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Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Well, I wish I were standing before you this morning to announce the Congressional Women's Softball team's second big victory. Unfortunately, I can't share that good news with you, but I can share the news with you that our bipartisan team, with the Bad News Babes, the women members of the press corps, raised over $50,000 for the Young Survival Coalition. We're very proud of that.

We are proud, as congressional women, that we play in a bipartisan spirit, that we have built a bipartisan and bicameral camaraderie and a team spirit and friendship that we would never have had an opportunity to build if not for playing this game. I know we all feel strongly, hopefully, that we use the friendships that we build on the field and take those into the Chamber here so we can work together on the problems facing our country. That's such a tough and important priority for all of us.

We do want to congratulate, although not too enthusiastically, the Bad News Babes for their victory this year in the game, 13-10. It was heartbreaking. We kept it close. We were coming back in the last inning. We had a real opportunity but came up short.

We all, as women Members, want to thank the fabulous, indomitable Natalie Buchanan, who is on the leadership staff of Kevin McCarthy, for coming out there with us every morning at 7 a.m.

Natalie, stand up.

She is on the floor with Kevin McCarthy every day here. We love Natalie.

Tori Barnes, my cocaptain's daughter, is our coach year in and year out.

I also want to recognize, on my staff, Mackenzie Smith and Kate Houghton, who is on my staff but is battling leukemia right now and who we all played for on both teams. She's coming through and getting healthy.

Madam Chair, thank you for your friendship. Thank you to all the women, and thank you all, as a breast cancer survivor. Both the House leadership teams came out to the game, continued to support us, and it means so much to me personally.

I wish everybody a wonderful summer, and we will be back next year so we can take that trophy back.


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