A partisan budget debate may be raging on Capitol Hill, but that isn’t stopping President Barack Obama from hosting a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday night to watch basketball.
Obama invited about a dozen Members over to watch the Chicago Bills face the Charlotte Bobcats; all invitees hail from the two states whose teams are playing in the game.
Illinois invitees include Sens. Dick Durbin (D) and Mark Kirk (R), along with Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D), Danny Davis (D), Luis Gutierrez (D), Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) and Jan Schakowsky (D). Invitees from North Carolina include Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and Reps. Larry Kissell (D), Sue Myrick (R), David Price (D) and Mel Watt (D).
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.