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 PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal 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 PanettaHillicon Valley: Parler app risks charges of selling out with Apple return | Justices hear First Amendment clash over cheerleader's Snapchat | Google pressed to conduct racial equity audit Lawmakers introduce legislation to create civilian reserve program to fight hackers To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision 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 DavisWatchdog finds Architect of the Capitol was sidelined from security planning ahead of Jan. 6 Capitol Police watchdog calls for boosting countersurveillance House Republicans request hearing with Capitol Police Board for first time since 1945 MORE (R-Ill.).

Other lawmakers on the winning team included Reps. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaHouse moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinOvernight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (R-Okla.), Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonRepublicans attack Biden agenda after disappointing jobs report To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers MORE (R-Texas) and Marc VeaseyMarc Allison VeaseyHouse fails to pass drug bill amid Jan. 6 tensions New signs of progress emerge on police reform OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Native groups hope Haaland's historic confirmation comes with tribal wins | EPA asks court to nix Trump rule limiting GHG regs | Green group asks regulators to block use of utility customers' money for lobbying  MORE (D-Texas).

Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneDemocrats signal House bill to go further than Biden proposal on child tax credit Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan NIH reverses Trump administration's ban on fetal tissue research MORE (D-Wash.) was a referee.

Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Ohio GOP censures Republican lawmaker over Trump 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.”