Lawmakers bring their dogs to work
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SPOTTED: Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDems seek to establish flight legroom minimums GOP forms task force to challenge Obama's 'executive overreach' Sanders is no longer an underdog MORE (D-Tenn.) giving Rep. Jeff DenhamJeffrey (Jeff) John DenhamLatino advocacy group targets 7 Republicans in push against ObamaCare replacement Republicans push for 'visionary' Amtrak leader Obama's proposed high-speed rail network stuck in station MORE’s (R-Calif.) pooch, 1-1/2-year-old French bulldog Lily, a pat on the head at a Wednesday press conference pushing for support of the Pets on Trains Act.

The bill, sponsored by Denham, would permit animals to travel in designated pet cars on Amtrak trains, with some restrictions.

Also eyed at the furball-friendly event: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) holding his Yorkshire terrier, Sebastian; Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council President Mike Canning; Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman; and Hallmark Channel’s pet lifestyle expert Laura Nativo.

Grimm lamented not being able to take his petite canine on the train to and from his home state. But he told The Hill Sebastian is well cared for when he stays in Washington without his owner, “The different staffers kind of draw straws because everyone always fights to get him for the weekend."

-- Patrick Mortiere contributed.