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GoFundMe Account Created for Family of Capitol Worker Killed Tuesday
The account increased its goal after one day

Matthew McClanahan and his wife, Lauren. (Go Fund Me page)

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family of Architect of the Capitol worker Matthew McClanahan, who was killed on Tuesday.

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Word on the Hill: 4/20
Professional development opportunities today

Pro-marijuana advocates rally near the White House in April 2016, with some carrying a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

Take Five: Lou Correa
California Democrat says ‘downtime is nonexistent’ in this Congress

California Rep. Lou Correa says people tell him he came to Congress at the wrong time. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Rep. Lou Correa, 59, a California Democrat, talks about advice he received from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, sleeping in his office, and making friends in Congress.

Q: What has surprised you about Congress so far?

Word on the Hill: Staffers’ Chance to Check Out African-American Museum
Ryan adds speaking gig next week

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is having an open house this morning for staffers.

The open house runs from 8 to 10 a.m. The museum, located at 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, opened in September and continues to be an extremely popular attraction for tourists and Washingtonians.

Falling Tree Kills AOC Employee Near Capitol
Matthew McClanahan was working on pipe near Cannon House Office Building

The Architect of the Capitol said that Matthew McClanahan was working on a pipe when a section of the tree fell. (Courtesy Suzanne Kennedy)

A falling tree killed an Architect of the Capitol employee working on a project Tuesday near the Cannon House Office Building.

“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Architect of the Capitol employee Matthew McClanahan following an accident on the U.S. Capitol Grounds,” architect Stephen T. Ayers said in a statement.

Word on the Hill: Trump Is a Conversation Starter
Staffer events happening today

President Donald Trump’s first travel ban executive order is now the subject of a social media study. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When President Donald Trump first announced his temporary travel ban on immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, one group started looking into how Americans were reacting to the news on social media.

Stratos Jets, a private jet charter service, has looked at more than 120,000 tweets related to the ban. It found that two days after the first executive order, more than 35 percent of those tweets contained the hashtag #NoBan.

Opinion: Would Trump Nuke Congressional Budget Rules?
They could stand in the way of president’s infrastructure plans

President Donald Trump may feel that he has the credibility to shatter the Republican consensus on budgetary issues now that his nominee has joined the Supreme Court, Walter Shapiro writes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If real life resembled apocalyptic 1950s movies, the triggering of the nuclear option would have left a radioactive cloud all over North America and Europe. And the remnants of humanity would be hunkering down in Australia, calculating how long it would take for the deadly wind currents to reach that far south.

Instead, when the Senate went nuclear, Neil Gorsuch was elevated to the Supreme Court and Congress went home for recess without needing Geiger counters or fallout shelters. In fact, amid the thrill-a-minute gyrations of the Donald Trump White House, the nuclear option is already half-forgotten as all punditry is now raining down on the cruise missile strike in Syria.

Word on the Hill: National Pet Day
TMZ spots Ryan, and a disco survivor is coming to the LOC

Play with some pets in D.C. today. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If you have a pet, give him or her a little extra love today on National Pet Day.

If you don’t have a pet, Pets and Pints will have more information about your adoption options.

Word on the Hill: Financial Planning
ACLI Capitol Challenge signups, and members back up Wynonna Judd

ICYMI this week: Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake handed out alpaca-themed cupcakes and copies of his seventh oversight report titled "Tax Rackets: Outlandish Loopholes to Lower Tax Liabilities" to reporters and staff in the Capitol press gallery on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

April is National Financial Literacy Month and the Senate Office of Education and Training has arranged for staffers to meet with a certified financial planner today on a first-come, first-served basis between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902.

No registration is required, just your Capitol identification. Come with specific questions and/or any financial documents.

Word on the Hill: Dine Out and Donate
Free events for staffers

Dine Out For Life supports the nonprofit group Food & Friends. (Promotional photo)

If you eat at certain restaurants in the area today, at least a fourth of your check will go to meal delivery and nutrition services for D.C. area residents living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illnesses.

Food & Friends’ annual Dining Out for Life event had over 70 restaurants sign on and pledge to donate between 25 percent and 110 percent of their sales to the nonprofit group.