Tamara Keith of NPR attempts to tag out Rep. Kristi Noem during the Congressional Women’s Softball game.
Even as the press team took the lead, the cheering sections for individual members of Congress stayed enthusiastic. Designated hitter Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., had a particularly enthusiastic cheering squad of staffers who held up signs reading “Hit a Homer Heitkamp” and went wild as she blasted a hit into the outfield.
Many members of Congress also showed up to the game to support their female colleagues, including Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who was seen waving a pink pom pom; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., who said he enjoys coming out to the game every year.
“I like the spirit, I like the enthusiasm of both sides. Nobody out here wants to lose the game, but at the end of the game everybody had a good time,” Hoyer said.
Winning is always a priority for Wasserman Schultz and her team of colleagues. But she said even a loss couldn’t dampen her spirits after Wednesday’s contest.
“I said at the beginning of the warm-up for this game ... that I wanted to win. But even if I knew we would lose every game, every time I’d still come out because the real winner is the young women who survive breast cancer. And $125,000 this year will go to make sure they can deal with it.” Wasserman Schultz said. “And we’ll get ‘em next year.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
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.