Word on the Hill: Recess

AIDS briefing on Capitol Hill

House members including Arizona’s David Schweikert, pictured here with his daughter, Olivia, are in their districts this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
House members including Arizona’s David Schweikert, pictured here with his daughter, Olivia, are in their districts this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted April 10, 2017 at 5:00am

Happy two-week long recess.

Passover begins today at sundown and Easter is coming up on Sunday.

Here’s what’s happening on what should be a quiet week on the Hill:

Shine a light on AIDS

It’s National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day and Advocates for Youth, an organization that informs young people about reproductive health, will host a briefing on Capitol Hill today. The group wants to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people and discuss fighting the stigma.

One of the panelists is Daniel Driffin, co-founder of THRIVE SS, a group pushing to end the stigma faced by men of color with HIV/AIDS, who also spoke at the Democratic National Convention in July. The briefing takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the Capitol, House side, Room 8. RSVP here.

Committee page edit-a-thon

At the Library of Congress, people spent Friday editing the Wikipedia pages of congressional committees, also known as the “edit-a-thon.”

The Law Library of Congress, the National Archivesand Records Administration and Wikimedia DC hosted the event in order to improve Wikipedia articles related to congressional committees and hearings.  In the morning, volunteers heard from speakers representing the Senate Historical Office and Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others, and sat through a tutorial on how to edit Wikipedia pages. They began the editing work in the afternoon.

The goal was to “collectively improve the quality of information about congressional committees available on Wikipedia,” according to a press release.

Happening this week …

TuesdayPets and Pints: D.C.’s ultimate National Pet Day celebration to raise awareness about pet adopting. Owners, non-owners and pets are invited to Rebellion (1836 18th St. NW) from 5 to 8 p.m.

WednesdayIowa Beer Social to celebrate the Hawkeye State’s craft beers, hosted by the Iowa Brewers Guild. Check it out at Lost & Found (1240 Ninth St. NW) from 7 p.m. “until our beer money runs out.”

Overheard on the Hill

“I say distinguished because both he and I are of an advanced age.”

— Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., yielding the floor to Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, on Friday.

What’s going on?

Have any tips, announcements or Hill happenings? Send them to AlexGangitano@cqrollcall.com.