WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Lawmakers trading the House floor for the turf.
“All our colleagues that aren’t playing all they say is don’t get hurt!" Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN-1) said.
This fight doesn't pit Republican against Democrat. It's a fully bipartisan league. Their only competition? The US Capitol Police. But it's all for a good cause. The charity game raises money for the U.S Capitol Memorial Fund.
“Being out there and not just working for their future but also if something were to happen, making sure their kids are taken care of through the endowment program," Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) added.
Since 2005, lawmakers and members of the U.S. Capitol Police have been facing off on the gridiron. But this year the game holds an extra special meaning.
At halftime, the two teams paused to honor the Capitol Police officers who responded to when a gunman targeted a congressional baseball practice in June.
Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise, who was shot and recently returned to Congress, thanked the officers for saving his life.
“In light of what happened at the Congressional baseball game it’s particularly important that we recognize what they do for us everyday," Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR-1) said.
“And the end of the day it’s about having fun and supporting the men and women that take care of us. The Capitol Police are outstanding people and we’ll always be with them," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23) added.