Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Hill Covers D.C. Launch of ‘ToGetHerThere’

In Washington D.C., The Hill reports that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Md.), Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.),, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) all stopped by the Cannon Caucus Room Wednesday morning for a celebration commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

The event was part of a campaign to launch a bipartisan effort to foster leadership in girls and celebrate the Girl Scouts' centennial.

The female members of Congress who spoke shared their tales from when many were in the Girl Scouts themselves. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) joked that the girls today are lucky they can press on their badges—hers had to be sewn on.

"I also volunteered my mom to be cookie chairman," Edwards said.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) talked about her struggles growing up Mexican without a lot of friends and how when her mother put her in

Brownies, she instantly made friends. "I had a lot of fun showing them how to make things like enchiladas and tacos," she said. "And now, my sister and I are the only two sisters to serve in Congress ever."

After the event, the hundreds of Girl Scouts in attendance sang happy birthday to the Girl Scouts program and shared cake and cupcakes made from Girl Scout cookies.