Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: St. Patrick’s Day

Cherry Blossoms?

It's been a busy week. Blow off some steam by celebrating the holiday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Dubliner and Irish Times are two restaurants right in front of Union Station that are perfect places to celebrate the holiday.

On Thursday, many members of the House and Senate wore green to work to celebrate. How are you celebrating today?

Cherry Blossom update

The peak of the cherry blossom bloom will occur between Sunday and Wednesday, according to the National Park Service, but the recent cold temperatures in D.C. may result in a reduced number of trees reaching the blossom stage.

The blossoms are vulnerable to cold temperatures while they are blooming, the NPS said. They start to sustain damage when temperatures hit the 27 degree mark. 

HOH’s video this week

After an East Coast snowstorm led to mass flight cancellations, Texas Reps. Will Hurd and Beto O’Rourke decided instead to take a road trip from San Antonio to D.C. — a two-day long, bipartisan adventure to get them to the Capitol in time for Wednesday evening votes. Check out our stories From Day 1, Day 2 and watch some highlights from their trip.

Have you filled out your bracket?

Every year, Roll Call matches members of Congress with the field in the NCAA men’s college basketball championship bracket. House members are selected by whose districts the 64 teams in the tournament are located in.

Print out yours, fill it out and tweet a photo of it at us with the hashtag #RCncaa17.

Overheard

“It’s going to be good food, it’s going to be good company, and, knowing me, some fairly lame jokes.”

— House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., on the Friends of Ireland luncheon.

“Maybe they’re going to have a fat budget later.”

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the notion of the administration introducing a “skinny” budget.

“The Byrd Rule or Byrdable or the KKK, whatever you want to call it.”

— Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, speaking about budget reconciliation rules.

“Right now I hope my insurance company pays for my windshield.”

— Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., whose windshield was smashed by a piece of ice as he drove to a town hall in West Virginia.

“They have nicer bathrooms over there than we do on the House side.”

— Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., noting he was late to Conversations with Conservatives because he was on the Senate side.

“I have one boss, and that boss for me is back home in North Carolina.”

— Meadows.

“And that’s his wife.”

— Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, R-Idaho, explaining Meadows’ comment.

Happy Birthday to …

Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, 60.

Saturday

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., 50.

Sunday

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., 62.

What’s going on?

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