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With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.
Wearing a Denver Broncos orange tie, Tillis, the bet’s mastermind, paid his respects on the Senate floor on Thursday to the Super Bowl champs. “You and I, Mr. President, attended the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I’m sure you agree, it was quite a treat,” Tillis said. He commended the Super Bowl organizers in Santa Clara, Calif., for “making us feel welcome.” Full story
A Valentine’s Day animal adoption event on Friday will bring adorable pets in need of a home to Capitol Hill. Hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, “Paws for Love” features 11 animal rescue groups from the surrounding area.
The fourth annual “Paws for Love” will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday in Cannon 345. Longtime advocates for animal welfare issues, such as former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., will be there. Full story
Members of the Louisiana delegation will celebrate Fat Tuesday with traditional Mardi Gras king cake in their offices.
King cake is eaten to celebrate the beginning of Lent (and the end of Mardi Gras). A small plastic baby, representing Jesus, is hidden inside the cake and whoever gets the piece with the figure in it receives good luck for the year. Full story
A bipartisan group of senators is heading to the movies, hoping an Academy Award-nominated film may help shed light on the Great Recession and what lessons can be learned.
“The Big Short,” directed by Adam McKay and based on the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, examines the lead-up to the 2008 financial collapse. It has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. On Wednesday, McKay comes to Capitol Hill to participate in a panel discussion with Senate Banking ranking member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio., and Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and will screen the movie at the Capitol Visitor Center. Full story
During the Feb. 6 Republican presidential debate, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., reacted and joked for an Independent Journal Review video, notably relating McCain’s Vietnam War experience with debates.
Graham asked McCain about his 2008 presidential debate experiences: “Do you think they treated you fairly when you were up there debating?”
“I’ve been treated better,” McCain said.
“By who?” Graham said. Full story
Lawmakers spent the week ashamed of their ties, reflecting on Blockbuster and repeating Groundhog Day.
Congressional spouses traditionally get together every February to meet one another, break bread together and share in each other’s faiths.
“I think these events show people that the spouses are real people and that we really care about each other,” Caroline Aderholt, whose husband Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., is a longtime co-host of these events, told HOH. “Prayer is important to us and we believe in it, and it makes a difference in our personal lives, in our family’s lives and we think it can make a difference in our world.”
Fulfilling a wager made last month, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., congratulated the Carolina Panthers on the Senate floor on Monday for winning the NFC Championship over his home state Arizona Cardinals the week before.
“Unfortunately, even tragically, this is what brings me before you today,” McCain started his speech, explaining the wager. “It’s also why I’m wearing this unsightly (Panther) blue tie, which I’m sure is an assault on the senses of C-SPAN viewers all over the world.”
Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., was the top presidential candidate discussed in Iowa on Facebook on Monday. On Iowa Caucus Day, the social media site measured users’ conversations from midnight to noon on Feb. 1.
Sanders led with 42.2 percent of the conversation, double what business mogul Donald Trump received, who came in second with 21.7 percent.
A longtime Hillary Clinton adviser seemed to think Sen. Charles E. Schumer was happy to see the current Democratic presidential candidate leave the world’s greatest deliberative body.
In an internal State Department email released Friday as part of the latest dump of Clinton emails from her time as secretary of State, Philippe Reines called Schumer “a good man who is just so happy she left the Senate.”
The Senate spent a week shortened by snow slapping podiums, retracting poor jokes and inhaling blackberries.
After the final vote of the week on Thursday, several senators stuck around to speak on the country’s labor market and how it competes globally.
Co-chairman of the Senate Competitiveness Caucus, Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., teamed up with the Council on Competitiveness for a briefing on how the changing labor market presents both challenges and opportunities for America’s workers.
“We all know then that American business, to be competitive in a far more difficult environment, we need the skills and the resources in our workforce to compete and we need the ideas, the policy ideas, to help them to do so,” Coons said at the event.
“Just last week, I was at the World Economic Forum and was struck at how broadly, around the world, this issue is dominating conversations. If we have the illusion that our competitors aren’t also tirelessly trying to solve this, we are wrong,” he said.
Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Angus King, I-Maine, are also members of the caucus and spoke at the event. Baldwin and Coons are the leaders on the Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative, which encourages introducing bipartisan, pro-manufacturing bills.
“Republicans don’t have all the answers, just as Democrats don’t either,” Baldwin said at the event. “The only way we meet the challenges we face effectively, is if we have strong public-private partnerships that are supported by a Congress working across party lines.”
King, alongside Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act this year to ensure students have access to digital learning outside the classroom. At the event, he spoke on the homework gap and bridging the digital divide for rural and low-income students.
The Senate Competitiveness Caucus was founded last summer and has 12 members, from both sides of the aisle.
Also at the event, the council released their report, entitled “Work,” which is a compilation of research on how to thrive in a global economy and win the skills battle. The council is a non-partisan organization focused on the advancement of U.S. competitiveness.