Anti-Roundup: Never Let The Urgent Crowd Out The Important | Speaker.gov

Everyone knows the rules: these are things we didn’t email out this week.

Don’t get me wrong, the stuff we did e-mail out was great—especially this same-day series. I also recommend this refresher on our health care plan. But you get plenty of Friday roundups as is. That said, there are those moments in between, little things that remind me no matter what we’re snarking and stressing about, never let the urgent crowd out the important. Let’s do this:

1. By now, you know that Speaker Ryan sat down with Matt Lauer for a TODAY Show interview about the news of the day. But they also took a walk around the place, and Matt showed viewers “the best view in Washington” (live!) and some of the unique parts of the Capitol—the views and stories that bring people here every day from all around the world.

2. Big week for Wisconsin meetings, including one with Disabled American Veterans. This was on Wednesday, right before the Speaker went to the White House to have lunch with the president. Classic example of an in-between moment.

3. This week, the president signed two bipartisan initiatives to encourage more women to pursue careers in science, including one authored by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA). As we’ve said before, bipartisanship isn’t rare—it’s just rarely noted.

4. Restoring upward mobility and the American Idea is the Speaker’s core mission every day. On Tuesday afternoon, before the joint session, he went over to the Library of Congress for an event with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), and the leaders of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). (Busy day!)


5. I really like this photo. (Folks, follow us on Instagram. That’s where the best behind-the-scenes stuff is.)

As always, thank you for reading. When it comes to our content—and really anything we do here—thecompliments go to the team, complaints go to me. Have a good weekend.