Kathryn Lyons

Ride, McSally, Ride
Arizona Republican celebrates women being allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia

Sen. Martha McSally on Wednesday shared a video on Twitter of her driving a car in Saudi Arabia. The Arizona Republican recently returned from a congressional delegation trip to the Middle East with West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III.

It was McSally’s first time in the kingdom in nearly two decades, according to her tweet.

Members’ Dining Room embraces 21st century — sort of
Recess time will be open to the public, via OpenTable

Quite some time has passed since the Capitol’s Petinaud and Bennett rooms opened their doors as the Members’ Dining Room in 1858, but walking into the House-side restaurant, with its red carpet and 20th century chandeliers, you’d hardly notice — unless you booked a reservation on OpenTable.

And when Heard on the Hill found out the dining room was opening to the public this recess, that is exactly what we did. Once a haven of exclusivity, the eatery can now enjoy a global presence outside Congress with the reservation-booking app.

Sen. Tina Smith just took a DNA test ... turns out she’s 100 percent a Lizzo fangirl
The 61-year-old senator said she was ‘easily’ older than the 20-somethings that filled the venue

Senator Tina Smith opted for a later bedtime Wednesday night to catch one of her favorite artists take the stage at The Anthem — and to sing her praises in person.

“I am tired, a little tired, but it was so much fun,” Smith told me Thursday morning, still beaming from the night before.

Rep. Harder wants to fight the swamp rats (outside D.C.)
Democrat hopes bill will eradicate invasive species in California

As bunnies hopped around the Rayburn building on Tuesday, Longworth hosted a critter that wasn’t so cute — or cuddly.

Rep. Josh Harder toted a taxidermied “swamp rat” named Nellie to his hearing in front of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife.

It was a good hare day for Rep. Tony Cárdenas
California Democrat is co-sponsor of the Humane Cosmetics Act

What has two ears, continuously eats and can barely stay still? No, not me (but not a bad guess).

I’m referring to the rabbits that took over Capitol Hill on Tuesday morning. The Humane Society Legislative Fund, along with other animal advocacy groups, hosted around a dozen “House” bunnies in the Rayburn foyer.

Stressful day on the Hill? Check out these adoptable bunnies at Rayburn

Advocacy groups brought adoptable bunnies to the Rayburn House Office building on Tuesday to promote upcoming legislation to ban testing on animals.

Heard on the Hill’s Kathyrn Lyons spoke with Rep. Tony Cárdenas, who plans to co-sponsor the legislation, and got some face time with the bunnies themselves.

We sure hope the Rayburn &pizza has plenty of dough
House-side lunch spot &pizza will honor $3 pie promotion tied to Bryce Harper strikeouts

Update Sept. 24 9:20 a.m. | Bryce Harper struck out twice Monday in the Nationals’ 7-2 win over the Phillies.

The &pizza inside the Rayburn House Office Building will sell $3 pies on Tuesday and Thursday in light of former Washington National-turned-Philadelphia Phillie Bryce Harper’s return to D.C. The catch? He has to strike out against his former home team  for staffers to get a piece of the pie.

Your Hill Horoscope: We just took a DNA test and we are 100 percent pizza
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 23-30

“Heard it from a friend” that blast from the past is taking the stage Tuesday night at Warner Theater. If you’re feeling nostalgic, and looking for a good time, hop on board the REO Speedwagon. Show starts at 8 p.m.

But you know what doesn’t? Seeing Lizzo on Wednesday night at The Anthem. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Cups is back in session!
We can all return to our regularly scheduled programming

Our long caffeine-less nightmare has ended: Cups is finally open again.

After several weeks of staffers being without their favorite cup of joe in the Russell Senate Office Building basement, Cups & Company overflowed Friday morning with coffee and prepped food refugees from around the Capitol. 

When you get a tattoo while traveling with the boss ...
Staffer for South Dakota rep opted for ink on a recent recess trip back home

It was a “whirlwind” day, Hannah Kagey recalled.

The legislative assistant for Rep. Dusty Johnson trekked alongside her boss on a busy Monday during the August recess. The agenda for the day? Town halls and many a conversation with the South Dakota Republican’s constituents, or “bosses” as he refers to them, according to spokeswoman Jazmine Kemp.

Congress shares condolences over death of Emily England Clyburn, wife of House majority whip
House votes have been canceled Monday in light of funeral arrangements

Emily England Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., died Thursday morning in Columbia, South Carolina at the age of 80. A cause of death has not been given.

The couple recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. The two notably met while Clyburn was in jail “for campus activism,” according to a release. They both attended South Carolina State University.

Rep. Ann Wagner’s ‘Big House Brew’ wins big at annual beer competition
Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s One Eye-PA won the popularity contest

The results are in: Brews are definitely beer-partisan

The big winner at Wednesday’s second annual Brew Across America was Missouri Republican Rep. Ann Wagner with her “Big House Brew,” which might have had a home-state advantage.

Senate Moms group balances parenting and politics

On Tuesday afternoon in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, nearly 30 women from various Senate offices gathered over lunch, and you’d hardly know they worked in opposing offices. Republican and Democratic policies weren’t necessarily among the topics of conversation, but “co-sleeping,” on the other hand, was.

That was part of the conversation in the most recent “Senate Moms” group which convenes on the second Tuesday of every month (with the exception of August) and while it sounds like a club exclusive to mothers, it’s far from maternal-only; Dads and expecting parents are welcome, too.

Your Hill Horoscope: brought to you by the letter ‘H’ (Street)
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 16-23

One of D.C.’s favorite all-day block parties, the H Street Festival, returns on Saturday, Sept. 21. This year’s festivities will feature music of different genres, dance, an interactive children’s program, fashion and more. You can start making your merries at noon.

Planning a wedding? If so,“tie up loose ends before you tie the knot.” The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, located at 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, is hosting a wedding planning party on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be makeovers, fashion, and our personal favorite: cake and cocktails.

If you want to get to the GOP retreat, you have to get through Kathryn Lyons first
The road to Baltimore goes through Heard on the Hill

Kyrsten Sinema finishes another race: Ironman 70.3 World Championship in France
The run for House and Senate isn't the only race where Sinema has crossed the finish line

Kyrsten Sinema crossed the finish line like a boss at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France, this past weekend - and she has the triumphant photo to prove it.

The Democratic senator's Instagram post Thursday makes the rest of us mortals (i.e. me) exhausted just looking at it - she's throwing up a high-five after competing for seven hours. (The only thing I can do for seven hours is sleep.)

Eastern Market can haz ‘Eat Brgz’
Concept burger shop stretches boundaries with custom menu

Brandon Gaynor didn’t completely know the “how” behind opening a restaurant, but he had a good feeling about the “when.”

The launch of his Eastern Market burger shop during August recess “allowed us a little bit of a ramp-up period,” the former investment analyst-turned-restaurateur told me as we sat down in his new joint at 250 7th Street SE.

Tuesday Bruceday: A day in the life of Roy Blunt’s bearded dragon
’He gets a lot of attention around the office,’ senator’s spokeswoman says

Inhabiting the back corner of Roy Blunt’s staff quarters in the Russell Senate Office Building is the cold-blooded staff favorite, Bruce.

Despite his scaly skin and long tail, he’s a fixture of the Missouri Republican’s team. That is also despite his preference to hang out in the background and mostly avoid the press (Heard on the Hill being the exception.) After all, the only scoops Bruce has to offer are those of worms and freeze-dried crickets — not the kind sought by Capitol Hill reporters.

‘Queer Eye,’ beer and the Washington Nationals: Your Hill Horoscope
What to do in D.C. the week of Sept. 9-16

Tuesday at the Lincoln Theatre, food and wine expert Antoni Porowski of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” will preview recipes from his new book “Antoni in the Kitchen.” The book is out Monday. Porowski will also take questions from the audience. We hope you like guac!

As part of DC Beer Week, Red Bear Brewing will host a discussion on Thursday featuring women shaping the D.C. craft beer scene. Yes, there will be beer.