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Heard on the Hill This Week: Steve Daines’ Joint Session Snap Story, Tim Scott’s Press Dinner Jokes

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano had a busy week in the district, from President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress to the annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner. Check out the video for Sen. Steve Daines’ Snapchat story prior to the president’s address, Sen. Tim Scott’s keynote remarks at the congressional dinner and Olympian Michael Phelps’ testimony before the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Swalwell Mocks Trump's 'We Don't Win Anymore' With Olympic Tweet
United States won the Olympic medal count in Rio de Janeiro

As lawmakers took to Twitter Sunday and Monday to congratulate U.S. athletes for their success at the 2016 Olympic Games, Rep. Eric Swalwell used the opportunity to mock Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

House Panel to Consider Tax Exemption for Olympic Medal Winners
Ways and Means Committee will mark up bill in September

A Brazilian soldier keeps watch in front of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The House Ways and Means Committee will mark up a bill in September that would provide a tax exemption for Olympic athletes who won medals or other prizes at the games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Reps. Robert J. Dold of Illinois and Blake Farenthold of Texas, is the House companion measure to a bill the Senate passed earlier this year. 

Portman, Strickland Joust Over Trade in Olympics Ads
Democrat calls GOP foe 'best senator China’s ever had'

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks with reporters as he leaves Senate Republicans' policy lunch on Tuesday. He has a new television ad on trade that will air during the Olympics. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman and his opponent, Democrat Ted Strickland , are pushing ads in time for the Olympics that underscore how trade — and its effects on the Buckeye State — will help decide their race.  

Portman has a four-point lead over the former Ohio governor, according to a RealClearPolitics average of several prominent polls. Strickland trails by at least five in two of those surveys, but is tied with Portman in another.  

Bill to Remove Tax on Olympic Medals a D.C. Tradition
Republicans and Democrats regularly complain about it

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced legislation in 2014 that would have removed taxes from Olympic medals. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As United States athletes prepare for the Olympics, Congress is once again complaining about taxes on Olympic medals.  

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., are the sponsors of the Tax Exemptions for American Medalists Act of 2015, which would remove the taxes that are levied on Olympic medalists.  

Shaheen: Will Rio Games Cause a Worldwide Zika Outbreak?
Senator wants World Health Organization to investigate possibility as Olympics near in heart of Zika zone

The gymnast Rebecca Andrade leads the Olympic torch during Day 2 of the Olympic Flame torch relay on May 4 in Anapolis, Brazil. (Getty Images)

Senate Foreign Relations member Jeanne Shaheen , D-N.H., wants the World Health Organization to probe whether holding the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil would trigger a worldwide Zika virus outbreak.  

Shaheen wrote Margaret Chan , World Health Organization director general, to ask for a soup-to-nuts review of public health risks posed if hundreds of thousands of athletes and fans attend the games in the heart of the Zika zone.  

Olympic Medal Tax Exemption Has Bipartisan Support

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John Thune is leading a revived effort for an Olympic medal tax exemption.  

"Most countries not only compensate their Olympic and Paralympic athletes, but also welcome them home with celebrations. In the United States, athletes are welcomed home from winning on a world stage with a tax bill," the Republican said in a statement. "Winning an Olympic medal should be a source of great pride for our athletes and the federal government should celebrate their achievement rather than tax their success."  

Schumer Praises Chobani for Donating Olympic Yogurt to Charity

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Chobani yogurt caught in a customs snarl won't be making it to Russia for the Olympics.  

The upstate New York-based company announced Thursday morning that the yogurt would be donated to food banks and other charities after being stuck in refrigeration near Newark Liberty International Airport, unable to get appropriate permission from the Russian government to enter the country.