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Word on the Hill: Farewell Obama

Carolyn Maloney calls on Trump to back women’s museum

Tune in to watch President Barack Obama’s farewell address tonight. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Tune in to watch President Barack Obama’s farewell address tonight. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address from Chicago at 9 p.m. ET tonight.

The Network for Progress is hosting a watch party entitled the “2017 Kickoff Progress Party,” which will include a discussion about the “return of ‘Yes We Can’ vision for the Democratic Party.”

The party starts at 6:30 p.m. at Local 16 (1602 16th St. NW) and goes until 9:30 p.m.

Women want Trump’s support for museum

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has been pushing for a national women’s museum in D.C. and on Monday, she held a news conference in Manhattan to urge President-elect Donald Trump to support the project. She was joined by female leaders in the city, including Emily K. Rafferty, former Metropolitan Museum of Art president. The event was sponsored by The Common Good organization. The museum would be under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution.

Staffer shuffle

Susan T. Grundmann has been appointed executive director of the Congressional Office of Compliance. She was previously the chairwoman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.


“What we need right now is a tweet from our president-elect.”

— Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., encouraging Trump to tweet that he will uphold his campaign promise to not cut Medicaid and Medicare. 

“To those who are gleeful about it, you’re a political hack. You’re not a Republican, you’re not a patriot.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday, expressing his desire for his party to condemn Russia for its interference in last year’s election.


ICYMI: Celebrity wedding

White House Travel Director Marvin Nicholson married Helen Pajcic on Saturday and had President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry among his groomsmen. Imagine being a bridesmaid at this wedding! Politico reporter Kenneth P. Vogel tweeted a photo.

Happy birthday to…

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., 67.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., 58.

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., 56.

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., 60.

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Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.

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