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Congress goes to the dogs (literally)


Under normal circumstances, no one wants to have the eyes of the House Oversight Committee on them. 

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz pounded Hillary Clinton's email usage from the Oversight gavel during the 2016 campaign. Baseball player Rafael Palmeiro famously wagged his finger in front of the committee in 2005 and declared, "I never used steroids, period." (He later tested positive). 

But on Monday, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen had no problem with everyone in the Oversight Committee hearing room craning their necks to see the Miami Republican. 

She was there to pet dogs, and there were treats to distribute. 

"No one brought any treats?" Ros-Lehtinen asked incredulously, before producing a bag of her own and making many new four-legged friends in the process. 

Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, had their office dogs on display during a "Bipawtisan Howliday" gathering of Capitol Hill dogs on Monday. 

Curbelo's dog Riggins, a 2-year-old Welsh terrier owned by Curbelo communications director Joanna Rodriguez, donned a green elf outfit with a hat adorned with the slogan "Santa's lil' helper." 

Ros-Lehtinen's dog Mya, who showed up to the event sans holiday garb, shed ample amounts of fur. 

"She's a little old and a little cranky, just like me," Ros-Lehtinen said, referring to Mya as the "office boss." 

Most of the dogs brought by staffers were relatively well-behaved, though there was some growling and intimate sniffing. Ros-Lehtinen sat in the middle of it all, handing out treats and belting out various iterations of the phrase "That's a good dog!" 

But soon the bell for votes rang, causing Ros-Lehtinen and Mya to scamper back to the office, though they did run into more dogs on the way back.

Upon entering the office, Mya was released from her leash and darted into the abyss, while the senior member of Florida's congressional delegation went on the hunt for a lint roller.

Ros-Lehtinen's search was successful, and she showed up to votes on Monday evening no worse for wear.