Al Green cites Marvin Gaye

A subcommittee hearing took an unexpectedly amorous turn Wednesday, as lawmakers from both parties began invoking Marvin Gaye’s sultry tunes.

At a House Financial Services Committee hearing on workplace discrimination, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said he was excited to begin probing the matter at the nation’s financial regulators. He decided to convey that enthusiasm by citing the Motown legend’s most famous song.

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When it comes to uncovering discrimination, Green said, “Let’s get it on.”

“I trust the ranking member’s context is significantly different for this hearing,” said Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), who chaired the hearing, after Green invoked the infamous intimacy anthem.

But appreciation for Gaye prompted a rare moment of bipartisanship at the occasionally contentious hearing.

Shortly after that exchange, McHenry congratulated Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), who welcomed the seventh child to his family earlier this month.

“I guess we like Marvin Gaye in Wisconsin,” responded Duffy.