Super Bowl

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Heard on the Hill This Week: Smithsonian’s Obama Documentary and a Super Bowl Wager
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano attended a screening of Smithsonian Channel’s new Barack Obama documentary at the National Museum of American History. Watch for a brief look at the film, as well as tidbits about Rep. John Lewis’ losing Super Bowl bet, and Sen. John McCain’s mom’s 105th birthday.

Thom Tillis Pays Bet, Praises Broncos on Floor

Tillis' Panthers lost in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.  

Wearing a Denver Broncos orange tie, Tillis, the bet’s mastermind , paid his respects on the Senate floor on Thursday to the Super Bowl champs. “You and I, Mr. President, attended the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I’m sure you agree, it was quite a treat,” Tillis said. He commended the Super Bowl organizers in Santa Clara, Calif., for “making us feel welcome.” “I think it’s safe to say that there are thousands in Colorado on a 'Rocky Mountain High' this week, and I bet there’s even more that are really happy that the Broncos won the Super Bowl,” he said.  

Take Five: Rep. Mike Coffman

Back home, Coffman tours the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Unemployment Rate, Obama Spikes the Football

In this photo made using a teleconverter in-between two crop factors, President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of around 15,000 during a state arrival ceremony for Pope Francis on Sept. 23, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Friday took credit for the latest jobs report, saying the 4.9 percent rate shows his stewardship has made the U.S. economy the “strongest and most durable" in the world.  

The Labor Department on Friday released data that was a mixed bag for both American workers and the Obama administration. The numbers showed the lowest unemployment rate in eight years and rising wages; they also concluded that 151,000 new jobs were created in January, down from three consecutive months during which nearly 300,000 jobs were created per month.  

Lawmakers Bet on the Super Bowl

Either Gardner, left, or Tillis, right, will have to pay off the bet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina GOP Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have challenged Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to a friendly Super Bowl wager ahead of Sunday’s game. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos, lead by quarterback Payton Manning, play the Carolina Panthers, lead by quarterback Cam Newton, in Super Bowl 50.  

What’s on the line? A Senate floor speech, similar to what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave on Monday  after the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Panthers in the NFC Championship. The freshman senator from the losing team's state is required to give the floor speech, which would be either Tillis or Gardner. The senator will have to give specific shout-outs to the Super Bowl champion’s head coach, quarterback, fan base and detail the greatness of the Super Bowl champion’s home state, according to a statement.