‘Veep’ actor heads to Capitol Hill

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It sounds like a scene out of a “Veep” episode: A celeb heads to Capitol Hill to talk about a complicated-sounding subject  — the risks of seismic air gun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean — but for actor Reid Scott, the issue is very real.

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Scott, who plays the deputy communications director to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s fictional Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO political satire, will join Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) at the Rayburn House Office Building on Thursday afternoon for a congressional briefing on seismic air guns. The air guns are used to look for oil and gas deposits below the ocean floor.

The ocean advocacy group Oceana is urging Congress and the Obama administration to reconsider the use of the seismic air guns, which it argues, disrupt the behavior of animals in the water and are a threat to wildlife, fisheries, and local economies. 

Scott, 36, was in Washington earlier this month for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. “Veep” films in Maryland.