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Word on the Hill: Busy Week

Your social calendar for the week

President Donald Trump is coming to the Capitol this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool)
President Donald Trump is coming to the Capitol this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Pool)

Welcome back from recess! We’re hitting the ground running for another busy week on the Hill.

President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. will drive the week — make sure you plan for that.

The Capitol will be restricted to those with event credentials at 5:30 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., vehicles that don’t have a congressional parking sticker cannot be within the grounds, according to the Capitol Police.

Capitol tours will be suspended at noon, and several streets will be closed at 7 p.m. Here’s a map that shows which ones.

These streets will be restricted to event-credentialed and authorized pedestrians, starting at 6 p.m.:

  • First Street between Constitution Avenue Northwest and Independence Avenue Southwest.
  • Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue Southwest, and Second Street Southeast.
  • First Street between Independence Avenue Southeast and Constitution Avenue Northeast.
  • Constitution Avenue between Second Street Northeast, and Louisiana Avenue Northwest.

Fight for museums

Museum Advocacy Day is really two days — today and Tuesday. About 350 museum advocates are coming to D.C. in support of keeping the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. The advocates also plan to discuss the charitable tax deduction policy that helps museums operate. Lawmakers expected to attend include Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y.

Coleman to Republican Jewish Coalition

Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., is the next chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the group announced last week. He replaces longtime Chairman David Flaum.

Happening this week …


Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most-medaled Olympian of all time, will testify at a hearing on anti-doping efforts before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. (10:15 a.m., 2123 Rayburn). Watch for HOH’s coverage.

Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and “Deadliest Catch” is scheduled to testify at a hearing on tech education before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. (10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn)


The 73rd annual Congressional Dinner hosted by the Washington Press Club Foundation, with MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren as the emcee. (8 p.m., Ritz-Carlton)


Public Knowledge’s 3D printing policy event “3D/DC,” held in partnership with the Congressional Maker Caucus, begins at 10 a.m. in B-338 Rayburn. The event features five panel discussions and is free to staffers and the public. RSVP here. A reception follows at 5 p.m. at the Consumer Technology Association’s Innovation House (21 D St. SE).


“You can run but you can’t hide. Eventually you’re going to face these folks.”

— Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., on Republicans ducking town hall meetings over the recess.

Happy birthday to …

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., 59.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., 39.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., 48.

What’s going on?

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Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé contributed to this report.

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