Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game
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Democratic and Republican lawmakers came together Tuesday night to take on the Capitol Police in a charity football game, capping a contentious day in Washington that saw House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE.

But politics wasn’t part of the agenda on the gridiron as lawmakers pulled off their first victory against the police since 2009 in the biennial match-up.

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“This is one of those times where Democrats and Republicans can come together, kind of put our politics aside and worry about the plays that we’re going to do out on the football field,” Rep. Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaOn The Money: McConnell previews GOP coronavirus bill | Senate panel advances Trump Fed nominee who recently supported gold standard | Economists warn about scaled-back unemployment benefits Bipartisan bill introduced to provide tax credit to food and beverage distributors Overnight Defense: US formally rejects Beijing's South China Sea claims | House set to consider defense policy bill next week | 57 injured as firefighters battle warship blaze MORE (D-Calif.) told reporters shortly before kickoff.

Panetta was confident that the lawmakers, whose team was the Mean Machine, would be able to come together and focus on their opponents, the Guards, in a game of one-hand touch football.

He wasn’t wrong. It also didn’t hurt that the members of Congress also had a few former NFL players on their squad, like Ken Harvey, who played for the Washington Redskins before retiring.

The Mean Machine were led by co-captains Panetta and Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse passes legislation to boost election security research House Republicans investigating California secretary of state's contract with Biden-linked firm House Democrats' campaign arm releases ads hitting 10 Republicans on health care MORE (R-Ill.).

Other lawmakers on the winning team included Reps. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaCriminalization that never should have been: Cannabis Man arrested, charged with threatening to attack Muslims in Germany Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California MORE (D-Calif.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinCongress must protect kidney disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic Georgia strengthens democracy, moves closer to NATO with US support Five takeaways from PPP loan data MORE (R-Okla.), Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonRepublicans boot Francis Rooney from GOP Steering Committee House GOP lawmakers urge Senate to confirm Vought GOP lawmaker boasts 'overwhelming bipartisan support' for USMCA trade deal MORE (R-Texas) and Marc VeaseyMarc Allison VeaseyJoaquin Castro questions whether postal workers broke federal law by hiding mail Chinese tech giants caught up in rising US-China tensions House members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes MORE (D-Texas).

Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneDemocrats say affordable housing would be a top priority in a Biden administration On The Money: McConnell not certain about fifth coronavirus package | States expected to roll out unemployment boost in late August | Navarro blasts 'stupid' Kodak execs On The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July MORE (D-Wash.) was a referee.

Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezHillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll House passes legislation to boost election security research Ex-NFL receiver Rep. Anthony Gonzalez: Big Ten skipping football season could be 'catastrophic' for athletes MORE (R-Ohio) — who once played for the Indianapolis Colts — was the only lawmaker to score a touchdown, giving the Mean Machine an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter.

The politicians and their ex-NFL teammates dominated the rest of the game, with an 8-4 lead at halftime and a final score of 14-4.

The Congressional Football Game is held every other year, but a spokesperson for the event said organizers hope to make it an annual tradition.

The game was first held in 2005 to honor Capitol Police officers Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson, who were killed in the line of duty in 1998. Proceeds from the game go toward The Capitol Police Memorial Fund and nonprofit groups.

Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), the only female lawmaker to participate in Tuesday night’s game at Gallaudet University in Washington, said the gathering is the perfect combination of exercise and bipartisanship.

“I love it. It’s a great opportunity to exercise, and the camaraderie is fantastic. It’s one of the few bipartisan things you get to do,” Barragán said in a brief interview with The Hill. “Tonight’s a night to put politics aside, come together, unify, play for a good cause and put the Hill on the Hill and leave it there.”