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Heard on the Hill: A-Salt-ing Sen. Snowe

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The protesters who sent bags of rock salt to the Maine office of Sen. Olympia Snowe in protest against the Republican’s “aye” vote on health care reform legislation might not have achieved their goal: “melting” the steely Snowe.

But they are inadvertently helping people in need. A Snowe spokesman says the bags of rock salt (23 five-pound bags from a single hardware store in Brooklyn, N.Y.) will be donated to the Preble Street Resource Center, a soup kitchen and homeless shelter in Portland, Maine.

So far, no bags have shown up at the Senator’s Washington office, HOH hears. But it’s possible that some eventually will make their way there, since there’s a lag time for incoming mail to Congressional offices, which is inspected and irradiated.

Doubtless, the folks in chilly Maine will put the salt to good use — let it Snowe.

Colbert, on a Roll. Who was that naughty kid spotted skateboarding through the halls of the Cannon House Office Building on Wednesday? None other than Stephen Colbert, the Comedy Central funnyman, who appeared to be filming a segment for his faux cable-news show, the Colbert Report.

Colbert, who has visited the Capitol many times to film his “Better Know a District” interview series in which he spoofily grills Members of Congress, was seen careening down the building’s fourth-floor hallway and giving a high-five to an onlooker.

Slaughter’s Scoop. Everyone needs an ice cream break every now and then, and House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is no exception.

The New York Democrat stepped out of a committee hearing Wednesday when a staffer presented her with a heaping cup of Baskin-Robbins. While members of the committee discussed some of the finer points of Coast Guard authorization legislation, Slaughter retired from the room to indulge her sweet tooth.

“A scoop of vanilla does wonders at the end of a day spent fighting for an improved economy and affordable health care against Republicans who say no to everything,” says Slaughter spokesman Vince Morris.

Maybe if Democrats topped their bills with chocolate jimmies and a cherry ...

H1N1 Hypocrisy? An HOH tipster eyed Rep. John Culberson among hundreds of people lined up to get the swine flu vaccine at a public clinic at the Arlington County Public Health Division headquarters Wednesday morning.

That in itself isn’t terribly newsworthy — the Texas Republican was there to get his daughter vaccinated, a spokeswoman told HOH. But our tipster noted Culberson’s visit to the clinic was “a little ironic since the Congressman voted against the funding that was used to purchase the vaccines in the first place.”

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