A Highway Trust Fund party invite? Only in Washington

Holland & Knight LLP

Count this among the “only in D.C.” emails: a Highway Trust Fund-themed party invitation that includes the photoshopped heads of lawmakers onto Mario Kart characters.

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The offbeat invite comes from law firm behemoth Holland & Knight for its annual “Rooftop Deck Caucus” event on Thursday in downtown Washington.

The note invites guests to “get away from the gridlock, forget the funding fights, put aside the PS3s, and race to the finish!” at the summer shindig.

An accompanying graphic shows Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.), the ranking members on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Reps. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) and Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the top two lawmakers on the House Transportation Committee, putting pedal to the metal in the classic Nintendo game.

Lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a way to prevent a bankruptcy in federal transportation funding that has been projected to occur next month.

—Keith Laing contributed.