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Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. DOYLE. Mr. Chairman, you all know that last night was the 51st annual Congressional Quarterly-Roll Call baseball game for charity, and I'm pleased to inform the House this morning that the Democratic team won 18-5 last night.

Mr. Chairman, there are 21 outs in the game we play because we only play seven innings. Cedric Richmond struck out 16 batters, so he didn't leave much work for our infield. It's my understanding that if the Republicans should win the Presidency, that Cedric is going to be offered a Cabinet position just to get him out of here. Other notables, Cedric also came within about 3 feet of hitting one out of the park at National Field, too. Ben Chandler also had a fantastic game for our team as co-MVP.

But, Mr. Chairman, the real winner last night was the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, D.C. and the Washington Literacy Council. This was a record year for the congressional baseball game. We came close to raising, for the first time ever, almost a quarter of a million dollars for the charities.

I want to congratulate my good friend and Republican manager, Joe Barton, on a hard-fought game. I can tell you, as someone who has played in the game for 18 years now, I've been part of the highs and part of the lows. I know what it's like to be on both ends of a winning and losing ball game. But the Republicans were game opponents. They came out there, and they did their best last night; but we were just a little bit better than them. And now I yield to my good friend, Joe Barton.

Mr. BARTON of Texas. Thank you, Congressman Doyle. There are a few things you said, like most Democrats, stretching the truth a little bit. You know, you said that there are only 21 outs in the game. Well, we being very generous and open-hearted Republicans, we play a game where you got about 31 outs because we were so friendly with the way we didn't catch the ball.

For my Republican colleagues, there is good news and bad news. The good news is we got nine times as many hits this year. We got 500 percent more runs this year. So in some ways, we did a lot better. But the bad news is that the Democrats doubled the number of runs. And as my 6-year-old son Jack told me on the way home after the game--he's a T-ball expert--he said, Those guys didn't let up on you.

Mr. DOYLE. It's not in my nature, Joe.

Mr. BARTON of Texas. As some of you who actually went to the game noticed, at about the fourth inning, Pete Sessions, our first base coach, and Tim Scott, one of our pitchers, who are both on the Rules Committee, had to leave to go back to Rules. Now, there's no truth to the rumor that I had asked for an emergency rule asking Cedric Richmond be declared ineligible for that game. There is no truth to that rumor.

Our guys played well. Our MVP, Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania, pitched in relief real well. John Shimkus got two hits. Jeff Flake got a double and knocked in two runs. Sam Graves stole several bases and played very well out in the field. So as my 6-year-old son Jack also said, Mr. Doyle, enjoy it while you can because it won't last forever; you can't win every game.

But congratulations, and a job well done on both sides.

Mr. DOYLE. I think it is also notable that our House Chaplain, Father Conroy, did get a chance to play in the game last night. We put him in as a pinch runner. I think it's notable to say Father Conroy stole home.

Mr. BARTON of Texas. He did, but that means that God owes us one. Congratulations.


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