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).
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.