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 PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.) launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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 PanettaBipartisan group reveals agricultural worker immigration bill Mexican president urges Pelosi to get USMCA trade deal approved Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game 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 DavisNew hemp trade group presses lawmakers on immigration reform, regs Shimkus says he's reconsidering retirement Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement MORE (R-Ill.).

Other lawmakers on the winning team included Reps. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaFBI chief says racist extremists fueling one another, making connections overseas Hillicon Valley: Amazon poised to escalate Pentagon 'war cloud' fight | FCC's move to target Huawei garners early praise | Facebook sues Israeli firm over alleged WhatsApp hack | Blue Dog Dems push election security funding Blue Dog Democrats push Congress to fund state election security MORE (D-Calif.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinLawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game Democrats hold first hearing in push for clean energy by 2050 Overnight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe MORE (R-Okla.), Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonGOP lawmaker says House impeachment rules vote 'doesn't change anything for me' GOP lawmaker on Trump's Ukraine call: 'I think it was appropriate' GOP Congressman: Trump did the right thing MORE (R-Texas) and Marc VeaseyMarc Allison VeaseyDemocrats decry Trump's push to slash number of accepted refugees Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game Why the Helsinki Commission still matters MORE (D-Texas).

Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneModerate Democratic lawmakers back privacy bill favored by businesses The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Association of Manufacturers - Trump, Congress draw battle lines on impeachment Lawmakers beat Capitol Police in Congressional Football Game MORE (D-Wash.) was a referee.

Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Bipartisan bill to secure election tech advances to House floor Our commitment to veterans can help us lead for all Americans 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.”