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Republicans dominate rainy Congressional Baseball Game

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Members of Congress sounded off about the protesters as they warmed up for the game. “No one takes them seriously,” said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., calling them “idiots.”

The point of the game is to raise money for charity, he stressed, like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Capitol Police Memorial Fund. This year organizers raised more than $1.5 million with about 17,000 tickets sold.

Protesters shout during the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., urged people to read the climate provisions in the bill that Democrats released Wednesday, describing them as the most important yet. The new bill came after Sen. Joe Manchin III reached a surprise agreement with Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer to back items he previously said he would oppose. 

“I hope they’re taking a look at that when they protest today, but thank goodness it’s a free country where we can protest,” Phillips said.

The annual baseball tradition has been around for more than a century, with members of Congress trading runs and errors. But there were no scoring plays for Democrats on Thursday night, as Republicans shut them out completely.

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