Legislators are playing in congressional baseball games while a possible shutdown of the government threatens

  • Members of Congress started playing its annual Congressional Baseball Game on Wednesday night, a day before the potential closure of the government.
  • Jon Ossoff, Marjorie Taylor Greene and several others played in the game.
  • The Republicans won the match 13-12.

Congressional lawmakers – including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Eric Swalwell and Jon Ossoff – attended an annual baseball game at Nationals Park in DC a day before a potential government shutdown.

“Hopefully, people will leave politics under the Capitol Dome,” House Democratic Caucus President Hakeem Jeffries said of the game, according to Reuters.

However, Jeffrie’s desire to “leave politics under the Capitol Dome” appears to be poorly timed, as Congress faces a debt crisis and a looming shutdown.

While some politicians participated in the game, congressional discussions continued around the debt ceiling. On Wednesday, Parliament passed a bill to suspend the U.S. debt ceiling, but it is expected to fall in the Senate amid Republican objections.

“Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on legislation to prevent unnecessary closure, provide sought-after relief funding to help Americans still recovering from natural disasters, and provide funding to help recover Afghan refugees,” Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted Wednesday evening.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly called on Republicans not to support the democratically backed $ 3.5 trillion in social spending.

The Congressional Baseball Game has been held annually in DC since 1909, though it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, congressional Democrats face Republicans, and the proceeds go to local DC charities such as The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

The Republicans won the match 13-12. This was their first win since 2016 and 3rd win in a decade.

You can see the entire team list here.

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