The seventh annual “Day on the Hill” for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA today will highlight its “True Islam” campaign and “#MuslimAlly” hashtag.
The group maintains it is the oldest Muslim organization in America, and 75 chapters from across the country are expected to meet with hundreds of congressional offices. Its focus this year is on discussing threats to homeland security and refugee processing.
The “True Islam” campaign has received more than 13,000 endorsements, including many federal and state lawmakers, city officials, members of law enforcement, and faith-based communities, according to the organization. #MuslimAlly is a hashtag to promote “awareness on various social media platforms to combat ignorance,” the group said in its release.
The Ahmadiyya, also known as Ahmadis, are members of a Muslim sect founded by an Indian religious leader in the 19th century. As some of their beliefs are considered heretical by many mainstream Muslims, they face persecution in many Muslim countries.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced Tracey Lewis as its new deputy executive director and chief operating officer. Lewis was primary states director and senior adviser for Georgia for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Also, Dan McNally, who managed Sen. Michael Bennet’s, D-Colo., re-election campaign last year, was named political director, and Missayr Boker, former assistant political director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, will serve as the committee’s campaign director.
“We’re about the middle of the first half.”
— Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, on the timing of repealing the 2010 health care law.
“You’ve been smoking again.”
“I definitely didn’t say you were a puppy killer, I said the bill was a puppy-killing bill.”
— Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., to Young at the press conference.
“Well, I always said about President Obama, it’s great to play golf, but play golf with heads of countries and people like yourself when you’re looking for votes. Don’t play with your friends that you play with every week. Does that make sense?”
— President Donald Trump to Republican members of Congress, who laughed, according to a pool report.
And a word from Brian Schatz
The Hawaii Democratic senator misses a former White House occupant.
I miss President Obama.— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) February 16, 2017
Happy birthday to …
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., 55.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, 53.
Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., 70.
Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., 53.
Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., 53.
Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., 60.
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., 69.
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., 71,
And a Presidents Day birthday to Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who turns the big 7-5 on Monday!
Happy long weekend and we will see you back here on Tuesday.
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Stephanie Akin, John T. Bennett and Bridget Bowman contributed to this report.