Walz, Ellison attend White House reception

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Reps. Tim Walz and Keith Ellison were on the list of bipartisan members of Congress invited to last night’s reception at the White House.

MinnPost caught up with Ellison, who was having problems getting into the famous residence because he had forgotten his ID. (Yes, even representatives and senators need to prove their identities before entering the cloistered confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.).

Not to worry, though. The congressman eventually made it in.

“I’m walking up there right now,” Ellison told MinnPost as he headed towards the White House. “It’s just a meet and greet, just his [the president’s] way of reaching out to Congress.”

Since taking office in January, President Obama has made a habit of throwing bipartisan get-togethers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

This time, the lengthy list of invitees included the following lawmakers:

Rep. Mike Arcuri (D-NY), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR), Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-OH), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL), Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), Rep. John Tierney (D-MA), Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN), Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY).

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