Looks like Rep. John Campbell wont be rooting for Maryland in the NCAA tournament.
The California Republican spent much of his Wednesday trying to defeat a resolution introduced by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) congratulating the universitys mens basketball team for an outstanding season. And Campbells fight against Hoyers measure (which passed, barely) was personal.
Astute HOH readers will recall that in late 2009, Campbells bill saluting the University of California at Irvines mens volleyball team for winning the national title was pulled from the floor after Campbell got into a legislative fight over a water bill introduced by Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-Calif.).
So when Hoyers sports measure hit the floor, Campbell again seized the opportunity to point out his Irvine resolution remains stalled and talk a little trash about Maryland basketball.
A national championship-winning team from a Republican gets pulled [and Hoyer] then puts up a team that doesnt even win its conference, who lost in the first round of its conference tournament and has the lowest graduation rate of all 64 teams in the playoffs? And that gets a resolution? Campbell told a Roll Call reporter. I mean, come on.
Campbell said he spoke to Hoyer on Tuesday night, but the pair couldnt reach an agreement. Campbell added that if he had time to properly whip the bill, he could have stopped it.
You know, a lot of people think we shouldnt be doing these resolutions anyway, Campbell said. Are we going to do them for any team that makes the playoffs? Oh my God. Mens and womens sports? Well be doing thousands.
A Hoyer spokeswoman said Campbells opposition shows that Republicans are staying true to their party of no doctrine.
Whether its health care, job creation or basketball, Republicans arent for anything, the spokeswoman said.
Race to the Finish. Forget college basketball in Alaska, the biggest sporting event of the year is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. And when winner Lance Mackey and his team of hardworking canines crossed the finish line at 6:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday (2:59 p.m. Alaska time), the Last Frontiers Senators raced to congratulate him.
Just moments after Mackeys win, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) sent an e-mail saluting the musher, which landed in an HOH spys inbox at 7:01 p.m. Sen. Mark Begich (D) wasnt far behind, as his similarly themed e-mail hit our spys inbox at 7:03 p.m.
Even so, HOH guesses Mackey had the harder race 1,150 miles in nine days.
Ethics Go Braugh. Ah, the trappings of St. Patricks Day: green beer, shamrocks and, if youre in Washington, an ethics guide to buying drinks for Congressional staffers.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.