Democrats and Republicans have fought over social spending and infrastructure this week, but a battle you may not have heard of much took place outside on a grass field Wednesday night.
The annual Congressional Baseball Game was played at Nationals Park on Wednesday night, and the Republicans beat the Democrats 1:12.
"I'm excited," said California Democrat Eric Swalwell before the game.
Congressman Greg Steube, a Republican from Florida's 17th district, did a home run and posted it on Twitter
headed "Hey Biden, check this out!"
"You have to do this every now and then, where you escape the madness and come out and play the kids' game in the big league football stadium," said Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana. “They compete and it was very intense competition. But we'll go back to work tomorrow, but it's nice to just come and do something like that where you can build better relationships. "
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Four years ago, Scalise was shot and wounded by an Illinois man during GOP training for the 2017 game. Scalise received an ovation after returning to the field the following year.
President Biden attended the game, which was played at the stadium where the Washington Nationals play their home games.
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The Congressional Baseball Game opened in 1909, and proceeds from the event will go to Washington area charities such as the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Philanthropies, and the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
The game was held as Congress sought votes on a short-term draft spending Thursday to keep the federal government up and running through early December.
An earlier version of this report incorrectly identified the shooter as being from Virginia during the 2017 training session. He was from Belleville, Illinois, in the greater St. Louis area.