Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: We Want to Party With You

Coons finds an old friend in D.C.

A man dressed as Santa Claus looks out over the National Mall from the Washington Monument during the annual Santarchy gathering on Dec. 10. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As you’re tying up loose ends to finish off this Congress, is your office having a holiday party?

If you’re celebrating with co-workers, whether inside the Capitol or at a spot nearby, send us your photos to be featured on HOH. 

As for public parties, make sure you’re up to date with our list.

Holiday parties today

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Stanton & Greene, 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. RSVP: RSVP@nreca.coopCEPR, 5 to 8 p.m. at 1611 Connecticut Ave. NW. Invite closed.

American Farm Bureau Federation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St. SW. Invite-only.

Sen. Coons exploring D.C. culture

Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons tweeted a photograph of himself at the National Gallery’s newly renovated East Building on Monday. He was standing in front of the giant blue roost (German artist Katharina Fritsch’s “Hahn/Cock”), on display on the roof, and of course, he said it reminded him of the University of Delaware’s mascot: the blue hen.

Sen. Enzi thanks his staff


"I thought you were in the men’s room."

- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., to someone in the audience he was waiting on to start a news conference in Hartford, Connecticut.

“It was easier being a commander than it is a congressman. If someone really upset me, I could target him.”

— Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., at a Heritage Foundation event last Friday.

“I know that we’ve done stuff in the last few weeks to try to make Manchin happy so he’d be another Democrat, at least temporarily.” 

— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., possibly joining President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Happy birthday to …

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., 74.

Rep. Donald Norcross, D-N.J., 58.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.comBridget Bowman and Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.

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