Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., 55. (just 9 days before the Nevada Senate election!)

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., 65.


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