Alex Gangitano

Word on the Hill: Earth Day Celebrations
Smoothies and staffer shuffles

Happy Friday and last day of recess.

Tomorrow is the 47th annual Earth Day and here are ways you can celebrate Mother Nature.

Bummer on Capitol Hill: Seven Arrested at 4/20 Event
 

Seven people at a pro-marijuana legalization event outside the Dirksen Office Building were arrested on Thursday, three on possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The event participants were giving out free joints to congressional staffers and believed they were on D.C. land where possession of marijuana is legal. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was on the scene.

Seven Arrested During Marijuana Handout to Hill Staffers
DCMJ hosted its first ever #JointSession in honor of 4/20

What was intended as a lawful handout of marijuana joints to Capitol Hill staffers on 4/20, also known as National Weed Day, ended in seven arrests.

The handout was organized by DCMJ and was entitled the first annual #JointSession on Thursday. Seven volunteers with the organization were arrested while distributing joints from a large bag. Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ, was of those arrested.

GoFundMe Account Created for Family of Capitol Worker Killed Tuesday
The account increased its goal after one day

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family of Architect of the Capitol worker Matthew McClanahan, who was killed on Tuesday.

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Word on the Hill: 4/20
Professional development opportunities today

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

Take Five: Lou Correa
California Democrat says ‘downtime is nonexistent’ in this Congress

Freshman Rep. Lou Correa, 59, a California Democrat, talks about advice he received from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, sleeping in his office, and making friends in Congress.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: Staffers’ Chance to Check Out African-American Museum
Ryan adds speaking gig next week

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is having an open house this morning for staffers.

The open house runs from 8 to 10 a.m. The museum, located at 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, opened in September and continues to be an extremely popular attraction for tourists and Washingtonians.

Falling Tree Kills AOC Employee Near Capitol
Matthew McClanahan was working on pipe near Cannon House Office Building

A falling tree killed an Architect of the Capitol employee working on a project Tuesday near the Cannon House Office Building.

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Architect of the Capitol employee Matthew McClanahan following an accident on the U.S. Capitol Grounds,” architect Stephen T. Ayers said in a statement.

Word on the Hill: Toomey Checks Out New American Revolution Museum
Lawmakers celebrate National Park Week

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., recently got a sneak peak at the Museum of theAmerican Revolution in Philadelphia, which is set to open to the public on Wednesday.

It is the first national museum that tells the entire story of the American Revolution and has more than 3,000 items in its collection, CBS reported.

Word on the Hill: White House Easter Egg Roll
Your social calendar for the week

The 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll is happening today on the South Lawn.

Festivities take place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and both President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are expected to take part.

Word on the Hill: Things to Do in D.C. on Easter
Lots of brunch options in the DMV

The Senate Chaplain’s Easter service is today in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902, noon - 1 p.m.

Whether you’re celebrating Easter or not, here are a few restaurants offering specials for brunch this Sunday:

Word on the Hill: Another D.C. Easter Egg Roll
The art competition is coming back

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is no longer the only game in town.

The Washington Nationals are hosting their first-ever Easter Egg Hunt at Nationals Park on Sunday. It will take place on the field after the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 p.m.

Word on the Hill: Trump Is a Conversation Starter
Staffer events happening today

When President Donald Trump first announced his temporary travel ban on immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, one group started looking into how Americans were reacting to the news on social media.

Stratos Jets, a private jet charter service, has looked at more than 120,000 tweets related to the ban. It found that two days after the first executive order, more than 35 percent of those tweets contained the hashtag #NoBan.

Take Five: Charlie Crist
Republican-turned-Democrat has never looked at politics as right vs. left

Freshman Rep. Charlie Crist, 60, a Florida Democrat, talks about his boat and what he learned from being Florida governor and attorney general.

Q: What have you learned about Congress so far?

‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Minhaj to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Trump said in February he wouldn’t attend this year’s dinner

Daily Show correspondent and comic Hasan Minhaj is this year’s host of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

Reuters reporter Jeff Mason, White House Correspondents Association president, made the announcement Tuesday on “Morning Joe.”

Word on the Hill: National Pet Day
TMZ spots Ryan, and a disco survivor is coming to the LOC

If you have a pet, give him or her a little extra love today on National Pet Day.

If you don’t have a pet, Pets and Pints will have more information about your adoption options.

Word on the Hill: Recess
AIDS briefing on Capitol Hill

Happy two-week long recess.

Passover begins today at sundown and Easter is coming up on Sunday.

More Bipartisan Carpooling: Minnesota’s Lewis and Nolan
Congressman waited 24 hours for flight in D.C. airport

Reps. Rick Nolan and Jason Lewis were on a bipartisan road trip home to Minnesota Friday after bad weather delayed their flights for 24 hours in D.C.

Lewis told viewers in a video posted on his Facebook page that he and Nolan had been waiting for their flight home from Washington for the Easter recess for 24 hours and then it “disappeared from the screen.”

Word on the Hill: Financial Planning
ACLI Capitol Challenge signups, and members back up Wynonna Judd

April is National Financial Literacy Month and the Senate Office of Education and Training has arranged for staffers to meet with a certified financial planner today on a first-come, first-served basis between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902.

No registration is required, just your Capitol identification. Come with specific questions and/or any financial documents.

Members Dance, Sing with Wynonna Judd at ‘Grammys on the Hill’
 

Over a dozen members of Congress got on stage with country singer Wynonna Judd on Wednesday night during the Recording Academy’s “Grammys on the Hill” event. The event, which featured performances from Judd and Keith Urban, was part of a push for representation and compensation for music creators. Watch the video for lawmakers attempting to sing along to Judd’s country classic “No One Else on Earth.”