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Word on the Hill: The Week Ahead

Your social calendar for the week

Another busy week ahead. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Another busy week ahead. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Happy May! Hope you enjoyed your White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend in Washington.

Here are some highlights from the weekend. 

Meanwhile, the party hosted by Buzzfeed was packed.

And on Sunday…

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Here what’s coming up this week.


The American Kennel Club Reception celebrating National Purebred Dog Day, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Capitol Visitor Center. RSVP:

2017 AANP Whole Health Reception, hosted by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 5 to 7 p.m., Rayburn Foyer. Open invite.

The 17th Annual Wenger Awards and Dinner, hosted by the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., Union Station, East Hall. RSVP here.


Preview reception for American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times, 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum (corner of Eighth and F streets NW). Invite-only. Watch for HOH’s coverage.

The fifth annual CHEERS: A Celebration of Beer & Food during the 2017 National Beer Wholesalers Association Legislative Conference, 7 to 9 p.m., Library of Congress (10 First St. SE).


Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association networking reception, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave. NW). RSVP:

The American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ reception recognizing cancer research, 6 to 7 p.m., Rayburn 2060. RSVP:

Staffer shuffle

Shaylyn Hynes is the press secretary for the Department of Energy and Secretary Rick Perry, previously communications director of Ted Poe.

Brian Hart announced Friday he is the new director of the office of media relations at the Federal Communications Commission. He previously worked as communications director for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

It’s National Burger Month

May is National Burger Month. To celebrate, nopa Kitchen + Bar (800 F St. NW) is expanding its burger selection. Try the new NoPa Burger with Roseda Farms angus beef, pimento cheese, bacon jam, and Kewpie aioli, or the restaurant’s other new inventive burgers. Prices range from $14 to $16.

But on Friday, Congress tried vegan burgers

From left to right: Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director, The Good Food Institute Seth Goldman, Executive Chairman, Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown, Founder and CEO, Beyond Meat, Adam Sarvana, CVSA President and Communications Director, House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, Maureen Cohen Harrington, CVSA Advisory Board (and, if job title is needed, Assistant General Counsel, Library of Congress)
From left to right: Bruce Friedrich, executive director, The Good Food Institute
Seth Goldman, executive chairman, Beyond Meat, Ethan Brown, founder and CEO, Beyond Meat, Adam Sarvana, CVSA president and communications director, House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, Maureen Cohen Harrington, CVSA Advisory Board (Photo courtesy of CVSA)

The Congressional Vegetarian Staff Association, The Good Food Institute, and Beyond Meat hosted a Beyond Burger event for staffers to try vegan options. It was a standing room only event and Rep. Brendan Boyle, among others, spoke. Check out more information.

Overheard on the Hill

“I picked this tie to match your shoes.”

— Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., — picked up on a hot mic at the Democrats’ news conference on Friday.

Happy Birthday to …

Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., 56.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., 64.

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