Heard on the Hill

Word on the Hill: 9/11 Anniversary

Your social calendar for the week ahead

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lead the procession of members of Congress down the Capitol steps for the ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11 last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Today is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

As of Sunday evening, the Senate was scheduled to reconvene at 3 p.m. It will observe a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks 16 years ago.

The House canceled Monday votes, owing to the large number of expected absences due to Hurricane Irma.

Happening this week …


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Cummins are hosting an “I Make America” reception at 6:30 p.m. at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. RSVP: keideberg@AEM.org.


Head to the Kennedy Center for a preview screening of PBS’ “The Vietnam War” and a discussion with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick at 7 p.m. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Sens. John Kerry and Chuck Hagel are scheduled to attend. Invite-only.

The United States Capitol Historical Society awards its 2017 Freedom Award to Tony and Pulitzer winner Lin-Manuel Miranda for “inspiring informed civic participation and achievement in advancing public understanding of our nation’s founding through Hamilton the Musical and the Hamilton Education Program.” The ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. in Statuary Hall. Invite-only.


The Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance is hosting a panel discussion, Scalia’s Constitution, at 11 a.m. at the Hoover Institution in Washington (1399 New York Ave. NW). RSVP here.

It’s National Bourbon Month

This September and October, the two Ritz-Carltons (Tysons Corner and Georgetown) have special bourbon offerings to celebrate National Bourbon Month. Tysons Corner is paying homage to the classic ritual of afternoon tea with bourbon-infused high tea cocktails on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. Georgetown has a Bourbon-themed menu including bourbon meatballs, wings and potato chips as well as special cocktails.

Overheard on the Hill

“It’s kind of, ‘Where am I right now? What is going on?’”— Rep. Ryan A. Costello, R-Pa., on the irony of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and OMB director Mick Mulvaney pitching the Harvey/debt ceiling/CR package after Democrats made a deal with President Donald Trump.

Happy birthday to …

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., 65.

What’s going on?

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

Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.Correction Wednesday 3:18 p.m. | An earlier version of this story misstated former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s prior Cabinet position. He is a former Defense secretary.

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