WASHINGTON – Congress Republicans on Wednesday night were the winners in an annual charity baseball game against Democrats, 13-12, even though a bitterly divided Congress is fighting to pass major legislation this week.
There were some feel-good moments, like when President Joe Biden failed ice cream bars in the excavations and the Republican representative. Greg Steube from Florida drove an impressive home run into the stands. Biden was inducted into the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame.
But it was hard to ignore that many of the Republicans who went up to strike – including Steube – also voted against certifying Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, hours after a number of pro-Trump supporters launched an uprising against the United States. Capitol at Jan. 6.
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Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died that day. Four officers who responded to the uprising have died by suicide.
However, a particularly polarizing Republican was not at the game Wednesday night. Rep. Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was stripped of her committee seats for two months in her freshman year, had been scheduled to join the GOP team.
Greene said in a statement that she did not attend the congress because “I do not feel I can play baseball with Democrats or Republicans who want to vote on an infrastructure bill that is the first phase of the Green New Deal. ”
Another denier, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Attended, and hecked Democrats from the stands.
“They are stealing (bases) as if they were stealing the election,” she shouted. Boebert jumped the fence and sat on the field to join the Republicans as they celebrated the victory.
Other Republicans who voted to confirm the Electoral College’s votes for Arizona or Pennsylvania and were on the GOP baseball list included representatives. Jack Bergman and Lisa McClain of Michigan; Tim Burchett and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee; Kat Cammack from Florida; Greene, Andrew Clyde and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia; Bill Johnson of Ohio; Greg Murphy of North Carolina; and Steve Scalise of Louisiana. You can find the whole overview here. The only Colorado representative on each list was Democrat Ed Perlmutter.
Republicans boo Biden
The Congressional Baseball Game is a 100-year-old tradition beginning in 1909, when Republicans and Democrats meet to play seven rounds to raise money for various charities in the District of Columbia.
The games are usually an attempt to show bipartisanship. But lawmakers are fighting for the passage of Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion infrastructure package and reconciliation plan – the most ambitious funding of social programs since the New Deal – along with attempts to avoid a government shutdown that would begin at midnight Thursday without an expenditure update passing. .
Biden’s visit was a surprise, and he stopped by to chat with both Democrats and Republicans in their respective excavations.
The Republicans in the crowd bowed to the president and sang “Let’s play ball,” while Biden spoke to Democratic lawmakers. But when Biden first came to the Republican side, the crowd was silent.
Although the game was a loss for Democrats, many members consoled themselves in selfies with the president.
“Tough loss, but I have to hang with this man,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) wrote in a tweet where he shared a picture of him with Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, was also present and spent much of her time talking on her phone. Pelosi had met earlier in the day with Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer about Biden’s Build Better Act they are trying to pass.
Republicans dressed in solid red uniforms. The Democrats were less uniform, dressed in a scattered spot with blue, white and red shirts.
A few thousand spectators turned up to watch the match, but the crowd did not come close to filling up Nationals Park, which can hold more than 40,000 and is where DC’s professional baseball team, Washington Nationals, plays. Last year’s congress match was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican in Iowa, tried to get the audience to sing.
“It’s going to be ‘Go GOP,'” she said.
The Democrats were up to strike first. Some legislators in the field have a background in sports, such as Sen. Jon Ossoff, a Georgia Democrat who played third base for the South London Pirates in the British Baseball Federation while attending the London School of Economics.
He also played the ultimate Frisbee in high school.
However, Ossoff was knocked out the first time he struck Steube, who pitched. Ossoffs second time to strike, he managed to get all the way to the home plate.
While the Democrats were ahead of the Republicans early in the battle, the Republicans quickly regained two back-to-back home runs by representatives. Blake Moore from Utah and Anthony Gonzalez from Ohio.
The victories sent Republicans to jump up and down in the excavation, eliciting screams and cheers from fans in the stands.
Democrats and Republicans remained big for much of the 11-11 game, but Republicans managed to pull through.
After the match, Fleischmann said that “everything hurts” and pointed up and down the body, but added that “it was worth it” when the Republicans won.
Charities that will benefit from Wednesday’s match include the Washington Literary Center, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington National Philanthropies and the US Capitol Police Memorial Fund, which were added after the Republican rehearsal in 2017 in which Scalise was shot. A lobbyist, lawmaker and two Capitol police officers were also shot.
The Congressional Baseball Fund’s annual revenue for 2019 was $ 1 million, according to its tax records.