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4 Congressional Caucuses You Didn’t Know Existed

The Candy Caucus? The Rodeo Caucus? We have questions.

Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus

Illustration by Phong Nguyen.
Illustration by Phong Nguyen.

What they do: Look for ways to help students learn digital skills.

What we wish they did: Teach members of Congress—we’re looking at you, Orrin Hatch!—how Facebook works.

Congressional Candy Caucus

Illustration by Phong Nguyen.
Illustration by Phong Nguyen.

What they do: Give a boost to the nation’s confection manufacturers.

What we wish they did: Hold hearings on the difference between Twizzlers and Red Vines. Also, introduce legislation banning Necco Wafers—that stuff is mega-gross.

Congressional Rodeo Caucus

Illustration by Phong Nguyen.
Illustration by Phong Nguyen.

What they do: Celebrate calf roping, chuck-wagon racing, and other fun cow-boy extracurriculars.

What we wish they did: Pit Paul Ryan against Nancy Pelosi in an epic bull-riding face-off on the South Lawn of the White House.

Congressional Rock and Roll Caucus

Illustration by Phong Nguyen.
Illustration by Phong Nguyen.

What they do: Rock the House, of course. They throw an annual music-themed reception.

What we wish they did: Presidential-motorcade carpool karaoke!

This article appears in the October 2018 issue of Washingtonian.

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Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.