Lawmakers have a message to deliver — happy birthday
© Greg Nash

Up-and-coming House Republicans typically use weekly leadership press conferences to promote the party’s message and grab some face-time in front of television cameras. But on Tuesday, two lawmakers took advantage of the spotlight to wish their children happy birthday.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) went first Tuesday morning when she asked Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for “a point of personal privilege” to salute her son, Ben, on the North Carolina State University student's 19th birthday.

“And I hope you’re studying for your exam today. Go Wolfpack!” she added, as reporters and Republican leaders chuckled.

Not to be outdone, Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersCharities push GOP for tax reform change Trump, GOP lawmakers struggle with messaging Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE (R-Wash.) offered up her own birthday greeting to her son, Cole, when she took the microphone a few minutes later.

“Allow me to start,” she said with a smiling nod to Ellmers, “by wishing my son, Cole, a happy birthday! He’s seven years old today.”