Rep. Linda Sánchez scores the winning run off an RBI hit by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz during last year's Congressional Women's Softball game. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
On June 20, the women of the Congress and the women of the press will square off for the fourth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. The game’s primary purpose is to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization that aids young women with breast cancer.
A key element of the game is the back-and-forth between Members and their press counterparts. To give you a preview of what you can expect from this year’s game, we searched through the video archives to track down the Members’ “victory floor statement” from last July.
The video makes it clear that the Members reveled in using the formal setting of the House to celebrate last year’s 5-4 victory.
“We are very proud to announce that the women’s bipartisan softball team beat the Washington female press corps,” a smiling Rep Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) said, delivering her remarks in a slow-burn-type fashion.
Following Emerson was Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who equally savored the chance to gently tweak the press corps.
“We’re really so sorry that our opposition is not in the press gallery to witness this acceptance of the trophy,” Wasserman Schultz said to a playful chorus of boos.
She then went on to praise the game for its bipartisan flavor and the money it raises for the YSC.
Aaron Guerrero is a former intern at Roll Call and a graduate student at Georgetown. Pat Curran is a government major at Georgetown and serves on the campus newspaper's board of directors. @cqrcsoftball