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.
“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.