Happy Birthday to C-SPAN and Pelosi, from swamp monsters and velociraptors: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of March 25, 2019

The creature from the Black Lagoon paid Capitol Hill a visit this week, as D.C. institutions like C-SPAN and Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated their birthdays. Plus, Sen. Mike Lee roasted the Green New Deal resolution with a poster of Ronald Reagan riding a velociraptor, and Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Ann McLane Kuster clashed over a certain word that starts with the letter “S.”

Also, while it was technically last week during recess, Roll Call is thrilled to wish the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network (C-SPAN) a happy 40th birthday! Thanks for letting us borrow your footage to make dumb congressional blooper reels.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Speaker


Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., turns 46 years old Friday. What's he doing to celebrate? He's in Florida working to retain the House majority so he can push a bold agenda in 2017 with a Republican president, according to his office.  

Bipartisanship Comes Out in Joint Birthday

Left to Right: Blunt, Capps, Walden and Shuster (Photo courtesy of Walden’s office).

Jan. 10 is a big day for lawmakers’ birthdays.  

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif.; Greg Walden R-Ore.; Bill Shuster, R-Pa.; and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., all share the same birthday, and the bipartisan group of lawmakers rotate who hosts the joint lunch party every year. This year, Walden, who turned 59, threw the lunch with sandwiches and a birthday cake in his Rayburn office.