By Judy Kurtz
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.
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 BoxerBarbara BoxerThis week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress Senators seek to boost women in international forces Overnight Energy: Senate approves Flint aid | Union chief backs Dakota pipeline MORE (D-Calif.) and David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy MORE (R-La.), the ranking members on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas US wins aerospace subsidies trade case over the EU Wells CEO Stumpf resigns from Fed advisory panel MORE (D-Ore.) and Reps. Nick RahallNick RahallWest Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth Lobbying World MORE (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.