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Heard on the Hill: Washington Exposure

So who could be taking home an award? The CMF remains tight-lipped, but HOH points out a safe bet might be Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), who has been honored every time the awards have been given out.

Out of the Woods. The obligatory resolution congratulating professional golfer Phil Mickelson for winning the 2010 Masters Tournament was introduced last week — and HOH couldn’t help but notice that while the bill offers praise for the three-time Masters champion, little is mentioned of the man whose return to golf loomed large over Augusta.

Introduced by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), the measure honors Mickelson for bringing “great pride and honor to his family and friends through the tremendous skill, patience, and determination he displayed in victory.” Broun also highlights Mickelson’s charity work, noting the golfer’s foundation has “supported a variety of youth and family initiatives.”

Little attention is paid to Tiger Woods, who made his return to the links at the Masters following the sex scandal over his many, many, um, marital indiscretions. The bill lists Woods among Masters champions including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead, but nothing else is included in the bill about the embattled golfer.

It’s just another example of how the once-mighty Woods has fallen. Along with losing endorsement deals, the golfer lost his legislative credibility — Woods was even up for a much-coveted Congressional Gold Medal before the scandal broke.

Relatively Speaking. In a Congressional version of the phone-a-friend option on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin has a secret weapon when faced with tough questions.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, the Michigan Democrat announced he would speak solely about matters that the Ways and Means Committee handles. “If you’d like to ask a question relating to anything other than Ways and Means, I’ll turn on my cell phone and text message my brother.”

That baby brother, of course, is Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich), who knows a little bit about a few hot topics (he chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee).

The elder Levin said he and his brother not only share the title of “Chairman Levin” (he noted that they’re the first brothers since 1881 to chair Congressional committees simultaneously), they have a few brotherly traits in common. Before he removed from his pocket a folded copy of a Washington Post article on economic inequality in Colombia, he mentioned his brother uses the same method for saving news clips.

“We’re so much raised in the same way, we stuff them in our pockets the same way,” he said.

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