The president may be feuding with the NFL, but Congress is playing nice — at least for a Wednesday night football game.
Bipartisan members of Congress will team up with NFL alumni to play against the U.S. Capitol Police for the annual congressional football game with proceeds benefiting Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, and A Advantage 4 Kids Inc.
The game comes just four months after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was critically wounded at a GOP congressional team baseball practice. On Wednesday, Scalise and other members of Congress — including a handful that were on the baseball team during the shooting — will honor Capitol police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who were at the practice and whom he credits with saving his life. Bailey is also on the Capitol police team roster.
In an interview with USA TODAY on Wednesday, Scalise said the officers did “heroic work to save all of us while being shot themselves.”
In addition to playing in Wednesday’s game, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., will also sing the national anthem.
The game — which is expected to draw a crowd of at least 1,000 people, according to spokeswoman Teri Washington — comes at a time when football and politics have come to a head.
The NFL is currently under fire from President Donald Trump because some players have chosen to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in America. Over the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence left a Colts game early because players protested during the national anthem.
Wednesday’s game will put “The Mean Machine,” made of members of Congress and NFL alumni, against “The Guards” at 7 p.m. ET
Contributing: Deborah Barfield Berry
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